Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3643 - My youngest son, Vinnie, and I went to six different LCBS (Local Comic Book Shops) in North San Diego County on Saturday to see how they were celebrating the 2012 Free Comic Book Day.
Vinnie has already written his blog, so I am going to just add on my comments after each of the LCBS that he mentions in order of visitation!
(Vinnie) This past Saturday, as you may know, was 'FCBD' (Free Comic Book Day), and my dad and I stopped and visited 6 of the North County area 'LCBS' (Local Comic Book Shops) in search for free comics. By the way, when I say 'limit', I'm talking per person, not per purchase, or anything else.
(Michael) This location is in the North County Fair (mall), close to the Sears building. I had called to see if they were in business. (They were.) Limit of 1 FCBD comic book prior to 2012. No Rating (N/R) for this store as they weren't celelbrating the 2012 FCBD event.
(Michael) The owner, Mike, had his brand new store set up and ready to go. After talking with him, I found that the store fixtures came from Comic Gallery, the three store chain that recently went out of business. This LCBS is on 78 on the Ash Street side. Limit of 4 FCBD comics. I'd give this store an 8.5 Very Fine Plus (VF+) for its FCBD event.
(Michael) In the previous years of FCBD, I would see this store near the last of the day, so it was different seeing it before 12 noon in San Marcos. Several customers were there to get the 2012 FCBD editions, of which the limit was 5 FCBD comics. I give this event at this LCBS a Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 comic book grade.
(Michael) Friendly shopkeeper with a limit of 3 FCBD editions. The smallish store had several patrons. The event was to hold five persons for signings, with one group already there. That was the group from Crimson Vision Studios, and you can see their free comic book offering here. I give this LCBS a Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 comic book grade.
5) The fifth stop, another 'Comics N' Stuff' in a Carlsbad mall, was quite honestly, not too impressive. The comics you could get were limited to 1, and there wasn't really anything else to promote it. I honestly think it deserves a 6.5.
(Michael) No FCBD banner, and the comic book stand was behind the sales counter where you could point to which one you wanted. After spending several dollars there, the limit was one FCBD comic book...! My grade for this, a Fine Minus (F-) 5.5.
(Michael) There was a limit of 3 FCBD comics at the front counter to choose from. Plus as Vinnie said above, several coverless comics that were being made available. No outside signage on the wall that the FCBD event was even going on. A Fine Plus (F+) 6.5 here.
(Michael) Thanks to Vinnie for writing his blog and to those owners / staff at the six LCBS that we attended for the 2012 FCBD in North San Diego County! I believe that we hit all of the stores that are considered 'LCBS'. If we didn't and you know of others, feel free to tell me at my Facebook Fan Page, 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'!
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