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Free Comic Book Day 2011

IMG_0454Today was the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day–a day that’s been organized in the comics community to celebrate comics, and provide a very specific event for comic shops to promote themselves and what comics have to offer. After all‚Ķmaybe a sale will draw in some people, but a free comic will draw in more.

Offhand, I’m pretty sure I’ve been out to (a) comic shop(s) for all 10 years so far. The first two years I would have gone to JC’s Comic Stop in Toledo, OH. I really don’t remember any specifics from that one–I may have gone alone, though I suspect I at least had my friend Drew with me.

In 2003, I remember heading out with Drew for the 2nd annual event, and getting held up when we bumped into folks who needed some help setting up for a social event on-campus, though I’m pretty sure we just made it to the shop before they closed.

In 2004-2006 I would have gone to Sports ‘n More and probably Comic Heaven–alone, unfortunately–to snag whatever I snagged those years.

In 2007 I recall making the rounds of the comic shops with my friend Hillary. In 2008 we reprised the trip, with our friend Andrew along.

2009, went out to several shops with my friends Michael and Bridgett. In 2010 we had an abbreviated outing to a couple nearby shops.

This year, we were able to get our friend Earl into the mix, and made it out to 4 different shops in 4 cities.

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Favorites of Walt: The Comic Shops #12 – JC Comics and Cards

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JC Comics in Cuyahoga Falls, OH should not be confused with JC’s Comic Stop in Toldeo, OH. I find it’s quite a small world, though, that I’ve experienced two totally unrelated comic shops with virtually the same name.

JC is mainly a "backup" shop for me–if something’s not on my pull list at Kenmore and they’re out, I’ll stop by JC to see if he has the issue. Occasionally I’ll stop in to check out the bargain bin stock–I’ve acquired some decent issues from that, and a couple good runs–most of my Archer & Armstrong run came from JC’s bargain bins.

The shop has a decent selection of back issues, though I’ve never really had occasion to poke through it much. Recent issues make up a large portion of the store, with a section for the current week’s issues, and then a wall of recent weeks’ issues, grouped by Vertigo, Misc, Kids, Marvel, and DC…with a few superhero stuff from other publishers mixed in between DC and Marvel’s fare. There’s also an X-Men section.

They have a double-shelf row of collected volumes above the recent issues, with quite a good selection. I’ve found a couple classic Captain America TPBs there for cover price that would run $40+ via Amazon or other internet sellers.

The shop has for the last couple years been a GREAT location for Free Comic Day, attracting a solid crowd. The owner dressed as the Joker for 2010, and Batman showed up at one point.

The shop is a good one, though generally sells through on new stuff very quickly–the last several times I’ve been in, there are more "holes" than not on the current week’s releases, and this the day OF release.

All in all, I like the shop…just that it’s not a "primary" or "home" for me. Never have had bad service, and it’s well worth stopping by to check out the bargain bins, at least.

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