Obviously I am a bit late in posting, but for those who weren’t aware, Free Comic Book Day happens the first Saturday of May every year. On that day, there are a number of specially printed issues of various comics that are available FOR FREE through your local comic book store. Often times, local libraries get involved by placing an order for free comic books at the comic book store, and give them out there (at the library) too! I know personally last year I went around to three different comic book stores, and each one of them had different comics to choose from!
As many of you know, I am a children’s librarian and this year I planned/hosted and ran my very first Free Comic Book Day at my small library. I got into contact with a very new tiny comic book store that opened up in the community and was able to work with the owner for this event. I planned a bunch of cute, easy crafts for the kids to drop in and do throughout the day, I booked a cartoon artist (my brother) to take drawing requests from the kids, and then the comic book store owner came in at the end of the day, and talked about the Avengers. It seemed that it went extremely well, and the reception was amazing. I am very much looking forward to doing it again next year.
Obviously, one of the benefits of hosting this type of event is that you get an exclusive first look at the merchandise! I had the comic book store owner order the comics for me, so I had no idea what was going to be in my order. Another benefit of hosting this event was being able to take home these free comic books for myself, without having to wait on forever lines at the store! Here is my Free Comic Book Day haul!
For those who can’t read them (like myself) they include:
Disney Princesses: The Little Mermaid
Nightmare Before Christmas (Manga)
Comic Friends Forever
The Amazing Spider-man
DC Super Hero Girls
Like I mentioned earlier, these comics are specially printed/created for this day, so they are not necessarily connected to any specific comic book story line, nor are they active issues in a series. Mostly, they are snippets of popular comics/characters to draw you in, and hopefully get you to buy the actual stories.
I love this day because it is a way to get reading materials into the hands of EVERYONE. Graphic Novels, and comics are extremely popular for kids right now (probably because on the surface, they are immediately more entertaining than regular novels, which is a huge sell for the “right now” generations) which is even more reason to participate. Some older generations don’t understand the draw, and don’t necessarily consider them “real books” but I can assure you that especially the graphic novels that are out now, you are getting more “bang for your buck” if you will. The kids really like them, and truthfully, they are jamming these novels with the same kinds of story lines you would see in any other kind of book.
So mark your calendars for next year, the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. Check out all your local comic book stores, and LIBRARIES! for events and sales.