Category: Things To Do
Comic book characters have become ingrained in our culture. The top grossing movies are regularly comic book movies, in fact just this past weekend Infinity War set the record for the largest domestic opening weekend for a film. Comic book characters adorn shirts, socks, and are even tattooed on our skin. Since Action Comics #1 was published in 1938 comic books and their fanbase have continued to grow into the behemoths they are. While in past decades comic books have been perceived as a small hobby for a select few in the population the recent surge has thrust them into the mainstream.
Every year on the first Saturday in May publishers and local shops put on Free Comic Book Day where you can grab select comics for free. Local shops put on promotions and special events like special sales and costume contests. This event is for people of all ages. The selection of free comics is available on the website and cover every genre and style. In addition to free comics, you can get yourself some free swag and many stores hire local cosplayers to take pictures with and create a festive environment. The free comics are usually entirely new properties or popular series that are starting a new storyline.
When you’re snagging your free comics feel free to join in the festivities and look around and make some purchases. This day is perfect for introducing yourself to your local comic book shop and reading up on the literature that is the basis for all of the DC and Marvel movies. Don’t limit yourself to just the movie storylines, while those are a great place to begin there are plenty of fantastic characters who are not in the blockbuster movies from both DC and Marvel. There are also different publishers like Dark Horse, Image, and First Second Publishing that have great quality. If you don’t want superheroes and are more interested in history, realism, or fantasy those are also available too. Help support local business and start or extend your collection this Saturday at one of these great locations:
PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL
74 PROVIDENCE PLACE
PROVIDENCE, RI, 02903
1500 BALD HILL RD
WARWICK, RI, 02886
THE TIME CAPSULE
1732 FALL RIVER AVE
SEEKONK, MA, 02771
THE TIME CAPSULE
537 PONTIAC AVENUE
CRANSTON, RI, 02910
RUBBER CHICKEN COMICS
15 NORTH MAIN STREET
BELLINGHAM, MA, 02019
THE TOY VAULT INC.
400 BALD HILL ROAD
WARWICK, RI, 02886
For a complete list of the Free Comics that will be available and to check which stores are participating in Free Comic Book Day near you check out FreeComicBookDay.com
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Photos Courtesy of Tim Rice Photo and taken at Rubber Chicken Comics
It is amazing to see how much vinyl has continued to thrive with its recent revival. CDs are falling out of favor due to streaming and digital, but vinyl is still going strong and record stores are continuing to be a hub of the community. On April 21st you can celebrate Record Store Day, an international event for brick-and-mortar record stores where you can participate in local events and find exclusive albums. This is a great opportunity to discover all of the music options in your neighborhood and to help support local businesses.
Record Store Day was first celebrated on April 19, 2008, which makes this year a special 10th anniversary of the holiday. A Record Store Day Ambassador has been picked for the event every year and has included the likes of Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Chuck D, and St. Vincent. This year’s ambassador is the group, Run the Jewels.
So come out and commemorate all of the great music and conversations record stores have brought us. Multiple record stores in the area are participating including:
Newbury Comics (Providence Place Mall)
74 Providence Place Providence Place Mall Third Floor Providence, RI
Newbury Comics (Warwick, RI)
1500 Bald Hill Road/Rt.2 Warwick, RI
Newbury Comics (North Attleboro)
999 S. Washington St., Emerald Square Mall 3rd Level N. Attleboro, MA
436 Broadway Providence, RI
580B Wickenden Street Providence, RI
Kangaroo CD’s & Tapes
1759-C Mineral Spring Avenue North Providence, RI
Luke’s Record Exchange
393 Broadway Pawtucket, RI
In Your Ear Music
462 Main Street Warren, RI
Blast from the Past
10 Highland Street West Warwick, RI
Check your local record store to see if they are participating and try to find some of the great exclusive products that are available. For more information on the event check out the official website at RecordStoreDay.com.
Comment below and tell us some of your all-time favorite albums. Also, keep a lookout for Independent Bookstore Day on April 28th and keep checking out the RPL blog for great events and attractions in the area.
Residential Properties is proud to support the 6th Annual Truck Stop, a food truck gathering to support the RI Community Food Bank taking place right in their parking lot. The event is on April 27th from 5:30 PM until 8 PM and features live music from the Superchief Trio, a cash bar, and a plethora of local food trucks that cover all tastes and palates.
Enjoy barbecue from Gotta Q, named the #1 BBQ Food Truck of the Year for the whole country in 2017 or wood-fired pizza from one of The Gilded Tomato’s portable ovens. Enjoy late night eats, like wings from Citizen Wing or fries from Friskie Fries. As for dessert, Sarcastic Sweets will be serving up pastries for you and Like No Udder, the world’s first all-vegan ice cream truck will be present as well. As far as refreshments the Presto Strange O truck will take care of your coffee needs while the Jonathan Edwards Winery, Revival Brewing Company, and the Yacht Club Soda Company will also be present.
Tickets are $85 each and selling fast. That ticket price benefits the RI Food Bank and allows you inside to get a taste of as many food trucks as you want for free. Parking is also free. Come and contribute to a great cause and experience some of Rhode Island’s renowned food culture.
For more information, including a list of the other food trucks, head to the RI Food Bank website RIFoodBank.org.
Stay tuned to the RPL Blog as we will be covering more events throughout these warm months. You do not want to miss out.