We could use shredded copies of Deathmate for wedding confetti.

§ April 20th, 2011 § Filed under employee aaron, free comic book day § 7 Comments

So I’m pretty sure we’ve got the majority of the Free Comic Book Day comics in our hands by now…huge stacks of boxes awaiting my sorting into age-appropriate bags (explanation here) once I have some free time the shop.

Sorry, had to pause for a moment while I laughed. And then cried. A lot.

Anyway, I think all we’re waiting for now is the Darkness freebie and some of those Green Lantern Heroclix I was poking fun at a while back. Hopefully they’ll pop up on the invoice for next week’s shipment, and not on the invoice for the shipment the week after Free Comic Book Day.

For those of you who don’t know, Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, which, by the way, also happens to be the day Employee Aaron marries his lovely significant-other Kempo, despite my efforts and substantial bribes to get Aaron to change the date. And since neither he nor Kempo want to move the ceremony to the shop, I’m going to have to leave the store for a while to attend the wedding.

Not sure of how I’m going to have this worked out, exactly, but the wedding is relatively close to the store and I should only be away for a couple of hours. During that time I will be calling upon the talents of pal Andres to be Substitute Mike and handle the comic-related inquiries and requests in my absence, so that the other employees at the shop who are more familiar with the games end of the business will have at least one comics expert on hand to keep things running smoothly. (Well, Ralph should be around, too, hopefully.)

Regardless, this will the first Free Comic Book Day where I won’t be in attendance the whole time, and thus I expect to find only a smoking crater in the ground where the store used to be upon my return from the wedding.

As for the comics themselves…I may do a little more comprehensive overview of this year’s FCBD offerings a little closer to the actual day, but so far I think my favorite book is Fantagraphic’s Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson. Yes, a collection of comic strips from 1935 is my top pick for this year. Go figure.

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I would like to note the very sad and untimely passing of actress Elisabeth Sladen, who was best known as the loyal companion Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who. Her performance of the character spanned decades and Doctors, originally appearing with the 3rd and 4th Doctors in the 1970s, and returning for the 21st century revival of the series. Eventually Sladen and her character spun off into The Sarah Jane Adventures, a popular adventure show aimed at younger viewers.

She was a woman in her 60s starring in her own sci-fi action-adventure show, and that’s pretty awesome.

So long, Elisabeth.

7 Responses to “We could use shredded copies of Deathmate for wedding confetti.”

  • Tim O'Neil says:

    You could just close the store for the duration of the wedding, right?

  • ExistentialMan says:

    Congrats again to Aaron and Kempo.

    Mike, try to resist any impulsive commentary (the out-loud-in-public kind, not the private-thoughts-in-your-head kind) during the wedding.

    I can’t wait to see your Sluggo Saturday choice for THAT day.

  • philip says:

    You could just take all the free comics to the reception and give them out there.

    Congrats to those nutty kids.

  • Andres says:

    I’m sure the crater will have stopped smoking by the time you get back.

  • Nimbus says:

    “You could just take all the free comics to the reception and give them out there”.

    I was going to say pretty much the same thing. Heck, that could be your wedding present – free comics!

    Also, sad sad news about Lis Sladen. She was one of the best of the Doctor’s companions and 63 is too young to go.

  • MaxGRobinson says:

    Mike, how do you tend to do on Free Comic Book Day in terms of sales and stuff? I’m curious as to how retailers feel about this thing.

  • Mikester says:

    MaxGRobinson – I covered this before in a post or two on the topic (click the “free comic book day” tag on this post to see previous meanderings on the topic), but we usually do very well. We get a good crowd, we have a sale to encourage spending, and thus far we’ve always made back our costs and then some.