Rundown of Free Comic Day Offerings: Part One

There is danger in the word free. It could mean a pleasurable experience or a monumental waste of time and energy. However, the endeavor is a worthy quest worth doing. That said, here are some highlights of May 1st, the day that comic lovers live for.

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock:

Based on the muppets that were created in the ‘80s Jim Henson’s Fraggles are a lovable group of characters geared towards the pre-teen age group. Out of the free comic bunch this one is not only entertaining it gives those who are reading it an array into new vocabulary. What’s even more interesting is David Peterson’s Mouse Guard. Set in the 16th century it tells the tale of the mouse monarch Gwendolyn as she writes in her journal about the coming of spring, its dangers and the loss of one brave mouse. This isn’t a cutesy mouse story, but one of a fight for survival. You almost believe that they’re not vermin – almost.

The Tick:

As an enterprising young artist and comic fan Ben Edlund created The Tick. This rather large being, dressed in blue, with a view-master around his neck swears that he is a superhero. He also believes that he is a tick. His “nigh-invulnerable” status coupled with his possible mental illness allows Edlund to play with the tropes of the super-hero comic genre. It also makes for great fun.

Green Hornet:

For the television series the Green Hornet consisted Van Williams as the Hornet and Bruce Lee as Kato. When it came to Bruce Lee’s scenes they had to ask him to slow down his kung-fu moves. Yes, Lee was that amazing. Now comes the Green Hornet and Kato is a woman – at least in one version. This freebie is chocked full of comic goodness as each section highlights an ongoing series in the Green Hornet mythos. From origins to how there became a female Kato will intrigue you and leave you wanting more. Speaking of tempting you with comics, the ads for several comic series (Vampirella, Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega, The Phantom, not to mention The Complete Alice in Wonderland) will have you searching for all these books. The artwork alone takes your breath away. It’s also nice to see Vampirella. Before the teen-vampire sensation, vampires were a purely adult form of entertainment. It would be interesting to see where the storyline has picked up from.

Love and Capes:

A superhero comic about a well-adjusted married couple? Yes, it’s possible – not only that it’s funny too. Created, written and artwork by Thomas F. Zahler, Love and Capes has the lighthearted touch that will have you intrigued from beginning to end. There are no big explosions, nor major super villains trying to take over the world, just some good old-fashioned dialogue, relationship issues and the banality of flying third class. It’s a nice change of pace that you should give a try.

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I’ve been the go-to person of obscure information that I’ve picked up from reading, watching movies and television and a fetish for 80’s-90’s music since I learned to talk. I enjoy the fact that for a long time I was the only one who knew that “Three’s Company” was a rip-off of the British Comedy “Man About the House.” Although I am knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects, my lisp and stutter would get in the way of my explanations and I could only save a dry-witty phrase for the written word – so I consider writing to be a path-working to fully express my ideas. Knowing the terror of formal writing, I currently teach at Kingsborough Community College in hopes of helping others overcome the fear that once gripped my heart as a speaker of words.

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I’ve been the go-to person of obscure information that I’ve picked up from reading, watching movies and television and a fetish for 80’s-90’s music since I learned to talk. I enjoy the fact that for a long time I was the only one who knew that “Three’s Company” was a rip-off of the British Comedy “Man About the House.” Although I am knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects, my lisp and stutter would get in the way of my explanations and I could only save a dry-witty phrase for the written word – so I consider writing to be a path-working to fully express my ideas. Knowing the terror of formal writing, I currently teach at Kingsborough Community College in hopes of helping others overcome the fear that once gripped my heart as a speaker of words.

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