My fellow Nerd Burgers. I had the most magical weekend. I was shocked and honoured to be asked by my local comic book store All Star Comics if I would like to help out on free comic book day. I jumped at the chance. It has been over 4 years since I last worked in a comic book store. I miss it everyday. A chance to get amongst the action of the happiest, busiest and most exciting day of the year was almost too much to handle. The theme for the store this year was villains, so I was even more excited for the chance to wear my Harley Quinn cosplay for a second time.
I was super nervous when I arrived at the store at 8am. Starbucks was closed so I was running low on coffee energy as I got ready with the rest of the crew. By 9am we had our group photo and I took my position at my domain for the day- The kid friendly comics.
Between 9-10am we had family hour for families with under 12 year olds. We only let a limited number of people in at a time so the kids did not become overwhelmed and had time to choose the comics that best suited them. Throughout the morning I got teary eyed many times. I saw families all in costume with handfuls of comics too excited to get reading and just plonking down on the floor in front of me.
By 10am it was crazy. Kids hour was over and there was a line right around the block. We still let people inside in groups of 80. To be honest I think we gave comics to over 3000 people during the day. It was so cool to have people tell me they had never read a comic and ask what it was all about. Trying to explain the feeling I get when people want my help or opinions with comics is impossible. Comic Books are my life. They have connected me with people all around the world and made me the person I am today. Whatever I can do to enrich the lives of others with this amazing art form makes me the happiest person alive.
It was great to see so many people in cosplay for the event. These guys were by far my favourite, Bebop and Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I saw them my jaw dropped to the floor. Such amazing work. (This photo was taken 8 hours after FCBD started so I look exhausted, but I just had to get a photo with them.)
My other favourite was one of the comic store owner's Troy as Dr Doom. He made the armour out of cardboard. How Troy managed to stay in that costume for over 7 hours I will never know.
Being involved in the most important day of the comic book year was such a thrill. I was bouncing off walls even at 6pm when Liam came in and we all had a beer and pizza party. I got to meet some of my idols, wear a costume, give away free comics and talk about comics all day with people. It was one of the best days of my life. A huge Thank You to All Star Comics for the amazing opportunity. I don't think they will ever know how much it meant to me.
What did you guys get up to on free comic book day?