Every year, I’m so fortuitous to have a wonderful library system and support group that enables us to have a smooth Free Comic Book Day!
This year I tried something different. Previous years, I had all comic stacks sitting on the table. Anyone can come up and look and see the quantity of comics we have to determine what they wanted. Then they communicate to the volunteers what they want and that they’ll take the comic issue they want. The reason why it was set up as so was I wanted to emulate the tables seen at our local anime convention. Plus anyone could browse and not feel pressured to pick a comic if they didn’t want. The downside was, we would get patrons asking to switch out comics after they finished reading. I don’t want to say no but it wouldn’t be fair, right? There’s always having a sample for patrons to read before as an option, so there’s a positive side to this!
For the display, I labeled them with letters. That way people can see the covers and if interested but unsure about the character, they can give the volunteer a letter. Our volunteers sometimes have a list of titles but may not be well versed in graphic novels; I’ve received positive comments from volunteers that they like having this system of patrons saying they want letter A comic. Fast and efficient service!
Local artists drew and printed bookmarks which patrons can pick with their comic of choice. In addition to the comic and bookmark, patrons could enter for a chance to win one of two $20 gift certificates from Dragon’s Lair.
We gave away over 200 comics from 10 am – 4:30 pm with the help of 4 volunteers! It was a rainy day but we made it through. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Hawaii State Public Library System, Friends of Mililani Public Library, Dragon’s Lair for the gift certificates and you!
For more information on Free Comic Book Day, check out their website at https://www.freecomicbookday.com/. Free Comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday of May. Contact your nearest library to find out if they’re participating in Free Comic Book Day!