In LA for Free Comic Book Day?

Long ago in my LA days, I used to frequent Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka (living the sweet life in California’s beautiful San Fernando Valley), and when my friend Ed, who runs the shop, asked me to let people know about the big Free Comic Book Day/Hero Initiative Benefit, I said, “no problem.”  What I didn’t know is that it wasn’t just another little signing.  Nope, along with Hero Initiative and BOOM! Studios, they’ve put together quite a day for the non-Valley fearing Los Angeles comic fan.

Check out the press release:

For Immediate Release:

BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief will sign copies of IRREDEEMABLE #1

OBSERVE AND REPORT’s The Yuan Bros. to tag along and look adorable, menacing.

Los Angeles – April 21, 2009 – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that Mark Waid will be joining the Hero Initiative Benefit Party during Free Comic Book Day 2009 at Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka, California. Joining him will be the BOOM! Studios’ “unofficial” spokespersons of interest, the Yuan Brothers, from this year’s smash hit OBSERVE AND REPORT.

Waid will be headlining an all-star line up of the Who’s Who in comics today, including Marc Guggenheim (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, GREEN LANTERN movie), Jim Mahfood (GRRL SCOUTS, CLERKS), David Wohl (co-creator of WITCHBLADE, DARKNESS) Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND KID), and more! Collector’s Paradise Free Comic Book Day 2009 happening will be host to a full day of events for fans of every stripe and age:

Signings: Featured guests will be onsite from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Product will be available for purchase to sign, including the TRIBUTE TO MIKE WIERINGO HERO INITIATIVE EXCLUSIVE – FREE with your Ralph’s card and registering with HERO! Or you can bring your own!

Sketches: Jim Mahfood, Joe Benitez and Mike Kunkel can be yours for $10 a sketch, with all proceeds going to the Hero Initiative!

Auctions: Live eBay auctions of items donated by guests, starting May 2nd at 12:00PM Pacific Time, with all proceeds going to the Hero Initiative!

Professional Photo Studio: Customers (and their kids) will be able to take photos with their favorite writers and artists , as well as costumed characters! Prints will be available to purchase on the Collector’s Paradise website and pick up in the store, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Hero Initiative!

Benefit: 10% of all the day’s receipts will be going to HERO INITIATIVE.

Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, CA 91306. For more information, please call Collector’s Paradise at 818-999-9455 or check the website at

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS. This summer, things heat up as BOOM! enters a co-publishing deal with Fox Atomic, a division of 20th Century Fox. Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, 2009 marks BOOM! Studios’ fourth anniversary.


  1. I will be there on May 2nd.  Josh, I didn’t know you used to frequent this shop.

  2. I was a vertiable unknown back then.

  3. Josh has Edward’s cat…… monster.

  4. Well…not anymore. She’s living with a lovely family in Maine now.

  5. Whew… wan’t sure where you were going with that for a sec. Like I don’t maybe she joined the circus or something..ya know like all my "older" animals.Oh wait…is that what Maine is for you?

  6. Sounds like a lot of fun and I know I will be there and it is also GREAT store.  

  7. For once I’d like to hear ‘Hey you going to a random shop in Jersey?’ 🙂

    Sounds great though.

  8. If a random shop in New Jersey was having a benefit that was worth telling people about, and asked me to help promote it, I very well might.

    But no one wants to go to New Jersey.

  9. @josh: Point taken

    Also, I dont want to live in Jersey. No one wants to live in Jersey 🙂

  10. Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been meaning to check out the store. I’m pretty sure I’ll finally get to it.

  11. I’m tempted…thought Winnetka is a bit far…


  12. I guess it depends on where you’re coming from.  I used to live in Van Nuys, and it wasn’t so far from there.  I’d just shoot westward on Sherman Way.  When I moved closer to Burbank, it was a lot more of a haul.

  13. hands down the best comics shop i have ever been to.  ed is awesome, knows his stuff, and gives the best discounts you could hope for.  hey, i even met josh there before he started ifanboy!  if you are in the valley check it out.  ed, i miss ya man! (it’s zac btw) 

  14. Thanks for the plug, Josh.  Miss you here in LA.  Thanks to those who have said nice things about the store. We really do try hard to put together one of the best experiences in LA.  BTW, we are also running a simultaneous Live Auction on EBAY with items donated by our guests.  Went to Mahfood’s pad to pick up the 3 INSANE pages of original art that he donated and they are SICK.  Wait till you see them.  Not random pages from a comic book, no, big HUGE pages of original art, 2 b/w, one in color double sided.  Crazy stuff.  And there is a ton more.  Zac, miss you too, bud.  Check out the photos and video after the event, you won’t recognize the store, it’s so much better looking.


  15. New Jersey smells way way better then a Rhinos butt…

     jk im from NJ. Its actually a total shit hole! My LCS is in somerville. Comic Fortress! Represent!

  16. I was first at the door to this morning’s start of Seattle’s Free Comic Book Day. And I have to say… I have NEVER walked out with as many new comics as I had that morning… I had to buy 100 more bag and boards just because… =| And the sad part is I don’t think I’ve had my fill of the publisher: "Radical Comics"

  17. I just got back from Collector’s Paradise and man that place was packed.  Ed and the group really did a great job.  I didn’t get a chance to speak with Waid, Guggenheim and the other guests as it was really crowded around that area.  Oh well.

    Oh and I saw Joe Casey hanging out with the other guests as well.