We don’t know about geeks inheriting the Earth, but they shall surely inherit free copies of some spectacular new comic book releases at COMICAVE today. The Dubai Outlet Mall store that’s a paradise of all things geeky, from comic books to models and trading cards, is participating in the international Free Comic Book Day celebrations.
The annual event falls on the first Saturday of May, so today’s your chance to snap up some special free-release comics. And they’re no small potatoes. You’ll be walking away with titles from the creme de la creme of comic book publishers such as Marvel, Valiant, Boom! Studios, Archie Comics, Titan Comics, and more.
COMICAVE also happens to be the world’s largest comic books and collectibles superstore (of course it is). And keeping in with its superlative status, the massive comic book stores Free Comic Book Day festivities are Hulk-levels big. For starters, they’re hosting Vol 3 of Sandbox Swampeet, a pop-culture community meetup event today.
The nerdery doesn’t end there. Free comics aside, you’ll also be able to rub shoulders with and get your books signed by three global comic artists – Marco Santucci, Maria Laura Sanapo, and Des Taylor. These are hotshot artists who’ve illustrated panels and strips of noteworthy comic series like Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Dr. Who and Star Trek.
Besides, regional talent will also be present there to offer you a window into the UAE’s thriving local comic book scene. Gifted artists Sachi Ediriweera, and Leroy Fernandes will be there. As will Zaid Adham and Yasser Alireza, the team behind Wayl, the Middle East’s first homegrown superhero.
The wins get literal for tabletop gamers and model hobbyists with a treasure trove of contests. Sign up for Magic The Gathering Card Game Tournament, a Pokemon Pack Unboxing Raffle, a Tamiya Race Car and Hot Wheels Gravity Race competition and cosplay activities.
The Free Comic Book Day event starts at 10am, May 6. Hurry, DC you there!