Monday, May 14, 2012

A look back at #FCBD a fun filled event with my kids!

I loved collecting and reading comic books as a kid, the X-men, Avengers, Green Lantern, Sandman, Flash, Namor, WildCATS, etc were my second family.  One of my favorite things to do was visit my local comic book store and just sit and read for hours.  I thought I'd be reading comic books forever... but of course real life eventually begins and responsibilities start to mount and comics took a back seat to college, then work, then family and it eventually became a distant memory in the back of my brain.  My love for comics never died but I just had no time to read and collect anymore it was just a fond memory I would reflect on sometimes. 

So it has been awhile since I bought a physical copy of a comic book, It has been awhile since I walked into my local comic book store, It has been awhile since I sat down and read a comic book series.  It is funny how things eventually come back into your life.  Just recently my two girls have been showing a big interest in art and drawing (maybe dad dragging them to SDCC has rubbed off) and I thought it would be a good idea to bring them to their first comic book store for Free Comic Book Day!

Here is a little background about Free Comic Book Day.  FCBD started in 2002 and is scheduled on the first Saturday of May.  FCDB is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores.  The three main purposes of FCBD are:
  • To introduce everyone to the joys of reading comics.
  • To call back former comic book readers.
  • To thank current comic book buyers for their continued support.

So after telling my little girls about Free Comic Book Day we decided to visit Southern California Comics and it was crowded!  With local artist Mark Irwin, Richard Friend, Paul Horn and more in attendance and interacting with fans plus a few exhibitors it was like a mini comic con!

We spent about two hours milling through the free comics, checking out the exhibitors, talking to a few artist and walking through the store.  It was a blast for my two little girls!  They were so excited about the haul they scored!  

There was also a highlight for me as I actually got to see the first 10 issues of Action Comics on display including the debut of Superman (issue #1)!  Simply amazing to see one of the "Holy Grail" of comics in person!

Free Comic Book Day was so much fun for me and my girls that we plan to do this every year!  It also rekindled my love for going to a comic book store plus now I could share this love with my two little girls.  I plan to visit my local comic book store more in the future with my girls and definitely support them by buying a few comics!

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