by Pam Auditore
Free Comic Book Day is not only a great opportunity for families to bond, comic book collectors to get great deals, but a chance to meet the Industry’s celebrated Writers and Artists without paying a Con Fee. If you’re lucky, you might get a sketch of your favorite character or play games or get other unexpected perks. If you went to Collector’s Paradise in Winnetka, CA, and contributed to the One Fund to aid survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing, you could have had Philip Tan, Rhasah Ekedal, Andy Suriano or Rick Basaldua do a sketch for you. The FCBD crowds were also keeping Writer J. Michael Straczynski busy signing his and Artist Ben Templesmith‘s new book “Ten Grand.” He was also accommodating whenever someone whipped out one of his “Thor,” “Amazing Spiderman” or other books.
Some improvisational Cos Players were also on-hand.
Spiderman: If you’re a hero, I’m J. Jonah Jameson.
Deadpool: (breaking down) I was fighting A.I.M. and psychotic breaks before you, “Sybil” and Dr. Phil. I deserve a slice of pizza!
At Earth-2 in Northridge, CA ,Tanya Tate, of Comic Book Girl19.com also did request sketches much to the delight of the small ones and their Dad’s
At Galaxy of Comics in Van Nuys, CA, Chris “Doc” Wyatt writer of “Creepsville” and Patrick O’Reilly writer of “Steam Engines of Oz” were signing their respective works and discussing why “Leech” would make a lousy roommate with Comics Industry legend writer Len Wein and his friend Bob.
(Left to Right) Bob, Chris “Doc” Wyatt, Patrick O’Reilly, Len Wein
After picking up their FCBD books, a mother and daughter began learning how to play Magic: The Gathering while others went through the $1.00 bins.
My Personal Picks on Free Comic Book Day
The Elite Beat Staff is a trained squad of ninja masters.