Well it is the first weekend in May. Do you know what that means? That is right. FREE?COMIC?BOOK?DAY!?Wooo hooo!
Well it is the first weekend in May. Do you know what that means?
That is right. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Wooo hooo!
One of my favorite days of the year. I love me some free comics.
For those that don’t know the history of Free Comic Book Day, you should Google it, because I am not going to spend all my column going over it. Though it is an interesting read.
Well, every first Saturday in the month of May, this year May 5, multiple comic book companies and your local comic book shops get together and put out free comics for the public to have for their very own.
For me, this is a way for me to introduce my sons to the hobby of collecting comics.
Yes, they are a little young for appreciating comics and understanding the ins and outs of collecting, but if they are free, it doesn’t really matter. They can look at them, run around chasing the dog with them or sit down and let Daddy read it to them. Whatever they want.
For me and my history, comic book collecting was my solace and also my hobby.
Oh, I?wasn’t one of those rabid fans who would buy all the gimmick comics and throw them in a poly bag, thinking they have just bought the most expensive comic that will ever be. (Those collectors usually were wrong.)
No, I was one of those who would give a list to their mom and wait patiently for her to get off work and bring me my bag of goodness.
Then I would spend the next three days pouring over the beautiful artwork of the comic book artists and follow all my favorite heroes as they went through their adventures the writers created.
It was my way of getting through my late childhood and high school years. It was my way of dealing with crisis in my life.
Some people have different ways of dealing with tragedy and adversity. Some tough it out and are stronger for it, some wallow in their pain and turn to drugs or alcohol, etc.
But for me, it was all about the comics. They were my escape and my way of getting past a particular hurdle that life would put in front of me.
Some people see comics as something that isn’t creative or could be potential harmful to their child because of all the violence or subject matter.
I don’t get that, because usually these people go out and get the latest and greatest video game system and buy their kids "Call of Duty." Great game but hardly violence-free.
It was a way for me to see others, though with special powers, go through some of the same experiences I?was going through and watch them overcome that adversity.
It gave me hope that I would be able to do the same and I would.
I love comics. They mean a lot to me. Why don’t you come in to our local comic book shop/video rental store and see what these creators have to offer you. Since it is free, the price is right and you may just find yourself emersed in a world that has meant so much to me and my past.
Gary Darling is the geekiest employee at the Maryville (Mo.) Daily Forum. His online blog address is justanewdad.blogspot.com, and his email is email@example.com. Drop him a line sometime!