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Saturday May 1st is Free Comic Book Day. Wow did that sneak up on me.

So for those of you that don’t know what’s up Free Comic Book Day is the day where the retailers, out of the kindness of their hearts (wrong), decide to give out a free selection of books. Do not be misled, not all comics are free. You can’t just run up in a store and jack their stuff. What you can do is take from the books that have been provided from select comic book publishers. There is normally a large variety to choose from, and this is the one week of the year all-ages books should be super easy to find.

The big downside is the only way to get these books is to find a local comic shop. The FCBD website I linked to earlier should have a locator. Now, there is not telling what books you will find when you go. Some stores actually don’t let you get free stuff unless you purchase something as well (thus eliminating the free part).  Some stores have been known to only allow you to get a small number of books (one to five, allowing more with larger purchases), and often times you can only get one copy of each. Some stores (Here’s looking at you people at a certain really big comic book store in my city. jerks) will only allow you one copy of each book. Even if you have more than one kid with you. So look out for bad retailers.

Clone Trooper at FCBD 2009

Now that I’ve put you off the entire idea let me reiterate that the majority of places you can go are awesome. This is the one day of the year it isn’t impossible to get outsiders to go to the comic shop so the retailers should be on their best behavior. This may be the only chance they have at getting your business.

If you live in Charlotte, NC come holla at me. There’s a strong chance that I’ll be hanging out at Rebel Base Comics and Toys. I’ll be the one sitting in the way of everything just blocking your path and being a general bother to both staff and customers. This isn’t a commercial for the store, it’s just where I’ll likely be at a good portion of the day.

Also feel free to check out the few other shops in the city where I will most likely be poking my head into.

A.Pennyworth’s Comics and News is great and usually empty so it’s your best option if you don’t want to get smothered.

Rebel Base is a small shop.

Heroes is the biggest store in Charlotte (And I think the entire South East United States) and is swamped like a moderately attractive female at a pen and paper rpg convention. (really, it’s super packed.)

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

DC Kids has a new Website

DC has finally done away with the most ridiculous of the big all-ages comics websites. I don’t have any screen shots of the old site (really, who wants ’em?) but this new site is significantly improved. It is a bit much on the flash, but it is used well.

The most important thing I’ve seen is that the #1 issues for just about all of their titles are available to read. The one downside is that they load up in .pdf files online. PDFs on the internet just flat out suck. They are way slow, but it is much much better than nothing so mad props to DC! You can choose to upload them in low or hi resolution, so if you have a slower internet connection you can still try and view them.

The titles available are: Batman: Brave and the Bold, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures In the 8th Grade, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!, Super Friends, Tiny Titans, Justice League Unlimited, Looney Tunes #100, Scooby-Doo, Cartoon Network Action Pack

It also appears that DC comics is putting up some of the older titles for sale. So if you missed out on titles like Batman Beyond or Justice League Unlimited you can snatch them up for just around $10 again. I strongly recommend any of the “Jam Packed Action” books, be they Justice League, Cartoon Network, or The batman. I also suggest Powerpuff Girls Vol. 1. That books is Awesome.

Just give the new web site a look, you might find something you like there.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Comics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Direction

I have been super slack lately with the updates, but that’s been for good reasons. I’ve been throwing some ideas around  on how to make this thing better. The biggest thing is I’m going to just, for the most part, ignore single issues.  Following the direct market is really some sort of lost cause. Instead I’ll just be talking about the collections that are out or are coming out. I’ll talk about some of the bigger news that happens, and I’ll talk about digital stuff. My new goal is just to provide as much information on the things that might spark an interest in people (especially juveniles) reading comics.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment