By all accounts, it was one of the biggest Free Comic Book Days yet, with most stores reporting “sell-outs” early on and crowds and — importantly — SALES that rivaled their biggest days ever. It was also a media event as over 200 news stories show.
From coast to coast:
DNAinfo presents a gallery of NYC photos, from which the above is taken.
And recent CBR Live postings represent the West Coast as with Richard Starkings and friend, above.
Retailer Matt Price live blogged the activities at Speeding Bullet in Norman, OK:
1:15 p.m. Speeding Bullet is on pace to have as many people in as any day in history – breaking last year’s record. The staff tells me they don’t think it will happen, though: They’re anticipating a slowdown when the Thunder game starts at 4.
And this AP story gives a nice overview of whom the event reached:
A rack of assorted comics, ranging from an issue of Green Lantern with a preview of the upcoming “Flashpoint” mini-series to Image’s “Super Dinosaur Origin Special” No. 1, was set up on a wall with many people, including some with younger kids in tow, plucking issues of interest.
At New Dimension Comics in Cranberry, Pa., 9-year-old Grace Mitchell was one of those young readers. She picked up a copy of “Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse,” a collection of classic 1930’s comics by Floyd Gottfredson and reprinted by Fantagraphics.
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.