Well, todays the day to get out there and support your local comic book store. Jedi News did just that by visiting Forbidden Planet International (aka FPI) in Wolverhampton, UK to see what was on offer.
Unfortunately for UK based Star Wars fans there was no comic on offer, but there was a great variety of titles including 2000 AD Regened, James Bond 007, Doctor Who, The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man to name a few.
The queues were building outside FPI well before their opening time of 9am and the crowds soon rushed in to grab their desired choices.
Chris Ball, store manager said “Free comic book day is always well received, we’ve been really busy so far today. We have costumers from the Central Legion here and we’re also offering 20% off all graphic novels for today only. We’re open until 5:30pm tonight, so come and join us.”
Bat-Girl and a Stormtrooper were there from the Central Legion. The Central Legion is a newly created group for costumers who are looking for new members to attend events and help raise money for good causes in the Midlands area. They are a generic costuming group, so any cosplay characters are welcome. Today they were raising funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice and their bucket was filling slowly but surely, so if you are near there, please put some spare change their way. If you’re interested in helping them out you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.
For many years, this is the shop where I get my comics and other Star Wars items every week and I always have a great experience here. You can also get in touch with the team at FPI Wolverhampton via their website, Facebook and Twitter.
I know some of the independent comic book stores struggle to support FCBD as the comics are free to you and me, but the retailer does have to pay a nominal fee for the comics. So please remember, if your local independent store asks for help towards covering that nominal fee for your comic today, please help them out and support them. This isn’t just about you get a free comic, it’s about creating interest in comics and the industry itself.
Next year, if I’ve got my calculations correct, FCBD will fall on May 4th. I would hope we will see a few Star Wars titles for 2019’s Free Comic Book Day!