Free Comic Book Day has become an enjoyable annual event for many comic lovers around the country, but if you happen to be going to the Arizona Mini Expo you'll have the chance to grab some exclusive sketches and support some phenomenal causes at the same time.
On Friday, May 5 (from 7 pm to 10 pm) at the Bonus Round arcade bar, Arizona Comic Mini Expo (ACME) will invite several comic artist like Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Mitch Gerads, and Scott Godlewski to draw some sketches for donations to the HERO Initiative and the ACLU of Arizona. What better way to wait for a custom sketch of Spider-Woman (because that is who you're getting right?) than with a tasty beverage at the bar, all supporting some wonderful causes. It really is a win-win.
“These two charities hold a lot of meaning for me personally.” ACME founder Ryan Cody says. “Many older comic book creators do not have pensions or a 401k and when they find themselves in need of medical and living expenses, The HERO Initiative is there to help. They gave us so much, it's imperative we try and give back to them. The rights of all individuals is another cause we should all support, so that's why we’re giving to the ACLU of Arizona as well. I hope we have a great crowd turn out on Friday, May 5th at Bonus Round and I know we'll have fun and raise some money while we're doing it.”
While you're in the area make sure to stop by the convention, which includes the aforementioned artists as well as others like Meredith McClaren, Jay Fotos, Ryan Cody, J. Gonzo, Val Hochberg, and Jim Hanna. You can view the whole lineup here.
You can find the full press release below, and the flyer can be found in the gallery.
In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day weekend, the Arizona Comic Mini Expo (ACME) is putting on a special Drink & Draw event to help raise funds for two amazing charities, and they'll have a group of very talented artists on hand to help them do it.
The event takes place Friday, May 5th from 7pm-10pm at Bonus Round, an arcade bar located just west of Central on Camelback in Phoenix. Professional comic book artists Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Mitch Gerads & Scott Godlewski will join other creators in providing sketches in exchange for a donation. This is a very rare opportunity to raise a pint with your favorite artists, play classic arcade games, and get some original artwork while knowing that your donation is going to a great charity. The donations raised from the event will be split between The HERO Initiative, a charity that specializes in helping comic book creators in need, and the ACLU of Arizona.
The Arizona Comic Mini Expo is proudly sponsored by Samurai Comics, Bonus Round, NCT Phoenix, 3Monkeys Print and Design and Cheba Hut of Mesa.