August 5th is 'Buy Indie Comics Day'
Originally started by volunteers as an effort to veer the hype of Free Comic Book Day into independent territory, Buy Indie Comics Day is entering it's third year of trying to make a difference.
" I want there to be a day where you can say, “I know that my buddy makes a comic, I’ve never read it. This weekend is the day for indie comics.” And then you go spend five or ten bucks on his Kickstarter or something. That’s how my thinking started for all this", stated organized Phil Buck (in an interview with Neil Greenaway of Nerd Team 30). Buck is one of three key organizers around the country who began championing this cause over the last three years to try and create a day of independent comics Free Comic Boy Day has become a huge success, annually bringing in thousands of customers worldwide to local comic book stores that otherwise might not have come through. While they are usually only there for the free comics, it often can spark interest in a young fan of comics or rejuvenate interest in a casual fan to come around more often. Having a day to encourage those people and regulars to shift their eyes towards the independent or locally created shelf in those stores makes a huge difference for those independent creators. "I know so many people that went into a comic shop for the free comics and found a $30 trade that they like. You can spend half of that on any indie creator and make their whole week. As much as I would love to see more Buy Indie Comics Day events in stores, because events are so essential to spreading the word, this is about supporting the creators. You don’t even have to get out of your pyjamas to go online and show support." Take a few minutes on August 5th to head to support a local friend creating comics, head to your local store or even just check out what's trending on Kickstarter. You can make a huge difference in a creator's life and get some great comics in return.