FCBD 2012: 3 Writers, 4 Comic Shops

by: Guest

Cosplay during FCBD

Ryan Burgess – Conspiracy Comics & Comic Connection

 If you managed to drag yourself out of the inevitable hangover after Star Wars Day To and The Avengers, then free comics were your reward.  May 5 marked the annual Free Comic Book Day across North America (at participating retailers) and there were some amazing books to choose from.

Conspiracy Comics located at Cross and Trafalgar, offered the usual one per customer with a catch: with each donation of a canned good you could grab an extra issue.  Without any goods to donate, I had to walk away with one carefully chosen book, Mouse Guard.  This free comic stood out for two reasons, it’s hardcover and it contains a story featuring Hoggle from the 1986 classic, Labyrinth.

At The Comic Connection on Kerr St I picked up a free copy of Witchblade, which was a recap of recent events and the resulting effects on the main characters in the Top Cow universe.  Witchblade has always been on my list of comics to pick up eventually and the free issue gave the perfect excuse to give it a shot.

 

Ricky Lima – Stadium Comics

Stadium Comics in Brampton, Ontario is one of the most friendly, modern, and tech savvy comic shops I’ve ever been to. It is no surprise then that on Free Comic Book Day they hosted a gigantic celebration for everything comics. Being in a mall gave them a little leeway in terms of space. They had artists and writers sketching and interacting with fans outside the store at their mini artist alley. Inside the store along with the free comics most trade paper backs were heavily discounted (upwards to 75%) and back issues were 50% off.

Free Comic Book Day is a day to support your local comic shop and Stadium Comics gives its patron a strong reason to celebrate them. Their constant interaction with their fans through their youtube channel, events, and conventions has helped them gain a reputation as one of the coolest comic shops not only in the GTA but world wide as well.

Sam Maggs – The Silver Snail

I have to admit, I didn’t do Free Comic Book Day as much justice as I wanted to this year. It was kind of a busy weekend in the world of a Toronto comics nerd, and I may have cheated on FCBD a little bit with The Avengers and TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. That being said, I did get a chance to venture downtown with my roommate Saturday morning to hit our favourite FCBD spot: The Silver Snail.

 

In addition to the usual gang of cosplaying superheroes and Stormtroopers monitoring the massive line outside the store (dressed a little more conservatively this year because of the chilly weather), the Snail also had Phil Noto sketching and signing, and some musical entertainment in the form of Wordburglar and Nerds With Guitars. With so much to see (and thanks to the superb organization of the Snail staff), the time spent in line went by super quickly and calmly, and we were at the free comics in no time.

My must-have comics this year were both courtesy Dark Horse: first, the Buffy/The Guild flipbook, with a Buffy-versus-aliensish bit by Andrew Chambliss, and a cute Guild story by my life-idol Felicia Day. I also grabbed the Star Wars/Serenity book, almost entirely for the Serenity portion, as I’ll obsess over anything that features Mal Reynolds and his tight pants. All in all, a very successful FCBD!

 

These are three different experiences of FCBD at a number of stores in and around Toronto, Did you participate in FCBD – Where did you  go & what did you pick up? Share with us below in the comments!

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