Sunday, May 6, 2012

Free Comic Book Day 2012

May’s first Saturday is perhaps the Christmas Day for comic book geeks around the world! Robinsons Galleria’s lower ground floor was jam-packed yesterday as Comic Odyssey celebrates FCBD. I attended the event with a friend, and we swore to go to FCBD celebrations of Fully Booked and other participating shops in the next few days.

The lines were long, but ennui was out of the question when you were surrounded by people that are obviously made of awesome. Behind me, a man in his late twenties was reading a Spiderman issue; in front of me, a group of constantly snickering boys were munching on shawarma. Based on the snippets of convo I got from unintentional eavesdropping, they still have hangover from the latest Avengers flick. I bet my bottom peso they love Tony Stark :p

And oh, there’s a Superman and a Batman loitering around. A Loki was seen lining up for his copies of free comic books, too. :)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
No one watches you like Lisbeth Salander!

I got a special edition preview of Vertigo’s graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I wasn’t keeping tabs on the spin-offs and whatnots of the Millennium trilogy lately, so this took me by surprise. Totes cool! The first volume will be out November this year. Check out the gorgeous art below!

Framed Pressed Flower
Henrik Vanger receives another “gift,” a framed pressed flower

'She's Different'
Lisbeth discusses the Wennestrom libel case

The SEP also includes blurbs from:
  • Fairest. Balancing horror, humor and adventure, Fairest explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others. Remember: they may be beautiful, but there will be blood.
  • Saucer Country. As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she’s dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She’s about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever.But then…a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth – and maybe, to save the world. 
  • The New Deadwardians. In post-Victorian England, nearly everyone of the upper classes has voluntarily become a vampire to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Into this simmering cauldron is thrust Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! But when the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.
The New Deadwardians
  • Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child. New Orleans is the most haunted city in America: a town of centuries-old ghosts and newly drowned spirits; where vampires, voodoo spirits and loups-garous make their home. Ruling over this all are the powerful Voodoo Queens, whose influence stretches into politics, business and crime as they maintain a delicate balance between the mortal and supernatural worlds. But in the aftermath of Katrina, all that has changed, for someone or something has murdered the Voodoo Queen and most of her court. The number one suspect is Dominique Laveau, a grad student at Tulane who is about to discover that her entire life has been a lie. Now Dominique must forge alliances with those out to kill her while seeking to uncover the truth behind the royal murders, as she is ultimately forced to deal with a destiny she could never have imagined.
Aside from this SEP, I got a cute button pin (with a rather unrecognizable superhero icon), The New 52, and FCBD’s official comic book this year featuring art by Manix Abrera, Mel Casipit, and more. :)

On May 18-20, all back issues in Comic Odyssey’s bins will be priced 50PhP.  All Metro Manila branches of Fully Booked will celebrate FCBD on May 19th, and you can avail all their graphic novels with 20% discount.

By the way, I also penned an article for this event on Gala magazine's May issue, please do grab a copy! I interviewed Comic Odyssey proprietor Sandy Sansolis for that primer. :)


  1. The girl with the dragon graphic novel form? totally cool. I'll grab a copy when it comes out. Also, that FAIREST comic does sound nice! :))

    1. IKR? I need to secure money for these awesome GNs. :D