Free Comic Book Day 2014

I love Free Comic Book Day.  It’s always the first Saturday in May, so not far from my birthday.  Also, free comics.  Need I say more?

My 4 year old daughter was excited to go along.  She insisted on wearing her cape.  Of course, I said yes.

The lines always seem to get longer every year at JC Comics and Cards.  Of course, the real boom began when the Avengers was shot in neighboring Cleveland.  I was first introduced to Free Comic Book Day over at the now closed Land of Cran.

The rules vary from retailer to retailer, but one thing is the same.  The retailer must allow you to have one free comic from the Free Comic Book Day selection, no purchase necessary.  I love the fact that JC lets you take one of each.  Don’t disparage your retailer if they have a stricter limit.  The fact is, the retailers pay for these promotional books.  The store is giving to you out of their own slim pockets.  Comic book stores don’t make much money to begin with.  This is why JC didn’t carry the HeroClix this year.  They wanted about $5.00 a pack for this two figure starter set.  Shame on you WizKids.  That’s the price I’d expect to pay as a customer for two figures.  A retailer shouldn’t have to pay the same for a promotional giveaway item.

As in years past, the owner of JC dressed as the Joker.  One of his friends showed up in a batsuit.  This Batman told my daughter, “Stay in school.  And if you see Superman, he owes me 10 bucks.”  The local Chili’s gave away free chips and salsa to patrons as they exited the store, as well as free kid’s meal vouchers with glowsticks, bracelets, and temporary Avengers tattoos.

FCBD haul 2014

The haul:

Archie Digest

Archaia Presents: Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories (Hardcover!)

Worlds of Aspen 2014 (FlipSider)

Grimm Fairy Tales

Zombie Tramp also featuring EHMM Theory

Uber

2000 AD sampler

The Intrinsic Singularity Zero

Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa: A History of Japan

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-In-One

All You Need Is Kill/ Terra Formers (Dual Sider)

Sherwood, Texas with Boondock Saints bonus

Entropy

VWars

Valiant Universe Handbook 2014

Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: A Matter of Some Gravity

DC Nation Super Sampler: Teen Titans Go! #1

Street Fighter #0

Rise of the Magi

Rocket Raccoon

The Adventures of Jellaby

Kaboom! Summer Blast!

Buck Rogers 25th Century A.D.

Captain Comic Book #1

Bongo Comics Free-For-All 2014

Hello Kitty and Friends

Raising a Reader! : How Comics and Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

Avatar: The Last Airbender with Itty Bitty Hellboy and Juice Squeezers

Guardians of the Galaxy

Project Black Sky

SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2014

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe

The Tick

A Red Giant four-pack of FlipSiders including Tesla: The Future is Mine/Wayward Sons, The First Daughter/Magika, Pandora’s Blogs/Duel Identity, and Darchon/Shadow Children.  The funny part is, they all say GIANT-SIZE ACTION, but are smaller than the standard format.

Megaman X/Sonic the Hedgehog (FlipSider)

Skyward/Midnight Tiger

The Smurfs plus Annoying Orange, Ariol, and Dinosaurs

Magic Wind

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Far From Wonder Volume One: Hatter M

The New 52: Future’s End

Finding Gossamyr: Way of the Bladeslinger/Past the Last Mountain (FlipSider)

Armor Hunters

and finally, Atomic Robo.

Now, I could cop out and make my next couple of months nothing but reviews of the above.  I won’t.  I will try to group reviews and up the schedule so as to have them all up before it all goes old hat.  Plus two bonus reviews of comics I won outside of Free Comic Book Day events.

Be warned, I work 65+ hours a week now and my buffer is running out.  I will continue to type, but I may miss an occasional update.  Enjoy!

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