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Saturday, April 23, 2005
Another Free Comic Book Day Update
Yesterday I sorted through yet more Free Comic Book Day boxes to put together packets of "All Ages" material to give out to people on May 7th. This year, those packets will include Betty and Veronica, Bongo Gimmie Gimmie Giveaway, Star Wars, Batman Strikes, Uncle $crooge, Flight Primer, Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, Amelia Rules #0, Buzzboy Roboy Major Damage Triple Frosted Fun Comics and Owly: Splashin Around.
We're also going to put together some packets of "Teens and Up" comics and some "Mature Readers" packets. If we even bother to put the Wizard Presents the Top 100 Trade Paperbacks of All Time comic in any of the packets, it's going to have to go in the adults pack. But frankly, we're all so annoyed by the crassness of the material in Wizard's offering, we're giving serious consideration to not even bothering to put it in any packets and just leave it out so that those who want it can get it. We're also going to put Keenspot Spotlight 2005, Funny Book, Mortal Coils and Alternative Comics Presents in the "Mature Readers" packet. Everything else is going in "Teens", though we may fill out the "Mature Readers" selection with some of the Teen titles.
Now, in addition to these packets we'll also have copies of all the books available for people to pick up individually. This is the method that seems to work out the best for us, and seems to get most of the comics distributed, and most importantly, into the hands of the people who will most appreciate them. This will be the fourth year we've participated in Free Comic Book Day, and we've learned from the past what does and does not work for us during an event like this. For example, one of the most important lessons we've learned is that moving the event out of May to coincide with whatever movie Marvel has coming out during the summer doesn't work. May is about as late into the year as an event like this seems to draw attention. Once kids are out of school there are too many demands on their time for them to be able to make a special trip to the comics store, and during the fall and winter there are too many demands on everyone's time for anyone to make a special trip just to get free comics.