Just wondering what Free Comic Book Day means to the posters on this forum.
Just wondering what Free Comic Book Day means to the posters on this forum.
They're scientists, Allan. They know what they're doing.
It's the one day a year that I go to the local comic shop. I was busy this year so I couldn't stay and browse, but I always pick up as many of the FCBD freebies as they let me. This year they raised their limit from 5 per person to 10, and by the time I got there they only had 10 different books available. Some of them are flipbooks, so I almost picked up 2 copies of some of them before discovering that they were duplicates.
To me, it means FREE COMICS!
Actually, I don't partake in FCBD any more because Diamond Distribution made it prohibitively expensive for my LCS to partake in the event (or so the owner tells me). However, up until 2 or 3 years ago, he used to hold the event at his shop and I was always down there on the day. But I've gotta say that with the exception of a few Amazing Spider-Man one-shots that were rather good, and an EC horror sampler I picked up a few years back, every comic I've ever taken home from the event has turned out to be crap...and I used to make damn sure I got a copy of most things that were on offer in any given year.
MY PULL LIST
All-Star Western • Avenging Spider-Man • Hit-Girl • Lady Mechanika • Road To Oz • Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon • Superior Spider-Man • Star Wars • Star Wars: Dark Times
Well, this year I brought both daughters with me, ages 5 and 8. They seemed into it, especially the younger one who is getting more interested in super-heroes, actually. Our shop gave out 10 books each. We all got some interesting stuff. The Archaia hardcover anthology book with the Mouse Guard story and a couple of other things was amazing. That Spider-man Season One book was crap. I didn't realize it was the 1,305,097th retelling of his origin. The flipbook thing gets a bit old because I would like a longer more complete story. However, FCBD did introduce to some books I truly love like Courtney Crumrin and Leave it to Chance.
"There's not much of a difference between a stadium full of cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They're both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you. Convince yourself they're cheering for you. You do that, and some day, they will. And that's how Sue Cs it."- Sue Sylvester, "Glee"
I've never really understood it. There aren't enough comics out there that appeal to me to make it likely that a random free one will be something I'll want to read.
But I have nothing against the idea. I suppose it just doesn't make any difference to me one way or another.
I got some FCBD editions of reprint classic comics.
One reprinted Crockett newspaper strips from 1942, another Moomin newspaper strips from 1956, and another a My Favorite Martian comic book from 1964.
The second LCS I went to had run out of most of the FCBD books, so they had put out some beat-up stuff from the $1/less box on the free table... I picked up the first two issues of Doug Moench's Captain Marvel (1979) and a 1982 issue of Roger Stern's Doctor Strange for free.
Pulling for: HATE!; LXG; Doktor Sleepless; S.H.I.E.L.D.; Batman, Incorporated; X-Factor;All-Star Western; Sergio Aragones Funnies; Saucer Country; The Manhattan Projects; Secret
The nearest comic shop is at least 70 miles from me. It means absolutely nothing.
1 Kings 21:23
And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
I think Romero is onto the real purpose of FCBD. I haven't attended for a few years, but when I did it really seemed it was all about the kids, a neat opportunity for children to pick up some possibly fun reading material for free. That doesn't happen too often, so I think its a good thing. It seems to work as there were lineups of kids with their parents looking to discover or further expansion into the fun world of comics. I personally, as berk said, am not likely to find much in the random assortment of comics out there. Although, I did manage to pick up the delightful Cap and Avengers one-shot with great Chris Samnee art from a year or two ago.
I would have liked to attend, but I had plans this year for Cinco De Mayo. I've gone a few times. Sometimes fun, sometimes it's just "give me the free comic." The new LCS tries to be a hangout place. I don't hang out there, but I would have liked to stop by on Saturday and say Hi.
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I dont really get the concept as I have never participated. I have bought a few 'free' comics from Mile High over the last year however. Didn't make the connection until they arrived with FCBD on the cover. This year I bought a $50 book so I could get 10 of the FCBD books I wanted. Well, I want them for my kiddie section. I keep those out for my kids and their friends to read. I was waiting to buy that particular book until they had a decent give away, so it worked out well. Looking foreward to that Mouse Guard book though. For me the best free comics are the digital ones I download to the Ipad.
FCBD is great! I was really glald i remembered in time this year! I really liked the dark horse flip books adding up to 5 short stories (love buffy and firefly) i am planning to follow one new title that i found out about because of FCBD. The sales many stores put on are great for me too, i never have any $$$ for comics, so 25% of the whole store is a big deal for me, a chance to fill gaps in my titles without feeling too guilty. The hardback mouseguard is a very nice little book too.
I love getting anything free especially comics.
I got a few classic floppies like: predator vs magnus robot fighter, DC's judge dredd#1 and Star Trek#50.
Under the Avengers hype I also picked up Avengers X-sanction#1-4.
Favorites: Fearless Defenders* New Avengers* Bloodshot* Shadowman* Archer & Armstrong
Just checked Wikipedia, & I see the promotion started in 2002; I would've first encountered it in 2005, judging from the publishing date on one of the books I bought. Don't recall what (if any) free ishes I might've picked up, but there must've been some decent sale on TPBs, because I picked up Essential Ant-Man (my first ever Essential) & the previously alluded to 2005 Gigantic volume Teenagers from Mars, because it looked interesting. I was also drawn to the long boxes out on the sidewalk offering some nominal number of comics for some nominal amount, probably something like 18 for $5. Having been away from the field for some 25 years, I had to struggle to make that minimum number, but my most significant choice, considering what came later, was Captain America #289. That was several hundred issues of various Cap series, & around 15,000 comics in general (not to mention somewhere in the neighborhood of probably 500 TPBs & HCs), ago.
The last two years, at least (I skipped 2010 out of a sense of guilt & embarrassment after financial difficulties forced me to drop my extensive pull list lock, stock & barrel only a few weeks earlier), the LCS in question (we've got two, the second of which moved across the street from the first one about 1 1/2 years ago, but I haven't darkened its door in 4 years or so) has run 50 percent off sales on new & used issues throughout the FBCD weekend, so well over 90 percent of my year's non-online (nonline?) shopping occurs then. (Otherwise, I drop by maybe 3 times a year to scour the $1 boxes.) Last year, that also extended to TPBs; this year, those were buy-2-get-1 or buy-5-get-5, so I stuck to comics. This time around, the half-off sale applied to brand-new releases as well; I think those were excluded a year ago.
No FBCD issues were left this year by the time I swung by (around 5:30 p.m., no doubt after lots of traffic from the Avengers showings across the street at the biggest cinema in town), so I don't know if I would've been interested in any of those. Last year I picked up, I believe, a Bongo Comics sampler of sorts & I think some sort of Archie special; those are always fun.
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I tend to split superhero comics fans into "People who like Krypto" and "People who don't like Krypto."
Basically, if you miss the wonder of a dog flying around in a little Superman cape, you're in the wrong hobby.