Reading: Free Comic Book Day!

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!




Star Wars-ing: More Guests and Star Wars Books at Celebration

Earlier this week Celebration announced two guests that don’t often do conventions.

  • Denis Lawson was the face of Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy.  The Scottish actor is making, according to the sources, we have found, his first U.S. convention appearance.
  • At most celebrations, guests from the prequels are usually in short supply, with the exceptions of Ray Park and Daniel Logan. The man who brought life to Jango Fett will probably have a sizable part of his lines wanting to meet him for playing Chief Tui in Moana.
  • Sam Witwer does do cons quite a bit, but after finishing his run as Maul on The Clone Wars and Rebels this season, he is also sure to have long lines.  (And does this mean Stephen Stanton will be quick to follow?).

Del Rey Books has released some information about its involvement at Star Wars Celebration. They will have booth located at #2522 right next to the Random House Audio and DK booths.  They have also listed some panels:

  • I’ll Take Droids for $500, Obi-Wan:  An audience member will be able to prove that he knows Star Wars more than authors Chuck Wendig and Timothy Zahn.  Good luck to that member of the audience! Thursday 2:30-3:30 at the Behind the Scenes Stage (W304)
  • Lucasfilm Publishing Writers’ Roundtable:  Members of the Lucasfilm team and Del Rey authors (Mr. Zahn and Delilah S. Dawson were specifically mentioned).  This is one that I’m planning on attending.  Friday 4:30-5:30 at the Behind the Scenes Stage (W304)
  • Del Rey Books, Behind the Scenes: Del Rey has published Star Wars books since, well, actually, before a New Hope was released.  This panel will feature authors Mr. Wendig, Mr. Zahn, Ms. Dawson, and Christie Golden and will be moderated by Del Rey senior editor, Elizabeth Schaefer. Friday 4:30-5:30 at the Behind the Scenes Stage (W304)

Individual talks by authors in which the author determines the flow of the conversation will take place during the Star Wars University Panel.  Think of these talks as more workshops where you learn more about the craft as well as the book they write.  All of the University Workshops are in W300.

  • Thursday 5:00 pm – 6:00  Star Wars University: Chuck Wendig
  • Friday 12:30 pm – 1:30 Star Wars University: Delilah Dawson
  • Friday 2:00 pm – 3:00 Star Wars University: Tim Zahn
  • Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30  Star Wars University: Christie Golden
  • Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 Star Wars University: John Jackson Miller

All book signings are free and will take place at the Del Rey Booth (2522) and the Barnes & Noble Booth (2022). They will have books for sale, but you can bring your own as well.


  • 11:30 am – 12:30  Christie Golden B&N Booth 2022
  • 1 pm – 2 Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022
  • 4 pm – 6:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022


  • 11 am – 12  Chuck Wendig Del Rey Booth 2522
  • 11 am – 1 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022
  • 3 pm – 4:00 Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022
  • 5:45 pm – 6:45 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522


  • 11 am – 12:30 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522
  • 2 pm – 4:30  Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022
  • 3 pm – 4  John Jackson Miller Del Rey Booth 2522
  • 4 pm – 5  Chuck Wendig B&N Booth 2022
  • 5 pm – 6 Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522


  • 10:30 am – 11:30 Chuck Wendig, Christie Golden & Delilah S. Dawson Del Rey Booth 2522
  • 1 pm – 2  Christie Golden B&N Booth 2022
  • 2:30 pm – 4:30 Tim Zahn B&N Booth 2022

You can find more about Del Ray books and Star Wars Celebration here.  Also, check out their twitter for the latest updates.

We just purchased quite a few books from the new canon on a whim the other night.  Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple has already started reading Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. I’m still reading Scoundrels by Mr. Zahn that we purchased from him at Pensacon.  In other words, we are super excited about meeting all the authors, and we will probably drop quite a few credits at the Del Rey booth!

May the force be with you!



Reading: Quick Hits

  • Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn is really good.  It’s the kind of story I want to see more of in the new Star Wars universe.  One that develops established characters without having to worry about the mythology of the universe.
  • I’ve read the first volume of a couple of Rebirth titles.  Superman was good and really worked well for those of us that have no idea of what happened in the new 52.  Justice League of America had great action but I was left wondering why should I really care.  I really enjoyed Green Arrow in that it had its eye on bringing in viewers of the TV show but telling its own story.  I’ve only read the first issue of Wonder Woman in her volume and I thought that story was fantastic for a new reader of her comics.
  • I’m also reading Cured by Lol Tolhurst.  It’s a memoir from the co-founder of the Cure.  It’s not a straight history because Lol admits that his memory was chemically suppressed from years of drinking.  It’s more of snapshots of what he can remember.  I’m reading it sporadically, so I’m only at the formation of the Cure.  However, there is a certain joy in these chapters that makes the book infectious.
  • I’ve been reading Black Panther as they came out until #7.  Then I realize they are really dense and I need to read them all at once to truly enjoy them. Either that or I really need to read them the way I read books in my History grad school classes.  That’s pretty amazing for comic.

