Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day!

It’s free comic book day!

We feel this merits a special announcement because you can, right now, get free comic books!

In fact you could have gotten some starting like an hour ago but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, go for it now!

COMICS N’ MORE? MORE LIKE FREE COMICS N’ MORE FREE COMICS!

HOORAY – it’s almost here! The only week of the year where you get 2 NEW COMIC BOOK DAYS!
We are extremely pleased excited to announce that we have some very special FCBD offerings.
– FREE COMICS! Up to 3 per customer, get an additional comic with a donation to the Easthampton Community Center‘s Open Pantry.
– FREE COMICS! We upped our orders from last year and aim to have a majority of this year’s releases available ALL day Saturday and maybe even some will be left on Sunday! WOW!
– BARGAINS! We’re gunna be auditing our shelves, pulling out the over-stock and marking down DOZENS of SWEET books! NEW & USED & PRICED TO MOVE!
– 80+ LONG BINS FULL OF DOLLAR COMICS! BULK BUY BARGAINS!

PS: YOU BETTER BELIEVE THERE’S EVEN A LITTLE N’MORE WE DIDN’T EVEN TELL YALL ABOUT YET!
#DOIT2IT#COMIXMONGER#COMIXHUNT#COMICSFORSALE#LOCALCOMICSHOP#NCBD#EASTHAMPTONMASSACHUSETTS#WESTERNMASSACHUSETTS

MODERN MYTHS? MORE LIKE FREE MYTHS!

Join Modern Myths to celebrate our last Free Comic Book Day! We’re sending off the store in style with Free Comics* on the first Saturday in May.

We’re also starting our Liquidation Sale. Deals starting at 25% off, including comics, graphic novels, board games, RPGS, and more!
Furniture and art pieces will be up for sale as well.

Opening early at 11 AM, please be aware it’s also Northampton Pride downtown! The parade starts at 11 am, so driving into town will be limited between 10:30 and 12:45. **Edit to 11 am, last year was noon, but they’ve decided to be early birds this year.**

*Limit 1 free comic from Free Comic Book Day promotional selection per customer. Additional free comics for customers coming in superhero cosplay, and pull customers.

So there you go, go grab some comics!

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September 7th – September 13th

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TopatoCon! We know we’ve been talking about this for a while but for real everyone, it’ll be fun. We’ll be there, you’ll be there, a bunch of artists and writers and comedians and developers and cool folks of all stripes and occupations will be there. You’ll have the option to give them money in exchange for services they render! You’ll get to chat with them, and confirm that you’re a cool person that cool people like to speak with!

Also, there’s a really neat activity going on at TopatoCon arranged by our very own Pioneer Valley Game Devs! The TopatoJAM! A free experimental game jam held alongside the con. What that means is that attending TopatoCon is encouraged, but not required to participate. But you MUST register!

topatojamSo what is it? Well. It’s a thing where you try to make a game wicked fast. It’s open to developers of any skill level, but you know be sure you’ve got a clear idea of what it is you can do. Cost is free, but they suggest you donate. Kick $5 their way. Come on, just… they’re neat right? You like this sort of thing. Support it at least as much as you support a sandwich.

Teams can be formed before the game jam or after you arrive. The game jam theme will be announced at the event start! There aren’t any overnight facilities for the jam, so check for accommodation on your own!

The TopatoJAM will run from Saturday at 10:00am to Sunday at 6:00pm. Bring your own laptop/whatever, and money for food if you don’t like the free pizza/snacks/coffee/water.

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, September 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St., Northampton, MA 01063] at All Afternoon
Free Second Friday
Come to the stunningly nice museum that we have just right down here in Northampton, but for free and also there are family fun activities and hey why not still donate, come on, you like the art! Seriously, what a nice museum!
Saturday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Artists’ Reception for Landscape and Waterscape by Joan Anderson, Carmine Angeloni and Jane Morrison
*LONGEST TITLE AWARD* Hey, take a look at a lot of nice pictures, why not? It’s a chance to see a lot of artwork that is beautiful. The artists seem really nice, too. They’ve all done interesting things while also learning to make pictures that look awesome. More information at the gallery website!

