FCBD 2016 Re-Cap

I Survived FCBD 2016.

Not sure how, but we did.

For those playing at home, EG Inc cosplayed with a Doctor Who theme: 9th Doctor; 11th Doctor; River Song; Osgood; and of course, the TARDIS. The Dalek is a bonus, given to us by family a few years back. Yes, it’s ride-in for a small child.

No, you are not small enough.

I love the cosplay. It’s just simple fun. It’s dress-ups for geeks, but it’s not a game. It’s a community. A nod to anyone’s fandom.

But I noticed something that this year’s FCBD (Free Comic Book Day): there was less cosplay then previous years.

We had a little game in the car on the way to Kings Comics. I said I would see 5 Batman-cosplayers in the queue for FCBD. Sinister said 6; Nefarious said 4. 

I saw one.

I saw two Deadpool.

And I saw one Iron Man. And one Captain America.

Don’t get me wrong; there were some awesome contributions. But the pool was running a little dry this year.

I had a chat with staff at nearby Kinokuniya and they had also noticed a difference, albeit more pronounced at Kinokuniya.

When we first came across FCBD in 2010, there was a great community of cosplayers working with the stores as part of the celebrations. 

There were storm troopers (501st?), Trekkies, and a guy with a full-size Dalek.  There was chatting about the comics on offer, discussions about artists involved, and a general positive air about the whole event. FCBD is about promoting comics and reading for everyone – it’s not just reassuring established geeks, but inviting new readers to the genre.

The queue at Kings still had this, though not as strong as previous years. Kinokuniya, however, had no vibe. The staff were great but the line so long and impersonal…

How to fix it? I don’t know. Like I said, Kings still had it – but they were putting on a huge birthday party as well. They also have a different community: they are still a local comic bookstore (a large one, but still a ‘local’). They also have a great family focus for the day; plenty of activities and interaction with the kids. 

Kinokuniya is a bookstore which has a pretty good comic selection… And a bigger manga section. The majority of cosplay who turned up at Kinokuniya were manga-inspired. But a good chunk of them didn’t even go upstairs to the store. They were just hanging around downstairs in the foyer. 

There’s not a problem with this – I like the mix. But I wonder this the telling difference between the two. And will this continue to reflect on future FCBD?

But enough about the cosplay and stores – what goodies did I pick up?

In the freebies: Lady Mechanica; Serenity; Mooncop; Spectrum; Pokemon; Dream Jumper; Doctor Who; Science Comics; Darkhorse All Ages; and DC SuperHero Girls.

We also bought Gwenpool #0, a 9th Doctor comic, and my favourite: a signed trade copy of Black Magic. Nicola Scott was at Kings today. I’ll be sharing my chat with her over at GeekMom shortly.

Whatever happens at my end, make sure you go out and enjoy YOUR FCBD. That vibe I was talking about? It comes from YOU.

Don’t disappoint me. 

FCBD 2014 & EGP Award #46

Free Comic Book Day has come and gone, leaving naught by silent reading in its wake.

If ever there was a time to conquer the geeks of the world, it would be the first Saturday of May.

And let’s face it – is there really anyone else in the world worth conquering?


This annual event is promoted as an opportunity to encourage reading in children, when really it is an opportunity to recruit the oncoming storm of GEEKS!!

Basically a bunch of comic publishing groups band together and print off a selection of comics specifically for the day. Local comic-book stores purchase these (yes, they actually pay a nominal fee for printing and delivery costs), and then publicise the be-jeebus out if the event.

These comics are then offered FOR FREE (in most places), with in-stores sales used to support the local business.

For me, the highlight is the cosplay by participants and general public. Why?

Because it gives you an excellent idea of the competition – who is parenting right.

Once again, Evil Genius Inc attended in various outfits. Sinister chose Pikachu – the Pokemon that refuses to be put in a Poke Ball. Talk about attitude.

Then we had Nefarious as 1960s Batman – whose secret weapon is no-one taking him seriously until he kicks you in the junk (just ask the Joker at Kings Comics).

And there is Wonder Woman, who roped her Invisible Jet into carrying her around all day. Nice work, Zaltu.

However, there is one standout of parenting from FCBD:

This is awesome!! Not only does the dad go as a sentinel, but he even sets the kids up for a fastball special.

So, to @michaelare23, you are awarded this weeks Evil Genius Parent Award.

Free Comic Book Day 2013

May the 4th be with you…


Well played, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) organisers. Well played. Doubling up your day with the Geeks Holiday:  Star Wars Day.

Of course, as with any geek festival, there were plenty of cosplay opportunities (including Evil Genius Inc). And of course, there were a couple of violations of the rule: “Spandex is a privilege; Not a right.”

What is Free Comic Book Day? Infidel…

Oh, okay. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday of May each year. Participating Comic Book stores (and some regular book stores and libraries) offer at least one free comic book on the day. The range of comics come from many publishers, including the usual producers of evil: Marvel, DC, Dark Horse.

So why free comics? It is quite ingenious really – what better way to attract more readers, and secure your established market, than with free stuff?

Add some cosplay festivities and competitions, and bam! You’ve got yourself an instant expansion to what some think is a dwindling audience.

It also provides a great opportunity for artists and writers, like Gail Simone, to head over to their local bookstore and pimp their wares while supporting what is essentially a ‘physical retail store only’ event.

Again, well played FCBD.


Tony Stark and The Mandarin
Fight it out over the Last Coffee

EG Inc partipated in cosplay for the first time this year. Your Future Leader was unfortunately limited in costume opportunities – how many pregnant characters do you know (and yes, I do retain some dignity by NOT dressing up as a Japanese school girl). Instead, how about the Death Star? Yeah baby.

EG Dad spent the last week growing his goatee and transformed into Tony Stark/Iron Man. We were so upset when we realised half way into the city, we had forgotten the obligatory martini glass. But he still nailed it – maybe I should have made him wear the wedding ring…

And the spawnlings – Ben 10 and Yoda. I think they are going through their rebellious phase. Or maybe they understood the limitations on my make-up artistry. Tony Stark beard colouring – yes! Darth Maul face paint – Hells to the No!

Comic books really are an evil way to introduce your spawnlings to reading while making it fun. It also is perfect for young budding artists to see some new and creative ways to display their ideas. Comic books aren’t just art – they capture movement, imagination, and craziness all in one.

And no, not just the big bosom ladies either. There are plenty of child-friendly comics out there. They’re harder to find but they are out there. 

Comics. *sigh* Is there anything they cannot do?