I went to two different stores Saturday.
At Larry's Comic Store in Lowell, they had the Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore from "Luther Strode" and David Petersen of Mouse Guard. The lines were decent for both, but what amazed me was the number of kids wandering around getting kid friendly books. Tradd Moore was doing sketches on a blank variant cover for Luther Strode. When I mentioned the Outhouse, Justin (the writer) perked up and mentioned this site was the early adopter for the book.
For Mouse Guard, they had a special tip in book plate. David was gracious as always and appreciated the Roomba advice I gave.
He'd mentioned that Archaia had taken a hit on the publishing of their offering but felt it was the right thing to do a hardcover as a lot of their sales come from hardcover collections.
I ended up spending up the yin yang at Larry's. They had a half off sale and I took advantage. Bought a bunch of hardcovers that I wanted plus a sketch cover from Godzilla King of the Monsters and the first appearance of Mockingbird (I needed to replace my old copy)
Larry's let you pick 6 issues and any after that was $0.50. I picked up 8.
My brother called and said his shop only let you pick 2 so he got the DC and Marvel offerings (War of Ultron and the New 52)
For the second store, I dragged my husband off to That's Entertainment in Fitchburg. It was a nice shop. A good mix of comics and gaming stuff. Paul Ryan was there doing sketches for people. He took time to chat with each person. Man he's a chatty Cathy. I got to learn how he broke into comics and how he got involved with the Amazing Spider-Man wedding annual. It was funny that how he got roped into it. Essentially two other artists couldn't do it. Jim Shooter then yelled out that the next artist who turns him down on the issue would never work at Marvel again. He then turned to Paul who'd only done a few issues then and asked him to do it and he's like "Yikes!" The rest is history.
Paul did a head sketch of the Black Knight for me on an Avengers Assemble blank cover. And he did a head sketch of Namor for my brother (as played by my husband) My brother is ecstatic that he's getting the sketch.
I bought two pages from Paul. One Avengers from the issue where they fought the Mandarin during Acts of Vengeance. A little Black Widow, Hellcat and Captain America action on it. And one page of his West Coast Avengers run with the new Legion of the Unliving where they're doing the roll call. I never thought I'd be able to find his artwork to buy. It seems like finding hen's teeth.
I picked my brother up a few other FCBD offerings at the store plus one that I didn't see at Larry's (the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for myself.
I bought the game Munchkin and a couple of comics I didn't have.
This store didn't have as many kids but it could be that it was later in the day.
Then we saw the Avengers. It was a nerd-splosion on Saturday.