Monday, April 23, 2012

FCBD 2012! Are YOU ready?

That's right- it's another Free Comic Book Day coming up on May 5. At least three comic book shops will be participating this year: Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, Rebel Base, and Pennyworth's. Of the three, Heroes has the biggest event and the biggest turnout every year, despite having VERY limited crowding and the traffic of downtown Charlotte on residential-sized roads. My kids and I went out a couple years ago and the place was PACKED! Despite the crowds, we were able to mill about and talk to other people and get pretty much every comic we were interested in! The re were also Blackest Night buttons that were given away, posters, artists on hand drawing for the crowds, and TONS of back-issue comics on sale. The store did a nice job of placing the FCBD books next to where the regular comics sold so future buyers would know where to look for their favorites on their next visit.
Rebel Base also had an artist on hand, and Troy (the owner) usually gets something really cool like members of the Imperial 501st to show up in their Star Wars awesomeness! Troy also has plenty of back issues for sale, he seems to be the only place to find the FCBD Heroclix figure every year. The store is located at the Providence Village Shopping Center near Cotswold (on Sharon Amity between Providence and Randolph) and just went through a major remodeling last year.
**UPDATE** I just checked the REBEL Base website, and Troy will have live music, a bouncy house, ice cream truck, visits by the 501st and Klingons AND a store-wide sale along with free comics!
Last is Pennyworth's. The store has literally moved across the street on Monroe Rd in Matthews and once you see the yellow comics sign, you'll know you're there. The new location is easier to get in and out of and the store has added room for gaming. Some good deals can be found, but the store has short hours and does not stock up on FCBD stuff like the other two. They also sell back-issues of more "adult" magazines, so parents please be aware.

 As for the comics being offered, there are plenty of kid-friendly choices like Smurfs, Superman Family Adventures and Yo Gabba Gabba. Sci-fi and fantasy come out strong this year, too. And of course, plenty of superhero-fare with Spider-man, the Avengers, DC's intro to the New 52 (their relaunch of EVERYTHING), and Valiant's return to publishing with a reboot of X-O Man-o-War, Bloodshot and Harbinger!

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