Saturday, May 1, 2010

Free Comic Book Day

Every year, on the first Saturday in May, comic book shops take part in Free Comic Book Day. That's right, FREE! Many titles are available and it's basically a way to get people interested in comics who might not otherwise give them a shot.
I'm a pretty big fan of comics and graphic novels but to be perfectly honest I'm not really a big superhero fan. I like the horror comics!! Gimme vampires and zombies and monsters and I'm a happy camper =)
My daughter and I headed down to the local comic shop this morning to see what goodies we could find. I ended up selecting 3 of the freebies BUT I bought a couple of really awesome titles!! The first being issue #1 of The Waking by Raven Gregory and Vic Drujiniu. It's a zombie series and the cover is insanely awesome...
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And, here's the trailer...



I also picked up issue #1 of "N." by Marc Guggenheim and Alex Maleev. "N." is based on a short story by Stephen King and get this little excerpt from the back cover..."Can you catch a mental illness the same way you can catch a cold? Until he met patient N., Doctor John Bonsaint would have said that such an idea was ridiculous." Sounds intriguing, huh??? Here's the cover image...
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While I was looking around online for a cover image of this one to post, I stumbled across a website featuring a 25 episode video series of the story. I've only watched the first episode so far but it's pretty cool...imagine an animated comic book! Here's a player where you should be able to check out all the episodes...



And while we are on the subject of comics, I have to add that I got issue #2 of American Vampire in the mail today! I ADORED issue #1 ( my review here http://vampiresandtofu.blogspot.com/2010/04/american-vampire.html)AV is the love child of Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque and tells the story of how vampires evolved in America.
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So tell me, do any of you read comics?? Which ones are your faves??

8 comments:

Cassidy said...

Arcane Comics was pretty picked over by the time we stopped by, but I got Soleil, Fractured Fables, and the Oni Press Free For All which had Crogan Adventures, Posessions and Salt Water Taffy. And to support our local store I bought Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves!

Anna said...

Wow, I had no idea. I'll have to mark my calendar for next year!

Vampires and Tofu said...

@Cassidy Nice!! All that was left at my shop were superhero comics, picked up a couple just to check them out...much more excited about the ones I bought lol!!
@Anna Definitely. And go early lol!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I owned a bookstore for 15 years and before that was a big fan of comics. Have you read the graphic novel, BOOKS OF MAGIC, by Neil Gaiman? I think you would be pulled into it. They made it into an entertaining comic series as well, Roland

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Zombie Chicken Catcher said...

Wow that American Vampire cover does look cool. This is one cool too blog btw...I like Sandman, Shade, Animal Man, Hewligans Haircut, Tad Martin, Strange Embrace, Ed the Happy Clown, Slaine the Horned God, Blackhole, Peepshow, The Killing Joke, there's more too but there's heaps I don't like.

Vampires and Tofu said...

I haven't heard of many of those..but I did love Sandman and The Killing Joke =)

Troy Blackford said...

Wow I loved the story N. and had heard of the comics of it WELL before I read it (and since 99% of the Stephen King I've read is in the last 10 months, it couldn't have been that far ahead really...) and forgot, by the time I knew the story of N., that it was a comic book! Cool!

Will definitely check out the series. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!