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Artists sketch and show off work at Free Comic Book Day

By Jason Wheeler<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Dave Beaty works on a sketch of Camari, a character from “Red Skirts.”

By Jason Wheeler<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Dave Beaty works on a sketch of Camari, a character from “Red Skirts.”

This year, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) was on Saturday, May 2, and not only where there free comics, but the Prescott Valley Game On brought in comic book artists, colorists and writers. Dave Beaty, Al Sparrow and Bill Farmer interacted with comic book fans, showing off their work and doing sketches.

Josh Fohrman, owner of Game On, said that attendance was pretty good, noting he was expecting sev-eral hundred to come in throughout the day. He said that the free comic that would most likely be the most popular was Marvel's "Secret Wars."

"Their big summer event is starting in just a couple weeks for their comic books and they're kicking it off with "Secret Wars #0" today," he said, mentioning that the rumor is that the company is bringing Miles Morales into the main Marvel universe.

At the time, Dave Beaty was sketching a character from "Red Skirts," a webcomic he and Sparrow have been collaborating on. Beaty said the website, www.redskirtsonline.com, was launched earlier in the day and stated the comic is a Star Trek parody and a love letter to 1960s and 1980s science fiction. And while it's going to officially start for Comic Con, he said those interested can learn about the charac-ters, world and the different alien races at the site.

Beaty said the genesis of the webcomic came about when he and Sparrow were at a comic book event down in the valley. Beaty said he was trying to draw random women.

"I'd been trying to get better at drawing female characters and it felt kind of weird and I need to have them be for something," he said. "I'm a big Star Trek fan, so I started drawing them in different ver-sions of Star Trek costumes."

Beaty said he told Sparrow about the all-female security team and the latter stopped him in his tracks and told him he hit gold. The former said it's shaping up to be a "pretty epic humor book."

Sparrow was also showing off his book called "Thugs," which he said explores what would happen if two henchmen got lucky and killed Batman and Robin. He said he loves FCBD because it gets comics to young readers.

"I learned to read by reading comics, my two older sisters are readers themselves and I grew up read-ing their stuff and it just blossomed from there," he said. "Anything that gets a comic into kids' hands, whether or not they stuck into the hobby into old age... it's such a gateway to reading."

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