Saturday, May 07, 2011

It's Free Comic Book Day!

Yes, it's Free Comic Book Day and I will be there today working at Lee's Comics in Mountain View, CA, so stop by and say hi! There are something like 30 titles again this year and this is the 10th year of this annual tradition.

The event if you don't know was created by Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. He saw that when Baskin-Robbins and Ben & Jerry's had free ice cream days, there were lines around the block, so inspiration struck as this would be a way to introduce new readers to comic books and also customers. Brilliant!

At first there were only about eight titles, but each year it has grown. Now many shops offer not only free comics, but also sales, signings, costume contests and other such stuff the cast of "Big Bang Theory" loves!

Some of the free comics themselves have become highly sought-after collector's items, mainly due to them having first appearances or limited print runs. Although the big ones this year will probably be the "Green Lantern" or the "Batman" one, I'll be looking forward to the new "Richie Rich" b/w "Kung Fu Panda" and the Archie "Pep Comics".

So, support your local comic shop today and every first Saturday in May.

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