In between Age of Ultron viewings, you should’ve taken some time this weekend to support your local funny book peddler like these fine folks…
You could be cynical about the lines and fair-weather fans at your local comic store during Free Comic Book Day, but I like to think of it the same way I feel about Christmas shit: For a brief time once a year, everyone is into the same stuff I am. On last week’s Cape Crisis, we asked our listeners to snap a pick of the FCBD goings on, and of course, I participated too, starting with my favorite comic shop in the Bay Area, Mission Comics.
SEE?! Even grisled old prospectors were down for the festivities! I also did Free Comic Book Day one better by not only hitting multiple stores (buying one to two items at each store and not just ravaging their free supply FYI), but traveling across the San Francisco Bay to join my buddy/Cape Crisis cohost Hank at Dr. Comics and Mr. Games in Oakland as seen above. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one to participate. A ton of you did in the forums and on Twitter. Obviously, this was awesome to see, but we’ve got a packed show this week. Discussing Age of Ultron is essentially the closest thing Cape Crisis has to a Super Bowl, so I wanted to highlight some of your local comic stores/FCBD adventures below in case we can’t get to them. Enjoy! First up, Laser Time’s resident Comic Dude, Jon “Jonwahizzle” Waugh. His resident home, JetPack Comics, not only had a line going out the door. They competed in a Millarwolrd cosplay competition… And yes, they fucking WON! Greetings from Calgary!
annual.gift.man.who.lives.on.the.moon put together an awesome little infographic from his trip to the Outer Limits. Click the image to enlarge.
Please get in touch with me, Gift Man. I’ll be needing that Roger Rabbit book ASAP. Here’s Beeks with a look at Madness Comics and Games in Plano, TX
— Beeks (@thebeeks) May 2, 2015
TomSJ3 snapped some pics from Comics on the Green in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Say hi to Leslie Knope for us! Wait, what… Like so many of us, DankK failed at Free Comic Book Day by spending money. It’s okay, that’s sort of the point!
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just waltz into a comic shop and start scooping free issues into a bag. I had to give charitable donations to get more than three issues my local shops and I was happy to do it. Here’s I’mCastorTroy with more from New Jersey:
My family and I had a really good time at Time Zone Gaming and Comics in Fords, NJ. They do a deal where you they normally give 3 free books for free. But if you donate $10 to All Fur Love you can get as many of the free comics as you want. So we donated $20 so both of my kids could get some free books. I also picked up Superman: Doomed graphic novel and my some got a really cool Godzilla figure from the 2014 movie
Alexander Keeling appropriately enough hit up Aftertime Comics in Alexandria, Virginy!
— Alexander Keeling (@CaptainAKrunch) May 2, 2015
TwoTeaspoonTurtle took a break from being a complete shithead to showcase Metropolis Comix in Elk Grove, CA, which like many comic stores, drastically discounted their normal wares for curious strangers. I, for one, also took crazy advantage of this. Metropolis Comix in Elk Grove California had not only a 75% off sale on t-shirts but a 65% off discount on all backstock books, so I loaded up. Here’s Evil Steven with a look at comics from the set of the new FX show, Fargo.
mrnivek’s experience at Alter Ego in XX will make any Lumberjanes fan totes jelly.
Pretty fun time, got to my favorite comic shop Alter Ego in Cedar Rapids, IA and picked up some Marvel titles I needed, some free Marvel titles but didn’t see many sales like I see others have had. But I did get a Lumberjanes 13 signed by Brooke Allen making a appearance at another local shop.
Mike Damman got a special guest appearance from DOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! In Michagan
— Mike Damman (@DammitDamman) May 2, 2015
— Warren (@NineSixTwo) May 3, 2015
— Michael (@SciFiDriveIn) May 2, 2015
And I don’t want to make anyone feel guilty for not attending Free Comic Book Day festivities, but you should probably be thankful just to have one in your area. As Mercenary Q reported from across the ocean:
Turns out there are no free comics here in Scotland so there isn’t much to report (Still bought the news issues of Star Wars) but I did remember to take a picture of the outside of the shop as I was leaving on the Bus.
And somehow sadder still, from AngryFruitSalad
Incredibly sadly, this was my Local Comic Shop on FCBD. The owner of my local comic shop, an amazing man named Rob Charpentier, died last year of cancer. Jeff Lemire wrote about him since he was Jeff’s Local Comic Book Guy too.
And last but not least, it would seem that Dave Notter and I are kindred spirits.
— Dave Notter Jr. (@RadMartigan84) May 3, 2015
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Now to start reading these fucking things. Thanks for playing along, everyone. We’ll be lightly recapping all this, and of course, our take on Age of Ultron on this week’s Cape Crisis. Sorry if we missed ya!