Free Comic Book Day took place this past Saturday, and as usual, it involved a lot of queueing, swag, and fun with other fellow geeks!

This year, I got to Kinokuniya just before they opened and joined the queue with a whole bunch of other kiasu comic book fans who were all patiently waiting for instructions. The Kino staff were all really nice and handed out bottled water and snacks while they repeated instructions further down the queue, which stretched all the way back to the toilets.

Photo: JM Wong for Geek Crusade

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a snag as it was only then and there that I realised my Kino card had expired (oops), so I had to renew it before I could rejoin the queue to collect a prepacked bag of comic books. D’oh.

I have to give it to the Kino staff for being super organised as usual and for being patient with the queue. Everything ran like clockwork, but the queue was so long that it took me about an hour in total to pick up my bag.

Photo: JM Wong for Geek Crusade

They also had an AWESOME Lego Batman figure for people to pose with, as well this gorgeous Wonder Woman illustration drawn by Sonny Liew himself. I particularly loved his rendition of a samsui woman in Wonder Woman inspired gear! The display will be up in Kino for a while in the lead up to the Wonder Woman movie, so be sure to go and check it out at the Kino main store in Takashimaya!

After that, I hightailed it down to G&B Comics at Kitchener Complex, which already had a looong queue forming. While the Kino queue was a bit more reserved, the people in the G&B queue were clearly hardcore fanboys and fangirls. Some even brought their families along, and we spotted at least three babies being carried by their doting fathers!

Photo: JM Wong for Geek Crusade

G&B have got FCBD down to a science, so the process was as smooth sailing as ever. People were allowed to choose up to 10 comics each, and during the prolonged wait, G&B also gave out some prizes if you could answer geeky trivia questions correctly.

Photo: JM Wong for Geek Crusade

So, what did we get in the end? I’m glad you asked. Kino alone gave us a whopping 20 free comic books each, which were well worth the wait. I’ve only flipped through a couple of them so far but I’m looking forward to reading all of them in the near future.

Did you join in the Free Comic Book Day festivities too? Let us know in the comments!