Free Comic Book Day 2019 (and Star Wars Day) – Saturday 4 May 2019

Saturday 4 May is Free Comic Book Day. It is also the day of "May the Fourth be with you" - a day that many fans call Star Wars Day (cos PUNNING). It's quite a good time on the years that these two geektastic days combine forces. (Here's the full list of free comics on offer. I have my fingers crossed to get my hands on an all new Monsters story by Emil Ferris whose My Favourite thing is Monsters is one of the coolest graphic novels I have read in eons - the Free Comic Book Day website has some good tips on preparing for the day).

My Free Comic Book Day comics from 2018, plus purchases from Comics Compulsion.
My Free Comic Book Day comics from 2018, plus purchases from Comics Compulsion.

What's on in Christchurch

Comics Compulsion - 58 Main North Road, Papanui

Comics Compulsion has free comics to give away for:

  • Visiting Comics Compulsion;
  • Dressing up in cosplay;
  • Making a purchase.

They have Star Wars characters coming along to Free Comic Book Day between 10am-12pm! Dust off your cosplay and get a photo on Saturday May 4th. There will also be a gold coin donation sausage sizzle.

PopStop - 34 Main North Road

Free comic book giveaways for turning up (dress up as a favourite comic book character and get an additional comic free).

  • Photos with cosplayers from 12pm to 2.30pm;
  • Free candy;
  • In store discounts and deals;
  • Spot prizes;
    More to be revealed ...

Air Force Museum - 35 Harvard Avenue, Wigram

May the Fourth Star Wars Day
Saturday 4 May 10 am - 5 pm

Celebrate ‘May the Fourth’ with a free day of Star Wars-themed fun, brought to you by the Air Force Museum and Christchurch cosplay group DARK SIDE Entertainers, opens a new window. Come dressed as your favourite character, or have your photo taken with a rebel trooper, stormtrooper, or even Darth Vader himself. View some amazing Star Wars models and bring your own to build or show off. There’ll even be a Star Wars-themed Museum hunt to complete on the day, so mark it in your calendar and make sure you get along to the Air Force Museum - where the (Air) Force will be with you, always!


Comic characters / graphic art workshop at Shirley Library Saturday 25 May 1pm to 3.30pm (Youth Week event)

Join comic character illustrator/ fantasy artist Ryan Green for a workshop on how to make your own characters come to life. Suitable for ages 10 to 24. Bookings required (phone 941-7923 or email

Armageddon - Saturday 1 June to Monday 3 June

Christchurch Armageddon is scheduled for June 1st to 3rd (Queen’s Birthday long weekend 2019) at the Horncastle Arena.
Read: ‘Armageddon’ at Tūranga: Tools for expo prep