Once we got inside the event (it was a fenced area, like a festival) there were even more amazing things. One of the coolest things that happened was that I met Dean White, who is a contracted color artist who had a booth inside the FCBD event. He has done coloring work for Captain America, Avengers, Thor, Uncanny X-Force, Kick Ass, Hit Girl, and others. He was there selling some of his art at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately I did not have enough cash money on me to buy any, but I will be meeting up with him in the future to pick up some of his prints. But the coolest thing about Dean was the conversation I overheard as I first got to his booth. He was talking to a young man, probably 15-16 years old, about the young man’s aspirations in being a color artist. Dean was so encouraging. Dean asked him, “So are you going to do it,” and the kid responded, “Do what?” Dean said, “Achieve your dreams! It’s up to you, you can make that happen. I believe in you. Do you have the motivation to make it happen? (the kid nodded) Then you better not let both of us down. You got this. Hit me up on DeviantArt when you put your first piece up, I want to see it.” It was awesome, almost got me pumped up to be a color artist haha. Check out Dean White’s work on DeviantArt: deanwhite.deviantart.com
Aside from all the comic book booths and independent artists booths, there was a cosplay contest going on. Here are a few photos of some of the best we saw:
We were at the event for a total of 4 hours. It was hot (85-ish degrees) and the lines were long but it was definitely worth it as we will more than likely be going back to 4 Color Fantasies next year as well. But next time we will get there an hour before it opens. And next time I’ll get my free comics right away… By the time we actually went into the shop all the Infinity copies were gone. Yep, literally the only free comic I needed was the one I did not get. It’s all good though. We had a great time and still walked away with 14 free comic books and lots of other free things. Can’t really beat free, it’s always the best price.
If I was a betting man, which I’m not but whatever, I would say there were at least 2,500 total people that participated in FCBD at this ONE comic book shop. It was awesome to see that people are still into comic books as much as I am. And that by the looks of things, they are not going away anytime soon. Until next time #NerdSwagger’s!!
– Stephen Savelli