Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, and if your religion hasn't yet adopted this glorious celebration of modern legends, then by George, make sure it does. To comic enthusiasts, entertained children, and creepy bearded men alike this day is one of the most magnificent events to grace our culture. It combines the idea of cheap escapist fiction with free stuff. Sure, they typically only hand out a five or ten page minicomic, but the idea is that it's free. Stop complaining.

You collectors out there, foolishly scoffing at these one-time free minicomics should be delighted to know that Free Comic Book Day is often also "Free Awesome-Deals Day" on back issues and all sorts of other paraphernalia. Those really cool stone sculptures of the TMNT that every store has, but nobody can afford seem to drop ten or fifteen dollars around this time, so I encourage anybody who's been drooling over Raphael precariously perched atop a cold-cast Chrysler Building, now's your chance.

Free Comic Book Day is typically associated with some big screen adaptation of a comic book series, and this year's theme seems to be Marvel's Thor. This probably means much of the promotional material and advertising will either feature or revolve around the Odinson, so to get into the spirit, here's one of the promotional trailers of Marvel's more fantastical hero.


Free Comic Book Day is on Saturday May 7. That's this Saturday, for those of you who haven't gotten around to flipping your calendars yet (mine thinks it's March.) If you don't believe me, check with your local comic shop... if your town still has one. If not, check the comic shop the next town over, and I'm sure they'll hand you a smile and a seventy-dollar receipt for that Kasumi figurine you'll now have to hide from your wife.

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