Board Games:

Friday, September 11th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Tabletop Game Night
Bring a game you’d like to share with the Pioneer Valley Geeks & Gamers! Beginners are welcome. They mostly play Euro strategy games, but we recommend you bring them something huge and ridiculous and American with 500 little meticulously detailed plastic figures. Take that, Europe!

Books:

Thursday, September 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
What’s Your Story? Memoir Writing Workshop
Mary Clare Powell will lead a memoir-writing workshop at the Greenfield Public Library beginning September 10th! The 8-week class will be held Thursday Morning. We recommend you use this course as an opportunity to steal the more interesting experiences of your peers in order to weave them into one epic ur-memoir.
Saturday, September 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet the Editor: George Forcier
Meet the Editor of the Recorder, George Forcier! Refreshments will be provided. Otherwise, this event is a mystery! We’d like to imagine that this will give you the opportunity you need to become fast friends with this kindly-seeming local newspaperman! Over refreshments.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00am – 1:30pm
Fall Book Sale
Between attempts to charm George Forcier, why not browse some books at the book sale? It will be held in the stacks in the library basement. Hardcovers are $2 a piece, paperbacks just a $1. Pay whatever you’d like though! It all goes to support the library. Also if you bring a cloth bag you can FILL it for $1! WOW! Do not bring an enormous car-sized cloth bag and steal all the books.

Comics:

Sunday, September 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Comic Creator’s Jam
Have you any interest in making a comic book, traveler? Jam-packed with japes and images to fascinate the minds of children and adults alike? Enter, then, and visit with some real nice folks who make comics and live in a town near you! Talk about comic stuff! Writers, artists, inkers, letterers, all are welcome!

Computers:

Friday, September 11th – Sunday, September 13th
UMass Hotel and Conference Center [1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am
NERDSummit 2015
The big one! The best one! The pinnacle of summits! Learn with the local tech community at a three-day conference of talks, workshops, coding challenges, food, and fun! It’s really a great time as far as we can tell, wish we could make it. Go take a look if you’re interested in computers, why don’t you?
Saturday, September 12th
UMass Hotel and Conference Center [1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00am
Project Management Meetup
We guess this happens at the same time as the NERDSummit? Anyway! Do you manage projects? Well, talk to other people who manage projects and learn how to manage projects better, so you have an easier time of it.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 9th
MassMutual Center [1277 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:30
Sonia Sotomayor
Holy moly everyone! We kind of forgot that the Law-Knowers could descend from the Law Temple and speak to us, mere Law-Mortals! Seriously though, wow! A chance to meet one of the glittering immortals we’ve chosen to interpret the constitutionality of our fumbling attempts at legislation. And it’s one of the cooler glittering immortals, too. RBG is obviously the coolest. Submit questions to info@springfieldpublicforum.com, there is general admission first-come, first-serve seating!
Friday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] 6:00pm – 9:00pm
13th Anniversary Party
Join the fine people at Modern Myths Northampton for their 13th Anniversary Party! Good word! Thirteen dang years, and still going strong. Not just strong, strong enough to give you a party with door prizes, pizza, soft drinks and CUPCAKES from Cafe Evolution in Florence!
Saturday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 10:45am
Forbes Library Tour
Forbes Library is amazing! Lots of cool services and collections all in a giant old building that is pretty. But, it’s also so huge and intimidating that it’s tough to navigate for the novice. Join a group for a guided tour! Preregristration is appreciated, but not required. But, you know. It’s appreciated. Preregister with btabor@forbeslibrary.org. Meet in the front lobby!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 10:45am
Forbes Library Tour
Forbes Library is amazing! Lots of cool services and collections all in a giant old building that is pretty. But, it’s also so huge and intimidating that it’s tough to navigate for the novice. Join a group for a guided tour! Preregristration is appreciated, but not required. But, you know. It’s appreciated. Preregister with btabor@forbeslibrary.org. Meet in the front lobby!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Forbes Doctor Who Club
Would you like to spend some time traveling through space on Doctor William H. Who’s whimsical flying phone-booth? Why not hang out with other people who share you appreciation for the show that taught us all how shiny it was to boldly go where no man has gone before. May the force be with you, by Grabthar’s hammer!
Sunday, September 13th
Wistiriahurst Museum [238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 – 3:30pm
Seasonal Teas: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Rose Garden
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! Don your most eminently mad cap, or create one when you arrive! The rose gardens are open, and there’s a lovely tea party with croquet, crafts, and special guests. Tea, lemonade, and treats included! There’s $15 general admission, $12 for members, $10 for children 10 and under.

