How could I ever let such a hallowed tradition as Free Comic Book Day sneak up on me? Probably the fact that it’s finals week at grad school. I’m still glad I made time for this though. It’s just what I needed to destress.
My schedule has been more than a little ridiculous lately, leaving little time to just shoot for myself. In an attempt to break the monotony, I grabbed my D80 and 50mm, hit the pavement. First, I found not one, but two wedding parties, and snapped a few candid shots I’m not able to when shooting a wedding myself. After that, I hit up a party over at the Groove-E-Juice E-cigarette shop to celebrate the opening of its new lounge. But I didn’t get to stay long. The smoke detector’s visual sensor mistook the e-cig vapor for smoke, setting off the alarm and calling the fire department. Fortunately, it all got sorted out, and the party was free to continue.
I was asked by the owner of local shop, Off The Wagon, to get some outside photos of the store for a custom game she is putting together. I headed out at 6am to be sure I could get clean shots without pedestrians, cars, and other visual clutter. Even though the other buildings obscured the best of the golden hour light, I’m happy for what I did have to work with. Not only did I get to do some HDR work with the photos, I finally found a nice way to use selective coloring for something for a client.
Anyone following the site for a while will notice that I’ve done some work with Off The Wagon before. I shot Free Comic Book Day for them, did some product photos, and even ran into them at Oddmall. It’s a fantastic place, and I can’t recommend it enough for anyone in the Kent area.
It’s official: I will freelance for comics. But when Off The Wagon, one of my favorite local stores, offers me extra free comics and store credit towards more comics to come and shoot Free Comic Book Day, how can I refuse? I love shop, the staff, the free comics, the costumes, and the amazing people. I hope this event continues to grow since it’s such a fantastic way to meet great people and get more exposure for an often under appreciated medium. I haven’t had time to dig into my comic bundle yet because I wanted to get the photos edited, the post up, and get a few miscellaneous things done, but I’m going to wrap this up so I can enjoy my hard-earned comics and some tea.
I’m a frequent customer of Off The Wagon, a local toy/novelty/comic shop. It’s a fantastic little store that exudes so much visual appeal that I asked my friend on the staff if I could just photograph around for a while. She gave me the okay, so I spent a good chunk of yesterday just
playing with trains and dragons shooting in the store. I made it a point not to make a nuisance of myself, so I shot around customers, and tried to touch the displays as little as possible. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity, and I cannot stress enough how absolutely amazing this place is. If you ever find yourself in downtown Kent, make stopping at Off The Wagon a priority.