May 2, 2013
Reminder: Saturday is Free Comic Day!
I just wanted to remind everyone in the States that this coming Saturday is Free Comic Book day! Free Comic Book Day happens on the first Saturday of May every year. The event started back in 2002 and has been continued ever since. I got to go to my local comic shop last year and had a great time and picked up some decent comics. Now there are specific titles they give away, its not just walk in and take what you want kind of deal. The official list can be seen here. The day is a day of appreciation to the fans that have kept the industry alive and to try and bring new people to this wonderful and creative art form. Now, it is only in participating comic shops, and typically isn’t in some where like a 7/11 that has a small rotunda of comics. To find out where you can get your hands on some free comics this Saturday, you can use the tracker here. I am a huge fan of comics and everything related to them. I was lucky enough to grow up during the Animation Renascence of the early 90’s and getting to see comic based shows like Batman TAS, Spider-Man, and X-Men fulled my love as a kid. Comics may have art that accompanies them, but at their core they are stories, they are reading material. One thing I try to push with younger ones in my close family and friends is to read, and comics are a great way. Books at times can be hard for those that have a harder time comprehending something, or don’t have active imaginations, I feel comics could help with that. The words and stories are reinforced through a visual art to help support understanding. To tie this in with games, there are several games like Gears of War, Mass Effect, and Halo that live on and tell stories through the pages of comics. With Marvel and DC producing large budget movies right now to critical and commercial success, what better time to sit down and catch up or teach children about these heroes. So check the locator, find your local shop that is participating, and enjoy comics. I’ll be at my local shop bright and early and I give my best to this event and the comic industry. “Excelsior!”