Local Barnes & Noble stores are participating in a summer series that highlights pop culture favorites from movies and television, including Frozen, DC Comics, Marvel Comics and more.
Get Pop-Cultured begins Friday and runs through Aug. 10 at what appears to be all of the Barnes & Noble stores in the region. Check the store's website to see the exact schedule for the store near you.
The series includes in-store events, a national Frozen Friday sing-along, Batman Day, a DC Comics Spectacular, Marvel Day, Comic Convention Collectibles Weekend and James Patterson Day. There's also a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $1,000 Barnes & Noble gift card, a Warner Bros. Studio VIP tour and other prizes.
According to a press release, "the campaign will highlight the huge influence that books, graphic novels, movies, TV shows, music, toys, games and collectibles have on our culture."
This weekend, stores will offer a preview weekend where customers can dress up as a favorite pop culture character; get a deal in the cafe and win prizes.
The Maynard Road, Cary, location let me know about the programs and sent over their Pop-Cultured schedule, which I'll share here so you can get an idea of all of the events and activities planned. I know that Frozen event in August is going to be huge! But, please note that the other Barnes & Noble stores are offering the same or similar events, so be sure to check their schedules if those stores are closer to you.
Here are the Get Pop-Cultured events at 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary, Barnes & Noble:
Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20 - Preview Weekend
Preview upcoming titles by favorite authors; Get Pop Cultured Costume Contest, dress as a favorite pop culture character, post picture on social media for chance to win special prizes; Wear a pop culture costume and earn $1 off coupon off any beverage; enter to win prizes
Saturday, July 19
2 p.m.: Drawing Comics Workshop. Meet comic artist Christin Garland, who worked on graphics for Adventure Time, Amulet and Explorer series.
Sunday, July 20
2 p.m.: Meet Comic Humor Artist Hugh Murphy for a discussion of upcoming release of T-Rex Trying and Trying. Hugh will draw T-Rex in a Bookstore and we will hold a raffle to win the drawing.
July 23 to July 27: DC Comics Spectacular & Collectibles Weekend
Special offer on DC Comics titles, special giveaways. There are exclusive purchases of comic convention collectibles on July 24.
Wednesday, July 23
Batman, 75th Anniversary Celebration
11 a.m.: Batman Storytime! Come dressed as your favorite Batman character. Giveaways and activities
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Batman celebration continues with costume contest, Batman trivia, drawing for prizes, refreshments and giveaways
Friday, July 25
7 p.m.: Meet graphic novel children’s author Ursula Vernon of the Dragon Breath series. Vernon will sign her new paperback releases, Curse of Were-wiener and Lair of the Bat Monster and talk about how she puts the series together.
Tuesday, July 29
7 p.m.: Meet Mur Lafferty, urban fantasy author. Lafferty will discuss and sign Ghost Train to New Orleans, her new novel.
Friday, Aug. 1, Frozen Friday
7 p.m.: Cool off with Olaf and during a Frozen Party with a sing-a-long, photo-op, activities and crafts.
Saturday, Aug. 2: Marvel Day - Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics.
3 p.m.: Create your own superhero drawing for display in the store. Also, giveaways, activities, special product offerings. Dress as your favorite Marvel superhero.
Sunday, Aug. 3: James Patterson Day, celebrating this popular fiction author.
3 p.m.: Trivia, giveaways, prizes
Thursday, Aug. 7: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle event
7 p.m.: Junior Ninja Training Academy with activities, crafts, ninja training.
Aug. 9 to Aug. 10: Page & Screen Weekend
The Get Pop-Cultured campaign concludes with a celebration of some of the hottest products in pop-culture. The Hobbit, Doctor Who, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, A Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are just a few of the great properties that have appeared on both page and screen and this fun-filled weekend celebrates the relationship between books, eBooks, movies and TV shows.
3 p.m., Aug. 9: Page and screen panel discussion, plus trivia and giveaways