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Free Comic Book Day 2014

10301945_10152126346508651_1469803689662239334_n New_104_5631Last year I decided to just swing by Carol and John’s comic shop for the FCBD midnight release, and hit the place around 11:45. This was a mistake. The line stretched almost to the end of the building complex and moved slow. It wasn’t the comic shops fault, they didn’t expect this many people. I didn’t end up getting out until around 2:30, and it was too crowded and I was in a bad mood altogether. The next day, people kept running out of comics and it was a drag -my favorite shop Comics are Go really saved the day with nice sets of FCBD comics for my girls. New_104_5629This year, I came in with a plan. I expected to be up all night. I pulled out my mazinger costume and grabbed a lawn chair. I met up with people from POP the Comic club and you know, the night flew by. Carol and John’s really worked things out too. They rented an empty space next to the shop, and set up two lines for the comic tables – plenty of space. On one side of the room, they held a comic related art show, on the other, they had vendor and information tables with cupcakes and concessions, along with familiar faces like the Akron Comicon, the Doctor Who New_104_5650Society of Cleveland and POP. Also, being the most kid friendly comic book shop on the planet, Carol and John’s had a special play area set up for the kids. There wouldn’t be a whole lot of children at the midnight party (but still more than you might expect), however, they would be out in full force the next morning! Mazinger was a big hit by the way. Carol and John’s was giving out patches to the cosplayers and I love mine, but I would have dressed up anyhow. I may have New_deadshottaken more photos over three hours at the party and  in that line than I did over five hours in the costume at Shinboku con. If a person knew the character, they immediately recognized it. If they didn’t know him…there was a lot of Optimus Prime and Voltron guesses. For the most part I didn’t correct people. Why harsh someone’s buzz anyhow? I took advantage of the artist alley for a change too. I got Thom Zhaler to draw my girls a My Little Pony. “”You don’t have to say it’s for your girls,” he smiled at me. “It’s okay if it’s for you you know!” It really was for my girls though. If I’d been getting one for me it would have been Doctor Whooves. Actually, that still might happen sometime. The Twilight Sparkle sketch is up in  the girl’s room now, right above their autograph from the Little Mermaid. The love it. New_IMG_20140503_145943   New_IMG_20140503_101341The next morning I got the girls up and I headed out to York comics. York had a really cool set up as well. They were doing a food drive. Everyone who walked in the door got the main set of books – the 12 “Gold” books.  They already had these bagged in a large box and just handed out bags to everyone who walked in. In addition, if you brought in a few canned food items, you could grab ten more from the “silver” book (the other FCBD books – these are optional to order)  table. I like the idea because raising food for the Cleveland food bank is a good cause, and even if you don’t participate, you’re still going to walk out with 12 free books. If you do participate, there’s a greater chance that you will New_IMG_20140503_134604walk away with the “Silver” tier books you want. I talked with on fellow in line who couldn’t get the Mouseguard hardback at Carol and Johns the previous night. That was why he was here, and I noticed he did manage to get his copy that morning. I headed back over to Carol and Johns. I was mostly here because Marc Sumerick was giving away signed copies of the collected Franklin Richards strips that he scripted, and was only going to be there from 11:00 to 1 I believe. Marc singed a copy for each of my girls and Maddie in particular is loving it. It feels like Gus Beezer to her, though to me it feels more like Calvin and Hobbes. It almost feels strange. I know Marc. I see him a couple times a month, so getting an autograph from him is kind of weird. But still, the girls loved it. I ended my day by swinging by Comics are Go!  which I’ve mentioned earlier is my 10334347_10203023675245932_2403546328708743715_nfavorite comic shop. They had a nice selection of the Gold books along with a TON of Rocket Raccon. Scott was also have a sidewalk sale and a table full of .50 cent bins! I dove in and emptied them of all the Shadow, Green Hornet and Daredevils I could find. Actually the best discount bins of  the day. It’s worth mentioning, that even though I didn’t make it to it (the girls just didn’t feel like going out), there was a great event going on in downtown Elyria where I live with superheros putting on a live show, the bank being robbed and Batman putting a stop to it! 10170729_10203028501006573_841120872853514810_n All in all, I had a great Free Comic Book Day. I came home with over 40 free comics and bought about 30 more from different dump bins (I make a point to buy something from the shops I get my freebies at. That’s only fair). More importantly, I got to spend some time in the comic scene this weekend, hang out with friends and dress up as a giant robot. I hope you’re FCBD was a good as mine!   This little guys was my biggest fan. he kept coming up to me all night! New_10253851_804602432884149_424389060124451674_n I love the tricked out Mini cooper as a Ghostbuster car. Best idea ever! New_10294398_804602489550810_409039619181811259_n We actually started our night off with a game of Spider-man Monopoly before I left for the party! New_10276975_10201549036198536_9192169373103405220_n New_1509271_10201549036118534_1406601326807031888_n New_10325252_10201549036158535_7069822366075327583_n BEST. COSTUME. EVER. New_104_5633   Had to get a photo by the TARDIS New_tardisNew_IMG_20140503_133607 New_10339759_10152126345973651_6435838921175296971_n New_10339759_10152126345213651_8071819005197813833_n New_10322830_10152367564552278_8565671156297493656_n New_10297893_10152126346398651_1567530359478896789_n   New_10289824_10152126345183651_5653091766725108558_n  New_10273419_10201603314835513_3261910482314243689_n  New_1610107_10152126346658651_3098017694784260612_n  New_104_5650 New_104_5649 New_104_5648 New_104_5646 New_104_5645 New_104_5644 New_104_5641 New_104_5636 New_104_5638 New_104_5637  New_104_5634 New_104_5627 New_104_5625 New_104_5622 New_104_5623 New_104_5624 New_104_5621 New_104_5620 New_104_5619 New_104_5618 New_104_5617 New_104_5613 New_104_5612 New_104_5611 New_104_5610 New_104_5608 New_104_5607 New_104_5606 New_104_5605   Special thanks to Mark Brown who took a lot of t he better photos in this post!

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