Monday, November 21, 2016

Thinking About Local Comic Shop Day 2016 and How it Went For Me

I always enjoy chatting with my chums on, "Comics Heating Up," and they had a post asking people how their Local Comic Shop Day was this year. I made a big comment discussing how LCSD 2016 went for me and thought I made sense to share it on the blog too:

I stopped by a number of shops earlier in the day (right around when the opened) and all were pretty quiet except one--however 80-90% of the crowd at the busy shop was there for a Noon-time Magic tournament or a 10 cent back-issue sale because the store wanted to liquidate a bunch of stock, so really at every shop it was just myself and maybe one or two other folk explicitly there to check-out the LCSD offerings early in the day.

I was disappointed none of the shops I went to had any of the Black Mask stuff or the, "Dollface," comic as I wanted those to simply buy for myself and read. They had plenty of the Marvel, "Champions," comic, as well as the DC, "Rebirth," hardcover, some had, "Moonshine,", everyone had the, "Archie Meets the Ramones," comic, and some stores had a ton of the Bloodshot Valiant comic but no Harbinger, and others were the opposite with none of the former and plenty of the latter. Also, everyone had a ton of the Doctor Strange hardcover, the Outcast hardcover, and everyone had at least one, "Klaus," hardcover that looked admittedly snazzy but I'm watching my budget and it was way too expensive. One shop had the WWE bag of goodies from BOOM! Studios too. There also were some other comics available like the Serenity one and random other stuff I didn't really take note of as I don't read it (I've heard Firefly/Serenity was a great show and movie though). Nobody had any of the statues or toys. Oh, some of the shops did get the Dollface print and were giving it to people for free, with one shop giving me it as I was the only person who had even asked about it and it didn't have a price marked on it--with one shop telling me, "It just came for free from them because we did the day; we were gonna put it in the back with the other random prints and have it on a table of free stuff when Free Comic Book Day Happens." So now I've got some snazzy, "Dollface," prints to decorate my comic-shelf with!

So yeah, not too much fanfare out here for LCSD although shops did put out stuff for it. I know last year it was big speculation-event but this year it was more low-key and quiet. I hope it continues as there are some cool comics for sure. In case anyone was feeling bad for me missing out on the Black Mask stuff, don't worry, I was able to buy a fairly-priced copy of, "The Forevers Magazine," and, "The Disciples," hardcover on eBay and I look forward to reading them! It is a shame about the, "Dollface," comic being so hard to find however, and how it is going for prices that are too rich for my blood online. It was still a fun day however and is arguably my second-favorite comic book-related holiday (with Free Comic Book Day being my absolute favorite).

As my comment illustrates, I found this year's Local Comic Shop Day to be fun and I enjoyed it even if I was unable to find certain titles. I hope everyone else had a great Local Comic Shop Day as well!

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