Now those of you who don’t come here for my weekly opinions on comics might not know that there is such a thing as free comic book day, but for those of us nerds who have fallen into the bottomless pit that is the comic world it is maybe the most exciting day of the year.
I wasn’t actually planning to go out this comic book day. I hadn’t seen any comics that were being offered that I was particularly interested in but then I saw that one of the comic stores in the next state over were having a sale I figured it was for the best. Then I dragged my siblings along with me! (I am the best at big sistering)
I think it worked out for the best thought because I bought them each a trade they were excited about and they got free comics. Plus a local comic artist was there and did sketches of their favorite heroes (I got Red Hood… because my poor sweet baby :#) You can see those on my instagram if you are so inclined.
In any case if you aren’t sure what the event is, unfortunately you will have to wait a year for it to come back around again but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two this year.
If you happen to be part of the cosplay community then this is an event you might want to look into. A lot of fans will dress up as their favorite supers and head down to the comic store to say high to all the mini nerds in training who are dragged along by their parents and spark some magic in their lives.
Like I said, sometimes local artists are there doing free sketches and showing off their own work. The guy who did our sketches was also promoting a class he teaches once a week where he helps people learn how to make their own comics. Which was awesome and might be something I try for myself one day, who knows.
Plus depending on the comic store you can grab a handful of comics that the publishers put out especially for that day to hook you into their currently running titles. Its like a free sample of the sweetest most addicting cocaine you will ever taste, well that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but my point still stands.
If you haven’t attended one, be sure to put it on the calendar for next year because its something worth doing in the nerd community and definitely something worth trying. There are comics for every size, shape, age, and taste. You will find something for you out there. Whether it is the creator owned science fiction and fantasy stuff I gravitate toward, comics based on shows like the Serenity comic or the Simpsons comic, comics shows are based off like The Walking Dead or Jessica Jones, and of course the old standby, those superheroes. There is something there that you will like and when all of the nerds are there they are going to be able to help you find something, even if it means talking too much about something you aren’t actually interested in for a bit before you get there, they are well meaning those nerds. They just want to share with you something they love. Allow them this day.