To celebrate, participating local and national shops across the country will give away comics on May 3.
There are unique promotions designated for the event, and several publishers even release special issues. It’s also great exposure for lesser-known comics.
Nearly everything is included, from cult favorites like The Tick to Stan Lee’s newest superhero tome, Chakra the Invincible, and youth comics to adults-only and everything in between. With more than 50 comics to choose from, Free Comic Book Day is a great chance to discover a new storyline.
Comic book shops get in on the fun as well, most of them hosting events with costume contests, local artists and entertainment. It is a chance for enthusiasts to support their local shops and expose newcomers to the genre and to the community that loves it.
Comics gained popularity in the 1930s when a certain caped crime fighter first appeared, and interest has continued to grow.
The 1930s saw the publication of the first superhero comic, Action Comics 1, featuring Superman. He soon led the charge in both commercial success and popular imagination and reigned as king of the scene until the 1950s, when heroes were updated to appeal to younger readers.
The 1961 appearance of Marvel’s The Fantastic Four ushered in an entirely new superhero mythology and snagged thousands of young new fans. This trend would continue until it became common knowledge that comics are not just for kids.
The early ’80s and ’90s saw a new age of sophistication, and the world took note.
In 1992, Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his graphic novel Maus. Michael Chabon followed suit with the graphic novel adaptation of his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.
The graphic novel is about the golden age of comics.
Three metro comic book shops, among others, are flying up, up and away and beyond free comics to make a day of fun and entertainment for all ages.
DZ Comics & Gaming
733 N. Moore Ave., Moore
Writer, illustrator and cartoonist Jessica Garvey will share an insider’s perspective on creating comics. Also, Jordan Boyd, a colorist for comics Umbral and Star Wars Legacy, will be in-store. Various superheroes will stop by, and there will be face-painting and a costume contest. The store is also having a sale on comics and graphic novels.
Second Chance Books & Comics
3909 N. MacArthur Blvd.
The store will give away door prizes, including tote bags of goodies like merchandise and gift certificates. Employees will dress as their favorite comic book characters. Local band The Wurly Birds play at 3 p.m.
New World Comics
6219 N Meridian Ave.
In addition to free comics, the store is staying open for 24 hours for a special sale from 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. In the evening, superheroes will stop by to take pictures with fans. There will be a midnight drawing and a 3 p.m. video game tournament. Local publisher Literati Press will celebrate the release of Literati Press Presents Vol. 3, and the creators will be in-store to sign copies.
Atomik Pop 2: 7884 S. Western Ave. 635-0848
All-Star Comics: 6900 N. May Ave. 842-7800
Hastings Entertainment: 1105 Garth Brooks Blvd., Yukon 350-1803