Free For All

So, here’s an important question: on Saturday, will America survive the convergence of Free Comic Book Day, when stores all over the country will be handing out some comics that are free, free, FREE…

…and Cinco de Mayo, the third of that holy trinity of secular celebrations (New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day being the others), in which the primary goal seems to be maximum inebriation. This is definitely true here in Albany, where the Cuervo truck has been/is making appearances not just this weekend (starting tonight) at multiple locations, but last weekend as well.

Speaking of comic books, Mark Evanier recently noted this show with someone called Smilin’ Ed McConnell here. I had never heard of him until about 1980, when the now-late Raoul Vezina told me that McConnell’s name was the inspiration for the FantaCo symbol and eventual comic book character, Smilin’ Ed Smiley. Fred Hembeck describes Ed (and Fred’s involvement in same) here.
I think I’d have to be inebriated to eat this. Actually, my initial thought was, to quote that classic Life cereal commercial, “I’m not gonna try it, YOU try it.”
Thanks once again to my covert poster, who put up my last three postings while I was away and computer inaccessible.


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