Free Comic Book Day 2010: Recap

We arrived at the Portland Hollywood District Things From Another World store around noon, and were greeted by a herd of pirates. They had muskets, maces and one was even sporting a whip (pretty sure it was real). A father with his daughter dressed as a princess and son as a storm trooper wandered out of the store clutching their Free Comic Books.

We entered and picked up a couple of the free books for our nephews – they didn’t have any of the adult books (sounds so naughty) I’d scoped out. Ah well, this was more about getting out to the stores to show support, and nab some freebies for the nephews.

We picked up Iron Man/Thor, DC Kids and Toy Story for them, btw.

Then lots of browsing occurred – they were selling a whole folding table full of trade paperbacks for 60% off, along with some Alex Ross posters and a couple Darth Vader backpacks. Not sure if Dan and I will ever be nerdy enough to sport that kind of look. We purchased Whiteout: Melt to score a Steve Lieber autograph on that copy. Later on, we can get Greg Rucka to sign it and have the complete set.

Around 2pm Mr. Lieber showed up, and we descended on him with the Greg Rucka signed Whiteout book. He ASKED US if he could do a sketch in it. Are you freaking kidding me? Yes please!

Of course, he was another cool and laid back dude who was totally willing to chat while he drew. He spent a little time pimping Underground (though I asked him to) and dropped a hint about a Vertigo project he’s attached to, but couldn’t release any information just yet.

He’s part of the 22 person Periscope artist studio here in Portland, and really enjoys the supportive arts community that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

After he finished up the awesome sketch of Carrie Stetko:

he politely posed for a picture:

Steve Lieber!

Then we stopped over at Cosmic Monkey Comics (it was just up the street) and picked up six issues of Madame Xanadu. We ran into the stunning Carolyn Main, and a few other comic book friends we’d met at Stumptown Comics Fest. It was great to see so many folks out supporting the art form and the event – and all the kids!

My eldest nephew sat down and read through the entire Iron Man book when we handed it to him.

Our ulterior motive for heading to Cosmic Monkey was to set-up a box. We have missed out on a few issues of books we love because the stores don’t order enough copies and they just freakin’ fly off the shelves.

We decided to forgo the X-Books right now, and just read them in trade paperback for the time being. I don’t think any of them are gonna go out of business because we aren’t buying. The smaller, independent books might though, and that’s where our dollars are better spent.


Here’s our box pull list:

The Guild

Madame Xanadu

The Walking Dead

Jack Staff



N (Stephen King adaptation with Alex Maleev)


Such an enjoyable event. Having spent the last two weekends watching artists at their craft, I am really starting to appreciate all the time, effort and talent that goes into the work they do.

All the truly exciting and giddy comic book events are over for the next couple months (outside of the Iron Man 2 release, of course). Free Comic Book Day 2010 was a great capper to this wild and crazy month of Comic Books in Portland.


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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

4 responses to “Free Comic Book Day 2010: Recap”

  1. Hisham says :

    You’ll have to tell me how Jack Staff is. That’s a series I’ve been aware of, but never followed.

    If you really get into Madame Xanadu, you should try checking out some of Matt Wagner’s other work with Grendel and Mage.

    Plus, it looks like Amy Reeder-Hadley is going to be drawing an arc of the Batwoman ongoing series.

    • tinyheroes says :

      Schweet – thanks for the heads up on Amy Reeder-Hadley. I really LOVE her work in Madame Xanadu, and provided they sign on a decent writer – this could be the DC Superhero book for me.

      The Jack Staff is for Dan – he picked up the first two issues. Maybe I’ll have him do a guest blog about it! 🙂

  2. Hisham says :


    I’m really glad that you were able to post on all the cool stuff I missed yesterday 😦

    • tinyheroes says :

      We would have invited you – but you work on the weekends. 😦 Man, how long does that last?

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