By Crystal Harrell
On May 2, Desert Oasis Comics hosted a mini-carnival to commemorate National Free Comic Book Day in Palm Desert. The event lasted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and featured several attractions to get attendees excited for the annual celebration and the ongoing campaign to create a Comic-Con based in Palm Springs.
An assortment of booths were stationed in the parking lot of the Coachella Valley’s only comic book shop–many of which promoting original artwork by local artists for purchase. The mini-carnival also offered a taco cart and refreshments, boardwalk-style games, a video game station, music courtesy of KCOD CoachellaFM’s Miguel Robles, and a much-anticipated costume contest.
Of course, the main attraction was the opportunity for attendees to take home one free comic book, and another with the purchase of one comic. Raffles were also held throughout the day for special prizes, including original scripts from popular TV series, action figures, and other exclusive merchandise.
The Free Comic Book Day celebration at Desert Oasis Comics also promoted the attempt of bringing a comic convention to Palm Springs sometime in the future. “I’ve grown up loving comic books, and I really want to bring that kind of culture to the desert. There’s a sense of unification in a gathering like this, and I want to do the best I can to make it a reality,” stated Alex Callego, the coordinator of Palm Springs Comic-Con.
Free Comic Book Day proved to be successful with over one thousand people attending the event. All the preparation and volunteer work put into the celebration has brought forth a strong effort to bring the Coachella Valley that much closer to holding its own Comic-Con.