Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Free Comic Book Day (5/3/08)

It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You've just gotten back from "Iron Man." You're burned out from playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" since Tuesday, so what to do next? Why not read some comic books? Comics? Do they still make those? Why, certainly! And today only -- they're free! Well, not every comic, but a lot of them.

The first Saturday in May is
Free Comic Book Day at your local funnybook emporium, and comics publishers have made over forty titles available for your reading pleasure -- yes, for free.

We'll grant you that the idea of entering a store filled with
fanboys may seem intimidating, but let us assure you that most comic retailers run bright and pleasant establishments that are clean, well-lighted, and downright hip.

And there's something for everyone. For the kiddies, there are favorites like
Owly, Jughead, Gumby, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Tiny Titans. Superhero fans will find Hellboy, the X-Men, and The Moth. Nostalgically-minded readers can get reacquainted with Gyro Gearloose and classic EC Comics stories. Those looking for more mature entertainment can turn to Drafted and I.G.N.A.T.Z. And best of all (in our opinion) is All-Star Superman, a book that takes everything that was great about the Man of Steel and reinvents him for the 21st century.

At many stores, the
creators will be present to sign their books and chat with fans. And did we mention they're free? Though if you feel like actually buying something, you can get a head start on the next round of blockbusters -- "The Dark Knight," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Spirit," and "Watchmen" -- and be the envy of all your friends.

Suggested Sites...
  • Free Comic Book Day - official site with information on titles, participating stores, and creators.
  • Comic Shop Locator - not sure where to go to get your free comics? Find out here!
  • Marvel Comics - home of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and the rest of the World's Mightiest Heroes.
  • DC Comics - information on such characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern.
  • The Grand Comics Database - attempting to catalog and index every comic ever made, with an extensive cover gallery.

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