Saturday, May 1st marks my favorite holiday of the year, Free Comic Book Day! I encourage y'all to go to Green Brain Comics to get your three free comic books. While you're there, you can check out my picture which is up for auction benefitting the Kids Read Comics Convention.
What is Free Comic Book Day, or FCBD as we call it in geekspeak? To raise awareness of comics, major and independent publishers produce comic books to be given away on that day. The catch? You have to put down your Wiimote, get off the couch and head into a local comic book shop. If you go to Green Brain, they even have a slew of great artists signing their work, including my pal, Chris Houghton.
In the Headspace Gallery at Green Brain, you have the Kids Read Comics benefit auction, featuring lots of great artists including Heather Hansma, Chris Houghton and yours truly. You can place a bid on my picture, but don't forget yer wallet, 'cuz it's already up to $300. Wowzers! The Kids Read Comics Convention itself is June 12 & 13, 2010 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn.
Now, how can comics save the world? Well, if we can get more kids into reading comics, we just might be able to get them interested in reading. If we can get them into reading as opposed to only subsisting on video games, we might end up with a few more smarties and a few less slack-jawed dullards. And if we get a few more smarties, who knows what they might be able to do: Create world peace? Cure cancer? Carry on an interesting conversation? The sky's the limit!