This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Support your local comics shop by turning out and getting an absolutely free comic book just for walking through the door. There will be books available at most stores for all ages and tastes -- grim and gritty graphic novels for adults, superheroes for kids of all ages, and stories for the youngest kids in your home.
My own comics shop, Comix Connection of Mechanicsburg, PA, really pulls out all the stops for Free Comic Book Day. They will give you THREE free comics, not just one, and for every can of food you donate to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank they'll throw in yet another comic book. Bring a can of food, get four comics. Bring 12 cans, get 15 comics. In addition, members of the 501st Legion's Garrison Carida, Vader's Fist, will be there in their incredibly accurate Star Wars costumes. If you like, you can bring a toy to donate for their charitable work with children in hospital. It doesn't even have to be a Star Wars toy. The work that they do cannot be overstated. Can you imagine how much it means to a sick or dying child to have Darth Vader or Boba Fett show up to their room and spend some time with them? They bring toys, they stay and visit and color pictures or whatever the child can handle. They alone are worth coming out to support, along with a local small business.
Free Comic Book Day at Comix Connection holds a very special place for me. It's where my daughter Olivia got to distribute and autograph her first comic book, a project in self-publishing she did while still in high school The store's owner, Bill Wahl, graciously let her have an "author's table" among all the other free comics while she handed out her book to anyone who was interested. We gave out every one. I can never pay back Bill and the rest of the CC staff for the kindness they did me, but I can surely help promote their event in whatever way I can. This is my girl autographing her book:
So Saturday, come out to 6200 Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA, and visit my comics store. You won't be sorry. Details at the Comix Connection website here:
And now a word about FCBD from Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman!