Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics



Cosplay Idol FCBD


A huge Thank you to Cosplay Idol for being our Official Cosplay Contest photographer and taking pictures of all cosplay contestants. Follow Cosplay Idol on Facebook.


Stolen Soul photography


A huge Thank You to Stolen Soul Photography for being our official FCBD photographer and taking pictures of the scavenger hunt and Cosplay Contest. Follow Stolen Soul Photography on Facebook.



The Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival

 We are changing things up again so be sure to read the rules!

It's time for the World Famous Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival!
RULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE UP UNTIL MAY 6th, 2016 so check back!
It's the Tenth Official Free Comic Book Day for Jetpack Comics! There's so much fun and excitement all over Rochester, that it's a giant Festival taking place all over town!  There will be special guests, thousands of Freebies, costumed characters, & more. Visit a variety of shops in town to pick up additional free comics.   Don't miss our first annual costume contest with thousands of dollars in cash awards & prizes.
This year the EVENT HALL will be at The Governor's Inn.  Costume Contest at The Garage.  The guests & vendors will be located in The Ballroom at the Governor's Inn as well as on the Patio, under the tent, at the Governor's Inn. So much going on in so many places.
This city-wide event will be taking place at nearly 2 dozen locations around the downtown Rochester area.  All ages are welcome to attend the event.  Families can visit participating locations and collect Free Comic Books!  Most of the comic books given away are all ages appropriate.  Of course it is up to  parents and guardians to review the materials before giving them to children as some comic books may contain violence, adult and real-life situations.
The Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival is one of the biggest events every year in Rochester so plan accordingly and be sure to read through all of our information pages so you know what to expect from the day.  Parking is ALWAYS a premium so arrive early and plan on staying late.  Dress appropriately for the day as it is a rain or shine event and the lines can be long!


Saturday, May 7th All over downtown Rochester
This years festivities include but are not limited to all of the following!




Governors Inn for FCBD

A New bigger & better event & guest hall!

This year we take over the Governor's Inn and their grounds for the FCBD celebration!
Multiple dealer & guests halls!
Live bands through the day & an after party at The Garage at the Governor's Inn.

Toxic Avenger

The Rochester Opera House Presents, Lloyd Kaufman's THE TOXIC AVENGER: The Musical

with a special meet & greet with the creator himself
show times & prices at the Rochester Opera House
meet & greet time & date TBD


Cosplay at Jetpack


May 7th 5:00 - 7:00

That's right, you practically begged us for it so now you've got it! Join us in costume for our first annual Cosplay Competition Cash & Jetpack Bucks prizes to the winners.

All ages and skill levels welcome - several levels of competition.

No cost to compete! FREE Professional Photography for you and your friends courtesy of Richard Roberts from Cosplay Idol and Genesis Photography
Meet Professional Cosplayers (they'll be your judges as well).
Show host will be Gregg Snider of Wonderllama Cosplay.  That's right, Boston ComicCon's own cosplay host is our host.
The contest viewing and awards will take place at the Governor's Inn (exact location TBD).
The photo's & pre-judging will be there as well.

Cosplay at JetpackMeet the Jetpack Bombshell & Watch for the reveal of the Jetpack Cosplay Community!

Years ago we asked the ladies what they wanted for a Jetpack Character and they all chose the Jetpack Bombshell Girl.
Well now you'll get to meet her in person.
DC Bombshells ain't got nothing on us
Plus we're announcing our Cosplay Community!  A fun place to share your photos, contact other cosplayers, find out about events and so much more!


Stop back for more details as they unfold!



Thank you to our Sponsors

Cosplay Idol FCBD


A huge Thank you to Cosplay Idol for being our Official Cosplay Contest photographer and taking pictures of all cosplay contestants. Follow Cosplay Idol on Facebook.


Stolen Soul photography


A huge Thank You to Stolen Soul Photography for being our official FCBD photographer and taking pictures of the scavenger hunt and Cosplay Contest. Follow Stolen Soul Photography on Facebook.



The Convention Hall Details & Info

This year the Convention Hall is located at the Governor's Inn

FCBD The Basic Rules & Regs
Please assist the FCBD volunteers by working with them to insure a safe visit for everyone.

Please Read All Disclaimers For FCBD!

FCBD disclaimers - As THE premiere FCBD event in New England (the world perhaps?) we are forced to cover our butts every which way from here to Sunday. Make sure you  read EVERY ONE of our disclaimers.  If you don't it's your own fault. 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FILMING & PHOTOGRAPHS.  Please note that there will be several film crews and photographers on hand at the Free Comic Book Day Festival.  Attending the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival is your tacit permission to film you and or your family without express written permission.  Images may be used in movie, TV, or still photographs for publicity, promotional or advertising purposes by Jetpack Comics LLC, The Rochester Main Street Program and other interested or related parties and or organizations.  If you come you may see yourself on the TUBE next year.  Be warned!

WEATHER ALERT Current weather predictions call for rain, so bring an umbrella, a rain coat, slickers and a waterproof bag. All of the lines (for comics, guests, vendor hall, etc) will start outside - be prepared.

Scavenger Hunt 10 - 4 all over town
(note the Jetpack Comics closes at 5)
Costume Contest 5 - 7 at The Garage at the Governor's Inn
(may be moved inside if weather requires)
FCBD After Party 7 - 11 at The Garage at the Governor's Inn
(may be moved inside if weather requires)
Lloyd Kaufman Meet & Greet (time & location)
The Toxic Avenger (times & locations)
Be sure to review our site for all the cool things you can do today!

