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May 2, 2016 Comments Off on The Library (Sale) Is Open…This Weekend. AND, FREE Comic Book Day! Views: 3076 *The Strangeways Report, Arts & Entertainment, Books, Comics, Geek, Geek Girl Power!, Geek Squee, Living, Pop Culture, Shopping/Retail

The Library (Sale) Is Open…This Weekend. AND, FREE Comic Book Day!

Books, books, books.

We love ’em! Especially REAL books (E-books…meh) made out of paper that you can hold in your hand and do not require a battery or an Internet connection.

You have an opportunity to snag some cheeeeeeeeeap books and associated media this coming weekend when the Friends of the Seattle Library hold their big annual sale at Seattle Center. Friday, May 6th is a “Friends of the Seattle Library Member Only” Preview night (if you wanna become a “Friend” then go over HERE and join…it’s a great cause!)

The rest of the world gets to shop Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to 5 pm at the Sale’s new location at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (the building between McCaw Hall and Cornish Playhouse aka the theater formerly known as Intiman, located at 299 Mercer). Then, on Sunday May 8th, it’s 1/2 Price Day for what’s left, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Here’s some more skinny including the great prices:

$1 Children’s
$1 CDs
$1 DVDs
$1 Paperbacks
$2 Hardbacks
$2 Audio Books
$2 Records
$3 Old/rare books (treasures)

Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

Have questions? Feel free to call us at (206) 682-7567!

AND, Saturday May 7th is also “Free Comic Book Day” at comic book shops across the country including most comic book retailers in our area. If you’re in the dark, FCB Day has been around since 2002 and it’s the smart promotion that lures in dedicated fans as well as curious wannabes to check out the world of comics and graphic novels. Comic publishers produce special free comics for stores to giveaway while the shops provide great sales as well as offer special guests from the world of comics to participate in fan events at the stores.

(Please note that there are LIMITS to the number of free comics you can have and they vary by store. Many offer two to anyone visiting the store then MORE if you actually BUY comics as well.  Smart nerds in areas with multiple retailers will shop hop to snag as many as they can.)

We know most Seattle area shops are participating including downtown’s Zanadu and Wallingford’s Comic’s Dungeon as well as Capitol Hill’s Phoenix Comics & Games at 113 Broadway East right by Dick’s Drive-In and smack dab in the middle of the new Capitol Hill light rail station. It’s a also a celebratory day for Phoenix as they celebrate their third anniversary.

Special guests at Phoenix for FCB Day 2016 include artist Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes), writer G. Willow Willson (Ms. Marvel) and translator/writer Zack Davisson (Wayward, Showa)

For a complete list of free comics available,  click here.

More poo on the special guests for Phoenix:

In addition to the sale and the free comics, we’ve got 3 great creators scheduled to sign copies of their work throughout the day.  First up and available all day is:

10 AM – 6 PM: Brooke Allen, Artist of Lumberjanes


Brooke is one of the many brilliant creative minds behind Lumberjanes, a comic about a butt-kicking group of Scouts for Miss Quinella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumper’s CAMP FOR HARDCORE LADY-TYPES who believe in Friendship to the Max! Brooke was recently here for Emerald City Comic Con and liked it so much she came back just for us and Free Comic Book Day!

12:00 – 3:00 PM: G Willow Wilson, Author of Ms Marvel

Ms Marvel

G Willow Wilson is perhaps most well known around these parts for being a great public speaker (seriously if you haven’t seen her Ted talk regarding Ms Marvel, go to her blog here and take a look) and writer of the best selling Marvel series Ms Marvel. She’s also written the Eisner award winning series Air and Cairo, and her first book Alif the Unseen was a New York Times notable book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Zack Davisson, Translator and Writer at Large

Showa - Zack Davisson

Zack is a writer, translator and scholar of Japanese folklore and ghosts. In addition to his work translating the above pictured Showa: A History of Japan series, Zack has worked on Kitaro, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, as well as recent Image comics book Wayward.

So come on out, bring some books to get signed, pick up some free swag and grab something new to read!  We look forward to seeing you and celebrating our 3rd year on Capitol Hill here with you!

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