While my son Brad and I usually make a large circle of area comics shops for Free Comic Book Day, this year’s sojourn was an abbreviated journey as the young man, now 12 and a member of his middle school track team, had an invitational meet that day. So we visited our local comics shop, Galaxy Comics, Games & More, in Stevens Point, Wis., that afternoon.
By the time we arrived, a majority of owner Chris Randazzo’s FCBD offerings were gone or low in stock, however, he had a great crowd on hand owing to a Magic: The Gathering release event.
While we were there, Chris took time to help several customers who were looking for comics, directing them to not only his free offerings, but also other books that they would enjoy.
A number of the gamers had also picked up a free comic book and were enjoying them between matches.
Contacted after FCBD, Randazzo said, “Free Comic Book Day went great for us. We keep ordering more books every year and giving them away and we see more new faces in the store each year. Plus we give additional copies to the area junior highs and elementary schools in the area. That goes over well and makes for a great partnership with those schools.”
He estimated that with more than 100 people through the store that day, there were “at least 20 new faces.”
As for us, we picked out a selection of free comics, picked up my weekly order, and then headed out to see Thor. The film was a lot of fun and a great way to end Free Comic Book Day.