This Saturday is FREEEEEE Comic Book Day!
So go to your friendly neighborhood comics store, and get some free comics as well as BUY some comics to help our industry out!
As a part of this wonderful holiday, the ever amazing Tugboat Press, Mr. Greg Means, has published a free comic called Runner, Runner which includes drawings and stories from some of my favorite cartoonists. I also contributed a one-pager that was drawn entirely with a dip pen!!! For SF/Bay Area peeps, it will be available at Escapist Books in Berkeley! So, go comics and go Tugboat Press!
For the last five years, Tugboat Press has produced a free comic to give out on Free Comic Book Day (unofficially) and at the various conventions we attend throughout the year. This year's FCBD book is called Runner Runner and is crammed full of over two dozen stories in just 32 pages. The idea was to make the densest, most satisfying read possible. Comics are notorious for being quick reads. We hope that you'll have to settle into your comfy chair for this book (some pages have over fifty panels).
Runner Runner also marks the return of legendary Portland cartoonist Kalah Allen providing the cover art and the featured front story. It's been a long time dream to get to work with Kalah. Her minicomic Jar of Pennies is a subtle masterpiece that still holds up a decade after its first publication. Though single motherhood has pushed her into semi-retirement, hopefully this will be the start of a comic book renaissance for the talented Ms. Allen.
For the curious, here is a complete list of the amazing artists in Runner Runner in order of appearance in the book: Kalah Allen, Jesse Reklaw, MK Reed, Rich Tommaso, Drew Weing, Aron Nels Steinke, Rina Ayuyang, Galen Longstreth, Aaron Renier, Julia Gfrorer, Jonathan Hill, Joey Sayers, Matt Wiegle, Corinne Mucha, Andy Hartzell, Jason Martin, Minty Lewis, Damien Jay, Tessa Brunton, Elijah Brubaker, Robin Enrico, Nate Beaty, Lisa Rosalle Eisenberg, Alec Longstreth, Kazimir Strzepek, and Lilli Carre. Wow!