Free Comic Book Day ~ 2017

Another Free Comic Book Day has come and gone and my wallet is quite a bit lighter. This yearly event takes place across the globe at independent comic stores. Publishers sponsor preview issues of their upcoming work and bring more attention to small businesses in the process!

My shop, Carol & John’s Comics, always puts on two massive events, one on the day and a midnight release. Since I had to work Saturday, my friends and I decided on the Friday night shindig and got there early enough, 7:30 PM, to get a good spot in line. It had rained all day but there were still a ton of people already there.

I had planned on cosplaying as Rey but it was pretty darn chilly so that went out the window. There were plenty of people out willing to suffer though and there were some excellent outfits on the night. Of course I’m always a fan of the Rebel Legion and 501st Star Wars costumes.

Starting at 10 PM, there’s an artist alley with local artists open to drawing free sketches and selling some of their prints. I’m a sucker for art and grabbed a couple of things on the night. By far my favorite is this Hamilton hug from Erin Schechtman of Super Group Hugs. I also had to have her Han and Leia hug. I also picked up a few Dee Pio pieces with my DC female faves and had her sketch me an adorable Princess Leia.

I make it a point to always purchase a couples of things in store for FCBD since the shop does so much for the event and their customers. I picked this year’s themed art print featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as the two comics currently in my file and the third part of ATLA’s North and South storyline.

Then it was just waiting and waiting and waiting for those free comics. I picked up an excellent selection of previews and the shop was also giving out free trade paperbacks to the first 100 or so in line. I’m excited to dive into these and see if I need to add any titles to my list.

So did you make it out to Free Comic Book Day this year? What titles interest you the most? Are you as big of a sucker for art as I am? Let me know in the comments below!

A Schwab Signing: Saying Anoshe to Shades of Magic

When Victoria Schwab announced her tour for A Conjuring of Light the question was how far would I need to travel to see one of my favorite authors. Thankfully it was only a measly four hours to Crestview Hills, KY and my friend and I made plans right away for a Saturday adventure with clear schedules and fingers crossed for good weather.

Luckily no snow came our way and on Saturday March 4, the two of us set out for a fun filled road trip. The back of my car was stuffed full with two of the most important things on this planet, books and food. Seriously we had close to a full refrigerator of snacks back there. We arrived at Joseph-Beth Booksellers with three hours to go before the event so of course some damage was done to my wallet.

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Moments of Wonderland: Marissa Meyer Tour Recap

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On November 13 Marissa Meyer stopped by the Parma Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library to chat about her most recent release Heartless and of course The Lunar Chronicles. Despite not the best week I trekked down there with my huge bag of books in tow and had a marvelous time. The auditorium was packed with people and completely full making things all the more exciting.

After being introduced Marissa gave a brief description of Heartless which I’ve already reviewed HERE and then asked for some volunteers for a very special talent show. I, of course, stayed firmly in my seat but six other attendees more courageous than me took the plunge. It was a wonderful icebreaker and the audience was treated to impersonations, songs, poems, feats of strength, etc.

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#TroubleMakersTour : Bringing Ketterdam to Cleveland

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I was so freaking excited when Leigh Bardugo announced her #TroubleMakersTour dates and Cleveland was on the list!!!! While I did get to meet her at BEA (which was glorious), I wanted to get to one of her book tour stops and it worked out perfectly.

So Crooked Kingdom released on Tuesday and I wanted to have finished it by Wednesday night for the tour stop. I managed to devour the whole thing by the morning of and my emotions were all over the place. Review will be up tomorrow by the way. I made sure to give myself plenty of time to drive to the event since rush hour traffic is a horror show and it was on the other side of Cleveland than me.

I arrived to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library System right about 6 o’clock and got an amazing seat since I was an hour early. It was all about the waiting game then and I was anxious to know if my friend would make it on time. Thankfully she left work thirty minutes early or she definitely would have been late. Continue reading

Stiefvater on the Road: The Raven King Tour

Look! An author event finally right in my backyard! I was so thrilled that Maggie Stiefvater was making a stop in Cleveland for her Raven King Tour despite getting to see her at BEA. There never seems to be anything around me so I was lucky not to drive far for this one. Plus it was at my local Barnes & Noble so I felt right at home. I haven’t been to an event there since the midnight release of Deathly Hallows.

On the day, I arrived at about 5:15 pm and grabbed a numbered ticket from the customer service desk. My B&N is two stories and the event was on the second floor by the cookbooks. There were a fair amount of people already sitting and I quickly grabbed a seat in the middle. While waiting, I made small talk with those around me as the area began to fill up.It was packed by the time Maggie arrived at 7:00 pm! Continue reading

Free Comic Book Day ~ 2016

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The first Saturday of May has come and gone and so too has Free Comic Book Day! This yearly event takes place across the globe at independent comic book stores where publishers sponsor preview issues of their upcoming work and bring more attention to small businesses!

This was my fifth time participating in FCBD and it was amazing as always. I’m lucky to have an excellent comic book shop nearby in Carol & John’s Comics and they always put on the best events for their customers. They actually have two events, one a midnight release on Friday and an all day event on Saturday but I’ve done the evening one for the past three years.

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