My Adventures in Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day!



This great mural is outside Rockhead’s Comics and Games in Kenosha, WI.


Every year, the comic industry releases a few dozen comic books specifically created for FCBD. Comic stores (and even sometimes book stores) can opt to receive (purchase) a limited quantity of each of these books that they, in turn, give away FOR FREE!


Some of the FREE titles available this year! Photo taken in Double Daggers Artisan Emporium in Kenosha, WI.

Many shops have additional events like sales or raffles or cosplay contests going on in tandem with FCBD. You can choose to spend the day at one or two stores to see all the cool stuff going on and hang out with other people who are just as into comics as you are. Or, like me, you can take the Gotta-Catch-’Em-All Approach and try to hit as many comic shops as possible to collect all the available FCBD comics released that year. Most shops limit how many individual books you can take to 2–5 comics per person. So, you have to go to a lot of stores if you want to get all 50 that came out this year.


More excellent artwork outside Vortex Comics in Milwaukee, WI.

Two friends and I go every year and we share our bounty, so we just need to make sure we get all 50 between the three of us – much easier! I usually call it “trick-or-treating for grown-up geeks” although, there are certainly a lot of families with little kids excited to pick out their free comics too.

This year, we only made it to four comic book stores, all located in Wisconsin. We almost got all 50, but the last two stores we went to were already out of the more popular titles, so we missed a few.

Highlights of the Day:

I found some back issues of some of my favorite series! These weren’t among the free comics, of course, but I was thrilled to find them anyway!

Wonder Woman was performing her hero duties at one of my favorite shops in Kenosha, WI, raising funds for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.


Wonder Woman doing her part to defend those in need – Rockhead’s – Kenosha, WI

Magic: the Gathering Mana Boxes and ALL THE SUPERFIGHT!

Finding Neko Atsume plushie kitties!


Kitty Collector toys at Lost Worlds – Milwaukee, WI

Finding a real, live kitty! Boo the shop cat at Lost Worlds was not interested in my paparazzi act. But she did enjoy spending some time in a comic book box.


The End.



Comic Recommendation: Patsy Walker aka Hellcat

hellcatGenre: Action / Comedy

First Released: 2016

Number of vols: 2—3rd and final volume not released yet.

Brief Synopsis:

“Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally)–but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, she barely has time to deal with the popular republication of her mother’s exploitative romance comics about Patsy’s teenage years, much less their interference with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to living a triple one, what the Hell is Patsy supposed to do? There’ll be burgers, monsters and rent checks; old friends like She-Hulk and Valkyrie; and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Patsy Walker returns to the spotlight in her first solo ongoing series since the ’60s!”


I had the first volume of Hellcat checked out for a while after a friend recommended it to me. After renewing it twice and it’s due date fast approaching, I finally made time to sit down and read the first volume. Oh man, am I so glad I did!

As a fan of the Netflix series Jessica Jones, reading Hellcat put Jessica’s best friend in a new light for me. Note, this is a completely different canon separate from the TV show as far as I can tell! So it’s perfect for new fans of comics to pick up and read.

The art style is great and a pleasure to look at as you follow Hellcat’s day to day life. My only disappointment with the series is that I found out that there were only be three volumes. At least according to tweets from the writer Kate Leth, it does have an actual ending. But WHY DOES EVERYTHING I LOVE GET CANCELED. FIRST POWERLESS (tv show) NOW THIS.  Excuse me now while I go and sob forever. 

Book Review – American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
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American Born ChineseAmerican Born Chinese is a graphic novel that tells three seemingly disconnected tales.

Monkey is not satisfied with being a mere simian. He is the king of his mountain, darn it! He conquers all the various forms of kung fu but, in the end, learns that being a monkey might not be so bad.

Chin-Kee is the oh-so-racist stereotype of Chinese culture often seen in the media. (He reminds me a lot of Long Duck Dong from the 1980s movie, 16 Candles.) He gets into one awkward social situation after another – much to the embarrassment of his blond, Caucasian cousin, Danny.

Jin is a Chinese-American boy who yearns to fit in at his nearly all-white school. With a lack of friends and an over-abundance of bullies, he struggles to find a balance between the many aspects of who he is.

I love this book. It does a phenomenal job of making the reader laugh while forcing them to question what they think they know about culture and the experiences of first-generation immigrants. The book weaves together mythology, satire, and realistic fiction to create a powerful story about self-acceptance and strength.

Also by Gene Luen Yang:

Animal Crackers | The Eternal Smile: Three Stories | The Shadow Hero | Boxers | Saints

Summer Adventure 2015: Read or Listen to Someone Read

escape powThe library is debuting a brand new summer program on May 4th.  Our Summer Adventure is more like a game than a traditional reading club, but we still encourage you to read!  You can earn points by reading or listening to someone read for 30 minutes.  Wondering what counts? See below.

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines or Comics
  • Audiobooks
  • Playaways

At a loss for what to read? Never fear! For your friendly-neighborhood-librarians are here!

We have compiled a bunch of lists for you to look through to get started or visit to view the newest in teen fiction and nonfiction.