Free Comic Book Day, in the past has been my favorite day of the year. This year, it’s on 14 August. Which has changed my birthday plans. I really didn’t have plans for my birthday yet. FCBD near my birthday will have a completely different feel than the nostalgia that I have had of the day. And that’s a good thing because change is a good thing.
Free donut day would fall on the same day. Or maybe that was a Krispy Kreme thing. In the past, I would hang out with friends. We would meet at Starbucks starting at 7:30am and drink the largest cup of coffee. Then we would hang out at Dragon’s Lair comic books, wait in line for when they opened up. We would get our free comics and I’d buy a Doctor Who or Dirk Gently comic book to go with all the free comic books.
Then we would head over to Krispy Kreme and get our free donut, and buy a few others to go with that. Then we would go to Krypton Comics and wait in line for an hour for their free comics.
After that was lunch and then an Avenger’s movie. Then my friends would drop off their kids with their wives. And then we would go to Bensen and have a few beers and a fancy meal.
Of course, I have changed. I hardly drink. I have a two wine glass limit. I will order to go and eat in my car. Or that is how I imagine it at the moment. Maybe things will change. I’ll probably still eat in my car, but maybe somebody with be with me, a friend? Who knows.
What I do know is that the world has changed. I have changed. FCBD will be an interesting thing in the post pandemic world. We will try to recreate the nostalgia, but really our lives have moved in a new direction and we must be ready to accept the new normal.
But embrace the the things that made us the way we are. FCBD has always been a day to celebrate reading and imagination. It has been a day for us to accept ourselves and a day for us to be who we really with without regret and without shyness. We are nerds and geeks united forever. May we find spouses who will accept us for who we are. May we find friendship in our passion for reading. And may we pass our love for reading to the next generation who will hold our torches.