I stopped by FCBD today at CSW (I believe this is the first time I've ever actually been in CSW on the actual FCBD.) I must say that I was impressed. The store was PACKED with people and this was at 11:00 in the morning! It was seriously like a carnival in there. There was a man in an absolutely fabulous Thor costume there, complete with Mjolnir (Thor's hammer) that weighed 42 pounds. Thor said he made it himself when he was 18. I was quite impressed and I was glad he was smiling because he could have cleaved me in half with that thing (he tossed in into the air lightly before holstering it). There was a totally black Storm Trooper (was that one of the pilots? I don't know) that was movie-authentic. But the real cherry on the sundae was Brian in a full-head-to-toe Green Lantern uniform. I've got to give the man props. That takes some guts. I even saw some customers in full costume. In my brief period of time there I saw a bunch of kids taking pictures with the various character populating the store and having a blast. I'm glad the FCBD wasn't just a one-year event but has persisted over the years. How can it be bad for an aging industry to have scores of kids drooling over your product and interacting with your characters? I, myself, still have a picture of when I met Spider-Man as a four year old. Think that made an impression on me *cough* *lifelongaddiction* *cough*. My own children giddily snatched up comic books which they then poured over in the car and at lunch. =) *Sniff* Daddy's so proud!
Bravo, Comic Store West. Free Comic Book Day was a truly memorable day!