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.
Israel Skelton founded the Skelton Crew Studio in 2008 and it was behind IDW’s SDCC exclusive Ghost Key in 2009. Israel has been sculpting and creating for more than 30 years, ever since making Thor’s hammer out of a CedarWorks swing set mallet. (He wrapped the handle in medical tape, colored it with a brown marker and ruled the backyard.)
Since starting the studio, Israel has created merchandise for many award winning properties, including CHEW, Locke & Key, Hellboy, The Stuff of Legend, Mouse Guard, Killogy, The Squidder, Revival, Head Looper and more! He works in variety of media, including metal, wood, plush and vinyl.
Later this year, Skelton Crew Studio will be releasing a vinyl Norgal statue from Head Lopper, and an Em Cypress mini-bust from Revival.
Israel makes his home in rural Maine with his wife Kathryn, two sons and one loafing corgi. When he’s not sculpting, he enjoys amassing hardcover graphic novels, collecting original comic art and bare knuckle brawling.
Jason Casey started drawing at the age of seven after reading his first Spider-Man comic book. He then began to draw the pictures in the book and fell in love with the medium from that point on. Jason has been selling art work and doing commission work for over ten years. You may know him from comic book conventions where he's been selling art work at shows for over eight years and counting. Jason specializes in photo realistic illustrations and portrait art, and is also skilled in painting murals as well.
As both a writer and showrunner, Jeff Kline has been responsible for more than 40 primetime and daytime series and pilots, including the multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning CG series Transformers Prime (The Hub), That Was Then (ABC), and a slew of venerable "traditionally" animated shows including G.I. Joe: Renegades (The Hub) Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids WB), Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB), etc. He is currently in production on Season Two of Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Cartoon Network), and his Transformers: Rescue Bots continues to air on Discovery Family. In 2013, Kline formed Darby Pop Publishing (www.darbypop.com), a comic book imprint distributed worldwide by Magnetic Press, which has dropped five series and nearly 40 floppies and trade paperbacks to-date.
Jeremy Flagg is the author of the CHILDREN OF NOSTRADAMUS dystopian science fiction series and SUBURBAN ZOMBIE HIGH young adult humor/horror series. Taking his love of pop culture and comic books, he focuses on fast paced, action packed novels with complex characters and contemporary themes. Jeremy is excited for Free Comic Book Day because it’s the rare opportunity he gets to geek out with comic fans!
Robinson (also known as Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight) is the international bestselling author of more than sixty novels and novellas including APOCALYPSE MACHINE, HUNGER, ISLAND 731, SECONDWORLD, and the Jack Sigler thriller series, which are currently in development to be released as a major motion picture. His bestselling kaiju novel, PROJECT NEMESIS, has been adapted as a comic book series from American Gothic Press/Famous Monsters of Filmland, and an ISLAND 731 comic book adaptation is slated for a summer 2016 release. His novels have been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, and three children.
KANE GILMOUR is the bestselling co-author with Jeremy Robinson of RAGNAROK and OMEGA, the fourth and fifth novels in the Jack Sigler/Chess Team series. He also writes his own thriller novels, including the popular Jason Quinn novel, RESURRECT. In addition to his work in novels, Kane is the writer of the sci-fi noir webcomic, Warbirds of Mars. He lives with his family in Vermont.
Scott Goudsward is a local author and with a new non-fic book dropping on 5/2 - Horror Guide to Northern New England - which covers NH, VT and Maine.
Tyler James is the publisher of ComixTribe, which is both an internationally distributed creator-owned imprint of comics and graphic novels and an online resource empowering creators to help each other make better comics. Tyler writes the superhero murder mystery THE RED TEN!
THE CONVENTION HALL DETAILS & INFO
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.
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 Be prepared. 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)
FCBD After Party 6 - 11 at The Garage at the Governor's Inn
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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 choose not to enter the premises of any establishment to view the comic books, then you have given your inherent 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Draft beer & pub faire
Sandwiches & burgers from $7.99
Seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta from $12.99
Choice of seating:
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