Vail Valley comic book lovers, Saturday is your day
Free Comic Book Day returns to Eagle Valley Music and Comics on Saturday
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What: Free Comic Book Day.
Where: Eagle Valley Music and Comics, 211 Main Street in Minturn.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More information: Call Eagle Valley Music and Comics at 970-476-1713. You get a few free comic books for showing up; more when you buy stuff.
MINTURN — Your high school honors English teacher just assigned “Finnegans Wake.” Your heart sank into your boots under the weight of James Joyce’s 164,000 incomprehensible words over 656 impenetrable pages.
Conversely, comic books are generally 3,288 understandable words on 22 eye-catching pages. To restore your flagging soul you should make a pilgrimage to Eagle Valley Music and Comics where Saturday is Free Comic Book Day.
Free comic books? The heart soars!
Your honors English teachers probably confiscated your comic books, even though you correctly informed them that the great Stan Lee made a cameo appearance in the blockbuster film, “Avengers: End Game,” speeding past a New Jersey military base in an early 1970s vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass muscle car shouting, “Make love, not war.” That muscle car sports a bumper sticker that says “Nuff said,” a nod to Lee’s passing on Nov. 12, 2018. He was 95.
Lee’s life’s work is still being used to create movies. Like the bumper sticker says, “Nuff said.”
Comic books are timeless
You’re not in this alone, young people. “Finnegans Wake” is among the same load of dystopian drivel your parents were also forced to read. You can probably steal their book reports because the pigs are still the problem in “Animal Farm” and the punks in “Lord of the Flies” should still have their ears boxed.
Saturday is Eagle Valley Music and Comics’ and owner Tom Robbins’ 10th year celebrating Free Comic Book Day. Robbins started working there as a local high school student and eventually bought the place. He has collected comic books for 40 years and remains firmly Old School.
“They have digital comics now, and that’s fine, but it’s not the same as something you can hold in your hand,” Robbins said. “It’s the experience. There’s nothing like the feel and look and smell of a book as you hold it.”
At Free Comic Book Day you’ll get a few free comics. Eagle Valley Music and Comics is a business, after all, and the more comic books you buy the more free comics and other stuff you get. Nothing in “Finnegans Wake” is that easily comprehensible.
If ‘Finnegans Wake’ was a comic
If, instead of comic books you’re forced at chalk-point to read “Finnegans Wake,” here is all you really need to know about one of the books regarded as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language.
The first sentence of “Finnegan’s Wake” is the end of the last sentence of “Finnegans Wake.” It goes like this:
“A lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.”
Your honors English teacher wants you to recite the phrase, “the beginning is the end in this infinite circle of a book,” (“a commodius vicus of recirculation”).
The average reader will spend 10 hours and 56 minutes reading “Finnegans Wake “at 250 words per minute, according to Wordsworth Classics.
When you give up “Finnegans Wake” in frustration — and most people do — go visit Robbins at Eagle Valley Music and Comics for Free Comic Book Day. It’s always the first Saturday in May.
“You’ll find your old friends waiting for you,” Robbins said.
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