Free Comic Book Day has come and gone! Wooosh! Like a daydream.
15 years of Free Comic Book Day and I don’t think I’ve ever missed one since it’s been going on! 15 years visiting my favorite comic book shops out in Los Angeles! (15 years since Spider-Man came to theaters!) Wow!!!!
I love Comic Books and this day is a fun one. Comic Books for all ages! For the past 5, maybe 6, years I’ve taken my nieces out along for the comic book ride and it is a special day for us all! Yup!
This year my nieces, Celia and Effie, and my Guy Dave were ready for FCBD 2016 and at 9:30 a.m. we hit the road! We didn’t start at Golden Apple as usual, but made our way to North Hollywood for Blastoff’s ComicsFest by the Federal Bar. There were comic book writers/artist signing books, some vendors selling comic themed goodies, the Laemmle NoHo7 gave out free popcorn, and popcorn coupons, there were food trucks with delicious ice cream and even a beer garden! But there were Free Comic Books! We all got a random grab bag that had old random back issues and a mix of the free comics available that day! After having some Thai Tea ice cream as our appetizer and grabbing our comics we all took quick break to flip through our goodies! Then we drove on down to Blastoff Comics store just down a ways and grabbed a few more Free Comic Books! They had a 50% off trades sale going on and though we didn’t buy any we had fun browsing. There was a good crowd inside and there’s nothing like seeing a full comic book shop, it makes me happy!
After that it was time for real food and we got a quick breakfast break to energize us up for the rest of our day! So it was more VROOM VROOM-ing around town!
Next up on our Comic Book route was the newly opened shop The Perky Nerd, in Burbank! This fine new shop was ready to go on FCBD! Yup! Here they had some signings going on, Free Comics (OF COURSE!) and I finally got a chance to browse around a bit!
The Perky Nerd has new Comics, Toys, Original Artwork, Board Games (especially Star Wars X-WING) and COFFEE! They sell Cold Brew coffee at the shop and you can take a seat on their nice couch or table to read a book and sip your drink.
The store was buzzing with kids and parents exploring the world of Comic Books! Trash Panda was signing and giving away little tote bags, writer Bryan Hill and artist Isaac Goodhart of POSTAL were signing POSTAL #1.
Artist Isaac and I got to chatting, he drew a Spider-Man for my nephew (who wasn’t on the ride but couldn’t be forgotten about!) and in our chatting I mentioned my love of BOOSTER GOLD so Isaac was awesome and drew me a BOOSTER GOLD! Yes I will always admit my undying love and devotion of BOOSTER GOLD to anyone who will listen! Thanks again Isaac!
And with that we gathered our Comics and said bye bye to The Perky Nerd to venture off to the next shop on our list!
HOUSE OF SECRETS was busy! There were tons of cosplayers outside the shop posing for photos with kids and it was of course adorable and awesome! The shop was packed too and we all got to add another three Free Comics to our collections.
Then, last but never least we were on our way to one more store! GOLDEN APPLE!
I’ve been going to Golden Apple FOREVER, it’s been my go to shop since I began buying weekly comics oh so many, many, many, many moons ago. I remember those first FREE COMIC BOOK DAYS at Golden Apple when they were still further down Melrose. So many people, comics and good times! Golden Apple has always puts together a big event for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! They do not disappoint! Celia and Effie agree that we can’t ever miss out on visiting them! Yup!
So we were there later in the day and the line to get Free Comics wasn’t so bad, we didn’t wait long before we were snagging our books. I was actually able to find some that I didn’t see at the other shops! SCORE!
One of the fun things that GOLDEN APPLE does is having a prize raffle game and this year it was buying dum dum lollipops for a chance at more free comics or other big prizes. We went for the big 12 dum dums for $10 deal and the four of us got to pick 3 dum dums each. Celia and Dave were the big winners! They got a hello kitty eraser puzzle and the Funko Frozen Pocket Pop Set! SCORE!
Whew!! What a day of FREE COMIC BOOKS! It really was an excellent adventure! I had a fun filled day with my nieces and my guy Dave! We got comic books a plenty, ate lots of sugary treats and had a super, duper, golden, perky, happy, fun filled blastoff blast!!! I can’t wait for another FREE COMIC BOOK DAY but have plenty to read until then. 😉
Remember: COMIC BOOKS KICK ASS! Yup!