Free Comic Book Day 2014 review

So last Saturday, as the first Saturday in May, was Free Comic Book Day, and it was great! This was the 12th year it’s been held, and the 4th year that I’ve participated. I went to my local comic book store, The Comic Connection. They went all out, with special sales, cosplayers taking pictures with people, local comic artists selling their work, and of course, the free comics! Here’s my haul:

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I haven’t read everything yet (real life really gets in the way of reading, don’t you find?), but so far I loved the Guardians of the Galaxy and Rocket Raccoon comics–I’m really looking forward to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie due out later this year. Epic was fun–talk about a nightmare for a teenage boy who wakes up with superpowers! I really enjoyed Help the CBLDF Defend Comics as a good history of comics in America and some of the challenges that have been faced over the years. And though I haven’t read it through yet, Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! looks really useful to me as a librarian, since it outlines the appeal factors of comics and how to read them and why they are designed the way they are. I think this one is particular would be really useful for any librarians who aren’t familiar with comics and why people (not just kids!) read them. The full list of what was available is here. I’m disappointed that I never saw the Grimm Fairy Tales, since I collect the trades, but oh well.

Comic Connection was also handing out Iron Man masks. The only problem is that I wear glasses (thanks mom & dad for the lousy vision genes) and there’s a very good reason that superheroes only wear glasses in their secret identities, not with their hero costumes…

Iron Man CorrinaI also might have picked up one or two other things while I was already there…

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Free Comic Book Day is amazing and fun, but it’s also important to support your local comic store–they still have to pay for all of the free comics. Also, I wanted these anyway.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a lot of reading to do…

 

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