Monday, May 7, 2012


Bobby Nash is ready for Free Comic Book Day to begin.
I spent this year's Free Comic Book Day (FCBD for short) at Richard's Comics and Collectables in Greenville, SC. As I discovered last year when I also spent FCBD in Greenville at Borderlands, Greenville's comic fans come out in droves for their FCBD events. Although I didn't have any work appearing in the comic books that were available for free to customers, I decided to spend the day doing free sketches for whoever wanted one. Richard even had pre-printed FCBD sketch cards made, which added a professional look to my scratchy scribbles.

My day started early. I was up at 6 a.m. to get on the road from Atlanta to Greenville, which takes between 2 - 2 1/2 hours depending on traffic and speed traps (tip: slow down when you cross into South Carolina). I arrived a little earlier than I needed to be there, but that was okay. I watched the store's parking lot transform into artist alley as the tents went up and tables slid into place. As much as an hour before the store opened, the fans started showing up and the line wrapped along and down the side of the building. It was great to see the fans who came dressed in costume as well. There were many photo ops.

I started drawing almost immediately after setting up my table so I could show off my books. The drawings I did are pasted below. I'm not the fastest artist, but I think the cards came out well. I drew non-stop from a little before 11 a.m. until a little after 7 p.m. I think I got up once or twice to stretch, but otherwise I was right there doodling away. I don't know how guys like George Perez do this week in and week out at conventions. I definitely have a new found respect for artists sketching at cons.

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And now, without further ado, Welcome To Free Comic Book day 2012.

Welcome to Richard's Comics and Collectables.

Lining up before the store opens.

Bradd Parton

Steven Prouse

A few friends stopped by.

Sketch #1 (from Steven Prouse's book)

Zombie and friend.

In Brightest Day...
Green Lantern and friend.
Supergirl and friend.
You know his name.
Batman and friend.
I feel the need... the need for speed.
Flash and friend.
A young lady asked for the Invisible Woman.
--so I handed her a blank page.
We laughed.
Then drew this.
The caption is based on our conversation about Sue and Reed.
The Invisible Woman and friend.
They call me Mr. Kato.
Kato and friend.

Another Kato

Kato and friend.

I'm Batman!

Batman and friend.


Hawkman and friend.

Hulk Have Anger issues

Hulk and friend.


Deadpool and friend.

Bullets and Bracelets

Wonder Woman and friend

Never let the Black cat cross your path!

Black Cat and friend.

Avengers Assemble!

Captain America and friend

Green Hornet

Green Hornet and friend

This might be the first cowboy I've ever drawn.

Cowboy and friend.

Request was for someone being punched.
I'd just drawn Green Hornet so he was elected. 

Green Hornet and friend

We were talking about the upcoming movie where they're aliens.
Hence the comment.

Turtle and friend

This request made my day.
My first TARDIS drawing.

TARDIS and friend

She asked me to draw something awesome.
This is what popped into my mind.

Thor and friend.

Another first - Shade: The Changing Man

Shade and friend

A cool zombie

Zombie and friend

Another Deadpool.
I like the way the smoke curls into a skull.

Deadpool and friend

Another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Turtle and friend

A pizza munchin' Turtle

Turtle and friend

In Brightest Day...

Green Lantern and friend

Candid shot. Dropped the camera and took this when I caught it.

Captain America

Captain America and friend

I'm Batty

Batman and friend


Spider-Woman with a couple of tweaks.

Spider-Woman and friend.
She was doing the voice of the girl from Resident Evil.
"You're all going to die down here."

Wonder Woman
And that was Free Comic Book Day 2012.

I had a blast. I hope you did too wherever you celebrated.

You can learn more about Richard's Comics and Collectables at
You can learn more about Free Comic Book Day at

Thanks again to Richard Morgan and the cool folks I met at the event. It was a lot of fun.



Mark said...

Wow! Looks like you and the kids (big and small) had a lot of fun!

Bobby Nash said...

A great time was indeed had by all, Mark. It was a fun, fun day. I was completely sore and exhausted when it was over (my back and hands were killing me), but it was worth it. Had some great conversations about comics, The Avengers (naturally!), and Doctor Who. Definitely a fun day.