In a nutshell, Buy Indie Comics Day is an international annual event that sets out to celebrate the indie, local and small press creators all over the United States and the world, those who're pushing comics into the next millennium! This event, held on the first Saturday of August, gives readers the chance to try new books, creators get the chance to find new fans and retailers get a chance to grow their indie comics customer base and inventory while growing the community as a whole. It's a Win/Win situation! But I'll just let the orgnizers describe Buy Indie Comics Day in their own words:
"We founded Buy Indie Comics Day so indie, small press, and local creators around the globe could synergize on a single day designed to celebrate their work. It's our hope that retailers across the globe will take this chance to stock up on Indie Comics, that consumers will take a risk on new comics and creators they've never heard of, and that creators have an event to push their project on. So if you're a creator, find a local comic shop and get in there! If you're a retailer, invite local creators to table at your shop and stock up on their work! And if you're a fan, buy a comic you've never heard of from someone you don't know!"
But, as you might imagine, this fantastic idea will go nowhere without the help of retailers and so far; very few retailers have embraced this movement in the way the organizers hoped for. Keep in mind, the organizers will make no money from this effort, the sole purpose of this movement is to help indie creators grow their audience, especially in their own backyards and let them make an honest living doing what they love; making comics! So, this is a CALL TO ARMS for any and every retailer and store owner who might stumble upon this blog post... WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS IDEA A REALITY! Just in case you don't know how you as a retailer can help this movement take a look at this...
Now, as to what exactly I'll be doing on Buy Indie Comics Day? Well... I'll be representing Truthful Comics at Zeno's Books Buy Indie Comics Day Extravaganza!!! Zeno's Books turn 41 years in business and they'll be having a Birthday/Buy Indie Comics Day Party to celebrate the occasion! There'll be Special Sales, Giveaways, Artists and... FREE CAKE!!! Also, if you happen to come by In Costume (Cosplay) that day you'll get an Extra 10% OFF your entire purchase! Special Guests include: Willie Cordy (Creator of City Earth), Sam Ellis (ACTION LAB COMICS) and Manuel A. Carmona (that's me!) (Creator of Project: New Wave). So, I expect anyone who lives in the area to stop by, say hi and buy some indie comics! See ya there! #buyindiecomicsday