Every year, your local participating comic shop hosts Free Comic Book Day! That’s right, you can go to your local comic book shop and get free comics.
The New Orleans area has some great comic book stores three which we frequent often. Our comic shop is BSI Comics in Metairie. However, we highly recommend More Fun Comics and Crescent City Comics as we often shop there when we are in that area. Heroes Corner in Metairie is also fantastic. Kenner also has a great shop across from Wal-Mart whose name escapes me at the moment.
Each comic book store has their own little party. BSI will have author Blake Petit and actor Jason Carter from Babylon 5. Crescent City will be having a sidewalk party including a lemonade stand since it’s also lemonade stand day. The 501st usually appears at more than one shop. A quick facebook or google search will let you know what your local store is planning.
Remember, though, that the old adage of nothing is actually for free. Your comic book shop has to pay for those comics. The point of Free Comic Book Day is to get bodies in the stores. If people enter the store, then they might be inspired to buy something. So PLEASE buy something if you go. Comic book stores often have great trade paperbacks (I highly recommend Vision or Darth Vader), toys, and other collectibles. Pick a comic and start a pull folder in which the shop pulls comics for you and stores them for when you can make it. The only thing about a pull folder is that the store is placing their trust in you that you will pick up your comics on a very regular basis. If not, they are losing money.
Free Comic Book Day is for readers. Not for just comic readers. There is some great literature being produced in the medium, so don’t let the medium stop you. As a teacher, I can not recommend comics enough for young kids and for children who don’t like reading. Also, don’t be discouraged by the Simpsons comic book shop persona. We visit comic book stores in every town we visit, and we are always welcomed and given recommendations. The stores I’ve listed above all are run by wonderful people who love talking to comics with expert collectors and novices alike. In most cases, I think they like the novices more because (a) they are potential new customers and (b) they are possible new people to talk comics with!
So go get some free comics and pay for some as well!
See you at the comic shop!