Friday, May 6, 2011

Onion AV Club - Free Comic Book Day

Today, I expand my horizons with my first article for The Onion A.V. Club Milwaukee about Free Comic Book Day. It was a hoot getting to drive around and talk to the owners face to face.



True comic nerds, despite the disappointment and pain (physical for the actors and emotional for the audience) inflicted by the failure of theSpider-Man: Turn Off The Dark musical, cling onto the wholehearted belief that superheroes are still cool and awesome. To rekindle that childlike (or woman- or man-childlike) love for the caped protectors, visit participating comic book stores to snatch one of the 2.5 million comics ready to be given away for free on the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day, May 7.
Since different stores have varying limits on what you can take home (to curb anyone picking up extra copies for the rubes on eBay), The A.V. Clubwent to a few local shops to get the lowdown straight from the unicorn’s mouth.
Collector’s Edge
What rules are in place for Free Comic Book Day? Two free comics per person. If you show up wearing a comic book-related shirt, you can take up to five.
Most coveted giveaway swag? Spider-Man.
Any specials for folks coming down to the shop? The store’s offering 20 percent off all trades. Buy two DC Direct action figures, get one free. The South location will have artist-writer Jill Thompsonhanging around from 1-4 p.m.
Lost World Of Wonders
What rules are in place for Free Comic Book Day? Each person gets eight to 10 freebies. As the day rolls on, the staff will be less likely to stop you from grabbing a handful of Archie swag.
Most coveted giveaway swag? Green Lantern.
Any specials for folks coming down to the shop? 25 percent or more off the price of everything in the store, which includes anime and collectibles.
Vortex Comics (8118 West National Ave. 414-774-3331)
What rules are in place for Free Comic Book Day? 
You can walk out of this ’Stallis store with four or five free comics.
Most coveted giveaway swag? Again, Green Lantern.
Any specials for folks coming down to the shop? Get 50 percent off the price of all the store’s plentiful back-issue stock.
Neptune Comics
What rules are in place for Free Comic Book Day? Three free comics, or more if you bring in a perishable food item to donate.
Most coveted giveaway swag? The Mighty Thor/Captain America team-up.
Any specials for folks coming down to the shop? The 501st Legion will be by for all your Facebook-picture-with-a-Stormtrooper needs.