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 nephews displaying their Free Comic Book Day 2011 booty

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.

Happy face!

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:

Nephews posing with Thor

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

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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.

One response to “Free Comic Book Day 2011: Recap”

  1. Tracey says :

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to describe the terminlogy for the newcomers!

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