RPGs:

Saturday, September 12th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Public RPG: Pathfinder Pirates
Pathfinder pirates! What pirate should you pretend to pathfind as? The best pirate, obviously. But which pirate is the best pirate? We searched ‘the best pirate’ online and it came up with Black Bart! Welsh, suave, ruthless. Role-playing a Welsh person is kind of like role-playing an English person only you’re the butt of more jokes.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Public RPG: Dungeons & Dragons
A special one-session D&D module hand-crafted by the staff at Comics N’ More! We’d like to take a moment to recommend that if you are playing D&D, you avoid standard combat at all costs. Frustrate the GM by using all the weird fantasy items at your disposal rather than just a sword-bash! Pre-made characters are provided, hosted by Lex Mandrake!

Science:

Wednesday, September 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00pm – 6:30pm
What Kids Want to Know about Sex and Growing Up
Join Brooke Norton for a free public screening of this movie! Brooke Norton is a Certified Sex Educator, and she’s studying to be a Sex Therapist at UMass Boston’s Family Therapy program. This is an opportunity for kids and adults to learn more about science stuff that everyone kind of feels uncomfortable talking about, but that we should probably still talk about! There’s also free pizza.
Saturday, September 12th – Sunday, November 22nd
Historic Deerfield [84B Old Main St., Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Archaeology Lab
Archaeology is a science for action scientists! Adventurers! Well, adventurers whose adventure is mostly in the travel planning, and who then spend a truly distressing number of hours gently brushing at things. Mostly those things turn out to be rocks. But sometimes not! Take your kids to learn about the science of archaeology and get their hands dirty with some neat artifact activities!

Video Games:

Friday, September 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Minecraft Club
Man who would have guess the Minecraft would become the single toy that every child plays with perpetually? It’s so great but also odd. Kids are electrical-engineering calculators inside of a computer game for fun and that is awesome. Please bring your own log-in, and sign up at the children’s circulation desk! For more info: click here.

April 27th – May 3rd

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


This is your last week to sign up to exhibit at TopatoCon, coming to Northampton in September! It is sounding like it will be an extremely cool time, so by all means see if you can put on a show!

Get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. Free Comic Book Day is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

Don’t forget to pick up books and games by local creators!

Also remember that Free Comic Book Day falls on the same day as the Pride Parade in Northampton! So you will have a guaranteed fun time hanging out at the parade before or after picking up your books!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, May 2nd
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at All Day
Hobby and Paint Day
We don’t have a ton of experience with hobby miniature games, but we’re consistently impressed with the absolutely amazing detail and beauty that hobbyists manage when painting models! Take an opportunity this Sunday to paint yourself, or learn from veteran painters at Off the Wall!

Books:

Monday, April 20th – Thursday, April 30th
Emily Williston Memorial Library [9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] at All Day.
Friends Seeking Book Donations
Emily’s Friends of the Library are seeking book donations for the big Spring Book Sale! Donations need to be clean! The library will also accept CDs and DVDs, but not magazines.
Friday, May 1st – Sunday, May 3rd
Amherst Town Common [Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00pm – 6:00pm
Amherst Book Sale
The annual League of Women Voters book sale! That’s pretty much the long and the short of this event. You like books, right? Buy a bunch! Stack ’em up! Build a tiny, flammable house out of books! Whatever you do, don’t make the rookie mistake of buying a mysterious tome, reading the dead tongue within out loud, and unleashing a horde of demons!
Saturday, May 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Village Commons, 9 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at All Day
Independent Bookshop Day
A celebration of independent book stores! We’re going to go out on a limb and say that the basic way you celebrate this day is by purchasing books from this bookshop.
Sunday, May 3rd
Florence Civic Center [90 Park St, Florence, MA 01062] 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Are you a fan of either books or food? We hope you’re at least a fan of food or you’re probably having a lot of difficulty maintaining your body parts. Most of them really rely upon a steady supply of food. Either way this event has something to interest you! Books, baked! Or cooked, or displayed. Whatever works best, really. People have created some really neat displays representing books, and they’re all made out of food!

