FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016

Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics

The Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival

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!
Table price will be $50 and you can guarantee your spot here

 
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 4:00 - 6:00

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.
Extra Points for Millarworld characters. The more Millar World Characters we get the better the chances we will have a return of the big guy. These include characters from:
  • Wanted
  • Kick-Ass
  • Secret Service
  • Jupiter's Legacy
  • Jupiter's Circle
  • American Jesus
  • Jupiter's Circle
  • MPH
  • Starlight
  • Nemesis
  • Secret Service / Kingsmen
  • Superior
  • Supercrooks
  • The Unfunnies
  • Chrononauts 
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 Greg 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.
 
 

DIVISIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS FOR ENTRANTS:

  • MASTERS DIVISION – Entrants in this division have won best in show or have placed in first in a past cosplay/costume contest.
  • JOURNEYMAN DIVISION – Entrants in this division have entered cosplay/costume contests in the past but haven’t won best in show or placed in first yet.
  • NOVICE DIVISION – Entrants in this division have never entered a cosplay/costume contest before.
  • WALK-ON (NOTE: You are not required to pre-reg for walk-on) – This division is for those who are not interested in competing, but who still would like to showcase their costume.
  • NOTE: Those wanting to partake in the walk-on portion may still approach the judges during pre-judging for constructive feedback, but they will not be pre-judged.
 
Richard Roberts, the photographer for FCBD, has just also donated a certificate for a free cosplay photo session, for the Best in Show Winner, worth $600!
 
 
 

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!

 

FCBD News

The Darby Pop Crew will be back this FCBD!

Darby Pop

Jeff Kline, Jeff Marsick and Russell Brettholtz will be signing at this years FCBD

Not only will we be seeing Jeff Marsicks's new book Dead Man's Party and Russell Brettholtz's Sidekicked but we'll have 350 copies of Jeff Kline's SUPER LIMITED EDITION Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises #1 only available at our Free Comic Book Day Festival.

Darby Pop Publishing was founded in 2013 by multiple Emmy Award winning writer/producer Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS: PRIME, G.I. JOE RENEGADES, JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES) as an outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling.  Kline recruited talent from a small circle of friends — writers and artists with whom he’d worked in both live-action and animation — by asking: “Have you ever had an idea you were convinced would make a killer comic book?”

Darby Pop began as IDW’s first creator-owned imprint. Five original series and 40+ issues/TPs have been published to date.  Creators have included Eric Garcia (CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE), John Raffo (THE 7TH SWORD), Scott Marder/Rob Rosell/Jack Lambert (DOBERMAN), Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (DEAD SQUAD), and Kline himself (INDESTRUCTIBLE). In July 2015, Darby Pop partnered with Magnetic Press and released its sixth series SIDE-KICKED by Russell Brettholtz in October 2015 and its seventh series DEAD MAN’S PARTY by Jeff Marsick in January 2016, with its eighth series FAKE EMPIRE by Eric Palicki scheduled to release in March 2016. In October 2015, Darby Pop announced a collaboration with Bruce Lee Entertainment to produce BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES, which will chronicle the return of the beloved actor, philosopher, teacher, and — of course — martial artist in a present-day, all-ages comedy/action/adventure.

 

SEE THEIR BIOS ON OUR FCBD GUESTS PAGE

THE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY FESTIVAL COSTUME EXTRAVAGANZA!

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 4:00 - 6:00

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.
Extra Points for Millarworld characters. The more Millar World Characters we get the better the chances we will have a return of the big guy. These include characters from:
  • Wanted
  • Kick-Ass
  • Secret Service
  • Jupiter's Legacy
  • Jupiter's Circle
  • American Jesus
  • Jupiter's Circle
  • MPH
  • Starlight
  • Nemesis
  • Secret Service / Kingsmen
  • Superior
  • Supercrooks
  • The Unfunnies
  • Chrononauts 
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 Greg 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.
 
 

DIVISIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS FOR ENTRANTS:

  • MASTERS DIVISION – Entrants in this division have won best in show or have placed in first in a past cosplay/costume contest.
  • JOURNEYMAN DIVISION – Entrants in this division have entered cosplay/costume contests in the past but haven’t won best in show or placed in first yet.
  • NOVICE DIVISION – Entrants in this division have never entered a cosplay/costume contest before.
  • WALK-ON (NOTE: You are not required to pre-reg for walk-on) – This division is for those who are not interested in competing, but who still would like to showcase their costume.
  • NOTE: Those wanting to partake in the walk-on portion may still approach the judges during pre-judging for constructive feedback, but they will not be pre-judged.
 
Richard Roberts, the photographer for FCBD, has just also donated a certificate for a free cosplay photo session, for the Best in Show Winner, worth $600!
 
 
 

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

Volunteer for FCBD!

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

Reserve a Table at Free Comic Book Day!

Reserve a Table at Free Comic Book Day!

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!
Table price will be $50 and you can guarantee your spot here

REQUEST A TABLE




Cosplay Idol

 

Richard Roberts, the photographer for FCBD, has donated a certificate for a free cosplay photo session, for the Best in Show Winner, worth $600!

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.

FCBD COSPLAY REGISTRATION

 

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.

 


 

The Convention Hall

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!

BACK ALLEY DEAL We welcome everyone to enter Jetpack Comics' rear (Union Street Parking Lot) entrance for a fee of $10 per person if they wish to skip the line at the store's front entrance. The Jetpack Back Alley deal will start between 9:15 & 9:30. Please note that the Back Ally Deal is Cash only. Sorry but there isn't a Credit Card machine in the hallway.

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
 10 - 4 but join us at the FCBD after party


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. All guests are subject to professional commitments and are subject to change at any time. No refunds will be given for guest cancellations or changes - not that the event costs you anything anyway.

 

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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