Friday, May 3, 2019


Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow. This year, I’ll be appearing at a new-for-me venue. On Saturday, May 4, you’ll find me signing and talking about comics at Rubber City Comics at 74 E. Mill Street in downtown Akron, Ohio. Voted Akron’s best comic-book shop for three years running, the store will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. If you’re in the area, come on over!

I’m sure my bloggy readers already know all about Free Comic Book Day, but, just to touch all the bases, here’s a quick explanation from the official Free Comic Book Day website:

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. These are the hubs of our community, where fans can come together and discover new comics, make lifelong friends, and find a sense of commonality.
There will be over fifty different FCBD comics available at comics shops throughout the country and the world. Not every comics shop will be participating. Not every participating comics shop will be offering every since FCBD title. Most shops will have some sort of limit on how many free comics you can get.

It’s important to note that these free comic books are not free to the comics shops. They pay for them. So, if you’re visiting a shop to get some free comics, help that establishment stay in business by buying some comics from them as well.

Many comics shops will also have special sales on Free Comic Book Day. For example, at Rubber City Comics,  all of the comic books in the shop that are priced $10 and under will be only $1.00 each. New comics. Old comics. Only $1.00 each. Indeed, the store says it has a ton of these dollar comics. NOTE: Sale does not apply to CGC-graded or pull list comics.

Full disclosure. Since I’ve never weighed comic books, I cannot say with any certainty how many issues of comic books comprise a ton of comic books. But I bet it’s a lot.

Many stores will have comics creators in attendance. Some will hold costume contests. There’s no costume contest at Rubber City Comics, but don’t let that stop you from cosplaying as your favorite comic-book characters. Black Lightning. Spider-Gwen. Superman. Daredevil. Zatanna the Magician. Captain Marvel. Nancy. Garfield. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle of your choice. Apama. The Tap Dance Killer. Sailor Moon. If nothing else, you’ll put a smile on my face and, in all probability, see yourself in all of your cosplaying glory in a future installment of this bloggy thing.

I will be bringing some Tony Isabella stuff to sell at Rubber City Comics. I’ll have copies of Black Lightning, Black Lightning Volume Two, Black Lightning: Brick City Blues, Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, copies of the script for Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1, my entertainingly obsessive July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella Volume One, and quite probably one or two surprises.

Because it’s Free Comic Book Day, I’ll sign any Isabella stuff you purchase from me, purchase from Rubber City Comics or bring to the event from your own collection for free. That gives you more money to spend on all those $1 comic books in the shop.

Full disclosure. You might have to battle me for some of those $1 comic books.

Two more notes:

R2-D2 will be at the store. Because...why not?

There is free parking in the city decks and on the streets.

As I said above, Rubber City Comics is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Free Comic Book Day. I hope to be there from start to finish. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2019 Tony Isabella

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