May 4th is National Free Comic Book Day

10:03 AM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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May 4 is is Free Comic Book Day, a day were special-edition comic books are handed out for free across the country.

Cleveland is no exception and at Carol and John's Comic Book Shop, they are ready to pass out 20,000 free comics.

Last year, 2,000 people came through the shop in one day.

The fun starts early with a midnight release party. Comic fans dressed in costume line up and can enjoy a special brewed beer for the occasion.

"We have 20 different sketch artists coming out to do sketches for The Hero Initiative, which is a charity organization for older comic creators that can't support themselves anymore," said John Dudas, owner of Carol & John's Comic Book Shop.

All the fun has a purpose.

"To bring new people into the comic book shop. To bring people back into the comic book shop that have lapsed in their collecting and to reward regular collectors something very unique and a gift for them," said Dudas.

With movies like "Iron Man" and "The Man of Steel," pop culture has hit the mainstream.

"These are being created by people who loved comics when they where kids so these people are dictating culture, they are producing it," said Dudas. 

Fifty-one different comic books were created for the day but free comics isn't the goal this Saturday.

"That sense of community around the hobby is actually what the weekend is about and that's what they are excited about" said Dudas. "It's a whole great weekend for us kind of people."

Free Comic Book Day Schedule  

Carol and John's Comic Book Shop
17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland

Launch party Midnight to 2 a.m.

Shop reopens at 10 a.m. and stays open until 7 p.m.

Comic book writer and artist Ralph Cosentino will sign books and drawing free sketches for kids 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kid's custom contest at noon.

Comic book writer and artist Tony Isabella will be signing free Marvel Horror graphic novels at 3 p.m.





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