Well, my #FCBD recap anyway.
The fam and I hit Phantom of the Attic for the festivities. Hubs has a long history with Phantom (as in close to 20 years) so the four of us going together is extra special neat. Also, we once tallied up the about of money hubs has spent there over the years and… well, let’s just say it’s nice to get something for free.
The last #FCBD we attended was at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD and it was a huge, big deal. Local Storm Trooper Garrison etc etc. The shop, at the time was tiny, though, and it was impossible to get through the aisles to look at anything that might be not-so-free (they have since moved to a much larger space). Kind of a bummer because while free comics are fun for all, the event is also supposed to draw regulars and non-regulars alike to small, local businesses with the promise of free goodies and the hopes that something else (s) will catch the customer’s eye.
Phantom is a decent sized space though it is by no means huge; lower key action made it possible to peruse their wares with many an “excuse me” but nary a claustrophobic freakout. It may get busier later (we went around 1100 re: children and ease of parking) but I, for one, preferred the Phantom way.
All of the cosplayers were local folks having fun rather than pros, which made for a more relaxed atmosphere and more chances to chat and hang out with like minded-comic lovers. Granted, Phantom is one of the sights tagged as “family friendly” on the FCBD website, which may induce some folks to leave the boob windows and cod pieces at home, but it seemed to me people were very much in it for the community rather than the “wow factor” by choice rather than be restriction (and I do love me some wow factor but on such days as today, we do have to be mindful of scaring the norms. And the fact that many of us have children head height to an average adult height crotch embellishments to which could provoke awkward questions).
Everyone seemed to have a blast with the kids, who were just so damn excited…
Phantom had all of the fifty-seven free books and allowed each person to pick four (kids counted as their own people, huzzah!). I did a little scouting on the NPR Monkey See blog this morning and had an idea of what I was going for:
The selection processes for Izzy and Zora was a bit more rigorous and we doubled up on a few to prevent delayed screeching and pushing:
And of course, we couldn’t walk out with just the free stuff…
In summary, an excellent time was had by all.
Hope ya’ll had as much fun as we did!