Tuesday, February 6, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Started work today on the Free Comic Book Day flyer I intend to take to the next librarian meeting. The Toronto Catholic School Board is very interested in getting more comic material in their libraries, but are justifiably nervous about just what. Basically I need to come up with a list of material that is fun and interesting to grade school kids, yet still falls in the category of "safe".
I'm hoping that some freebie comics will help garner some feedback from the librarians. This year's Free Comic Day event has a dozen great kids books, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/
but none really supported by a back catalog of material. Archie just recently began collecting the Sonic series into manga sized trades, and of course they have the traditional Archie digests(not exactly multiple reader material) , but Gemstone just recently stopped publication of the Disney digest books. The D.C. entry is the first of a series based on the new Legion cartoon, I suppose I can use it to lead kids to the J.L.U. or Titans Go volumes,( 2 great shows cancelled before their time).
Strangely enough, the school board wants to find material that will appeal specifically to boys.
Apparently thay have a harder time getting boys into the library, than girls of the same age group. Completely the reverse of what we see in the comic store business.

2 comments:

Travis said...

"This year's Free Comic Day event has a dozen great kids books, http://www.freecomicbookday.com/
but none really supported by a back catalog of material ...but Gemstone just recently stopped publication of the Disney digest books."


Did Gemstone's digest-sized books seem to sell better than their 32- and 64-page comics... or did they just sell better among the under-18 crowd... or was it something else? I'm actually really curious to know what your shop's experience was with them!

comics & more said...

I actually sold less of the digest books. Most customers couldn't get past the price when buying for their kids, or when buying for themselves seemed annoyed that the Mouse volumes had Duck content and Duck volumes had a Mouse story.

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