Comics for Everyone
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day in The 570
There is a comic book for everyone; for every taste, every genre, every mood and every age.
Celebrating its twelfth year, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books to anyone who comes through their doors. The event takes place May 4 in shops across The 570 including; Letterhead Comics, 36 North Church St., Carbondale; Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston; and Comics on the Green, 307 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
Comic book specialty retailers worldwide expect record attendance at this year’s FCBD and have pushed their ordering to record levels, with more than 4.6 million free comic books available, hoping to introduce as many people as possible to the wonders of comic books. From super-heroes to action/adventure and more, Free Comic Book Day prides itself in having a comic book for everyone.
“FCBD is the day after the opening of the Marvel’s Iron Man 3 film, and thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will look to share the magic of comic books with their communities,” said FCBD spokesperson, Leslie Bowser.
Comic book publishing heavyweights Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel Comics are among the many sponsors delivering special titles for FCBD 2013.
FCBD is designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, including action-packed superhero stories featuring DC’s Superman and Marvel’s Infinity title; sci-fi adventures set in the Star Wars universe and Judge Dredd; comics featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons; and comics geared toward kids and younger fans featuring The Smurfs, Sesame Street, and Strawberry Shortcake.
“FCBD brings in potential new readers and shows them how comics really are for everybody,” said Chuck Rowles, owner of Rubber Mallet Comics. “With comics, it’s not just a promotion of literacy; it’s a promotion of art. You also get the personal touch from comic book stores; they take care of the comics that are put in their bins. There’s a collectable factor, and there’s a readability factor.”
Participating shops are not only offering exclusive free comics for the day (example: Image is releasing an exclusive The Walking Dead story that will not be available in any future collection), there will be posters, games, prizes and artist appearances as well. Rusty Gilligan (Heavy Metal, Marvel, Image) will appear at Letterhead Comics, and Scott Beatty (Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Bionic Man) will be at Comics on the Green. One of Beatty’s Batman stories is featured as a free comic during this year’s celebration. Rubber Mallet Comics is not only celebrating its one-year anniversary on FCBD, the store is also participating in West Pittston’s annual Cherry Blossom parade (also held on Saturday, May 4), with volunteers marching with them dressed in comic book related costumes. The public is invited to suit up and join them in this two-mile long parade.
If you ever felt the need to explore the world of comics and were not sure where to begin your journey, FCBD might serve as the perfect introduction. It’s never too late to discover something new. “I hate to admit it, but there are some people who don’t like comics,” Rowles said. “But if you do like sequential art — that’s the highbrow way of saying ‘comic books’ — there is a comic book for you out there, somewhere. No matter what age or interest, almost every genre is covered. It always knocks me out when I discover something new through comic books; something I haven’t seen before. Comics really are amazing.”
— tom graham
Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 at Letterhead Comics, 36 North Church St., Carbondale; Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston; and Comics on the Green, 307 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Free comics while supplies last. Customers can check out the full list of available titles on the Free Comic Book Day website, www.freecomicbookday.com. For more information about participating with Rubber Mallet Comics in the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, call 655-5522.