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This Short Documentary film covers Free Comic Book Day 2013 at Collectors Corner “The Coolest store in Baltimore!” Since 2001.
Comic Book Day at Collectors Corner this year was even bigger than last year, with our first fans lining up at 4:30 PM the day before we knew things were off to a great start. Which was good since this year we were fighting a deadline while working to debut our all new expanded space we were renovating in the months leading up to the event. Luckily we were done just in time to reveal the new space on Free Comic Book Day, adding almost 4,000 Square Feet of space to the existing layout bringing the store to almost 9,000 square feet overall.
We worked all day on Friday filling our goodie bags and prepping for the day with staff leaving at Midnight, we returned at around 5:00 AM to start setting up. Baltimore Local Business Zeke’s Coffee set up on the corner to sling coffee to our line of early birds and staff.
The first person in line showed up at 4:30 PM on Friday May 3rd (Day Before) and by 5:00 AM Saturday Morning over 150 fans lined up. At 9:00 AM more than 600 fans patiently waited in a line that stretched 5 Blocks into the neighborhood!
We Opened the doors and allowed fans to start grabbing their Free Comics in the tents at 9:00 AM. This year we were giving out 50 Iron Man 3 Movie Tickets to the first 50 people in line, and $75 worth of Merchandise including Graphic Novels, Comics and Collectibles to the first 50 people in line as well as $25 in Merchandise to the next 50 in line.
In addition to the 5 FREE Comics everyone could choose from every FCBD 2013 Title Offered each person got to choose 50 FREE Back Issues & a copy of our DC SUPERMAN Customized Cover with a coupon printed on the cover to redeem 2 Free Comics and 50% Off 1 DC GN of their choice.
Featured interviews include Owner Randy Myers & Manager David Crispino along with staff, volunteers, customers & cosplayers too!
Attendance was more than (5,500), up from last year!
40,000+ Comics including Free Back Issues were given Away!
130+ FREE Pizzas provided by Dominics Pizza & Subs were decimated.
Over 25 creators and publishers including Joe Keatinge, Cary Nord, Brandon Seifert: Comics Writer, Mike Moreci, Steve Seeley, Lisa Doll, Kata Kane, PLB Studios, Greg LaRocque, Marc Hempel, Michael Bracco & H.C. Noel sketched, signed and greeted fans all day.
The winners of our 3rd Annual FCBD Costume Contest were Drow Elf Female, Loki & Harry Potter.
Again we noticed even more children and families this year and it was another record breaking event for the store with two registers blazing with lines from the counter to the front door from 9:00 AM til 9:00 PM.
We had this documentary of being filmed by WISE Films during the day with interviews and footage from morning til afternoon along with our own in store videos taken by volunteers & fans along with photos by professional photographer, Pete Redel.
Collectors Corner would like to thank everyone again for making this year our Biggest & Best Free Comic Book Day ever. Huge thanks to our customers who spread the word that not only is Collectors Corner the best place to be for FCBD in Baltimore, but the Best place to be every Wednesday for New Comics and to hang out at anytime. Without our awesome customers none of these events would be possible and thanks to all the amazing artists, photographers, film-makers and models as well as volunteers for the day.
Now we start planning for next year…