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Returns To The Valley On May 2

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Comic Book Fans Will Get The Chance To Visit Their Favorite Shops On May 2 To Grab Some Free Comic Books And A Whole Lot More

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

April 20, 2015 - Comic book shops all around the valley will be inviting people to their stores on May 2 to give them free comic books in celebration of the aptly named annual event Free Comic Book Day. The event has been taking place annually across North America since 2002 in an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comic books.

“One of the goals of Free Comic Book Day is to reach out to those individuals unfamiliar with the comic book specialty market, not to mention a comic book shop,” states the organization via their website.

The opportunity for comic book readers has exploded in recent years with the advent of digital comics and being able to read them on tablets, as well as mainstream recognition of the characters thanks in part to the tidal wave of comic book movies and TV shows that have been in the mainstream in the past few years.

Long time comic book fans or those who are newly interested won’t have to travel far in order to experience the day, because virtually every shop around the state is participating including both Samurai Comics locations, Pop Culture Paradise and Valley favorite Gotham City Comics & Coffee in Mesa.

This will be Gotham City’s fourth time participating in the event and this year they have decided to do things a little bit different.

“We’re having block wide participation,” said Jaime Ruiz, co-owner of Gotham City Comics. “We're going to have different artists at different locations so it's going to be a nice combination of artists, talent and comic books at each store.”



Most of the artists that will be participating are local artists, but there will be a few nationally recognizable names. Ruiz said that there were a couple of reasons for reaching out to other businesses this year. Easing some congestion in their own store was one, but that wasn’t the primary reason.

We wanted to spread the love and have as many people as possible see what Free Comic Book Day is," Ruiz said.

Not only are the majority of comic book shops in town getting involved, but most comic book publishers have embraced the day as well and as a result more than 50 books will be available for those heading out to get their hands on some free reading material, including multiple titles from “the big two,” Marvel and DC.

Some of the books coming out are Fight Club through Dark Horse Comics, which is part of a series that will serve as a sequel to the novel, Avengers #1 through Marvel Comics, Teen Titans Go! through DC Comics, which will feature a crossover with Scooby-Doo and a Doctor Who special through Titan.

Comic Book enthusiast Robert Bexar will be heading out to pick up some books on Free Comic Book day, but he will be taking a more relaxed approach.

“I usually walk in blind and go ‘oh awesome!’ Or ‘oh God, why?!’,” Bexar said. He did add that he is interested in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book and Marvel's Secret Wars.

Free Comic Book Day will be taking place on Saturday, May 2 across North America. For more information, this years books and to find a participating shop visit the website at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992 or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/freecomicbook?fref=ts.

Ryan Scott is a contributor to Modern Times Magazine. He lives in Mesa.
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