ROCHESTER – Jetpack Comics & Games will be hosting Free Comic Book Day in downtown Rochester on Saturday August 14 starting at 10 a.m.
Guest of honor Daniel Warren Johnson will be in attendance. DWJ’s work includes Marvel Comics: Beta Ray Bill, DC Comics: Wonder Woman, Dead Earth, and her creator Image Properties Murder Falcon 7 Extremity.
“Being able to host Daniel Warren Johnson for the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival is a dream come true for us,” said Ralph DiBernardo, owner of Jetpack. “His work is so good that he’s the guy top designers name as their favorite. His latest work Beta Ray Bill from Marvel Comics is reminiscent of the comic book series of yesteryear. His work is fast-paced, fun and exciting. We are delighted to have him for the day.
Other guests include Rich Woodall, cover artist for Masters of the Universe, TMNT Last Ronin, creator and artist of Electric Black & Johnny Raygun as well as co-editor for Black Caravan; Jim Lawson, classic creator of Mirage Studios TMNT, cover artist of Vampirella; Matt Smith, Hellboy artist; Craig Rousseau, Young Hellboy artist, and creator, Perhapanauts artist; Thomas Sniegoski, writer of Young Hellboy, co-writer of Vampirella; Jeannine Acheso, co-writer of Vampirella; Christopher Golden, writer for Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lady Baltimore and The Golem.
“Keep an eye on our website as we will be adding more guests,” said DiBernardo.
Rochester Free Comic Day is officially hosted and hosted by Jetpack Comics & Games, however, the event includes a number of neighboring businesses and organizations.
Participating companies currently include Red Alert Skate Shop, Union Street Antiques, Collectiques, The Garage at The Governor’s Inn, Fallen Leaf Bistro, Skeletone Records. Other locations include the First United Methodist Church, Rochester FD Local 1451 (sponsored, with a generous donation, by Porters Pub), Rochester Performance & Arts Center (PRPP), and the Rochester Public Library.
“Families have the option of leaving the day with over a dozen free comics,” DiBernardo continued. “Unfortunately, the pandemic has left many companies short of staff… Although they want to participate in the event, they just don’t have the people to help them. We hope to expand to other locations next year.
The Events Hall (at the Governor’s Inn) and a comic book scavenger hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 4:30 p.m., on the garage stage at the Governor’s Inn.
“The FCBD is traditionally a May event, we don’t really know what to expect as the pandemic has forced the global event to move into August,” DiBernardo said. “Either way, there will be a lot of free comics at the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival. “
Visit www.jetpackcomics.com/fcbd to learn more about Free Comic Book Day and to see more information as it is added.