Reading: Nerd Links – January 21-27

Legion of Collectors:  This blog is about a guy who collects subscription boxes from Marvel, DC, and Stan Lee.  However, this reviewer isn’t just any body (like your favorite bloggers), this guy is Tony Isabella.  Mr. Isabella created Black Lightning for DC and Misty Knight for Marvel, so he brings a unique perspective to collecting.  The box he discuss strikes a memory from his days at DC and what he would have done had he taken over the reigns of Aquaman in the 70s.

New York Times is Killing It’s Comics Bestseller Lists, and the Comic World Isn’t Pleased:  Regardless of how you feel about the New York Times, having a best-selling list of comics/graphic novels was good for the industry.  Comics are still considered by many as second class literature.  While the NYT promises expanded coverage of comics, the list provided insight to what people were reading and, more importantly, a list for new readers to check out.

The Star Wars Death Star Trench Isn’t Where You Think It Is:  Sure, the super fans will say they alway new it wasn’t the huge horizontal trench all along, but I won’t.  I always though Luke and the rest of gang were in that trench.  Now, I know better.

The Power of Fandom In History’s Chame: Why we need to Demand Better Content:  The first half of the title is kind of odd, but this article does make a basic point.  The only way we are going to get stories that reflect who we really are is to only purchase those stories. We should all be tired of the “girl in the refrigerator” trope, but until we do anything about it with our pocketbooks, some writers will use it. The article also does a good job of explaining how we can like characters we hate, but that we need to remember they aren’t good people.

Reading: Kickstarter Finds – Alternative Periodic Table

We often search Kickstarter for interesting items such as games, films, and albums.  We recently came across the Alternative Periodic Table.  The graphic artist, Matt Baker, takes a pattern that is found in the atoms of the elements.  He also avoids the jumps that occur in the regular periodic table.  In the artists’ words “my alternative periodic table is designed to simply emphasize the way in which atoms are “built” (specifically, how electrons group together into shells and subshells).”


Here are the specs on the table:

  • Size: 24 x 36″ (61 x 91 cm); comes rolled in a thick poly bag. Frame not included.
  • Paper: 80 lb glossy cover stock (difficult to tear)
  • Print-process: Eco-friendly UV inks; carbon neutral plant
  • Delivery target: Early March
  • Price: $25 Cdn / $19 US (Includes free shipping to US or Canada)

This is would be a great chart to have in an educational setting or in a budding scientist’s room.  A great project would be having students explain the differences from this table and the traditional periodic table.  Mr. Baker makes wall charts for a living and you can find more of them at



Reading: Nerd Links

Our school is on a 4×4 block schedule which means midterm is actually the end of the year for the fall students.  This also means most of my free time was taken up with grading and all that fun stuff.  This is the first time in a while I got to look up some nerd links.

Comic Con inspires East Middle School students: A Missouri school puts on its own comic con complete with student work.  This is a fantastic idea.

Hispanic Cultural Center hold first ever Indigenous Comic-Con:  This con was a showcase for Indigenous artists, writers, creators, and fans. Long time victims of racial stereotypes in comics and other fictional media, this con allowed for Native Americans a chance to tell their owns stories in their own styles.

Bid for Star Wars Religion is Shot Down:  Ok, but can we all agree that Dudeism is one?

The 12 Days of Blake: your New Orleans holiday questions, answered:  This article is very New Orleans-centric.  However, it is fascinating for locals and I think tourists to the city in December as well.  Advent season is my favorite time in New Orleans, even beating out Mardi Gras and football season.

Reading: Comics Roundup

Some comics I’ve been reading as of late:

Silver Surfer (2016, 1-4): Silver Surfer travels the universe on his board having adventures with his human companion, Dawn Greenwood.  Dan Slott writes the Surfer as a Doctor Who type of character who saves the day on this planet and others. Dawn Greenwood is his Rose and makes sure that he “remembers” his humanity.  While it might seem like a knockoff, the story serves as both a tribute to Doctor who and yet remains original enough to be interesting. As good as Slott’s writing is here, its the artwork that is the show.  Mike Allred, who also contributes to the story, perfectly pencils the comic.  Even better is the work of his wife, colorist Laura Allred, who makes this one of the more vibrant comics I’ve read. It matches the stories perfectly in tone. No matter how gripping the plot can be, this is one comic that I just enjoy looking at the artwork and make sure I have the time to take it all in.

Archer & Armstrong: I’m only on issue 6 of this ongoing series by Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino and I’m amazed by how hooked I am.  One of the reasons, I’m shocked is that I hate anything that smells conspiracy theory. This takes conspiracy theories and runs with it.  Everywhere is a secret group plotting.  Lente truly makes these groups menacing. It also helps that we have two likable leads who are very flawed characters. I can’t wait to read more.

Citizen Jack: A man who has no business being in charge of small business, much less the country, makes a deal with a demon to run for President.  His campaign makes him an everyman that people can identify with even though he hasn’t said much of substance.  I’m only one comic in and Sam Humphries has me hooked in that it would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying sort of way.  The artwork, by Tommy Patterson is both crude and detailed, again reflecting the tone of the writing.

What are you reading?