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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016

Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics

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!

 


Want to Volunteer?

Awesome, we'd love to have you. Fill out our form and we'll follow up as the event gets closer.

VOLUNTEER

 

 

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

THE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FESTIVAL COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA

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!

JETPACK COMICS CLOSES at 5 PM on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 

FCBD News

We need You for Free Comic Book DAy!

Free Comic Book Day is going to be a big event and we could use all the help we could get.

Free Comic Book Day is going to be a big event and we could use all the help we could get.  

Come on down on FCBD and give us a hand.

VOLUNTEER

Music Nerds to entertain Comic Book Nerds at FCBD!

[mix]tape has prepared a selection of music specially for this event (translation: we are singing all the songs we know well enough to perform in public).

[mix]tape has prepared a selection of music specially for this event (translation: we are singing all the songs we know well enough to perform in public).


[mix]tape is a newly formed a cappella group from the Seacoast New Hampshire area that has been together since October 2015. [mix]tape likes to “[mix] it up” by singing a broad range of music that spans from the 1950s to the present and attempts to satisfy our audiences' eclectic interests. [mix]tape aims to sing newer pop hits, rock, folk, jazz, oldies, and doo-wop to reach our listeners' many preferences. Like all a cappella groups, our voices make the music, but our diverse, multi-talented members make our style. As a group, we value strong musicianship and each other's commitment to making each performance a memorable one! [mix]tape’s current lineup: sopranos Melissa Gaugert (Dover), Ashley Kinsey (Somersworth), and Kristen Stearns (Northwood); altos Annabelle Butler (Portsmouth) and Carly Souza (Dover); alto/tenor Courtney Donovan (Dover); tenor Justin Capote (Portsmouth); tenor/vocal percussion Joe Berthiaume (Portland, ME); and bass Mike Metz (Rochester).

They perform at 1 pm.

LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK

There has been some FCBD MISINFORMATION In the news

There's not a Kevin Eastman visit on Jetpack Comics FCBD agenda this year

There's not a Kevin Eastman visit on Jetpack Comics FCBD agenda this year

Contrary to what you may have read in the newspaper, Kevin Eastman is NOT appearing at our Free Comic Book Day Festival.
How do these rumors start?  It appears they start with a mis-cut & mis-pasted Press Release from years gone by.
To be clear, neither did we mis-cut nor did we mis-paste anything but one of our partner event organizers must have sent a press release out that we were not aware of.
While there may not be a Kevin Eastman at our Free Comic Book Day there sure is an awesome line up in place.
 

Be sure to check it out.

WANT A FREE EARLY ENTRY PASS TO JETPACK COMICS ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?

WANT A FREE EARLY ENTRY PASS TO JETPACK COMICS ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?

Early Entry.  Extra Swag.  What more could you ask for?

Not only do the VIP passes get you all kinds of cool swag but they get you instant access to the FCBD books at Jetpack and extra free books at Jetpack!

Early entry passes will get you into the appropriate venue between 9 am and 9:15 am (as soon as we're ready to go).  Venues don't open to the public until 10 am.

SEE WHAT YOU GET WITH THE PASSES

HELP US LET EVERYONE KNOW FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY NEEDS YOU!

Don't miss the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival this year, and don't let your friends miss it either.

Share our Facebook Event with all you friends and family.
Be sure to let them know about
 
Over 2 dozens free comics to be had and for $10 you can almost double that!
(With nearly 50,000 comic books this year)
 
Special comic book guest artists & writers from all over the country and even a tv / movie mogul or two.
 
Super Limited Edition Comic Books you can ONLY get at this event
Don't miss, Bruce Lee #1 limited to just 300 copies & Strawberry Shortcake #1 limited edition.
Plus the Rochester FCBD coup, Alan Tudyk's SPECTRUM #0 the Jetpack Comics FCBD edition!
 
A vendor hall with goodies & treats.
 
A costume contest with over $1200 in cash & prizes.
 
And so much more!
 
