KCRA Free Comic Book Day 2014

Published On May 18, 2014 | By Mike Carroll | KCRA-TV, Mike's TV News Stories, One-Man Newsman, TV News Vault

When I was handed this assignment I absolutely couldn’t wait to get there.  The subject was Free Comic Book Day — something that I had never heard of, but which I learned has been going on for eleven years.

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Comic book publishers send out cases of slimmer comic books to introduce new superheroes or series or concepts, as well as special versions of standards like Superman and Batman, as a way of trying out the new material. Most importantly, they do this to try and attract new readers and to get people reading. Comic Books Vs. Illiteracy.

When I was a kid I loved comic books. When my mom or dad would take me with them to the drug store they’d give me a quarter and I’d disappear to the comic book stand. Comics in the ’60s were only 12 cents, so I could get two. I had stacks and stacks, almost all World War Two themed comics. I had no interest in superhero, sic-fi, westerns or funny comic books.

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My dad was a WWII vet and I couldn’t get enough of his war stories, war movies and war comic books. I even still have a few, most of them written & drawn by the prolific Sam Glanzman.

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As much as I loved comic books I must make a confession: I almost never read them. I loved the artwork. They were like movie storyboards.

I was curious when shooting this story and in asking the people there whether they actually read the books? To my great surprise, they did.

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Free Comic Book Day was taking place in comic book stores all across Sacramento and all across the country. I chose to visit the Comics & Collectibles store near my home at Fruitridge & Freeport Blvds., where my grandson Sam haunts whenever he is visiting from Philadelphia.

Just as when I covered the Sac Anime Convention last year, where I discovered lots of very diverse people of all ages who came together for a common interest, I got the same sense of devotion here.

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Super-wide shots like this were shot with my Canon 7D with a Tokina 11-16mm and incorporated with the Sony XDCAM footage, edited in Adobe Premiere.

The story was originally given to me to turn into a same-day natural sound package for the 6 o’clock news. But I found the people there so open and eager to talk about their passion for comic books, I knew that I wanted to expand it into a longer story for KCRA-3’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground.

This is the expanded version for KCRA-3’s Common Ground:



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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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