I dearly love it, I look forward to this day all year. It’s this Saturday!
Just one quick thought.
I know I say this every year, but a lot of people believe that the comics the comic shops give away are given free to retailers.
They are not. Retailers have to pay for the books. They pay a reduced fee, but they still pay for them. They also have to pay shipping. They have to pay for ads and they have to usually pay for extra employees, and many shops pay to have guests or other special events. It can end up being a huge expense, and even though a lot of new readers might come by, part of it is also a celebration of comics, and a lovely little bonus for the shop’s loyal customers.
It’s a great deal of effort, as well, in most cases.
What I would ask everyone to do is, when you go to get your free comics, please take a little bit of extra time, even if it’s crowded, to shop in the store. Try a couple new comics off the rack or a new trade collection you have been thinking about. Maybe if you buy Magic cards or game supplies somewhere else, usually, think about buying some at the hosting store while you are there. It will add up and make their Free Comic Book Day much more successful and everyone will be happy, and it’s a nice way to say thank you.
Just a thought, but when picking up your free comics, please send a little bit of shopping love to the store that is putting on the event for you. Do it ON Free Comic Book Day so that they know the day is a success and that all their expense and effort is appreciated.
Your comic store will love you and I will love you!
man I am so in love with comics lately.
like not just specific ones, but the medium in general. it’s so… democratic. I guess I’ve been realising more and more that actually, skill isn’t as important as I’d built it up to be all these years. just giving life to your own style, ideas, characters, storytelling - just actually sitting down and DRAWING - trumps needing to be the super best artist ever.
and I love that you don’t need qualifications or to commit to it as a full time job or anything. tbh when it comes to illustration and design I’ll always feel like an outsider due to lack of technical knowledge/formal training, but comics? idk, they make me feel invincible as an artist. like nothing can stop me from making my ideas exist and sharing them with/inflicting them on the world. I have everything necessary to make them happen already.
I know a lot of people who are “waiting to start”… you don’t need to. you can do it already and if you love it then so will other people!