Comics:

Saturday, May 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at All Day
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day at Modern Myths is a great opportunity to not only grab free stuff, but support the store! Pay particular attention to the works from local artists and writers! The more they sell, the easier it is for people to make comics in the Valley!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at All Day
Free Comic Book Day
Get free comics! Support your favorite local store by then buying more comics from them! Preview various things you may not otherwise have found out were cool! Worry less about parking because Easthampton won’t be having a big Pride parade the way Northampton will!

RPGs:

Monday, April 27th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dungeons and Dragons
The new 5th edition, it seems decent? If you’ve not been introduced to it, might we recommend listening to the spectacular D&D 5e podcast ‘The Adventure Zone‘? If you HAVE been introduced to it, it’s basically 100% certain that you already have a very strong opinion about whether or not it is an acceptable thing to spend time playing. Grab a pre-rolled character and hop into some fun with local GM Neal Robinson!
Saturday, May 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
Star Wars! The thing you’re either way too into or haven’t been paying attention to for approximately 40 years. Either way, the RPG is a pretty fun time, and though it’s been underway at Modern Myths for a while we’re sure they could write you in as a mysterious smuggler who’s mysteriously really old and tired looking.
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates!
We’ve never played Pathfinder, nor Pathfinder Pirates. But we’re pretty sure that it’s essentially like Dungeons and Dragons but set in a world where everyone has the same job: tour guide. Presumably these ‘pathfinders’ are pirates in the case of this particular iteration, or possibly they guide pirates? Either way, check this out and get back to us about what sort of salary package the Pathfinder guild has.
Sunday, May 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
Join the friendly folks at Modern Myths in their ongoing Pathfinder Society Organized Play, during which players not only act as an adventuring party but also spend time working for secretive organizations with their own goals in mind! It sounds like a pretty fun way of splitting play incentives without making everyone just stab each other in the back or play obstinate for the heck of it!

Science:

Monday, April 27th
Amherst Brewing Company [10 University Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00pm
SciTech Cafe
Come learn about neat science things in a relaxed environment! Marko Lončar presents “Diamonds are a photon’s best friend.” Find out the answer to questions as varied as “Why are diamonds special?” and “Can we store information in diamonds?”
Tuesday, April 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, AMherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm
Wildflowers of the Northeast
A presentation by naturalist John Root on the native and naturalized fauna of our region! Ha, get it? Root!
Friday, May 1st
Seelye Hall, Smith College [Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:15pm
The War of God in Addiction: The Psychodynamics of Addiction
Jungian analyst David Schoen gives the last lecture of the academic year for the Jung Association of Western Mass’s lecture series! As far as we can tell it’s something about Thor and Crom fighting over who gets to be in charge of addiction. There’s a $10 suggested donation, but a trick to get in free is to just not be capable of experiencing shame.
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01108] at 7:30pm
Stars Over Springfield
The museum’s rooftop telescope opens for public gazing on the first Friday of each month. Do your part scanning the skies for potential invasions by alien craft! There is a $3 admission to the event!
Saturday, May 2nd
Our Lady Child Care Center [35 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 11:30am
Young Scientists
Collaborative for Educational Services presents a workshop for parents of young children who are somehow already PhDs?!? Everyone, congratulations on your incredibly credentialed little ones!