VISIT OUR FCBD PAGE FOR MORE INFO

CIVIL WAR PREMIERE & PRE-FREE COMIC DAY CELEBRATION AT O'NEIL CINEMA IN EPPING!

Join us Thursday May 5th,  at The O'Neil CINEMA in Epping to kick-off Free Comic Book Day.

Join us Thursday May 5th,  at The O'Neil CINEMA in Epping to kick-off Free Comic Book Day.

The event starts at 4 pm and lasts until the first show starts.

Our own Lorde ManHammer will be on hand with hundreds of give-aways, free comic books for kids, special early entry passes for Jetpack Comics on Free Comic Book Day & more.

What's more?  How about some sweet Jetpack T-Shirts, Pint Glasses, Tote Bags, Stickers, pins and to top it off, JETPACK BUCKS GIVE-AWAYS. 

It's everything you could want from a Pre-Free Comic Book Day Celebration.

Come visit us, win something cool and then see Civil War.

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

Meet Lloyd Kauffman at the FCBD Toxic Avenger Musical!

 See the Toxic Avenger musical at the Rochester Opera House & meet the legnedary Lloyd Kaufman as well!

WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY THAN WITH THE CREATOR OF THE TOXIC AVENGER!

 See the Toxic Avenger musical at the Rochester Opera House & meet Lloyd Kaufman as well!

In celebration of The Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival the Rochester Opera House is presenting Lloyd Kaufman's Toxic Avenger, The Musical.

** THIS JUST IN - SHOW YOUR TOXIC AVENGER TICKETS TO THE CLERK AT JETPACK & GET AN EARLY ENTRY PASS  **

That's right, you're going to see Rochester's New Super-Hero Musical at the Opera House so let us reward you.
Bring your tickets to Jetpack and we'll give you an early entry pass, to get into Jetpack Comics between 9:15 & 9:30 on FCBD.
Plus for $10 you can purchase an early entry pass for 20 free comics at the Free Comic Book Day Store.  Supplies are limited so get yours today.

  
Please note there are only 2 definitive performances to meet Lloyd Kauffman
Friday Night at the Garage
Lunch at the Opera house with Lloyd.
 
Those are the only definite times.
 

 

MORE INFO

 

WE'VE GOT OVER $1200 in prizes for our FCBD CosPlay Contest

That's right, you practically begged us for it so now you've got it!

THE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FESTIVAL COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA

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.
 
 
Richard Roberts, the photographer for FCBD, has just also donated a certificate for a free cosplay photo session, for the 13 ands up 1st place winner, worth $600!
 
 
 
 
 

GET THIS ULTRA LIMITED EDITION oF BRUCE LEE: The Dragon Rises #1 ONLY at our FCBD event

GET THIS ULTRA LIMITED EDITION oF BRUCE LEE: The Dragon Rises #1 ONLY at our FCBD event

(and Forbidden Planet UK if you live in England).

Only 500 of these will be printed and less than 350 will be available for purchase (gotta give some to the cover artist you know).Get it signed by cover artist, MATT TALBOT, and co-writer, Jeff Kline.  This SUPER LIMITED BOOK will be at Matt's FCBD table,right next to the Darby Pop table, in the Governor's Inn Ballroom.  For less than $5 you can own a piece of Jetpack Comics FCBD history.If there are any left we'll sell em online after the event, but with over 5000 people attending the event, don't expect to get one.
 

THE FCBD PATCH HAS BEEN REVEALED!

THE FCBD PATCH HAS BEEN REVEALED!

Check out this beauty. 

We'll only have 200 of these Limited Edition FCBD patches.

Watch for details on how you can get one

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.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY HOURS
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.

COSPLAY IS NOT CONCENT

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 // jetpackcomics.com

 

SUPPORT THE ORG THAT SUPPORTS OUR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FESTIVAL

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 // jetpackcomics.com

 SPAULDING STEAK & ALE RESTAURANT

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 // jetpackcomics.com

 

THE GOVERNORS INN HOTEL & RESTAURANT / The GARAGE AT THE GOVERNORS 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 // jetpackcomics.com

 

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

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. 


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