Because not much about Free Comic Book Day has changed since last year, I don’t have very much to say. But I thought you might want to hear it anyway.
So I went with my little brother this time, who was pretty excited about a whole bunch of comics. Between us, we picked up about 40 comics, which is better than last year, although we did get a few duplicates and missed a few I wanted to get. My favorites (although I haven’t read them yet) would be Endangered Weapon B, The Steam Engines of Oz and Spacehawk just because they look and sound cool. My brother (whose starting to look like he ort to have a blog code-name) really liked Fraggle Rock, and Sonic – Hide, Seek and Destroy.
Like I said, the whole day was quite similar to last year, so if you haven’t read my recount from then, or you’ve just forgotten Click Here to read it. Now that you’re up to speed, here’s what was different:
- Classic Comics were only offering 4 comics, and made no mentioned of more if you bought stuff.
- Classic Comics also didn’t seem to have such a mix of old and new comics as last year. Make of that what you like…
- Comics ‘R’ Us really had a mix of old and new. One of the comics my brother (now to be referred to as Magdon) picked up was from 2010.
- All Star Comics made the most changes to their setup. They moved their artists doing free portraits to a street carnival setup in the lane next door. They tried to reduce congestion in the store by having you wait in two lines, one on the street outside the store, and another (not so long) line inside.
- All Star also abolished their categories system, simply letting you get 6 of any.
- All Star also introduced a “kids pack” which had “all” the kids comics and you could choose three extras from a special kids board. It really didn’t have near all of them, but it had an alright mix. Of course, you could only get the pack if you were a kid, which Magdon is.
- Actually, All Star was all round more family-friendly, or at least more family-conscious. They gave out homemade biscuits (like melting moments) to people waiting in line, and even came round with some free comics for you to read while you waited. And while those comics weren’t very kid-friendly at all, they were very conscious of it (more than a lot of the accompanying parents, I think). It was nice to see; it lifted my opinion of them a bit, and it made the process run more smoothly and more pleasantly.
- All three comic book stores had a bunch of “Halloween ComicFest” comics mixed in with their Free Comic Book Day comics. I’ve never heard of such an event, but I assume these were leftovers from that. Or maybe they didn’t have a Halloween event so they used the free comics from it and just rolled it all into one!
And yeah…Magdon wanted me to let you know that he’s awesome. And that’s all there is to say.
P.S. I’m redesigning the site a bit again, and I’m going to stop the Weebly blog mirror. It’s just a pain to maintain, and it doesn’t get any hits. Weebly will become my website, while WordPress stays my blog. You’ll still be able to find it at nitemice.net, or go straight to the blog at nitemice.com
- Our first stint at Free Comic Book Day (dropdeaddangerous.wordpress.com)
- Free to download: Free Comic Book Day (geeknative.com)
- Hugh Jackman sinks his claws into Free Comic Book Day (robot6.comicbookresources.com)