Free Spirit - Free Yourself cover art and back. One of the better bands, playing homage to the Boston Crew sound. They only played in my area (Southern California) once, and it was one of the best sets I have ever seen. Something like 5 Youth of Today covers between them and Disengage.
“The Beatles photos are some of my favorites. Every
time I look at them I have to pinch myself and remind myself that I was
really there.” - Doug Elbinger, MLive.com, 29 January 2010
“George put his opinion of the Beatles’ effect on pop music this way: ‘We were right for the time when we came out. The pop scene five years ago was definitely looked upon by “musicians,” put that in brackets, as a dirty word. Pop was just something crumby. Now I think a lot of things in the pop field have more to them.
'We’re very influenced by others in pop music and others are influenced by us… That’s good. That’s the way life is. You’ve got to be influenced and you try to be influenced by the best.’” - “The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music” by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 19 August 1966 [x]
“Nonsense. I just need some pliers. Or a knife will do. And some strong wire. Oh, and a towel for the carpet, perhaps?”
Seriously. People who don’t love Barda? I don’t really have words.
Charlie’s facial expression in the first panel, too, is just hysterical.
I’ve wondered for a super long time, though, what happened to the rest of Barda’s chest plate in that middle panel. I’m not knocking Nicola Scott’s art – it’s gorgeous as always – and I’ve seen people give Barda a v-line for no reason before. It’s just weird here. Because they left her neckline armor and I’m all confused.
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! Our very own Glen Weldon is here to set you straight on the many treats waiting for you at your friendly local comic book shop, and on the appropriate etiquette for FCBD:
Not every comics shop participates in Free Comic Book Day – use the Comics Shop Locator to make sure your local shop will be taking part. Understand that many of the stores that do participate make a Whole Big Freaking Deal of it: author/artist signings, costume contests, giveaways, etc. You got a kid, or access to same? Take it. [Ed. note: That’s what Glen said. “It.”]
This isn’t Supermarket Sweep, people. You can’t just storm the place in your matching banana-yellow sweaters and start scooping up copies of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl like so many Huggies and filets mignon. (Though TUSG is a really great, fun book, and you should consider doing exactly that, provided you pay for them.)
Publishers print special Free Comic Book Day editions of the books that will be handed out on Saturday. There are 50 different FCBD books this year. Not every shop will offer all 50 titles. Some stores lay them out and let you pick the ones you want, other stores hand you a sampler pack.
If you do get your choice of books, the mini-reviews below might help you find the ones you’re likely to like.
If you don’t get a choice, hey: free comics.
While you’re there, buy something.
No, seriously? Buy something.
Buy SOMEthing. The comics shops still have to pay for the “free” FCBD books they stock, and they’re counting on the increased foot traffic to lift the day’s sales, so be a caring human being. And buy something.
How will you know WHAT you should buy? Ask someone on staff at the comics shop. It’s that simple. Tell them what kind of movies you like, what kind of books, what TV shows you binge on. They’re trained to make recommendations in line with your tastes. Or you could ask about one of the non-FCBD books in the list immediately below this list. They’re a mix of graphic novels, collections and ongoing monthly series, across a spectrum of genres and styles. Because that’s what comics looks like now, which is pretty great. Ask to check out one or more for yourself.