VALDOSTA — After seeing "Avengers: Endgame" for the second or third time in theaters, fans can head down to Kool Comics to spend more time with their favorite characters for Free Comic Book Day Saturday.
The comic book store – located at 1515 N. Ashley St., Suite M, off the corner of College Street – will be offering more than 50 free comic book titles, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
Andre Oliver, the Valdosta comics shop owner, said the comics will be appropriate for children of all ages, including teens and adults.
Anyone who stops by can have their pick and leave with multiple titles of some of their favorite comics, he said.
"Free Comic Book Day is a great opportunity for new, lapsed and hard-core collectors to come in and check out the offers from different publishers," Oliver said. "It's a great opportunity for parents to come in and receive free comics that will encourage their kids to read."
Oliver usually lets the customer decide the title of the free comic. Titles range from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archie Comics, Dark Horse and more. The publishers create special issues for Free Comic Book Day.
A portion of the free titles include "The Avengers," "Spider-Man," "Spawn," "Pokémon," "Star Wars," etc.
The event was established by comic retailers to capitalize off the success of the comic book movie season, Oliver said. Now, it is a national event that he and his store have participated in since the store's creation about 17 years ago.
While the comics may be free for the patrons, Oliver has to pay for the hundreds of issues sent to the store. He said he appreciates any and all patrons who come to the store and buy a book or two.
To Oliver, Free Comic Book Day is a way to give back to the community. Comics represent a way of escape for him and his fellow comic book fans.
"We see something in the comic book characters that we can relate to," Oliver said. "It's a reflection of ourselves."
And that is what he is giving away this weekend.
Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256