So yesterday was Free Comic Book Day and Auckland Libraries helped celebrate this by setting up shop in two of Auckland's finest comic stores and highlighting the collection of comics that we hold. Libraries and comic stores have a very symbiotic relationship if you think about it. Comic stores selling the latest stuff and libraries holding an amazing back catalogue of out of print graphic material. The two stores in question were Heroes for Sale on K'Road and Arkham Comics in Onehunga. Now I am what I would call a comic virgin, having never really read graphic novels. However, I went down to the K'Road store to see what it was all about and support my colleagues. If you have never actually been in comic store there is a whole sub culture there which can be quite astounding, and that is certainly what happened to me when I walked through the door.
Being Free Comic Book Day it was very busy in the store and when the first person I laid eyes on was dressed as a Star Wars character I knew that this was going to be fun. I spent a long time chatting with my Dr Matt Finch who was the mastermind behind the library presence and then browsed the shelves completely lost as to where to find stuff or indeed even what stuff to find. A friend had given me some suggestions and eventually I find some stuff and bought some stuff to test the waters. I bought The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr Who, and Ghost. My two free comics were Star Wars and The Red Ten.
So far I have read Red Ten and Ghost. Ghost is good, although I did get a bit lost at times. It's such a different way of reading it is taking some getting used to. However, I love the genre I think. And I like how interactive it is. I will work my way through the things that I bought and then work out where I go from there.