When I was running errands this morning, I spotted on Twitter a few folks talking about today being Free Comic Book Day - which turns out to be the first Saturday in May every year. Fortunately for me, there's a place called GEM Comics in Elmhurst which is located just a few doors down from our dry cleaners. Nat had asked me to stop at the cleaners to pick something up, so I figured I would stop by GEM Comics and pick up the free comic book.
The older lady at the counter said, "Well...it isn't free for me, so I decided to pass on it."
Hmmm....out the door I went. Bummer. This is the local comic book store in Downtown Elmhurst. I want a reason to shop there. I am after a birthday present for my nephew and figured I would find something cool at the store, but when she rained on my parade, I couldn't muster up the attitude to dig through their store.
I understand that giving away comic books isn't free but I'm thinking that the benefits of doing so far outweigh the costs in some way. I know when the Babe is old enough to read them, we'll go find a comic book store on the first Saturday of May in 2015 or something and maybe, just maybe, they'll hook her and that store will have a customer for life. I know we won't be trying that experiment at GEM Comics in Elmhurst.