I have a secret. I’m kind of a dork. My whole family is kind of dorky. I’m completely O.K with that, we embrace it. This post caters to our dorky side.
The weekend of May 3 and 4th, 2014 has proven to be a pretty epic weekend. Between Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day we were busy, busy, busy.
What IS Free Comic Book Day? Let me give you a brief history!
Beginning in 2002 the first Saturday in May was (unofficially) declared Free Comic Book Day. Its a day when specialty comic book shops around the world give away free comic books to anyone who visits their store. Comic books are a true American art form dating back to the 1930’s, when the “Golden Age” of comics began with none other than Superman. From the superheroes we know and love, to Japanese Manga, fantasy, romance, horror, even historical events – all have graced the pages of a comic book at one point and time. From young readers to adults, there is truly something for everyone at every age. Comics are a great way to get your children interested and excited about reading and may even inspire them to to write or draw their own. Go here if you’re looking for more information about Free Comic Book Day .
In celebration of Free Comic Book day we visited a local specialty comic shop, Yancy St. Comics. We arrived a couple hours after opening so many of the popular comics had already been snagged up by the mass number of people in attendance but there was still a table of free comics left.
Sissy was particularly excited about meeting the artists behind Realm Quest and receiving a signed print.
There were over 15 comic book artists there sharing their amazing artwork, many selling sketches they drew right in front of you. Others were selling prints of various sizes of their original artwork. They were more than happy to chat for a few minutes and let you snap pictures. We picked up a few free comic books, bought a beautiful Tommy Castillo print and zombified coloring book (not for the kids, obviously), checked out some of the people there for the costume contest, and spent some time browsing the shop and their awesome sale.
I, of course, had to have hubby snap a picture of me and The Tardis.
All in all, we had a pretty fun day. I wish we had gotten there earlier so we could check out more of the free comics because their supply was gone through pretty quickly. Next year we’ll go earlier. It does make me very happy to see so many people getting excited about comics, so I can’t complain too much.
Did you attend any Free Comic Book Day events? Have any suggestions on rad comic books I should check out? Let me know in the comments!