Monday, May 18, 2015

Then Free Comic Book Day Only Got BETTER ...!

The inking on this cover is beautiful.

It was so great to go to one of our local comic book stores for Free Comic Book Day. I have less time for the casual visit nowadays since I've had to prioritize completing certain things for school ... so having FCBD to set aside a specific time to catch up in person is really nice.

Usually we'd go to Rick's Comic City over in Donelson. For a store focused on All Things Comics, the location is clean, family-friendly, has an incredible range of GREAT comics choices on hand and is a flat out beautiful shop. And Rick (yes, there is a real Rick!) usually plans fun events and artist signings and some customers even dress up in costumes. It's pretty cool to go.

But I had a meeting in midtown that Saturday, so we decided instead to go visit The Great Escape on Charlotte Avenue. If you want to nerd out on old-school comics and All-Things-Collectible -- like vinyl records, posters, DVDs, and toys -- this is your place.

We went later in the day which was really helpful, since by then the line had thinned out. We also got our choice of 5 comics each, which was reeeally nice. It bummed me out that they were already out (no surprise) of the Sponge-Bob and The Tick comics, but we got a whole lot of other good ones: the Doctor Who comic, Scooby-Doo Team Up and Bongo Comics were my favorites out of the pile.

All trades and HCs were also on sale, so we wandered around looking to see what was available and maybe worth getting. What caught my imagination and eye was a volume of Roy Thomas Presents Planet Comics Volume 7 hanging out on the new(ish) side of the comic book shelves. The cover art by Joe Doolin was just gorgeously inked. Doolin's interior art -- he draws different stories depending in the issue -- isn't as pretty, but it's solid. What fascinated me was just the really simple layouts and the really simple coloring -- everything is the old style flat coloring. And it was super-interesting to observe that of the flat coloring there were clearly some that was bad and that was good. It all depended on how skilled the colorist was (but they were all uncredited!). I haven't painted in years now, so I thought it might be an interesting (as well as simple) study as I foray into coloring again. I've tried reading the comics, but I must admit, it's just not a great enjoyment. I have contented myself with simply flipping through and examining the artwork and coloring several times so far. Maybe over the summer I will try again to read certain stories.

Yay! My very own copy!!

The day only got better and more chock-full of comics, because when we got home waiting at the doorstep was our copy of Matthew Bogart's The Chairs' Hiatus GN, which we had bought through his Kickstarter campaign. He did SUCH a beautiful job packaging this book! The story is still on his website and can be read online for free -- and he has copies of the GN available for sale as well.

Comic Book Happy Dance!

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