Time for Free Comic Book Day!

Trivia Question: what is the significance of the first Saturday in May?


Yes, that’s right. Free Comic Book Day is almost here! Of course this means you need to make plans to visit your local Things From Another World on Saturday, May 5th. The good folks at TFAW have put together a stunning collection of comic book creators, who will be at all three Portland area locations. And that is on top of the special free comics–while supplies last–as well as big savings, and even the beginnings of TFAW’s astonishing Mega Sale.

PDXYAR will, once again, be adding a decidedly pirate flavour to the day as we will be on hand at the Milwaukie & Portland Things From Another World locations. We will be singing shanties, engaging in a fight or two and of course posing for pictures!

Now if you find yourself not being able to make it to the Portland or Milwaukie locations, do not fret- all is not lost. While there won’t be a pirating presence at the Beaverton TFAW (not officially at least), there will be duly sworn representatives of the Empire and even the Rebel Alliance will be on hand throughout the day. As the great folks from the Vader’s Fist, the 501st Legion’s Cloud City Garrison will be joined by the Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion at the Beaverton TFAW store from 11am until 6pm. While they will definitely be posing for photos, I can’t promise you will get any intergalactic shanty singing out of them though.

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 7pm
Cost: FREE (hence the name)
Where: The 3 Portland area Things From Another World locations (details below)

TFAW Portland, OR

9:00 am: Doors open!
12:00-2:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Jonathan Case – Artist for Dark Horse Comics’ The Guild FCBD book
* Terry and Rachel Dodson – Artists for Uncanny X-Men and Defenders
* Emi Lenox – Creator of EmiTown
* Steve Lieber – Artist for Alabaster, featured in Dark Horse’s FCBD books
* Jeff Parker – Writer for Hulk and Thunderbolts
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-4693

TFAW Milwaukie

9:00 am: Doors open–enjoy free coffee from Spring Creek Coffee House, while supplies last!
10:00 am: Trackers Earth will demonstrate how to shoot a bow and arrow like Hawkeye! (Note: foam arrows only.)
12:00-4:00 pm: Live-action Heroclix.
All day: Kids’ art table.
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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10977 SE Main Street
Milwakie, Oregon 97222
(503) 652-2752

TFAW Beaverton


9:00 am: Doors open!
2:00-4:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Ben Bates – Artist for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD book
* Amy Mebberson – Artist for Strawberry Shortcake and Muppets
* Chris Samnee – Artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Serenity
* Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner – Writer and artist for Witch Doctor

All day (while supplies last):
Free Starbucks coffee for customers starting at 9:30 am!
Demos and giveaways from Game Trader.
Free cookies from Subway.
Plus: Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion.

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4390 SW Lloyd Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 643-4222

Olde Towne St Helens- The Halloween Towne Gathering

Come out on Saturday and join the likes of PDXYAR, the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs and other crews associated with the Portland Pirate Festival for the Halloween Towne Gathering.

Beyond the Halloween flavored fun of this event we will be attempting to break world record for Largest Halloween Gathering.  To do so we will have to beat Bloomington, Indiana’s 2009 record of 508 people in Halloween Costumes gathered in one place.  So, suit up and head for St. Helens!

Registration for the Guinness World Record™ attempt begins at noon with the count will be conducted between 5pm and 7pm.

Where: Olde Towne St. Helens, OR

When: Saturday, October 30

Cost: Free with a canned food donation

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If you are unable to find parking at the event site, extra parking is located at St. Helens High School & Lewis & Clark Elementary School.  Free Park and Ride will be offered from 3pm-9pm to Olde Towne. The stops include St. Helens High parking lot,Lewis & Clark school parking lot and Olde  Towne’s Court House Plaza.

Wonder Woman Day V

What would happen if you were to mix pirates,  Mandalorian Mercenaries, super heroes, super villains, stormtroopers, Starfleet and a bunch of Browncoats just in the from the black?  Believe it or not, these are just some of the highlights for Wonder Woman Day V.  This popular Portland event that brings together diverse pop culture groups, comic book artists, comic strip artists, animation artists and special guests all for the benefit of four domestic violence programs.

This is the fifth year for the free event and the previous four have raised over $89,000 for Bradley Angle and other domestic violence programs as a part of National Domestic Violence Month.

Wonder Woman Day is a kid friendly event features a bevy of artists, including many doing signings and sketches.  As well, you can view rare Wonder Woman collectibles, have your picture taken with a real super hero, place a bid in the silent auction, win prizes and even sing some karaoke.

This year you can visit with, not only PDXYAR, but the Mandalorian Merc- Northwest Clan, the PDX Browncoats, the cast of Trek in the Park, the Alter Ego Society, and the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion.

Come on out and join your friendly neighborhood pirates!

12 noon-6pm

Located at Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon

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Sunday, October 24, 2010