Video Games:

Sunday, May 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 8:00pm
MAKETALKPLAY Indie Game Bring Your Own Night
In preparation for the upcoming JiffyCon, the Pioneer Valley Game Developers are hosting a Bring Your Own Multiplayer Video/Board Game Night! All games are welcome, but designers are specifically encouraged to bring their own games! Emily Care Boss is going to kick things off with an introduction to JiffyCon, and then it’s off to play Nidhogg for 4 hours straight!

April 13th – 19th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


Tabletop Day was a blast! We had a ton of fun teaching and playing with some extremely nice people. And in lovely news, the Deuce is going to be hosting a bi-monthly Play Anything: Board Games & Beer at The Deuce. Start getting excited for the next/inaugural one in June!

You can look forward to a really interesting SciTech Cafe later this month. It’s about Diamonds and photons and how awesome Diamonds are.

Oh! And although it’s technically next month, get ready for Free Comic Book Day May 2nd! We grew up collecting comic books, and we can highly recommend amassing an enormous collection of comic books, because they are beautiful. FCBD is a chance to get a bunch of previews and fun free books from the local comic shops, and it’s also a chance for those local shops to subtly shame you into then purchasing something you ingrate.

You can also look forward to Oh My Word! This month. The current subject, Stories About Songs That Define Moments, doesn’t slot precisely into the standard Nerd Pantheon. But we’re pretty sure that we don’t care because it sounds fun!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week!

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Saturday, April 18th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russel Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am – 7:00pm
Warhammer Fantasy Tournament
Warhammer! That game that you either play obsessively or not at all. Are you looking for some people to smash with your immaculately-painted army? Then try this friendly tournament! There’s a $15 registration fee, and armies must be 2500 points. Registration begins at 10:30am, and the tournament starts at 11:00am. You can check out The 131 Forums for signup and details before the event!

Card Games:

Saturday, April 18th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day #1
Magic the Gathering players can come to Greenfield Games for a FREE event, with multiple Swiss rounds which we assume are a form of delicious cheese and then elimination rounds. There will be prizes, including Scaleguard Sentinels for the first 30 attendees, Thunderbreak Regent for the top eight, and a Champion Playmat for the grand prize!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day
Magic the Gathering: basically the only game that exists? It’s possible! Come to Modern Myths to play your Standard deck against a bunch of other people who also play MtG! There will be prizes!
Sunday, April 19th
Greenfield Games [228 Main St Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Dragons of Tarkir Game Day #2
The exact same thing as Day #1! Attend both, WIN both, and be remembered as “that one horrible person who took all the prizes for that whole weekend jeez”.

Comics:

Thursday, April 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Queers in Comics & Games
Come to Modern Myths to talk about comics, games, and how they represent queer people. We missed this discussion group last time it came around, so we’re going to prioritize it this week! It sounds like a good opportunity both to speak and to listen to the experiences of other people. You’ll need to get a standard $5 day pass for this event, given back immediately as store credit.

Computers:

Thursday, April 16th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Western MA Drupal Meetup
You can see the official signup and agenda at https://groups.drupal.org/western-massachusetts, and there’s usually drinks to follow at a place TBD at the meetup. This is a great chance to dive into Drupal with some supportive members of the local community!
Friday, April 17th
Packard’s Bar – Library Room [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00pm
Northampton Webdive After Dark
A regular meetup of web designers, coders, and generally anyone who thinks the word “webdive” applies to their interests!

RPGs:

Saturday, April 18th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 1:00pm
Pathfinder Pirates
Come play the classic Pathfinder system only instead of playing as stock fantasy adventurers, play as pirates! If you can imagine having a little parrot sidekick that gives you +1 Initiative you’re already getting why this is a great time. You can join at any session, there are pre-made characters and dice provided! Jump in this week!
Sunday, April 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pathfinder Society Organized Play
In Pathfinder Society you play appropriately enough a member of the Pathfinder Society. Basically, you hunt treasure with your party while you are all also working for secret factions that have their own agenda. The scenarios are short 4-hour adventures, and each season has 28 of them! They’re in the middle of a season right now, but they’ll be happy to work you into the game! You’ll need a standard $5 Day Pass to play, but as always it’s immediately converted to a store voucher.