We survived! This was my first year working behind the counter on Free Comic Book Day and it was awesome. Victor, Dave, Quinn, and I held down the fort but we also had a great group of volunteers to help set up, hand out comics, and manage the crowd. We had great success signing up a slew of ladies for the Bel Air chapter of our Girls Only Comics Club and I am so stoked for our first meeting next Sunday!
I had originally planned to cosplay as Bee from Bee and Puppycat but I chose practicality over awesomeness and wore my staff clothes. Which was for the best, because I was up and down all day long hauling gear and pulling boxes.
We had a great team of artists who came out to do signings and sketches at both stores including THE Jim Steranko. Yes, Eisner hall of fame Steranko, the man who drew Silver Age Nick Fury. It was awesome. Other rad artists included Joe Keatinge, Leila De Duca, Rachel Autumn Deering, Tyler Jenkins, PLB, Bill, Carlos, Kata Kane, Monica Gallagher, Nate Getz, Tony Calandra, and Mike Bracco.
We also had free pizza and 15 free back issues per person behind the store where we hosted two battles of Super Art Fight, which was just as epic as it sounds.
Super Art Fight is a clash of Pictionary and tag team wrestling in which two artists or teams draw an epic battle in front of an audience. A bout lasts 25 minutes cut into 5, 10, 15, and 20 minute increments, in which a new theme is announced for the artwork via the Wheel of Death. (A randomized generator that pulls predetermined themes.) The artists drawings interact and overlap each others in a crazy battle of ink and paper, artists may step out and tag their partner in to take over the work. The winning artist team is chosen by audience fervor.
Finally, we had our own mini cosplay contest; I hope more people come out in costume next year but the people who showed were fantastic!
We had a great time, everyone was happy and excited to be there, it was perfect. Erika from Paradise Donuts even brought us a free box on the house! The Fruity Pebble donut is so freakin’ amazing and helped us get through the last two hours of our fifteen hour shift. ❤ Say it with carbs, people! It was such a rad day.