In my early morning pre-caffeine internet gazing this morning, I learned that today is Free Comic Book Day. And not only were there free comics but the was a comic book store near my house that was handing out bagfuls of them. My sons are very young but the idea of free book of any variety is enough to get them in the car- and holy smoke did they haul in a pile of comics. We have Richie Rich, Green Lantern, Justice League, and comics I haven’t heard of – and of course Archie Andrews, which I confess is about the limit of my comic book knowledge.
The staff of the Time Warp Comics store in Cedar Grove had a bunch of recommendations. Folks who came for the free comic book day could get a bag of about 10 different comics, and then pick 8 more from a selection inside. The selection was amazing. It seemed like every major comic publisher and every major storyline had a Free Comic Day special edition. We immediately drove to Connecticut to see my in-laws, and even with traffic the car was very quiet. Comics were a total hit in my house.
There are a lot of people in publishing who insist that anything free isn’t a working business model, but in this case yet again I disagree. I now know where the comic store is, know how friendly they are, and know that I can bring my sons there to find more stories. I just got my five year old his first graphic novel this week, and he has already read it twice. Free comics were a perfect addition to a new reading addiction.
Jemmaprophet tweeted to me that she loves comics, and that there are some wonderful romances in comic books. I confess, my knowledge is limited, but maybe you know more than I do (this is very likely). Which comics have a wonderful romance storyline? Which do you recommend?
And to all the people who must have worked very hard to make Free Comic Book Day happen, thank you thank you thank you. You are awesome.