Sunday, May 2, 2010
it was madness yesterday at comic odyssey galleria's free comic book day event. i arrived around 11am and there looked to be about a hundred people standing outside the shop, while the interior was so packed you could throw in a coin and it wouldn't touch the floor. i saw one guy stumble out the door literally gasping for air while holding his credit card aloft. i kid you not.
i was going to hand out some flyers to the people standing in line (better to get my message to them while their loot bags were empty, i thought), but sir sandy offered to put the flyers in with the other free comics they were giving away and i naturally couldn't refuse.
it being my first FCBD, i was surprised at the number of free books. i was expecting the earlier-announced 3-5, but went home with no less than a dozen, including a maxx #1 and a beautiful edition of fractured fables with a mike allred cover. i hear some of the earlybirds received twice that number, including more than a few GNs that were raffled off.
while i waited for the crowd to clear so i could make my delivery of school run #1, there was this Loud Guy yammering to his lady friend about how wolverine used to be the most mysterious comic book character, but since disney bought marvel they gave him a whole backstory. "now he's james howlett?! whassup widdat?!" he exclaimed. i exchanged glances with a couple of other guys going through the back issues, and one of them sing-songed through his teeth, "matagal na siyang si james howletttt...." Loud Guy didn't seem to have heard though, as he kept up his prattle right until i left the store.