Free Comic Book Day on Saturday was an immensely successful event which saw hundreds of signings, thousands of comics given away and untold happy faces on people getting their free comic books. It was great.
So, of course, we’re going to report on the two news-of-the-weird crimes that took place during the event.
In Portland, Maine, a drunken man from Westbrook assaulted a Ghostbuster and a Stormtrooper as they stood in line to get into Coast City Comics, on Congress Street. Police were forced to use a stun gun on Adam Barnes, 31, who threw the Stormtrooper to the ground and punched the Ghostbuster.
Wood, (the stormtrooper) who works at the information technology department at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, said he was having fun at Free Comic Book Day before the assault.
“People were stopping and kids were dressed up in little superhero costumes,” said Wood.
Wood said someone grabbed him suddenly from behind. At first he thought it was a friend, but then the assailant started to choke him.
“My helmet fell off and he did get one good punch in,” said Wood.
He said he was then thrown to the ground.
Despite the extremely rare assault, and feel bad vibe, Wood said it would not deter him from participating in future FCBD galas.
MEANWHILE, on the other side of the nation, in Los Angeles, the line for the Golden Apple FCBD celebration was interrupted by a car crash and chase, as a yellow Jeep driven by a disheveled woman in a wig—but not in costume—peeled onto Melrose Avenues, pursued by several police cars. The vehicle stopped in front of the Golden Apple and the woman dashed for the door of the store as customers watched. Owner Ryan Liebowitz kept the door shut from the inside, where Geoff Johns was signing. Police cars and a chopper eventually converged on the woman, who was taken to the ground.
The stunned crowd hailed Liebowitz’s quick thinking. “I sort of instinctively held the door because it looked like a crazy person,” Liebowitz told the LA Times. “I said: Nobody can want free comic books that bad. There has to be a problem here,” adding later “Crazy things happen, but they can’t stop Free Comic Book Day. Everything is under control.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.