FCBD 2021: Celebrating At Knowhere Games & Comics

by Gary Catig

It’s great to have Free Comic Book Day back. After being cancelled in 2020 and even delayed this year, the regular event returned this past Saturday. It was a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your local comic shop, pick up some free issues, and hopefully show your LCS some love by shopping while you were there. This year, I headed out to Knowhere Games & Comics in San Marcos, California.

Understandably, the crowds didn’t seem as big at FCBD but there were still a good number of people, albeit masked and socially distanced. The store had more than free comics to entice customers to come in. There were sales on many items such as comics, graphic novels, statues and action figures.

Knowhere Games & Comics also invited guests that tabled at the event. Non-profit organization, Creators Assemble, was there. They are dedicated to raising funds and awareness of social and educational benefits of comics and pop culture across mediums. The group brought along some friends; artists Jules Rivera, Quantal Langford and Mark Habegger who were doing sketches and signing.

The most well-known guest was David M. Booher. He’s a writer of such titles as Powerless and Alien Bounty Hunter from Vault Comics and Canto from IDW. Canto is currently in development with Westbrook Studios to be made into an animated feature. Booher’s latest project, Killer Queens, will be released this week but people could get their hands on a copy of the first issue a few days ahead. The rest of the creative team of Killer Queens include artist, Claudia Balboni, colorist, Harry Saxon, and letterer, Lucas Gattoni.

Obligatory haul pic of almost everything I picked up at FCBD. I stopped by my local public library, which was celebrating the event as well. IDW, which is based out of San Diego, donates copies of their issues to many of the libraries in the area. I love the Filipino representation with Trese and Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures artist, Harvey Talibao.


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