FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ ACME! W/ Bunn, Chabot, Dale, Chris G., Hurtt, Khanna, Rachels, Rousseau, Schigiel, Smith, Stewart, Yates!

05/05/2012 - 10:00
05/05/2012 - 19:00

Home Base. Ground Zero. Patient Zero. Home to the Triad's oldest and largest comic shop for the last 28 years and to the best Free Comic Book Day in the world for over a decade, Acme Comics is your go-to for FCBD'12!!!

Spend the entire day!

  • Arrive early to receive a full offering of books, one of every Free Comic Book Day title offered, absolutely FREE!
  • Duck into the Sketch Cave and emerge with signed books and a personalized drawing from one of your favorite artists, for FREE!
  • Swap stories and get your picture taken with Spider-man, Green Lantern, Ms. Marvel and more for FREE!
  • Rock out with the band provided by Don's Music City! It's a superhero dance party! For FREE!
  • Purchase refreshments from the Guilford Middle School Comic Book Club so that you don't have to leave for lunch. They're not free, but the money does go to an excellent cause, educating and developing tomorrow's top creators!
  • The creators at the store will be:


    From Cullen

    Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

    All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

    And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he’ll tell you all about it.

    Cullen will be taking over the numbering of Captain America & Bucky in April as it transitions into Captain America & Hawkeye and he's also writing the upcoming Spider-man: Season One graphic novel, due out in May, which will have a preview of the first chapter on Free Comic Book Day!

    Jacob will be making his second Free Comic Book Day appearance at Acme, and his fourth in Greensboro overall! Since his last visit in 2011, Jacob has been putting together the second collection of his Eisner nominated comic, the Mighty Skullboy Army, as well as knocking out original Voltron Force graphic novels for Viz Media and contributing to the Shame Itself parody book from Marvel.

    Find out more about Jacob the Mad Scientist at Beetle Bug!

    From Jeremy

    Jeremy Dale is a comic book artist best known for his work on G.I. Joe comics for Hasbro with creator Larry Hama as well as the Harvey Award-winning Popgun v.1 from Image Comics and Miserable Dastards (recently optioned as a feature film). He is currently working on several projects, including the creator-owned Skyward series. He is a featured guest at several shows, conventions, and signings every year.

    Jeremy will be coming up from Atlanta for his fourth(!) Free Comic Book Day appearance, along with his lovely wife Kelly, the anchor of our FCBD book line!

    Chris G. will be making his third Free Comic Book Day appearance and his sixth at Acme overall! Definitely one of the family, Chris has been hard at work this year on the next volume of his acclaimed creator-owned series G-Man, as well as doing a weekly webcomic, Tales from the Con Floor with writer Brad Guigar, to promote the Emerald City Comic Con.

    Chris makes his internet home at Chris G.!

    From Oni

    Brian Hurtt burst onto the comic scene with the second arc in Greg Rucka's critically acclaimed series Queen & Country. He's not put his pencil down since, lending his illustration skills to the Queen & Country spin-off Declassified, Skinwalker, DC's critically acclaimed Gotham Central, as well as the DC series Hard Time. In 2006, he launched a new creator-owned series with writer Cullen Bunn. Titled The Damned, the series saw Brian pencil, ink, tone, and letter a book for the first time ever. He resides just outside of St. Louis in a room covered in black ink.

    Currently, Brian and Cullen collaborate monthly on the Sixth Gun from Oni. Enter The Hurtt Locker, if you dare!

    From Dan the Art

    My formal art training began at the Fiorello H. Laguardia H.S. of the Arts, and continued in college where I studied fine art at Cornell University, illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Animation at the Parsons School of Design.

    I've done work as a penciller on various comic books over the years for companies such as Dreamwave, IDW Publications, Titan UK Publications, and the Transformers Collectors Club/Botcon collectors Conventions. I've done concept design, full packaging illustrations as well as color work on many Transformers brand box art illustrations across several toy lines for Hasbro Inc. I've also provided statue designs for Hard Hero, and Titan Books/EagleMoss publications.

    From The Blind

    Raised in an artistically-gifted family in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, there was no time in my life when I didn’t feel art was a part of my identity. I wanted to be an animator since I was a girl of only five years. I absolutely adored Disney’s stable of animated films and cartoons, and I was fascinated with learning how they were made. When I was introduced to comic books by my cousins, I was drawn to Batman, Detective Comics, Wolverine and EC Comics’ creepy horror collections. Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film warped my eight-year-old mind! And in the best possible way! Villains and monsters always appealed to me more than the heroes. The Joker was my guy long before Heath Ledger defined him (I still love you, Jack…and even you, Cesar…). I longed for Cobra Commander to be my prom date, and I have a picture to prove my wish came true! Seriously.

    My own initiative to create comics ignited in that signature year of 1992, when the art firm of Lee, McFarland, Larsen, Liefeld, Valentino and Silvestri christened themselves Image Comics. I remember my cousins and I sitting around the kitchen table, each with our own copy of Spawn #1 and describing how we’d someday create our own comics. I followed through! I wrote short stories and translated them into pictures, learning a ton from my talented older cousins. Working in my Dad’s comic shop as a teenager, my professional artistic heroes were Jim Aparo, Jim Lee, Katsuhiro Otomo, Graham Ingles, Neal Adams, Brian Bolland, Bill Sienkiewicz, among many others. To this day, my single favorite comic story remains The Killing Joke. I eventually collaborated to illustrate and self-publish a story, The Chronicles of Limbo, on a local level, but that was my only organized effort at publishing my work until 2007, when I asked Kevin LaPorte to pen a brief script for me to draw for showing at conventions.

