(Note: This article was co-written by Eric Santos and Joseph Torres; Joe’s text appears in italics.)
Free comic book day is a day with many different facets; sure, we get free comics, but that’s not all there is to this glorious day that comics fans look forward to each and every year. This day is a gathering of the comic book community to unite and share their love of all things comic book related. This article will recap how two Crusaders spent this very special day.
Free Comic Book Day started like any other day with me groaning as I woke up before my alarm went off. As I lay in bed trying to get back to sleep, which I realized was a futile attempt, I decided to peruse twitter to see what was going on. It was then that I was slapped awake by a tweet that Dan Slott (@DanSlott), current Spidey scribe, had posted an hour before I awoke.
It was right after I read that tweet that I called Eric to let him know of my discovery, and we would begin our journey.
It’s my turn already? Okay, well I’m gonna skip all the fascinating details about my morning and go straight to my meeting with Dan Slott. Joe and I had arrived and waited on line when I realized I didn’t have jack squat to get signed. I know, I know, Free Comic Book Day is more than getting stuff signed, but I love Irony, and buying a comic book on Free Comic Book Day would make it that much more memorable. We eventually entered and walked towards Dan’s set up discussing whether or not we should take a picture and strike a pose (more about the pose later). When I first saw Dan, I didn’t see a writer, I saw a guy who was really filled with joy. I mean this guy was really happy to do what he does and meet the people who love what he does. He was just a really fun guy to talk to and a very inspirational person. When Joe asked for a bit advice Dan gave a lesson I won’t soon forget.
Considering Eric and I are aspiring writers, I asked for Mr. Slott to impart some wisdom on us and, like Eric stated, he said something that will probably stick with me for a long time. He told us that we should always have a notebook on hand, and it should never leave our side. It should be by your bed to write in if you have a good idea in the middle of the night, so you don’t lose it, and whether you think it’s a good or bad idea you should write everything out. He also said that as a writer, you should always be reading and writing.
“Chuck Jones said something that was meant for artists but works just the same for writers,” Slott said. “‘Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them, and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.’ So the quicker you get the bad stuff out, the sooner you’ll get to the good.”
After the influential conversation with Dan, I held back the urge to start slow clapping, as I probably would have been the only one clapping. When I asked to take a photo for our great and wonderful site, I was taken by surprise when Dan yelled out “SPIDER POSE!” I wanted to do jazz hands but whatever.
After the amazing time we had meeting Dan Slott, it only seemed appropriate to celebrate with some buffalo wings before moving on to our second and final stop on Free Comic Book Day, our regular comic shop, The Joker’s Child. While waiting outside, aside from seeing cosplayers, we got to speak with some young fans and their mother about comic book movies and what they were excited to see in the future. After perusing the store, and me making an irrational purchase, we picked up our packet of free comics and headed home.
I’m sure Eric will agree with me on this, but this will be a Free Comic Book Day we never forget.