Whether you’ve never read comic books or it has just been a while, May’s annual Free Comic Book Day is the perfect jumping-on point.
Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday of every May.
Local comic store Kool Comics has been open for 12 years, and store owner Andre Oliver has been participating in Free Comic Book Day for the majority of those years.
“It benefits several folk,” said Oliver. “It serves as a reintroduction, or in some ways as an excuse ... to come in and check a few things out.”
Every year, comic companies produce special issues for Free Comic Book Day, with some comics serving as introductions to classic characters and others as starting points for new series, with comics ranging from kid-friendly fare to grittier titles
A local Boy Scout troop attends every year, and this year a Girl Scout troop has expressed interest.
“It’s great for the younger readers. Kids still have a relatively strong interest in comics, but they have to be exposed to them to facilitate that interest and for it to grow and evolve into more, such as writing skills and being more creative.”
Along with Free Comic Book Day titles, Oliver puts his extensive comic back stock on a 50 percent off sale, with certain comics going for $1.
Free Comic Book Day lasts from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Here are the Free Comic Book Day issues Kool Comics will have on hand:
Archie: While Archie Comics have proven surprisingly willing to explore Riverdale, Archie and his extended group of friends in new ways, the Archie Digest for Free Comic Book Day reprints a selection of class Archie tales.
Sonic the Hedgehog/Megaman X: Video game fans can follow Megaman X and Sonic in their comic adventures, each assisted by a team of supporters, as they develop and continue the world established by their games.