    From Craig

    i draw comics. over the last 10 years or so, i've drawn a LOT of books for several publishers...

    what i'm reading these days - the strain by guillermo del toro and chuck hogan, canon rebel t1i/500d - from snapshots to great shots by jeff revell

    what i'm listening to these days -join us by they might be giants, sky full of holes by fountians of wayne

    what i'm watching these days - sons of anarchy, rescue me, breaking bad, true blood

    Gregg Schigiel is a regular Acme partner in crime, as well as a frequent contributor to SpongeBob Comics from Bongo and United Plankton Press. In July, he launched Stuff Said with Gregg Schigiel, his cartoonist conversation podcast and a member show in the Acme Wave Projector podcast network. He continues to work on his creator-owned series Pix, Teenage American Fairy from his home in NYC and he blogs at Hatter

    It's been a busy year for our pal Smitty! He wrote and wrapped the third volume of the New York Times Best Selling Stuff of Legend, "the Jester". He created, wrote and drew the initial three issue arc of Intrepid EscapeGoat and still had time to do an exclusive variant cover the first issue for Acme and come down to support the book with our gang at NC Comic Con. As of the first of the year, Smitty is working as an associate edition at DC Comics, overseeing Deathstroke, Grifter and Savage Hawkman!

    Go read the Basics at Brian Smith!

    From Little League on Tumblr:

    Yale Stewart is an independent comic book artist, working primarily on his creator-owned project, “Gifted.” Also a comedy, “Gifted” is a semi-autobiographical work chronicling the life and times of he and his friends. His day job is working in the vintage clothing industry.

    When not drawing, Yale can be found spending his time in a myriad of ways. The most frequent of these activities would be smoking cigars, shopping for clothes, playing video games, and talking to girls. Or trying to, anyway. He is also an avid movie-watcher and music-listener, and eagerly awaits the return of baseball season.

    He attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Animation (2010). Originally from St. Louis, MO (Go Cards [and Blues]), he currently resides in Savannah, GA.

    From Kelly Yates

    I currently work freelance on a wide range of projects from computer designs to comic books. Previously, I worked at Hanesbrands as the Graphics Manager for the Marvel Comics license, where I developed artwork that was used on everything from boxers to briefs. Although my hometown is Greensboro, NC I spent 3-years in Troy, Michigan working for K-mart Intl. as an artist on their children's clothing line.

    My passion for art, especially comic book art, stems from a family road trip out to California when I was 12-years old. On the way back, we stopped at Yellowstone National Park for the night and to my distress I quickly discovered they had no TV's in the entire building. Luckily, the gift shop had a few comic books. The one that caught my attention was Cyrstar #6 with Nightcrawler on the cover. I have been reading comics ever since.

    Skipping ahead to my college years, I was sitting through an extremely boring lecture class and doodling on the side of my paper, when a friend leaned to see what I was doing and said, "You ought to be an artist.". So here I am years later and making a living at it.

    Being a self-trained artist, to say the least, has been an adventure. Going to comic book conventions, meeting new and "interesting" people over the years, and getting that magical phone call to do work is just part of the wonderful experience of art.

    So the adventure continues...

    • Avengers #12.1 - Marvel Comics
    • Bongo Free-For-All/ SpongeBob Freestyle - Bongo Comics/ United Plankton Press
    • DC Comics The New 52 Special Edition - DC Comics
    • Image 20 - Image Comics
    • Mega Man - Archie Comics
    • Mouse Guard Labyrinth & More HC - Archaia Entertainment
    • Peanuts/ Adventure Time Flipbook - Boom Studios
    • Star Wars/ Serenity - Dark Horse Comics
    • Transformers #80.5 - IDW Publishing
    • Yo Gabba Gabba Free Comic Book Time - Oni Press

    • 2000 AD Judge Dredd Special - 2000 AD
    • Animal Planet World's Most Dangerous Animals - Zenescope Entertainment
    • Diary of a Zombie Kid - Antarctic Press
    • Arcana Presents Intrinsic - Arcana Studio
    • Atomic Robo & Friends - Red 5 Comics
    • Bad Medicine #1 - Oni Press
    • Barnaby - Fantagraphic Books
    • Buffy/ the Guild - Dark Horse Comics
    • Burt Ward Boy Wonder - Bluewater Productions
    • Censored Howard Cruse - Boom Studios
    • DC Nation/ Superman Family Flipbook - DC Comics
    • Dinosaurs vs. Aliens - Liquid Comics
    • Dune Origins - Boom Studios
    • Finding Gossamyr/ Stuff of Legend - Th3rd World Studios
    • Graphic Elvis Preview - Liquid Comics
    • Infernal Devices Clockwork Angel - Hachette Book Group USA
    • Jurassic Strikeforce 5 - Zenescope Entertainment
    • Lady Death the Beginning - Avatar Press
    • Marble Season - Drawn & Quaterly
    • Moomin Color Special - Drawn & Quarterly
    • Muqtatafaht Middle East Comics Anthology - Caption Box
    • My Favorite Martian Special Edition - Hermes Press
    • Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace - Gemstone Publishing
    • Rockhead & Zinc 2-For-None - Capstone Publishing
    • Smurfs & Disney Fairies Featuring Tinkerbell - NBM
    • Sonic the Hedgehog - Archie Comics
    • Spider-man Season One - Marvel Comics
    • Top Shelf Kids Club - Top Shelf Productions
    • Under the Fairie Moon - Radical Publishing
    • Valiant Preview - Valiant Entertainment
    • Voltron Force Shelter from the Storm - Viz Media
    • Walt Disney's Donald Duck Family Comics - Fantagraphic Books
    • Witchblade Unbalanced Pieces - Image Comics
    • Worlds of Aspen - Aspen