Galactic Quest owner Kyle Puttkammer wants to make sure people know Gwinnett is on the map when it comes to celebrating comic books on Free Comic Book Day.
His comic book store usually goes all out on the annual observance by hosting meet-and-greets with authors and photo opportunities with people dressed up as sci-fi characters at its Lawrenceville and Buford locations. In Lawrenceville, the store partners with the city and its neighboring businesses so comic book fans can go from storefront to storefront — usually dressed as some comic book character — collecting various comic titles along the way.
“We already distribute more comic books than any other store in Georgia on Free Comic Book Day,” Puttkammer said.
Gwinnett is about to be taken over by comic book fans Saturday as the annual opportunity to distribute free comics — and encourage reading along the way — happens.
And there will be plenty of activity taking place to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.
The most high profile might be the celebration in Lawrenceville. In addition to several stores and restaurants around the town square distributing comic books Saturday, there will also be appearance by Ghostbusters, Doc Brown’s Delorean (from “Back to the Future”) and imperial stormtroopers from “Star Wars.” Comic book fans who show up to collect titles are also expected to show up in cosplay outfits portraying their favorite characters.
“It’s just a way to get people excited about comics,” Puttkammer said. “Obviously the new ‘Avengers’ movie is out there and comic book stores are the places to be.”
Puttkammer said said both of his stores — one located at 116 E. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville and another at 4264 Sudderth Road in Buford — will open at 9 a.m. Celebrations will continue around downtown Lawrenceville until 2 p.m.
“There will literally be more than 2,300 pounds of comic books,” Puttkammer said. “We encourage everybody to take what they’ll read but leave plenty for the people who are coming in throughout the day.”
There will also be several comic book artists and writers doing meet-and-greets at both Galactic Quest locations. Buford will host “My Little Pony” artist Andy Price, Marvel and DC Comics’ Don Hillsman, and novelist Braxton Cosby.
The Lawrenceville store will host meet-and-greets with Robert Pope, Drew Geraci, Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, Robert Jeffrey, Jason Flowers and John Pence.
The more than 50 titles that are being distributed on Free Comic Book Day include well-known comic, animation and sci-fi characters such as The Avengers, Spider-Man, the Justice League, Disney Descendants, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Pokemon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bob’s Burgers, RoboTech, Spawn, The Tick, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
There is even a comic featuring international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as the leader of a superhero team.
Galactic Quest is far from the only comic book store in Gwinnett that will be participating in Free Comic Book Day. Other local stores which will be participating include:
• Joes Garage, 2855 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suite 760 in Suwanee;
• Titan Games and Comics, 2131 Pleasant Hill Road No. 129 in Duluth;
• Odins, 937 Killian Hill Road in Lilburn; and
• Stukntyme Collectibles Corp, 4181 Steve Reynolds Blvd., No. 105, in Norcross.
Stukntyme will offer an exclusive Funko pop figure for the day and deals on other pops (three common pops for $27, five common pops for $40 and 15% off on exclusive vaulted or premium pops) and 15% off board games.