All guests, vendors, businesses and people in general are subject to personal and professional commitments.  Appearances and times may change at any time.  No refunds will be given for guest cancellations or changes - not that the event costs you anything anyway. Creators may elect to limit signing quanitites at any time.  Please be reasonable and respect their time. 

Special Needs and Requests.  The Free Comic Book Day Festival is an easy to access event with most locations being wheel-chair accessible and all locations being open to assist with any special needs or requests.  A variety of locations, including Jetpack Comics and the Event Hall, have options to purchase premium access and passes, which move you to the front of the line or give you premium participation.  If you choose to participate at the standard level there will be staff on hand to make your visit with us as comfortable as possible.  Thank you very much for joining us for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY.

Parents & Guardians must approve all comic books given out on FCBD.  If you chose not to enter the premises of any establishment, to view the comic book(s), then you have given approval for your child to take whatever they want.  Comic books may contain violence, adult situations and mature themes.  We highly recommend you take the time review what your child may be viewing.


Want to get a picture? Ask before you snap.

 Jetpack Comics Free Comic Book Day Weapons Regulations & Props Policy

Jetpack Comics wants everyone to have a safe and fun experience on Free Comic Book Day. For everyone's safety please adhere to the following weapons regulations and prop policies.

  • NO real, functioning weapons. This includes swords, ninja stars, guns, crossbows, ect. 
  • NO explosives or fire crackers.
  • NO metal or sharp weapons.
  • ALL weapons must be recognizable as a fake and/or a toy. 
  • ALL guns must have an orange tip 
  • DO NOT use your prop as a weapon or in a threatening manner in any way. This includes staffs, ropes, lassos, bullwhips, water pistols, silly-string, bats, clubs, ect.
  • PLEASE use your best judgement. Posing and displaying props and/or weapons for pictures is encouraged, but please be aware of your surroundings and be safe. 

Jetpack's staff and volunteers reserve the right to deem a weapon and/or prop unsafe. You may be asked to take your weapon and/or prop to your car. 


Harassment Policy

Jetpack comics is dedicated to providing a fun harassment-free event for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, fandom, attire, age, political background, ect. 

Jetpack will not tolerate any threatening, inappropriate and/or harassing behavior of any kind. Behavior with the intent to: stalk, harass, torment, embarrass, annoy, exploit, degrade, disrespect and/or abuse another person is unacceptable. 

Harassment is defined by the victim. Participants asked to stop in any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Those who are unwilling to comply will be asked to leave.


If you feel as though you or someone else is being harassed please inform a volunteer or staff member immediately. That person will not necessarily be asked to leave, but will be approached respectfully and the situation handled with care.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.





FCBD Sponsors

Rochester Main Street //



Rochester Main Street (the people that make our Free Comic Book Day Festival possible), our favorite non-profit organization, has teamed up with TD Bank and you can help RMS earn money...and it costs you NOTHING!  If you have a TD Bank account all you have to do is ask to have it linked to The Rochester Main Street Affinity Program!  In honesty, it took my teller 10 minutes to figure out what that meant, but it happened - - eventually.  Now Rochester Main Street earns money based on the balances that I (and Jetpack Comics) carries with their bank.  It does not cost you a PENNY but it assures that TD Bank donates money to Rochester Main Street.  ...and for you it means that the Free Comic Book Day Festival continues in full force!  It takes a few minutes but it helps out your comic book community!  Do your part today! 

Rochester Main Street //


Open 7 days from 4pm!

Serving most holidays as well!

The most hoppin' place in town!

   Draft beer & pub faire

    Sandwiches & burgers from $7.99 

    Seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta from $12.99

    Choice of seating:


  •     Pub seating w/booths
  •     Casual dining room, accommodating larger parties
  •     Fine dining atmosphere in the historic Parlor Room
  •     TWO outdoor decks with lots of summer seating!

The Governor's Inn //



Come join the fun!  Since 1992 the Rochester Inn has provided guests with great service, affordable cuisine and impeccable accommodations.  Come join them for fun, casual and tasty food at Spaulding Steak & Ale, open seven days at 4pm.   Plan your special event of any size with us and make it truly memorable!  Treat yourself to some great entertainment, and spend the night with us comfortably!

Accommodations at The Governor's Inn are cozy, comfortable, and include breakfast with surprisingly low rates! They offer 20 guest rooms with private bath, cable & a/c, free high-speed wireless internet, local calls, voicemail, and gorgeous grounds.


Holiday Inn //



Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Rochester, New Hampshire. Comfort awaits you at our prime Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Rochester, near Pease International Airport. This New Hampshire hotel is just 20 miles from the airport and near various attractions and businesses. Families will love staying at our Rochester, NH hotel. Located off Route 16, with easy access to several area attractions including the Rochester Opera House, Rochester Fairgrounds. Other nearby sights include, Lake Winnipesaukee, Gunstock Ski Area, Meadowbrook US Pavillion, and Sky Dive New England. Business travelers are impressed by the accommodations provided by our hotel in Rochester. Our business services include a fax machine, copier, printer, computer access and free high-speed, wired or wireless Internet access. During your New Hampshire visit, you can enjoy amenities that include a heated, indoor swimming pool with an adjoining hot tub, a Fitness Center and our complimentary breakfast bar. Our hotel is pet friendly, please see our pet policy for more details. 

Steph's Mobile Pet Spa
Millarworld Forums
Fat Guy Food Blog