For the past nine years the comic industry and comic book shops have joined together in Free Comic Book Day. What the shops and comic companies do is give away free comics, AWESOME! It’s a great way to introduce new readers to the exciting world of comic books. This year I drove down to Albuquerque, NM to hit up a couple of the shops participating.
First comic shop I went to was Astro Zombies. It’s a very cool comic shop located across the University of New Mexico. They had comic book artist Aaron Campbell signing comics for free. Campbell is the comic artist for Dynamite Entertainment, Green Hornet Year One and Sherlock Holmes. It was cool to learn from Cambell that he actually lives in Albuquerque too.
Next I went down to Lobo Anime & Comics. A great local shops with the largest selection of new comics I’ve seen in a while. By the time I got there they had given away most of this years free comics, but I was lucky to score some regular great comics titles for free. SHAZAM!
Lobos was fun because there were a few guys in cosplay costumes. Some Anime characters and a few comic book. I got a photo with a dude in a fun Wolverine costume. 7000 BC a local organization of independent comic book creators from New Mexico were there too. Signing and selling there cool zine type indy comics.
It was fun to see both these shops filled with people talking and enjoying comics. When I owned my comic shop “Modern Age Comics” and participated in the first Free Comic Book Day, I wasn’t sure this event would last. Seeing the industry, comic shops, creators and fans enjoying this super cool event, I know Free Comic Book Day is here to stay.