Series: FCBD 2014

FCBD at The Beguiling

The Beguiling 601 Markham Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6G2L7 416-533-9168 beguilingbooksandart.com     When I was seventeen, my boss and I bonded over our shared love of comics. He liked Spider-Man, I liked X-Men, but we were both making ours Marvel, so it all worked out. We took a trip down to The Beguiling from the wilds of North York and called it professional development. It was my first exposure to the wider world of comics — not just to literary comics, autobios, and art books, but to the international comics scene. I’d grown up thinking Metal Hurlant, Italian editions...

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FCBD at Proud Lion in Cheltenham

Ben Fardon, Proud Lion, Cheltenham Proud Lion is technically my LCS, although I’m not able to visit all that often. I like it a lot, though. UPDATE: new location! I hope to make it down there on Saturday, but if I don’t, I won’t let the three hundred and sixty four Fully Priced Comic Book Days of the year put me off. Free is good, but it’s not the only reason to visit Proud Lion.   How long have you been doing FCBD? Proud Lion has been involved with Free Comic Book Day since we opened in 2008, but I’ve been involved in...

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FCBD at Double Midnight

Double Midnight Comics has been a staple of the NH comics community since 2002. Whether it’s providing space for local groups, such a Sketch Club meet-up or the women’s group, the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, participating in the annual Holiday Parade or organizing movie screenings, the folks at Double Midnight place a heavy emphasis on community. The crew also puts together the annual Granite State Comic Con, a family-friendly two-day convention in September. I chatted with Chris Proulx, co-owner of Double Midnight Comics about this year’s Free Comic Book Day event, which includes cosplayers such as the Ghostbusters of NH and...

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FCBD at Poe Poz Comics

PoePoz Comics in Tupelo, Missouri is a smaller store, the only one around for miles, and as such it’s an important part of the local geek community. I spoke to owners Chris and Anne Inman about how they prepare for FCBD and what the event does for their business. How long have you been doing FCBD? This is the third year as a retailer, but many years participating. Before owning Poe Poz, Chris worked at [a different comic shop] and helped them for six years. Over the years we have had about the same size crowd. Though the age and gender ratio has changed...

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FCBD: Page 45

Stephen Holland, Page45, Nottingham Eisner nominated for good reason, Page 45 is a revelation for many of its visitors. Stylish, welcoming, mature — and that’s just the furniture. People travel internationally to visit Page 45, and I don’t blame them. Big name signings, chances taken on independent creators, regular reviews of graphic releases of all genres on their website… when I was there for a Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley signing in 2012, the queue was down the street and round the corner, and it was COLD. Stephen and his staff are ready at a moment’s notice to direct customers...

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