Written by: Abel S. Pinedo
On a gloomy overcast Saturday morning I made my way to Los
Angeles for Free Comic Book Day. I planned to spend my day at my favorite store, Golden Apple Comics. On my
way into LA I wondered if the cloudy weather would put a damper on the days' festivities. Once I arrived though, those fears quickly
vanished when I saw a line of eager customers stretched all the way around the block. Comic book fans are a loyal
bunch, and rain or shine, they turned out in droves.
When I arrived at the store I saw the vast array of free comics
on display. I was given a check list of all the books available for that day. I wasted no time deciding ones which I
wanted the most. The staff was very well organized, and by the looks of it, had plenty of free comics to go
around. Most of the free comics were located in front of the store. As you waited in line, you checked off the four comics
you wanted. Then when it was your turn, you walked up, gave an employee your list, and your books were pulled for you.
There were also stacks of mini movie posters and other freebies as well. Definitely lots of cool loot for everyone!
Once I got my comics I was informed that there were the final
two free comics, Wonder Woman and Riverdale, which were reserved for a special signing. Marc Andreyko, a writer for Wonder
Woman, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator behind the hit show Riverdale as well as the creator of the comic Afterlife
with Archie were the first two special guests of the day. They both happily signed comics and posed for pictures with
the die hard fans. The fan turnout was quite impressive and the line stretched well outside the store.
Marc Andreyko and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
While I waited in line for my autographs I took advantage
of this time to check out the remainder of the store. Golden Apple was having a store wide sale on everything in stock.
I picked up a few new comics as well as a graphic novel I'd been searching for all year, all at 20% off the cover price.
Even though I already had an arm full of the free comics, I think it's important to support your local comic shop, particularly
on a day like this, and there was plenty of amazing deals to be had. It was impossible to resist.
At 1pm, the next guest for the day arrived. Joelle Sellner,
writer of the soon to be released graphic novel MER was signing limited edition prints of the cover. And at 2pm, former Golden
Apple employee and now writer on the new Guardians of the Galaxy series Gerry Duggan signed the Guardians free comic for the
Meanwhile, in front of the store was a signing by the voice talent
from the cartoon Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. Christina 'Ladybug' Vee and Mela 'Tiki' Lee signed the Miraculous
free comic as well as promos from the cartoon.
No one went away without a smile on their face and free comics
in their hands. I saw lots of excited kids, which makes me happy as it ensures the next generation of readers will continue
to love and appreciate comic books. As I finally said my goodbyes, people were still showing up several hours later looking
to partake in the special day. Thanks go to the marvelous staff of Golden Apple Comics. It goes without saying that I will
most assuredly be back for Free Comic Book Day next year!
Free Comic-Book Day Loot!
About the Author: Abel S.
Pinedo has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He's also an annual visitor to such conventions as WonderCon,
San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World and More. When he's not touring the convention circuit he can usually be found at his keyboard
telling the World about his adventures.