You’re going to see the latest superhero movie with some friends, you have your popcorn in hand and you’re ready to have a great time. The lights dim, the previews play through and the title sequence lets you know that you have indeed entered the right theater. You’re enjoying the movie when suddenly a new character pops up, a character that wasn’t in ANY of the previous movies and come to think of it, you’ve never heard of them before. You shrug it off and sit through the rest of the really enjoyable movie. Once the final credits roll, you finally ask your friends the question that’s been on your mind: where did that other character come from? Your friends all give you blank stares until one of them asks, “Didn’t you read the comic?”
The next question becomes, well where do I go to get this comic? The answer, my friends, is simple; just stop into Cameron’s Comics and Stuff in Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. Cameron’s Comics opened in BG in 2017, as a way for the owner Jonathan Smith and his son, Cameron to offer a comic book selection to the city. The father-and-son duo were no strangers to the business having also run a comic store in Adrian, Michigan. Their BG location has provided them a bigger space to expand their already vast collection featuring popular sellers like Marvel and DC comics to your smaller indie publishers like BOOM! and Silver Sprocket. Cameron’s Comics doesn’t just sell comics, they offer everything from graphic novels, kids comics, toys, games and a wide variety of other books.
So you’ve learned about this awesome comic shop, but you’re a little hesitant about buying your first comic. Not to worry, because every year since 2002, comic shops have been celebrating Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday in May! Free Comic Book Day is an event that helps people that may not know that much about comics see what comic books are all about. In addition to getting new people to try out comic books, this is also a day to celebrate people that want to still obtain physical copies of the books. When it comes to comics a lot of people really enjoy the artwork that comes along with the story. When you get it online, the screen directs you where to look and you don’t get the full experience, but when you get the physical book, you are able to read it exactly as the artist and author intended.
With the rise in popularity of “nerd culture” and the superhero genre, Jon is seeing a huge spike in the interest of comics. With that and FCBD comes many people that don’t know where to start when it comes to buying their first comic book. Jon says, “It all depends on what [you’re] into. There’s something for everyone, if you’re not into superheroes, then there are books about crime, books about drama and love stories. A lot of the stuff that is on TV comes from comics. Batman, The Amazing Spiderman and The Walking Dead are some of our most popular comics.” When it comes to titles that have been on TV, Jon and Cameron have people that come in not realizing it was a comic and then want to know more of the backstory of these shows and characters that they have become invested in. Jon also notes that one of the cool things about this rise in popularity, is that many people that wouldn’t necessarily communicate, have a conversation about this story or character that they’re interested in and form bonds.
With all of these comics at his disposal Jon mentions that some of his favorite comics are horror and one-shot comics (comics that have a differentstory per book instead of a series that tells a story throughout multiple books), he also enjoys ones that are absurd and funny (Shirtless Bear-Fighter and Grizzlyshark VS Sea Bear are among the ones he mentioned). There are many comics that will be available during Free Comic Book Day that fit into Jon’s favorite categories (Ghost Hog and The Dark Age are the first that come to mind after seeing what will be released on freecomicbookday.com), but your classic titles like Avengers, Spider-Man and My Hero Academia will also be released. If those don’t appeal to you, comics based on shows like Bob’s Burgers, Stranger Things, Riverdale, Pokemon, and much more can also be found on the release list.
Cameron’s Comics will have a few other things going on in the shop to help celebrate FCBD. Josh Nealis, a local writer, will be on-site signing his material, there will be giveaways, and more! Make sure to stop out to Cameron’s Comics and Stuff on May 4, 2019 from 11am-7pm to check out all of the festivities!