All of Greensboro’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Book Stores Will Partner Together with Geeksboro and GRAWL to Host a Special Charity Fundraiser “We Can Be Heroes” Arm Wrestling Event at the Elm Street Center in Downtown Greensboro.
It’s like a scene out of the Avengers, the Justice League or perhaps more accurately, the Fantastic Four — all four of Greensboro’s comic book stores will be teaming up for a good cause on Free Comic Book Day.
On Sat., May 6, Greensboro’s Acme Comics, Comic Dimension, Parts Unknown and Ssalefish Greensboro will devote their regular business hours to dispensing thousands of free comic books to children and adults alike as part of the Free Comic Book Day festivities hosted by comic book stores across the nation. Then in the evening, these stores will close up for the day and join forces to participate in “We Can Be Heroes,” a ladies arm-wrestling event hosted by Greensboro Armwrestling League (GRAWL) in downtown Greensboro at the Elm Street Center.
“We Can Be Heroes” is a superhero-themed arm wrestling event wherein female participants will be dressed as inspired riffs on beloved heroes from comic books as well as science fiction and fantasy, including Captain America, Xena: Warrior Princess and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
And while victory will go to the strongest female superhero who enters the competition, the true winner at the event will be the I Am A Queen Foundation, who will receive 100% of the net proceeds from the event.
I Am A Queen Foundation is a mentorship program for young women who live in Greensboro and High Point.
“Seeing four retailers unite to raise money for a common cause that’s relevant to our community is truly special,” says Rachel Scott, co-founder of GRAWL.
She adds: “GRAWL cannot wait to entertain and inspire comic book nerds, families, and folks just looking for something to do downtown!”
GRAWL will host “We Can Be Heroes” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6th at the Regency Ballroom of The Elm Street Center on 203 South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro. WGHP’s Nick Sturtivandt , local filmmaker Jaysen Buterin and renowned illustrator Dan Dos Santos will be celebrity guest judges for the event, and GRAWL will be raffling comic books, graphic novels and other collectible prizes donated by Greensboro’s ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book retailers.
Tickets are $6 each, and can be purchased in advance at https://www.geeksboro.com/grawlfcbd or in person at Geeksboro Coffee and Beverage Company on 2134 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro.
The following is a listing of the Free Comic Book Day events happening across Greensboro on May 6:
Parts Unknown: The Comic Book Store
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 906 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 272-7060
Event Description: 20% off all back issues, 20% off all toys, a cosplay contest for a $50 Parts Unknown gift certificate and lots of free comic books beyond this year’s official Free Comic Book Day offerings.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: 2823-E Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 763-9322
Event Description: Attendees will get five official Free Comic Book Day comics while supplies last, photo opportunities with some of your favorite superheroes and supervillains, appearances by writer David Adkins and artist Bill Lunsford, and additional prizes for the first 25 people in line.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Address: 2150 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 574-2263
Event Description: Jump in line and get excited as ACME gives away about 30,000 special edition Free Comic Book Day comic books. There will also be local artists and vendors, face painting and other fun surprises and activities. Special guests will include comic book creators Joel Carroll, Jacob Chabot, Dan Dos Santos, Gregg Schigiel, Chris Giarrusso, Randall Trang and more!
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: 1622 Stanley Road, Greensboro, NC
Contact: (336) 897-3623
Event Description: In addition to official Free Comic Book Day comics, attendees will receive one free Ssalefish exclusive variant cover, buy two-get one free on anything in the store (excluding new comic books), free trade paperbacks or hard covers to at least the first 25 people in line (must be 18 or older), free raffles for original artwork and signed prints and more than 10,000 $1 comic books that will be available for sale.