As you may already be aware, it's ICv2 Kids Comics and Graphic Novels Week again and Saturday, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day. So, I will be reviewing the All-Ages FCBD options, and this year, there are numerous All-Ages titles available, too many to cover in detail here, but here's a list for your reference:
Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Haircut, Spidey And His Amazing Friends #1, Smurfs 65th Anniversary FCBD Special, Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher’s Pet, The Last Comics On Earth, Animal Crossing/ Kirby Manga Mania, Kodansha All Ages Gold Sampler, Mexikid, InvestiGators All Tide Up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Clark & Lex / Fann Club: Batman Squad #1, Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story Free Comic Book Day Special, The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King #1, Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Haircut, Ranger Academy Preview, Star Wars High Republic Adventures & Avatar Last Airbender, Madballs Vs Garbage Pail Kids #0, Crimbuster #1, and Runescape Untold Tales God Wars.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve worked Free Comic Book Day at Super-Fly Comics & Games (most of you will likely already know this all this already), but as I recall, the biggest tasks working FCBD, other than crowd control were always:
#1 Keeping the FCBD table stocked,
#2 Carefully guiding the kids and their parents away from the Teen and Mature titles.
#3 Pointing kids and parents in the direction of the comics that are age appropriate that kids are most likely to like.
You can achieve #3 by both asking questions (“What are your kids interested in?) and listening to parental concerns. Most of these FCBD titles feature big brand name franchises that pretty much sell themselves to both boys and girls, as well as a lot of adults. Girls' interests vary and you should never assume that they’ll only want what is conventionally considered “girls comics” But, that being said, there are an awful lot of comics this year that a lot of girls will naturally gravitate towards. Like Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher’s Pet, Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story Free Comic Book Day Special, FCBD Special, Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher’s Pet, and Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Haircut.
Ideally, I like to visit several different comic book shops in my immediate area on FCBD to see how they celebrate the event. This year I won’t even be able to spend a few hours at my home shop, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a few FCBD titles after the fact (I never want to grow so cynical I can’t appreciate a free comic book). There are a couple that I’m really looking forward to reading this year:
Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy -- Time For Teens”). Kotto is “an average Puerto Rican” whose adventures take place in an "alternate Mickey Mouse Universe." In short, it’s a funny animal comic by someone that I consider to be the current king of the funny animal artists, which makes Kotto Kotorra something that I can’t wait to read.
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