My beasties and I have made it our yearly tradition to line up at the Bonifacio High Street branch of Fullybøoked every year since 2015 for the Free Comicbook Day. It is not really about “Free” comics, but mostly it is about hanging out together and enjoying some of the titles offered. I found that the “free” ones are a great way to browse new titles.
As early as two days before the actually event people started camping out. In the past years Fullybooked and Comix Odyssey offered early birds freebies, as in the copies of all the free comics offered that year to the first three people in line. I don’t think they have it this year but still I see post of people lining up.
My kids and I woke up at around 5am and Ubered our way to Bonifacio High Street and were there past 6am a crowd of people have pooled themselves there already.
We came earlier this year, the beasties were looking forward to the activity. A staff of Fullybooked BHS was there manning the end of the line to give out tickets like last year.
The heat was scotching! Good thing, the beasties and I had our umbrellas and the battery operated fan handy or we could not have survived!
In the past years Fullybooked and Comic Odyssey offered early birds freebies, as in the copies of all the free comics offered that year to the first three people in line. I don’t think they have it this year but still I see post of people lining up.
The Fullybooked team are extra strict this year following the tickets given to people on the line. It’s not enough that you get a ticket, you can’t get in if your number is not up. You can’t get in without a physical ticket and once you get the table they will ask for the ticket again and then stamp your arm.
Other than the free comics, We look forward to climbing the 5th floor to look at the new Pinoy Komiks and meet some of the writers. Since we arrived early not all the local Komik writers were there, and since it is a whole day affair, they could arrive at any time. I have no idea what time but I am glad we got to meet new writers this time around.
Jarod was very happy that he has this cool sketch from Ardie Aquino. We also purchased a nice colored book from him as well.
I am always asked why we always go out of our way to attend the FCBD. My answer is always, it is a great bonding experience for us three. It not just about getting them to read but also entourages them to appreciate great artwork by local artists and writers. I personally love the art. I am first attracted to a Komiks/Comics because of the art.
On the #FCBD2017, they also have a 20% off on all Graphic Novels, Comics and Vinyl Records at Fullybooked Branches, so the trip is worth it!
As I get to know the artists and writers, I develop favorites. I learn to appreciate talent and great hard work by these amazing people.
We are looking forward to another FCBD next year!
Until next time!