Free Comic Book Day 2011: Recap
Saturday was my second time participating in Free Comic Book Day, and the first time with my wee little nephews in tow. They are 8 and 5 years old and have been raised on a steady diet of comic book flicks and books/toys we smuggle into them from our nerdy corner of the family.
It wasn’t a great leap then, to bring them into the fold with their first experience of a comic book shop. In fact, it’s something I’d been scheming since last year when I realized the goal of FCBD should be getting books into kids hands and allowing them to determine what books they want to develop a love for.
Nurturing this love is about 2/3rds desperate hope that it will catch with at least one of them, and 1/3 vague interest on their part. I think the eldest might be the most intrigued – the others are pretty young still. But it’s inspiring that popular culture is so engaged with comic books and their characters. I think it bodes well for crafting future readers and fanatics out of at least SOME of my nephews (and niece).
They certainly seem pleased here (if a little skeeved out by the Pirates from PDXYar):
My personal interest in the books offered on FCBD is vague at best. One-shots are usually not my style, unless they are substantial. None of the books really piqued my interest, but I did take advantage of the Things From Another World Hollywood special offers: $2 graphic novels (picked up The Stand: Captain Trips) and 60% off The Dark Phoenix Saga graphic novel I’ve had my eye on for a while.
We also picked up more Firefly accoutrements for the Prius, which we’ve already decorated the car interior with:
Because we had the kids in tow, we didn’t end up sticking around for any signings or raffles. I think the experience was quite overwhelming enough for them. They each left with a purchased Thor related item since we’d watched the movie together the night before:
We’ll definitely bring the nephews back again next year, perhaps we’ll mix it up with our second oldest (he had a T-Ball game and couldn’t attend). We picked up a stack for him. The most popular books amongst the nephews were The Amazing Spiderman, Thor and Captain America Movie Tie-In, Kung-Fu Panda and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
TFAW also has a great sale coming up on the 21st for FCBD receipt holders – 60% off a whole slew of items no doubt. And we scored about $9 in TFAW bucks. We’ll definitely be back in the near future to cash in.
Hoping everyone who participated had an equally enjoyable experience! Check out the TFAW Flickr Group – Dan makes a surprise appearance in a picture with Darth Vader here.