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Free Comic Book Day- A View From the West

Professor John Donovan did me the great favor of checking out comic book shops in his area on Free Comic Book Day. Professor Donovan writes about the anti-communist message in comic for Ages of Heroes, Era of Men, yet he recently shared some new research at the Imagined Power Symposium at Rollins exploring depictions of President Obama in comics. John's take on FCBD is in sharp contrast to my own.

As he explains:
“I had the opportunity to enjoy FCBD by visiting the Boulder area (one hour north of my home in Colorado Springs). From experience, I knew that the best way to celebrate the day would be to visit Time Warp Comics, Cards and Collectibles in Boulder. I was not disappointed. The owner, Wayne Winsett, goes all-out every FCBD. He puts out balloons for the kids, has artists on hand to talk with fans, and has people in costume to entertain the customers. This year he had a batmobile in front of the store (on loan from a private collector), with a Batgirl to pose by the ca…

Free Comic Book Day--Thinking About Appearances

The semester is over and I’m still going. On the upside, I’m going to things like Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)!!! I know, you have a host of questions.

What is "Free Comic Book Day?
Free Comic Book Day is a yearly event when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

When is Free Comic Book Day?
Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May.

Are they really free?
Yes, the comics are free to visitors. Different shops have policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating location. Ironically, FCBD is not free to the retailer, they pay for the comics.

Is every comic book store doing this?
The answer to that question is no. This event celebrates the independent comic book specialty shops. As a result, FCBD is different at each shop you attend as the owner determines on whether or not to participate and how…