Kinokuniya Free Comic Book Day 2018

Kinokuniya Free Comic Book Day 2018

All the free comics worthy of a god.

This year on Saturday May 5th we will once again be celebrating Free Comic Book Day here at Kino by giving away thousands of comics absolutely FREE! And there’s also 20% OFF* all graphic novels and manga for Kino Card Members (10% OFF** for non-members), plus a full day of sweet giveaways, exclusives, cosplay and creators.

Read on, dear mortal, and discover more about this year’s mighty Kinokuniya Free Comic Book Day…


FREE COMIC BOOKS // In store // All day (while stocks last)

Get first dibs on our FREE COMIC showbag by registering for the Early Bird Queue from 8am! We’ll be taking registrations from Thursday 12th April until Monday 23rd April, or until timeslots are fully allocated. For full information and to register, head here.

The Free Comic Queue also opens from 12pm on the day without registration!

Here’s what you get in your Free Comic showbag:


  • Avengers & Captain America
  • My Hero Academia / RWBY
  • TWO additional free FCBD comics of your choice
  • Special offer & free gift redemption voucher from Oscar Wylee
  • Exclusive discount vouchers from Event Cinemas


Our Kino FCBD sale will once again be held over FOUR DAYS from Thursday 3rd May to Sunday 6th May.

Kinokuniya Card Members get a whopping 20% OFF* all graphic novels and manga in store during the sale! 10% OFF** for non-members on 5th May only.

*Includes figurines and Chinese and Japanese titles. Not in conjunction with any other offer, valid with Books Kinokuniya Card Membership from 3 May 2018 – 6 May 2018 only.
**Includes figurines and Chinese and Japanese titles. Not in conjunction with any other offer, valid on 5 May 2018 only.


Make a purchase at Kinokuniya or any retailer or food outlet in The Galeries on the day to receive either a FREE lucky dip graphic novel or Pop! Vinyl while stocks last!

Just present your proof of purchase at the Gift with Purchase counter in our Japanese books section and let our staff know if you would prefer a graphic novel OR Pop! Vinyl to redeem your free lucky dip gift.

* Strictly limited, while stocks last only. One graphic novel OR Pop! Vinyl per person, with proof of purchase. Redeem in store at Books Kinokuniya on Saturday 5th May 2018 only. 

ARTISTS’ ALLEY // 11am – 4pm

Visit the Alley to purchase comics, prints and other amazing stuff or get a sketch done by your favourite artist. Artists will also be giving away FREE sketches for kids under 15.

Who will be at the Alley this year:

baez_forwebMARCELO BAEZ

Marcelo works as a professional freelance illustrator and comics artist in Australia and overseas. His list of clients include international companies such as Marvel, Apple inc, Time Inc, Event Cinemas, Frew publishing, and many more. Currently he is working on a new sci-fi/time traveling graphic novel named The Verge with writer/director Bryce McLellan.


campi_forwebTHOMAS CAMPI

Thomas Campi is an award-winning Italian artist living permanently in Sydney, Australia. Thomas has been making comics for over 18 years, and his work has been published in various countries around the world. His latest graphic novels Magritte: this is not a biography and the upcoming graphic novel Joe Shuster – The artist behind Superman have been translated into English.


chan_forwebQUEENIE CHAN

Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong, and migrated to Australia when she was six. In 2004, she began drawing a mystery-horror series called The Dreaming for TOKYOPOP which has since been translated into multiple languages. She has collaborated with best-selling author Dean Koontz for his Odd Thomas series, and with Kylie Chan on Small Shen. She has also finished a fairy tale fantasy series called Fabled Kingdom.



Frew Publications has been the genuine, one and only publisher of the Phantom Comic and other Lee Falk creations in Australia since 1948. One of their artists who will be sketching will be Sydney based illustrator Jamie Johnson. From a young age, he has had a passion for comic art. He is a fan favourite cover artist on The Phantom, becoming known for his wraparound and connecting covers in recent years.



Giant Panda King is a boutique publishing company based in Sydney, Australia, established by the creators of Star Wars burlesque show ‘The Empire Strips Back’ and men’s parody magazine, Wookieerotica. Their Batman parody photobook, Gotham: 1919-1939will be published in May 2018 and available at Kino FCBD.



grant_forwebPAT GRANT

Pat Grant lives in Wollongong. He is the author of “Blue” (Top Shelf) and the forthcoming graphic novel “The Grot” (Top Shelf). His comics and writings have compelled people to chew at their cuticles in discomfort, take long baleful sniffs of printed paper, and cry while trawling the internet.



