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Free Comic Book Day

But once a year, on the first Saturday in May, Vault of Midnight joins forces with local comic shops worldwide to offer free comic books to the masses. We aim to spread the word about everything the comic book medium has to offer by sharing our favorite titles in an approachable and risk-free way.

Doors open at 10am! Early risers will get pick of the litter from our free comic book wall, and Madcap Coffee will be offering up complementary caffeine samples while supplies last. Sidewalk festival concludes at 5pm but free comics will be flying off the shelves til 10pm!

There are dangerous amounts of fun to be had, surely more than can be contained within our humble man-made constructs, so festivities will be spilling out onto the street with a myriad of games, trivia, entertainment, and prizes-to-be-won right outside our front door! This year's lineup includes:

Court of Nerds
Madcap Coffee
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Girls Rock Grand Rapids
The Bandit Zine

Plus, an expanded local artists alley featuring:

Cody Flowers & Sean Cope, The Neighborhood Watch
Dylan, Ewok Raiders Studios
John Bailey
Scott Wygmans
Kim Nguyen
Students from the GR Creative Youth Center

As if you needed an excuse to dress up as your favorite comic book characters, Vault of Midnight will be offering impromptu prizes throughout the day for our favorite cosplay. You can also enter to win the Grandest of Prizes (details to come!) in our Adult and Kid cosplay contest. All you have to do is:

1. Snap a photo of your cosplay at our Free Comic Book Day celebration
2. Post it to our Facebook wall & hashtag the mess out of that thing: #vaultofmidnight #freecomicbookday2017
3. Prepare yourself for an influx of new likes and friend requests.
4. Eagerly await our deliberation and announcement of the winners on Facebook following the event.
5. Claim thine prize! (winners only)

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Learn about all the fun events happening at each location at

Free Comic Book Day