The other side.

§ May 6th, 2012 § Filed under free comic book day, pal casie § 5 Comments

Well, this appears to have been our biggest Free Comic Book Day yet, giving away thousands of comics and easily making back all our expenses, and then some. In fact, it seems as if we’ve finally come close to wiping out our reserves of some of the leftover FCBD books from previous years. That giant box of Avatar Robocops — gone at last!

Things did go pretty smoothly, aside from some frantic setting-up in the morning, hefting boxes around and just generally getting the store ready. No weird problems, no complaints, no people asking to go through all the boxes of the porn comics…it all went great. I ended up pulling a twelve hour shift instead of my planned ten-hour stint, so I’m plenty tired, but it was worth it.

The only bit of difficulty we encountered was our usually adequate-for-the-business single register getting desperately backed-up at one point early in the day, requiring the creation of a temporary “cash only” second checkout line at the front counter. I suppose as problems go, “too many customers wanting to give us money” isn’t a bad one, but I don’t like having our customers have too much of a wait time. The situation resolved itself soon enough, but I’ll consider that a lesson learned and we’ll plan accordingly next year.

Big Bad Matt Digges, artist of everyone’s favorite comic about an awesome hospital, Awesome Hospital, announced his intention on the Twitter to pop by the shop for FCBD as part of his weekend birthday celebration, which prompted me to declare:

He did indeed come by on Saturday, and, as promised:

Gentlemen, I do not make idle threats.

Plus, pal Casie, she of this swell green drawing, came by the shop and gave us cookies and cupcakes in this lovely decorated box:

A rear view, just to show off the Swamp Thing pic:

Wasn’t that nice? And anyone who claims I ate all the cookies and cupcakes is a big ol’ liar, and besides, they can’t prove anything.

In all, it was very busy and a lot of fun, and I saw a lot of new faces and a bunch of happy kids, so what the heck, I guess we’ll do it again next year. We just have to remember to (gulp) order even more Free Comic Book Day comics than we did this year. …I guess we better start savin’ up for it now!

5 Responses to “The other side.”

  • Anonymous says:

    Instead of calling it “Free Comic Book Day” they need to call it “Free Comic Book Hour” since most of the remaining stores in the country are completely out before noon, unlike yours!

  • Sleestak says:

    Tell us she didn’t use real comic book covers

  • Bear says:

    Heh, nice work with the logo.

    Glad FCBD went well. Now get to bed, mister!

  • Casie says:

    It was very well organized and super fun! Glad to hear it was a success!..and I’m glad you (and the others?) enjoyed the goodies. ;)

    …and I promise no comics were harmed in the making of this box.

  • Evilbeard says:

    That box is beautiful and inspires me to make something as beautiful to put my cookies in.