Once upon a time, free scoops of ice cream inspired a retailer to try the same strategy for comic books. Now people in Dearborn Saturday can enjoy the 10th annual Comic Book Day at the Green Brain Comics shop at 13210 Michigan Ave.
Visitors dropping by between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. can get their pick from three dozen comic books provided free especially for Comic Book Day by their publishers.
In addition, people can get up to three more bonus comics each for any donation they make in canned food to Gleaners Community Food Bank, or in cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. The day will also feature hourly drawings for door prizes, surprise guests, and music.
One headline guest will be Christian Slade, the creator of the Korgi graphic novels. These issues follow the adventures of a dog and its owner as they travel through a bucolic fantasy world.
The mayor is another guest expected to pop in throughout the day, as he presents a “Free Comic Book Day in Dearborn” proclamation by the city. Other local creators will be exhibiting their books, sketching, and answering questions–some will even have more free stuff specifically for Free Comic Day.
These guest creators include Jerzy Drozd (worked on his own self-published comics, and comics by Antarctic Press and Glencoe McGraw-Hill), Mark Rudolph (self-publishes comics through his CV Comics imprint, and done illustration and design for metal music industry), Jesse Rubenfeld (artist/writer of Tool Publication’s comic series “Into the Dust”), Jon Hickey and Mike Roll (writer and Artist of “Apooka, The World’s Most Adorable Zombie Girl”), Randy Zimmerman (editor and co-founder of Flint Comics and Entertainment).
DJs will entertain throughout the day, and at 3 p.m. Found Object Orchestra Internationale will give a live performance of soundscape. A portion of every sale by the store that day will go toward supporting non-commercial radio at Wayne State University’s WDET 101.9 FM.
The comics business has been difficulty these past couple years, “just because of the economy,” said Green Brain Comics co-owner Dan Merritt, but he adds that independent comics have had a lot of great books coming out, “a lot of good things.”
“Just starting is a series ‘Fear Itself,’ and it’s doing brisk sales,” Merritt said. “’Thor’ is doing well.
“The Thor movie is helping, but it is also a quality book, and I’d like to think the thing sells itself.”
Green Brain’s staff believes that original graphic novels are moving well these days, and periodicals are “doing pretty well.” The industry has also made a strong move towards creator-owned properties, as “the people creating comics have wised up, and they’re retaining creative control over them.”
Green Brain Comics is located in East Downtown Dearborn. For more information, check the website at http://www.greenbrain.biz or call (313) 582-9444.