Free Comic Book Day at Fandemonium

Free Comic Book day started thirty minutes early today. Fandemonium’s annual event saw people lined up around the building as plenty were waiting to get their hands on this year’s free comic books selections.

“I got here about 10:30 this morning and people were lined up down the sidewalk,” Keith Love, owner of Fandemonium said. “Most of our comics went within the first hour.”

Love’s stepdaughter, Tana DeMent, was there dressed as Batgirl in a costume she tailored up herself.

“I got most of the costume in a store,” DeMent said. “But I made a few adjustments. I changed up the pants to make them look more sleek and shiny and added the bat logo myself.”

Mark Zoren dressed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future, with Hoverboard and DeLorean.

Mark Zoren, dressed as Marty McFly from Back to the Future, brought his DeLorean to the parking lot. The car is one of the few DeLoreans known locally and is also one of the best kept specimens many have ever seen.

“I’ve had the DeLorean about two years,” Zoren said. “I’m constantly working on it. I actually removed the hood and took it inside DragonCon in Atlanta two years ago and got it signed by Christopher Lloyd [Doc Brown], Lea Thompson [Mrs. McFly], and James Tolken [Principal] from the film. I’m just trying to bring this time machine back up to the beauty she is!”

Fans grab pictures of super heroines Batgirl and The Huntress

Zoren was blasting Huey Lewis’ ‘Back in Time’ from inside the DeLorean as locals took pictures from the parking lot and even from their cars on the street.

There were many avid comic fans getting pictures with their favorite characters. Charlie Townley, a regular at the comic shop, showed up very excited.

“I love Free Comic Book Day,” Townley shared as he was picking out his free comics. “I really wanted to get The Walking Dead issue but I guess they’ve all been gotten.”

Fans wait in line to purchase other items at Fandemonium

At that time, Townley saw a hidden stack of free Walking Dead comics at the counter.

Owner Keith Love as Bane from the Batman franchise

“YES!” Townley yelled. “All right! There’s still two left!”

Love was walking around in his costume of Bane from the Batman franchise. Victor Von Doom, archnemesis of the Fantastic Four, and Boba Fett of Star Wars fame were also posing for pictures.

Lorne West is a member of the 501st Legion and was present as Boba Fett.

“Been doing this a while,” West said, through his speaker box from the inside of his mask. “I travel from city to city and convention to convention as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, everybody’s favorite Boba Fett. I love it. I’ve got some free trading cards inside if you’re interested.”

Lorne West as Boba Fett

The 501st Legion is an international, fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Imperial officer uniforms, Clone Troopers and other villains and nefarious characters from the Star Wars universe.

The event was a success for the comic shop and fans alike, or at least the ones that got there early. Next year, set your alarms, because the exclusive issues printed up for Free Comic Book day might just be gone in an instant.

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