This week’s Waiting for Wednesday is getting hijacked by a very special announcement: This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Also, The Avengers comes to theaters!
Kind of a big comic book weekend, I’d say.
In honor of all that, then, instead of talking about the new books that ship today, what I’d like to focus on this week is Free Comic Book Day itself, mostly because I think the day can be a great way for people unfamiliar with comics to get themselves acquainted to the medium.
But it’s also a great day to be a tried and true Wednesday Warrior.
If you are a regular (or semi-regular, for that matter) customer of a local comics shop, please make an effort to check out what your store has in store this Saturday. While it may be “Free” Comic Book Day for us fans, it’s anything but that for the retailers, who have to pay shipping and handling costs on all those “free” books.
On that note, consider picking up a non-free book or two while you’re there this Saturday. I’d recommend grabbing something that you’ve never tried before, by someone you’ve never read before.
If you’re new to comics and you’re thinking about jumping aboard our geeky little bandwagon this weekend, I’d suggest checking out The Comic Shop Locator to figure out where your nearest funny book forum may be.
And if it is your first time participating in Free Comic Book Day, please do realize that not everything in the store is free.
You snicker, sure, but I didn’t mention that last line for you.
I mentioned that last line for the person who read that line and became disappointed.
I’ve been in enough shops on FCBD to know that every single year, every single shop gets at least one disappointed customer who is unable to walk away with that issue of Daredevil #1 for free.
Fear not, though, because there are going to be plenty of free books to choose from.
So go forth and start collecting, and please feel free to send in your own stories of your Free Comic Book Day hunt!