Going coast-to-coast and starting on the Atlantic side:
- The Lair, in Corner Brook, NF, enjoyed their first FCBD.
- Strange Adventures once again rented an indoor space to hold FCBD, just to avoid any pesky weather issues (it did rain in Toronto). Darwyn Cooke was on hand, doing his ever generous thing. Darwyn is one of the top talents in Canada and he willingly and happily participates in this event, taking a big picture approach. Plus we have the added news that Strange Adventures is opening up a third location, this time in Dartmouth, NS.
- A couple of other stores in Nova Scotia got into the spirit, offering up to 10 FCBD books per person.
- The way I read it, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly decided to stock only 2 FCBD books. One of which was a book they printed to promote their John Stanley nostalgia books (D&Q, along with Dark Horse is all over John Stanley).
- Paradise Comics tweaked their line format to be more fair to the people not at the front of the line. Our own Jason Truong both appreciated and regretted that decision!
- The Beguiling event was held outdoors in the rain. Thankfully they had a tent and, eventually, some luck with weather.
- After the Blue Jays game, I dropped by the Silver Snail. The Snail was hosting a dozen or so costumed up people, which were drawing the crowds walking by for photo ops. Inside, on the first floor, they had ran out of official FCBD books and had supplemented the pile with stacks of overstock recent releases and some old 1970’s comics. On the second floor, which tips the balance of the store from a comics shop to an action figure shop, the crew from Kill Shakespeare were signing and sketching. A quick chat with Andy B confirmed the success that they were having that day.
- Gnu Books in Oshawa were proud that they had more Kevin Smith fans than Lady Gaga fans.
- The way I read it, Dixon’s Books, in Peterborough, allows you to take 1 FCBD comic of your choice.
- Big B Comics had a BBQ, Greg Hyland, Superman and the Flash.
- The Dragon hosted Scott Chantler, who provided the exclusive 9-page sampler to his next project Two Generals, and J. Torres, who brought the exclusive Allison Dare sampler. J. was all a-twitter about the FCBD cupcakes and the roller derby girls that crashed the party.
- Heroes Comics in London brought in Darth Vader and the Empire for crowd control purposes.
- L.A. Mood has pictures galore.
- In Saskatoon, a local visited all 3 stores in the city and we learned how they do things on the prairies: 8th Street allows 1 book per person; Amazing Stories it’s spend $10 get 1 copy of each available title; while at Unreal City it seems you have to buy something to get FCBD books.
- In Edmonton, Jay Bardyla told the local news, “I’ve seen people of all ages, all genders (and) all races in today.” Plus the local AM radio station had some press about the store.
- A host of costumed people were spotted in trendy Yaletown, which likely means that Elfsar was involved. Camilla d’Errico had fun!
Any other news out there to report?