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Why You Should Give a Damn about Free Comic Book Day

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Why You Should Give a Damn about Free Comic Book Day

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 22:52

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     In just a few days, the world will enjoy its twelfth annual Free Comic Book Day and I am honestly blown away by the amount of people who just don’t give a fuck.  So here I stand (honestly, I am sitting…cause of the fat ), a dedicated nerd, hobbyist, and part time employee of a comic book store, to tell you why exactly you should give a damn about free comics.

 

     First off, I am not going to sit here and say that I am a giant comic book fan, and that I collect them, and blah blah … I don’t. I have read a fair amount, and have enjoyed them for the most part, but they really aren’t my thing.  Other Tanked Matinee contributors and readers most certainly classify as comic nerds (I am looking at you Biggs) and may actually be more of an authority to write this, but fuck 'em AMIRITE?! Anyways, Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and used the original Spiderman movie as a pseudo tie-in to help it out (that part, in particular, is pretty important). And what do you think you get on Free Comic Book Day???

 

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Wait... Thats not quite right...


     Free Comic Books! Generally speaking, these comics are specifically made for the event, and cater to the non-veteran comic book crowd.  Having said that, I do not mean that these are super watered-down and shitty comics. They run the gamut over multiple genres/brands and give a new reader a good start into the hobby. I'm talking about everything from Star Wars, to Transformers, to Megaman, to My Little Pony, and even independent comics. They also provide a nice “one-off” comic for the veteran reader: A freebie to add to the collection and a nice token of appreciation from the Industry.  Think about that for a second, there aren’t many other industries that really try to show their appreciation to the audience like that.

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That is much more like it!

     Ok, so people interested in comics get a few pieces of free swag, but what about me? I don’t care about comics, so the celebration leaves me out.  And to that, I say you are woefully inadequate in bed and have never pleased a woman.  Remember when I said that the original Free Comic Book Day piggy backed off the opening of Spiderman in theaters? Aside from 2005 and 2006, every event had an associated movie that was comic book based.  And while I wasn’t a fan of all of them, each of these tie-in movies was a box office success.

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Seriously? Even Origins? Even Hugh Jackman doesn't beleive that...


     Did any of you go see the Iron Man movies? Maybe Thor? How about the god damn Avengers? If you did, you reaped a little bit of the success of comic books.  If you’ve enjoyed any Batman, X-men, or Superman theatrical releases then you rely on a healthy and strong comic book industry.  Aside from being the topic of conversation between some of the TM crew, these movies are fan-goddamned-tastic (not including Superman, I hate Superman) and excite even those who would normally mock our kind.

     Well, we’ve covered the comics and the movies, what the hell else is there? Seriously reader, stop asking so many stupid questions. But if you must ask, there are plenty of other tie-ins that are made stronger thanks to Free Comic Book Day.  Can’t wait to see the next episode of The Walking Dead? Thank a comic book reader for getting it made into a show in the first place. Think about that every time you watch The Boondocks or even Tales from the Crypt. If you don’t have cable, maybe you can pick up some video games. The Batman Arkham series is pretty damn good for an action-adventure game, and has some sweet rpg dynamics to it. If you enjoy fighters more, pick up Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or maybe even Injustice: Gods Among Us. And let’s be real here, if you are on this site, odds are you have a few Iron Man toys lying around the house. At the very least, you have some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sitting in a plastic tub up in the attic, probably under a lamp and that stupid tuba you knew damn well you were never going to play.  My point is you don’t have to read the comics to enjoy some of the benefits of their successes in history.  I’d be willing to bet that the majority of us grew up, somehow molded by comics, even if we didn’t pick one up. 

     Last but not least, you need to give a damn about Free Comic Book Day because it makes Nerd Culture more accessible and acceptable to all.  Many retailers that participate in Free Comic Book Day use it as an opportunity to show off other the myriad other aspects of Nerd culture.  This includes board games, miniatures, models, books, role playing games, artistic works, costumes/clothing.  All of these things are making a major comeback and can thank comics, at least in part, for that resurgence.  Hell, did you know that because of the success of Free Comic Book day, that the Role Playing Game industry started Free RPG day back in 2007? There is great synergy between comics and the great many other “geek” genres out there.

     We are advancing towards a time where the “geek” has become a social force that stands up for itself. The old cliche of the coke rimmed glasses and pocket protector is gone and in its place you have a person wearing their super hero tshirt and a Magic The Gathering deck in their pocket.  We’ve been fighting this fight for years and the fruits of our labors are finally ready to be enjoyed. 

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I got swirlies from Ogre, for YOU America!

     My advice to you, dear reader, is go out this Saturday, May 4th 2013 and pick up a few comic books.  Whether you are a seasoned vet with a vast collection (seriously, congrats on that Swamp Thing #1, bet it makes the bitches moist) or a brand newbie, go out and strengthen the community so that we all can benefit. From one nerd to the next, May the Fourth be with you…

God damn it…

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