joyce_forwebLOUIE JOYCE

Louie Joyce is an award-winning comics creator and illustrator based in Austinmer, NSW. His comics include Past the Last Mountain (Winner of a 2017 Silver Ledger Award), The Many Harold Holts of Space & Time, Astral and self published books MISHMASH & HODGEPODGE. Louie’s illustration work has been exhibited internationally and he creates illustrations for storyboards, animation, publishing and concept development.


phillips_forwebCRAIG PHILLIPS

Craig Phillips has illustrated books and created rock posters for bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters, art for Neil Gaiman’s  American Gods, and written and illustrated his own graphic novels. His first, Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, was a notable book in the 2018 CBCA Children’s book awards and shortlisted for an Aurealis. His new book, The Adventures of Jack Scratch, is out now and will be available at Kino FCBD.


picciotto_forwebDANIEL PICCIOTTO

Daniel Picciotto is a creative mind with a strong passion for visual storytelling. With a body of work including storyboarding for commercials, and artwork for the award-winning TV show “Ready For This” on the ABC, Daniel’s favourite accomplishment has been seeing his comic work published in Comixtribes Scamthology. Look for his cover work on the upcoming Phantom TPB from Frew Publications.


vamos_forwebLESLEY VAMOS

Lesley aka ‘Striped Designs’ has been drawing and creating ever since she could hold a pencil incorrectly. She has a passion for all things story telling and world building and is lucky enough to get paid to do it.





Kinokuniya is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu to Kino FCBD!

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX:  No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. Her newest work is MONSTRESS, an original, creator-owned comic book series with Japanese artist (and X-23 collaborator) Sana Takeda. Published by Image in Fall 2015, MONSTRESS is set in an alternate, matriarchal 1920’s Asia and follows a girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of war. With a cast of girls and monsters and set against a richly imagined aesthetic of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS #1 debuted to critical praise.

For full details and to RSVP, visit the event page.




Our ever-popular Cosplay Competition is on like Donkey Kong again this year with prizes from MadmanSupanova Comic-Con & Gaming Expo and SMASH! Plus this year we are introducing the Kinokuniya Choice prize, for which we will be enlisting the help of special guest judges and professional cosplayers Lucky Bonez and A.K. Wirru! There’s also the People’s Choice prize, which will be determined by the most likes in each category via public voting on Facebook.

Continuing into our third year of the tradition, EVERY ENTRANT who wants to will be included in the 2018 Kinokuniya Cosplay Book, which will be available for PRE-ORDER on the day.

Here are the prizes to be won:

KINOKUNIYA CHOICE PRIZE – Best Male / Best Female / Best Under 12 Cosplay

  • $100 Kinokuniya voucher
  • $100 Madman voucher
  • Supanova Sydney weekend double pass
  • SMASH! weekend double pass
  • A copy of the 2018 Kinokuniya Cosplay Book

PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE – Best Male / Best Female / Best Under 12 Cosplay

  • $50 Kinokuniya voucher
  • $50 Madman voucher
  • A copy of the 2018 Kinokuniya Cosplay Book

Photos will be taken on the day by professional cosplay photographer Josh Florence at our cosplay competition area in store. Remember to let our staff and volunteers know if you will be entering the competition, the book, or both!



Want to walk away with a manga boxset on Kino FCBD?? Here’s your chance!

Thanks to our friends at Viz Comics, we’ll be giving away ONE boxset every hour from 10am – 1pm on the day in store. How do you nab one of these fantastic boxsets? Just find the Kino staff member carrying or wearing the right prop at the right time and approach them to WIN! Here’s what to look out for and when:

10am – Claymore boxset

Find the staff member holding the Claymore sword

11am – Death Note boxset

Find the staff member holding the Death Note book

12pm – Naruto boxset

Find the staff member wearing the Naruto headband

1pm – One Piece boxset

Find the staff member wearing the One Piece hat



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Need motivation? Look no further than Find the Potential Within. Apparently, it might possibly, maybe, motivate you a bit.

Critics are calling it ‘almost literature’.

Deadpool’s debut book Find the Potential Within will be available EXCLUSIVELY in store and FREE while stocks last on Free Comic Book Day! See staff on the day for more details.

“If it’s in you, I’ll pull it out.” – Deadpool


It’s going to be an amazing day, as always, and we know that everyone is going to have the best time ever!! To make sure that this happens and that everyone has a good time, here are some basic house rules to be mindful of on the day:

  • Be prepared and informed – soak up all the info above on the workings of the day
  • Follow instructions & directions from staff & volunteers – and don’t be afraid to ask if you have a question!
  • Ask before you take photos – we’re all going to be very good-looking on the day, but please do remember to be respectful about photo-taking
  • No real weapons please – all’s fun and games until someone loses a limb or gets arrested… let’s keep those cosplay props safe, guys
  • Be courteous to your fellow FCBD-goer – we’re all here for the same reasons and to have a good time, so good vibes all around for all please!




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