Free Comic Book Day at Golden Apple Comics
Written By: Abel S. - "Honest Abe"
As Stan Lee would say “Hello, true believers!”
For those of you not in the know, the first Saturday in May is officially known as Free Comic Book Day. It is when comic book
publishers release special editions of many of their titles as a thank you to fans but also as a way to introduce/entice new
readers. This past Saturday was no exception as I made my way to Golden Apple Comics on Melrose Ave. Golden Apple Comics has
been a Los Angeles fixture for over thirty years. In that time, the store has hosted a wide variety of events and signings
by celebrities and comic artists and writers. Today was no exception, but I’ll get to that shortly.
My day started as I arrived at the store thirty minutes before
the ten a.m. opening. Already there was a line down the block of eager bearded comic book fans. (I say bearded because many
were sporting free fake beards that were being given out to promote the upcoming movie, The Dictator.) The parking lot
was roped off with a bounce house. There was also a tent set up for a free Bongo comic book signing by Scott Shaw! Music
was provided by DJ PDub. (Kudos to PDub for mixing in comic book movie and TV music such as vintage superhero cartoon themes
like Challenge of the Super Friends and the 70’s Incredible Hulk theme as well as feature film scores such as Batman
There was another line going the opposite direction from the
storefront Those people were in line for the 11am signing by the cast of The Guild. There were tables in front of the store
featuring a sidewalk sale of graphic novels as well as $5 dollar grab bags of random comics. Each bag was valued to be at
least worth $15 and some bags had tickets randomly inserted that could be redeemed for prizes The crème de la crème
were the five tickets eligible for a drawing of Daredevil #1 signed by Stan Lee.
At 10am, the owner of Golden Apple, Ryan Liebowitz, came out
and escorted the line through the parking lot to the back of the store where all the free comics were set up. Patrons filed
past the tables picking up their free comics, as well as other random posters and trinkets that were free. In honor of Cinco
de Mayo, there was a taco bar with free tacos available with any purchase. I gotta say, it was all extremely well organized
and despite the long lines for the freebies, I saw not a single person lose their cool.
At 11am, the cast of The Guild arrived for their scheduled
signing. After the initial crowd of people taking pictures subsided, those fans that had waited patiently were brought
inside to get their stuff signed and take pictures of the cast. Many smiles were to be had as the cast were all extremely
warm and friendly. At noon, there was another surprise as the Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich Truck arrived in the parking
lot. If you’re a foodie or at least a fan of ice cream, you will definitely want to check them out. These ice
cream sandwiches are amazing!
I spent a good amount of time just wandering the aisles and doing
a little shopping while enjoying the vibe. I picked up a few goodies for myself but all in all, it was just a fun, laid
back day. Several hundred comic book fans all enjoying the camaraderie of our love of comic books. Whether one
is a newbie or a longtime reader (such as me) I can think of few things better than hanging out in a great comic book store
with fellow fans.
Mark your calendars
for next years’ Free Comic Book Day. As for myself, you can find me at Golden Apple Comics.
Special Thanks to our friends at Golden Apple Comics for allowing us to cover this great event. Golden Apple Comics has been the best comic store in Los Angeles
for the past thirty years. We would also like to thank the cast of The Guild, DJ PDub and the fine people
at Cool Haus Ice Cream. Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun event.
About the Author: Abel Pinedo has worked
in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He's also an annual visitor to such conventions as Comikaze, 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.