Free Comic Book Day
Come along to Taranaki’s only Free Comic Book Day event
Why have a Free Comic Day when you can have a Free Comic Book Week?
This year, the Free Comic Book Day celebrations are extending into an fun-filled week of comic-themed activities in LibraryPlus centres around the District as we lead up to the main event happening in Hāwera on the Saturday.
On 7 August, dress up as your favourite comic book character and be one of several hundred comic book enthusiasts who will participate in activities which range from illustration workshops to gaming sessions, galaxy rock hunts, face painting, costume parade, activities for the kids plus much, much more – and don’t forget there’s also over 500 free comics to give away as well as a tonne of spot prizes.
The gaming zone is being held at local coffee shop and our key event supporter, Caffeinate; while the costume parade will be taking place at 12noon in the town square (weather dependant) – sign up at the library on the day. This year, 2NuiCode have joined in as well as Hāwera Cinemas.
“It’s always such an exciting day with people coming from far and wide,” says event organiser Katherine Bosworth. “Our event just keeps growing and we’re excited to be the only Free Comic Book Day event in Taranaki this year.”
Events happening in the week leading up to Free Comic Book Day (for 5 – 12 years)
- Monday 2 August, 3pm, Be Your Own Superhero at Waverley LibraryPlus
- Tuesday 3 August, 3.30pm, Comics, Crafts and Cookies at Manaia LibraryPlus
- Tuesday 3 August, 3.30pm, Superhero Party at Ōpunakē LibraryPlus
- Thursday 5 August, 3pm, Comic Book Magnets at Kaponga LibraryPlus
- Thursday 5 August, 3.30pm, Superhero Masks at Eltham LibraryPlus
- Friday 6 August, 3pm, Be Your Own Superhero at Pātea LibraryPlus
Activities on Free Comic Book Day (Saturday 7 August, 10am – 12.30pm)
- Moa creator James Davidson will be taking two illustration workshops at Hawera LibraryPlus starting at 10.15am and 11.15am. Bookings not essential
- Free facepainting
- Free Children’s activities from 10.30 – 11.30am
- Hāwera Scouts Sausage sizzle fundraiser outside the Library, from 10am – 12noon
- Free hot chocolate/coffee for all of those who attend Free Comic Book day at the library
- Magic the Gathering Demo
- Board and Card Games
- Comicon parade. Sign up for the parade at Hawera LibraryPlus before 12noon. Parade takes place at 12noon in the town square (or libraryplus if the weather is wet). Awesome prizes to be won!
Ngati Ruanui Building
- Visit the Ngati Ruanui building to explore and have a go with 2NuiCode
- Scavenger Hunt to find the 20 superhero cut outs displayed in local businesses
- Put your entry in the draw by 11am on Saturday 7 August for a super prize which will be drawn in the square at 12noon
- Attend the afternoon screening of Suicide Squad 2 in costume and get a free popcorn
Throughout the town
- Find a galaxy rock and bring it into the Hāwera LibraryPlus to redeem your prize