How did you spend your Saturday? If you were smart, you got up early to get in line for Free Comic Book Day at your local comic shop.
Even if you’re a geek that’s not into comics, Free Comic Book Day 2014 was meant for everyone, young and old, with any taste in storytelling, even if you’re not all that into superheroes. I know I say this too much, but it never feels like enough: There is a comic book out there for everyone!
I don’t care who you are or where you come from or what you think good entertainment is. I don’t care if you’re illiterate. There’s a comic book out there for you (odds are that you’re not reading this to call me on my claim, but it’s true). And there’s no better way to prove that than on Free Comic Book Day. While not all stores around the country had the stock that The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach scored for their loyal customers, most stores around the country ordered up a selection of more than 50 different free comic titles made exclusively for this event, from independent mature readers only publishers to made-for-kids series to big superhero comics from Marvel and DC. At The Comic Bug, fans formed a line in the early hours of the morning, ready for the doors to open at 11am and then proceeded to snatch up thousands of comics through 4pm. Big discounts were available, free sketches were offered for young and old alike, and there were plenty of people in costume with whom you could have your picture taken.
If you missed this year’s Free Comic Book Day, make sure you mark your calendar for 2015. You can always find it on the first Saturday in May. And make sure you check out FreeComicBookDay.com to find a comic store near you. It’s cool to visit them even when they’re not handing out free comics.