Sunday, April 25, 2010

Free Comic Book Day!

Do you like comic books? Do you like things that are new? Do you like FREE stuff? Then you're going to love Free Comic Book Day! On Saturday, May 1st, comic shops across the nation will hand out a wide variety of specially printed comics for FCBD (Free Comic Book Day). The idea started more than 9 years ago and has grown into a national (and even international) event. But why hand out free comics? Many of the stores and publishers see it as a way to attract people who may not currently be reading comics. For others, it offers retailers the opportunity to put new titles into their customers' hands, exposing them to new material to buy.

In the Charlotte area, there are three comic book stores- Pennyworth's (named after Batman's butler) in Matthews, located in a shopping center at the intersection of Hwy 51 and Monroe Rd.

Rebel Base Comics has the best parking of the three shops, located on Sharon Amity just off of Providence Rd and before you reach Randolf Rd. Rebel Base isn't just handing out free comic books, they will have the Imperial 501st as their special guests. If you don't know, the 501st is a worldwide coallition of Star Wars re-enactors who craft their own costumes down to intricate detail. They then don these uniforms for comics and Star Wars related events, and for many charitable organizations. The store also features one of the best resale collections of action figures and related toys you could imagine! For phone number, address, or other information, click the link under "Links For the Comics Fans in the Carolinas" (that's why I put the links there!).

Finally, there is Heroes Aren't Hard to Find. This store is the host of the annual HeroesCon and is the largest of the three comics stores, with tons of back issues just waiting to be grabbed up. Usually, FCBD at Heroes involves setting up some tables outside for people to get to meet some real comic book creators. Inside the store, the middle counter (under the life-sized Doc Ock) is lined with free comics. People just make their way around the counter getting the free comic(s) they want. The problem is, while the store is spacious, and they always have great artists on hand for the crowd, parking is very limited and shares space with shoppers from other stores and restaurants. Driving in a group and maybe walking a couple of blocks might be good ideas. Heroes is located on 7th street and Pecan near Showmars. For more information, again look for the link under "Links For the Comics Fans in the Carolinas."

This year's line-up of comics range from early readers (Owly) to adult-oriented titles (Fearless Dawn). Sure to be popular this year will be the Iron Man books (2 are being offered), Sonic the Hedgehog, the Tick (if you've never read it or seen the animated or live-action shows, you're missing out!), the Simpsons, Shrek, Superman, G.I. Joe, and Toy Story! For more about free comic book day, including the full list of titles that will be available, copy this address in your browser:

Along with the free comics being offered in comic shops, a variety of publishers (mostly independent or small press) are offering free comics via download to your computer! You never have to leave the house to enjoy some of the fun! And unlike their printed counterparts, digital comics don't run out!

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