From the first tweet I read on the day, from @MPSinthesky (the Met Police Helicopter crew) which stated ‘May the Fourth be with you, always’ accompanied by a photograph of two stormtroopers in a pod on the London Eye, this 4th May started off as something quite special – it was clearly time to get our collective geek on.
Making the decision the evening before to spend the morning trawling London area comic stores for the great annual ‘Free Comic Day’ we set off on the train after breakfast for a full day of superheroes and Jedi-based fun.
First stop: Orbital Comics, although only for a brief photo opportunity with the collective heroes and villains assembled outside -the queue was already around the block, so we opted to return later in the day (and even then were still rewarded with some late free comic goodies).
Next up was Forbidden Planet, comic goodies bags for children and for the grown ups here, plus the chance to be detained a while by Darth Vader himself and two of his finest.
Then some great times at Gosh – where the kids got to hang out at the drawing tables with some great comic book artists including Derek the Sheep and Teenytinysaurs writer/artist Gary Northfield, whilst other artists worked on window paintings at the shop.
Laden with bags of comics, it was then back to Orbital for more fun.
An ace day out for all ages (all of us, eleven through to forty-something, really enjoyed it), so much so that a new blog has now spawned from our household. So, for all things comic and superhero-based you can get your fix, news and reviews over at ‘comics and artists‘.