I used to be an avid comic book reader and collector growing up. I still have my very first issue(s) and don’t regret the potential thousands of dollars I probably cumulatively spent on them all. I have about four long boxes worth, classic and new. I stopped around the time life hit me hard and I realized that, although I loved the medium and the art form, I was realistically spending about 20 bucks a week at least on my titles. So, the week DC abandoned all their lines and rebooted their universe with the New 52, was officially the last week I bought comics regularly. I pick up a few titles here and there, at cons and such, but that’s it really.
I was with my girlfriend yesterday and decided it’d be fun to take her to my local comic store on Free Comic Book Day (which is the first Saturday in May). We arrived about 5pm… Too late really. All the good titles were gone. And FCBD doesn’t mean you can just grab anything you want. It means that the big name comic book distributors (and some small ones) release one-off generally insubstantial issues that you can grab and go for no charge. Since I came late there were only a few issues left to grab. Mostly childish stuff, as you can see below.
Nothing substantial, but still a fun trip to the comic store. Brings back memories. To the long box! Did you pick up your Free Comic Book Day swag? Did you make out better than I? Lemme know.