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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Free Comic Book Day Stuff
Today was the day I waded into the boxes of Free Comic Book Day boxes to see what we had, how much of it, and try to determine what was missing. So far the only comic that's missing is Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards: A Tale of Edwin Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh, and the Gilded Age of Paleontology. We're also missing our free Minimates and Batman Heroclix, which I'm not worried about, but several people have expressed interest in them, and I hate to have to disappoint them.
I'll have reviews up of each of the books a little closer to the event, but I did have a chance to glance through most of the books, briefly, as I was dealing with the counts. So far, very little looked like a break-out hit. Each year prior to this there's been one book that goes over fantastically well with our customers and picks up readers and fans. Nothing this year looks to have that same break-out quality, though a few books, like Owly and Buzzboy may have the potential to do so. The anthology titles look to have strong work in them this year. I didn't really expect Fantagraphics to do an all-ages appropriate book, not with Johnny Ryan contributing, but I do rather wish they hadn't called their adult humor contribution Funny Book, as the title is going to mislead people, I'm sure.
And, showing why they're the public face of the comics industry once again, Wizard's contribution proved to be the one of the most adult orientated titles to be released. It could have been good. But no, they had to go and put a bunch of dick and ass jokes accompanied by graphic illustrations in there. Because of that, I can't give it to kids, and probably not to parents either. Hell, even Chip Zdarsky managed to put out a general audiences Prison Funnies story for Comics Festival, but Wizard couldn't find any articles without frat boy gross-out humor to reprint?