Free Comic Book Day 2013: Philly Style
Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, a day when comic book companies put out books for comic shops all around the world to give away for free. Some use this as an opportunity to showcase a new series or a special event, while others use it as a sampler to show readers what their company has to offer on a regular basis. I live in
Philadelphia and I thought it would be really cool to share with you
the Philly experience, or as I like to call it, Free Comic Book Day: Philly
There are a few comic shops in Philly and the surrounding area. The two big guys though are Atomc City Comics on
Street and Fat
Jack’s Comicrypt on Sansom St. My plan was to hit both stores and see what each had to
offer, to give a more well rounded experience of Free Comic Book Day here. But
things don’t always go as planned. While the experience at Atomic City
Comics was truly awesome, Fat Jack’s Comicrypt was
not, due to the fact that they were hit really hard and within an hour and a
half of opening were down to just three free titles and offered nothing outside
of the Free Comic Book Day offerings.
While it was a bummer that I couldn’t showcase two great experiences, I choose to focus on the positive and showcase the epicness that Atomic City Comics had to offer. First, I want to explain what
South Street is. South Street is a street here in Philly that runs East to West for
blocks and is full of retailers. If you can think of it, they have a shop for
it on South Street: comics, books, music, clothes, food, bars, hats, adult
items, crystals, etc. You can find a store that specializes in preppy clothes
and a few doors down one that specializes in goth clothing, pretty much
something for everyone. It’s a great little community within our community.
Now yesterday was Free Comic Book Day and this little community made it HUGE. The weather was perfect, upper 70’s and bright and sunny. There was food, drink, live music, cosplayers, and yeah, FREE COMICS! There was that cool vibe about the whole thing that felt like Comic Con meets a block party. Everyone was enjoying themselves. From little kids to seniors, this was truly fun for all ages.
Inside the store was very busy, but very organized. They really controlled the flow of people there and had a great spread of books, even hours after opening. I got my free books and my weekly titles, along with some extra goodies that were very well priced, with 60% off!
If you’re in or around Philly on
May 3, 2013 I suggest you stop by Action City Comics on
South Street, and join in the festivities.
That was my Free Comic Book Day experience. What did the comic shops in your city do for it? What books did you get? What else, if anything, did your shop do for the day outside of the free books offered all over? Let us know and share your experience in the comments.