Free Comic Book Day 2011: A Day Made for Old and New Comics Fans Worldwide

Free Comic Book Day 2011 (FCBD) is happening on May 7th. It’s just a few hours away and I can already smell the fun. This yearly event – happening every first Saturday in May – takes place exclusively for the enjoyment of avid comicbook fans the world over. I’d like to emphasize that FCBD is the official free comics day for real fans. This is different from the free comics event set by big mainstream bookstores in the Philippines.

For this day only, participating comic book shops will be giving away free comics and loot bags. All you have to do is walk to your local comics shop and you get free stuff. NO. STRINGS. ATTACHED. You don’t even have to buy anything (if you’re that thick), but it is common for local comics shops to implement certain participation rules such as setting the maximum number of free comics that each fan can get.

I’m going to my favorite comicbook shop. That’s Planet X in Glorietta 4. The shop will start giving away free comics at exactly 10 a.m. I’m looking forward to get FCBD Green Lantern Flashpoint Special Edition and FCBD Geronimo Stilton & Smurfs. There are over 30 titles to choose from and here’s some of them:

FCBD 2011 2000 AD (NET)
FCBD 2011 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (NET)
FCBD 2011 ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS
FCBD 2011 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER STAR WARS CLONE
FCBD 2011 BALTIMORE CRIMINAL MACABRE (NET)
FCBD 2011 BONGO COMICS FREE FOR ALL (NET)
FCBD 2011 CAPTAIN AMERICA THOR (NET)
FCBD 2011 CIVIL WAR ADVENTURE (NET) (MR)
FCBD 2011 DARKNESS 2 PREQUEL (Net)
FCBD 2011 DEADLIEST SHARKS&PREHISTORIC PREDATORS
FCBD 2011 ELRIC BALANCE LOST
FCBD 2011 GERONIMO STILTON & SMURFS (NET)
FCBD 2011 GREEN LANTERN FLASHPOINT SPECIAL ED
FCBD 2011 ICE (NET)
FCBD 2011 INSPECTOR GADGET
FCBD 2011 INTREPID ESCAPEGOAT & STUFF OF LEGEND
FCBD 2011 JAKE THE DREAMING (NET)
FCBD 2011 JAMES PATTERSON WITCH & WIZARD (NET)
FCBD 2011 JOHN STANLEY SUMMER FUN (NET)
FCBD 2011 KIZOIC KUNG FU PANDA & RICHIE RICH (NET)
FCBD 2011 LOCKE & KEY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ED (NET)
FCBD 2011 MISADVENTURES ADAM WEST #1
FCBD 2011 OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLL COMICS #1 (NET)
FCBD 2011 PEP COMICS BETTY & VERONICA (Net)
FCBD 2011 RATED FREE FOR EVERYONE (NET)
FCBD 2011 WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE (NET)
FCBD 2011 WORLDS OF ASPEN
FCBD 2011 YOUNG JUSTICE BATMAN BB SUPER SAMPLER

I’ve mentioned earlier that all these comic book titles will be given away for free. But in my opinion, if you’re an avid fan and collector, all of us will do more good for our beloved industry by supporting our local shops. At Planet X, they will not only mark the Free Comic Book Day 2011 with free comics and loot bags, but they will also be having a one-day sale in their Glorietta and Trinoma branches.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 7th, you can get back issues in the bin boxes for PHP 50.00 each. You can also enjoy 30% off on all hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and graphic novels. 25% discount will be applied on statues, collectibles, action figures and new comics. If that’s not enough, you can avail of 50% discount on variant covers, except those released on May 2011. I’m really excited for tomorrow and I hope to meet other comics fans in the event. See you there.

Fanboyninja Gets a Lego Light Keyring


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Most, if not all, geeks love Lego. It is the ultimate construction toy for young builders and fantasists. I remember my first ever Lego set back in the 80’s, a gift from my father. It was a basic house on a green baseplate. However, as a young boy, I didn’t want to build a house for a girlie Lego character with a black toupee on her head. Instead, I would fashion the bricks into a badly proportioned—and multicolored–laser gun or airplane. Needless to say, the green miniature tree that comes with the set became our dog’s chew toy.

Lego Keyring

Well, last week, I received a very special gift from my dear friend Tatit (my preciousss’ aunt), who arrived from Sweden. It’s a 7-centimeter Lego Light Keyring. The figure has two LED lights at the bottom of its feet and a key ring attached to its head. It has the same articulation points as any standard Lego minifigure and it comes with three replaceable 3-volt CR2025 batteries accessible at the back. The lights can be switched on by pressing the figure’s belly.

Now, I am proud to say that I can brave dark corners even after watching horror-soaked flicks. I have a ready light source at my fingertips. Thanks to Tatit and my new pocket-sized Lego Light Keyring!