Thursday, January 23, 2014

Podcast #4: Free Comic Book Day Planning

In Episode Four, Jack and Amanda discuss:
Recommended Reads:
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Vol. 8: World’s End
  • Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
  • Vol. 10: The Wake
  • Parker, Volume 4: Slayground by  Darwyn Cooke
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)
  • Annual event the first Saturday of May: May 3, 2014
  • Special single issue comics published exclusively for FCBD at very low cost
  • Order due at the end of January via Diamond

How to order books for Free Comic Book Day:
  • Work with your local comic shop
  • Titles available at
  • Your shop will have a list of everything that is available AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS
  • Most cost between 25 and 45 cents per comic
  • Orders are due mid to late January
  • There are 57 titles and you WILL NOT want them all

  • KIDS:
  • Archie
  • Avatar/Lil Hellboy by Balthazar and Franco from Superman Family Adventures, and GENE YANG!
  • Kaboom Summer Blast (feat. Adventure Time, Hero BearPeanuts)
  • Spongebob Squarepants includes James Kochalka!
  • Scrooge; reprints of classic comics
  • Rocket Raccoon (Marvel is billing this as “all-ages, with a cover by the amazing Skottie Young… your mileage may vary.)
  • Graphix Spotlight: “The Dumbest Idea Ever” (The Amelia Rules creator tells the true story of his life as a teenage comic artist!)
  • Teen Titans — always fun!
  • Top Shelf Kids Club (promises an extended preview of the beautiful looking Maddy Kettle as well as a new story from the world of Monster on the Hill, one of our faves of 2013, plus more! — Maybe Owly?!)
  • Archaia (always do beautiful hardcover books, will have new Mouse Guard andRust stories plus Labyrinth!)
  • Special Shout-out: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Raising a Reader

  • TEENS:
  • Bongo Free-For-All (Simpsons)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Promises a new story by Brian Michael Bendis and the BRILLIANT Sara Pichelli!)
  • Atomic Robo!! 
  • Courtney Crumrin 
  • Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor
  • Les Miserables — as manga. 
  • Street Fighter — these comics are gorgeous, should appeal to video game fans
  • The Tick!
  • ADULT:
  • Uber, from Avatar by Keiron Gillen — warning!  Will be very violent and probably offensive.
  • Same with 2000 AD
  • V Wars
  • Sherwood TX — has a Boondock Saints backup story?!
  • Shigeru Mizuki’s History of Japan

  • Bleeding Cool — News, feature on Spider Man 2 movie, intro to collecting and essential titles.
  • Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace — price guide
  • CBLDF’s Defend Comics!

  • How to run your event
  • REVIEW all the books first!
  • Seperate the kid, teen, and adult books
  • Set a limit on how many books each person can take and stick to it
  • Be available to talk about the books
  • Ask what their favorite comics are!
  • Good to pair with other events; including crafts,  author visits, minicon and comics swap.

Special Announcement:
In the Library with a Comic Book has partnered with Infopeople, a fantastic organization that supports and trains California libraries and staff; including the Eureka! Leadership Institute. You can now follow our podcast on the Infopeople blog and on their iTunes channel

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