Reminder: Free Comic Book Day is May 2, 2009

1 05 2009

Free Comic Book DayI mentioned it before, but this is a reminder to people of all ages to go take advantage of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Most of the thousands of specialty comic shops around the world will be participating, so there may be an opportunity to grab a free book in your own backyard. If you’ve never read a comic before or if it has been years since that last time, there will be oodles of interesting things to enjoy. Not all comics are Batman and Spider-Man, so be sure to check out some of the other offerings from the smaller and independent publishers and artists. Many specialty stores have tons of undersold old comics, too, so you could literally get hundreds of pages of colorful art and story for a few bucks. Be sure to browse around and check out those discount bins!

Find out more about Free Comic Book Day here, including what books are being offered, a locator for participating stores, and info about the medium of comics, among other cool things.

If you happen to be in the Scranton, PA area, I recommend checking out Comics On The Green for all your comic needs.

No word if Jon Hamm will be taking advantage of Free Comic Book Day, but next time I see him, I’ll ask him about it.





Jon Hamm, Friend of the Environment

1 05 2009

Well, I can’t say that I’m surprised. With eco-awareness decidedly “In” and celebrity roasts of Ruth Buzzi “Out,” it makes sense that America’s Actor, AKA Jon Hamm, would attend the celebration of the National Resources Defense Council’s 20th anniversary this week. The fest included some of the most powerful and influential eco-celebs around, including Ed Begley Jr., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Steven Bochco. And Jon Hamm, with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, shared their secrets about how they conserve energy to help save the planet.

Enjoying Nature

Jon Hamm Enjoying Nature

From the news report at Mother Nature Network: “There are a lot of options to take in your life and not be wasteful and selfish. If you put other people and the environment first instead of yourself, it’s a lot easier to make those decisions that decrease your impact on the environment.” Toward that end, Hamm and his girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt watch their consumption. “We don’t use a lot of air-conditioning. We open windows. We have a relatively small air-conditioning bill, and we’re trying to get it smaller every day. The fact that we’re in California and there have been a lot of initiatives put forth to do that is great. We’re trying to take advantage of that as much as we can.”

If Jon Hamm isn’t channeling Steve Rogers here, then I don’t know what’s going on. Every person can do their part to put other people first, ahead of their own self-interest? What type of person says something that? Oh yeah, I forgot… every superhero in the universe! Somebody please get him in a meeting with Avi Arad! Cast him in “The First Avenger: Captain America” before he takes an indie gig to maintain his actor’s cred.

We all know he is not the first celebrity to back environmental issues, but when push comes to shove, it will be interesting to see where he comes down on laws concerning Green regulations.