ComicFest and Free Comic Book Day — 2 to 4 May

ComicFest 2019 is a celebration of the comic book. This year, it's being held at the National Library in Wellington because the usual host, Wellington City Library, has had to vacate their building for earthquake repairs. 

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic book stores around the world celebrate Free Comic Book Day by giving away free comic books. Find out more about ComicFest in Wellington and local Free Comic Book Day events in your area.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love.
— Free Comic Book Day
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ComicFest 2019 Wellington at the National Library

ComicFest 2019 is a celebration of the comic book. It begins on Thursday 2 May with a free mystery film screening at 6pm.

Friday night highlights include a Star Wars quiz and Eisner Award winner Roger Langridge speaking in the National Library auditorium from 6:45pm.

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and from 9am there will be literally hundreds of free comic books to give away! There are also panels and workshops throughout the day catering to all levels of comic book interest.

Here's the full programme

The great news is that all events are free, but you do need to register for some in advance.

Come along, and bring your family. There are activities for comic lovers of all ages!

Find local ComicFest events

For those outside Wellington, check EventFinda, or your local library or comic book store for an event near you.

Participating Comic Book Stores are also listed on

By Dylan Owen

Dylan is an Online Content Services and Products Developer (Curriculum) with National Library's Services to Schools.

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