Sunday, May 6, 2018
Comic Haul 5/5 - Free Comic Book Day 2018
It was the first Saturday of May again, which in the comic business is like Black Friday for other retailers. I am of course referring to Free Comic Book Day, and this year, just as many other years in the past, I journeyed to Evansville, IN with friends to partake in the event.
The group going this year was vast enough that we had to take two cars. Joining me for the day was my girlfriend, my good friend Dan [Twitter | Blog], and my newest friends I met at my local comic shop Campus Comics Tyler and his brother Trenton. Once we made it to Evansville we were joined by even more friends and met up with Jim, Chuck, and Nic. Quite a group!
We began our day by visiting Comic Quest. Comic Quest is located at 2260 E. Morgan Ave. in Evansville, IN. It is far and away the biggest comic shop I have ever been to. We had to wait in a long line to even get into the building.
not wearing her mask, but this one includes a maskless head, so it counts. I had seen one of these before at another comic shop, but the card was bent up very badly so I passed on it. I'm glad I waited!
My girlfriend is really into Deadpool, so I got her a Deadpool short box for her collection. I mean, you can keep anything in them! It doesn't have to be comics.
Once we left Comic Quest we went to another comic shop called Secret Headquarters. I did buy something from them, but I'll get to that later. Instead, I want to tell you that Secret Headquarters is a nice little comic shop with a good selection of back issue comics. They also have a wide array of action figures both opened and in their original packaging. They're located at 4225 N. 1st Ave. in Evansville, IN. If you're ever in that area, I really suggest checking them out.
After we left there we went to the IMAX and watched Avengers: Infinity War. I'm not going to say anything about it other than it was incredible.
The Book Broker. They're located at 2717 Covert Ave. in Evansville, IN. They've got a little bit of everything in there. Books, DVDs, games, cards, toys... it's all there. The first thing I grabbed when I got there was this Free Comic Book Day edition Harley Quinn Bombshell figurine. I have two Harleys from this line already, but this one was special. Normally these figurines are blind-buy so you don't know who you're getting. In this case it was a guaranteed Harley.
Leading up to Free Comic Book Day I acquired some things which I will go over now. Not all of these things came from last week, but they were definitely purchased between the 4/11 comic haul and this one. I only talked about things I bought at Cape Con in that comic haul article, so some of these were from around that time as well.
My Comic Shop purchase to buy the Transformers comic and the Frank Miller Daredevils, but I needed something to pad out my order a bit so I wasn't just getting three comics in the mail. I decided I'd assemble the entire X-Cutioner's Song story which spanned across four X-books at the time. When I received my order, five of the 12 issues were in such rough condition I had to replace them.
One of the issues had a three inch tear in the middle of the cover. One of the issues looked like someone had smacked the top left corner into a table and smashed it in. One of the issues had red splotches and staining all over the cover. One of the issues looked like someone had crinkled the top of the book with their hand (imagine like revving a motorcycle). And one of the issues had thick grime and dirt all over the cover. This is the first time I have ever had issue with a book from My Comic Shop. It's not going to keep me from using them, but I did expect more from them.
I have managed to replace all the issues except one between shopping at Campus Comics, Comic Quest, and Secret Headquarters. I'll have to roll the dice again and try ordering it once more from My Comic Shop.
And that's all I've got to share! I hope you had a nice Free Comic Book Day if you took part in it. As you can see, I had a great haul and I had a wonderful time with my friends. There should be another Free Comic Book Day haul article next year, but until then, keep watching for my regular hauls!