Free Comic Book Day this coming Saturday

Coming up this Saturday, August 14, 2021, you’ll be able to walk into most comic book stores in the US and Canada and walk out with free comic books. (There are some stores that don’t participate, and a few that require a purchase to get the free ones… but they are very much in the minority.) There aren’t any free Peanuts comics this year, but nonetheless you should be able to find something for you amongst the wide range of offerings. There’s a wide range of comics whose name you’ll recognize, whether it be things that originated in the comics (Smurfs, Avengers, Tick) to things derived from films (Star Wars), games (Assassin’s Creed), TV (Legend of Korra, Trailer Park Boys), prose (The Bailey School Kids, Zorro). For those who have just watched the new film The Suicide Squad (which I enjoyed, but its gore very much earns its R rating), you can pick up a new tale of King Shark. Plus, there’s plenty of things that you probably have never heard of that will be worth trying. So put your mask on and go get yourself some free Batman, Vampirella, Archie, or Street Fighter (and while in the store, have a look around and see if there’s something you want to buy as well.)

Classified Peanuts

If you’ve read a lot of Peanuts reprint books, you’ve probably at some point read the June, 1962 storyline where Linus’s blanket got turned into a kite, which in turn got carried away by the winds. You may even have seen this panel: That panel showed up the in the …

Why your shipments are rescheduled

If you pre-order books from Amazon like I do, you may recently have gotten some messages letting you know that the book has been rescheduled and will arrive later than originally planned. While this is something that always happens to some extent (planning for the future is an imperfect science), …

A Boy and his Dog

Doing a little looking into early promotion of Peanuts, I was amused to find this ad for the Chicago Daily Tribunes that ran in the Davenport, Iowa Democrat And Leader during the first week of the strip’s existence, pushing it as telling the story of “a Boy and his Dog”… which is not …