Hey, you there, with the face: do you like free things? Do you like comic books? Well then, have I got a high concept for you:
Ever since the comic book's invention in 1873 by Jonathan Comicbook, every first Saturday of May has been dedicated to the international holiday of Free Comic Book Day. The intent of this holiest of days is to introduce comic books to those who are not yet fans of the hobby, to celebrate and spread the love of comics, and to lure unsuspecting rubes into dank comic book stores, that we may ambush them and harvest their organs.
Um. Maybe don't tell your friends about that last part.
You can find more details on the official website
, but here's a summary of how this sort of thing works:
1) Find a participating comic books store using this tool
1a) Optional step: Cross reference with this list of signings
that will be happening on that same day; you might be able to kill two free birds with one comic book stone, and chat to a creator whose work you enjoy.
2) On May 7th, show up at your comic book store of choice. You might want to get there early, because nerds never pass up a chance to get free things - depending on where you live, lines might be quite sizable.
3) Go and pick up your comics
. Some stores only give out a handful of them, some give out one of every FCBD-branded comic. Unfortunately, the only way to really know is to ask veterans of previous years, or to do a lot of legwork on May 7th itself.
3a) Optional step: Go see Thor in theaters (it will have officially come out the day before).
4) Go home and read your fine haul.
5) Go online and complain about how comics were better in previous years, and how all creators are hacks.
6) Once all the vitriol is out of your system, come back here and tell us how your day went. Did you get anything good? Did you strike up a conversation with any interesting characters while waiting on line?
So, tell me, my forum-friends: what are you interested in? What on that list looks good to you?
Me? Sure, I'm looking forward to your Amazing Spider-Mans and your Green Lanterns and your Darkwing Ducks. Most of all, though? I'm looking forward to
Deadliest Sharks & Prehistoric Predators
The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
And who can forget the thrill of Overstreet: Guide to Collecting Comics?