Right from the start I need to admit that I am not a hardcore comic book fan. Those out there who are dedicated fans of the medium are allowed to belittle me to their heart’s content, but it would be pointless to waste your energy on me. For those of you who are reading this article right now might not even care about comic books. No matter where you stand in the range of love or hating comic books I would like to share with you the annual tradition known as Free Comic Book Day which began around ten years ago as a way to pull in new readers who may not have given the entertainment form a second thought, or even a first glance at all. The annual event is scheduled every year on the first Saturday of May, which in 2012 will land on May 5th (a.k.a Cinco de Mayo). Here is a promotional video to highlight the event and what it means to the participants.
For those of you who have read the articles from Matte Havoc over the last summer may know of my interest in the comic book world. It was the first full weekend that I have ever attended the San Diego Comic-Con and it was an intriguing experience for me. I would like to recommend everyone to participate in the event next May by visiting their local comic book shop and spend a few minutes or a few hours supporting a local business.
If you ever happen to be in the San Diego area and would like to check out the local comic book scene, then I would recommend stopping by my favorite store: Southern California Comics. Check out the map that has been embedded below for directions on how to get to the store. They have a warehouse jam packed with wall to wall comics, including an entire discounted comics room where you can stack up on common issues for a dollar each (or twelve issues for ten bucks).