Norfolk’s Local Heroes Comics Celebrates Free Comic Book Day
On May 7, comic book stores around the United States celebrated Free Comic Book Day, an event where comic book stores, like Norfolk’s Local Heroes Comics, give away free comics and sell others as cheap as 25 cents.
The event started at 10 a.m. The first 50 people to arrive received a bag full of free comics, including those from Marvel, DC and Valiant. Attendees were given their choice of four free comics while in line, which ranged from children’s comics like Spongebob Squarepants to more adult comics like Suicide Squad and Bob’s Burgers.
Comics and other collectibles were still available in-store for their regular price. Outside the store, however, a large selection of discounted products were available for as little as a quarter each.
Besides the sale, other events took place. Local comic book illustrator Greg Steele, who is the producer behind “Harrington Comics,” sold his small comic book “Marvel Cat Universe” for $7 and even offered to have them signed for free. This comic book was made especially for Free Comic Book Day. The content is as simple as the title, cats dressed as Marvel heroes.
Fellow local comic book illustrator Todd Webb was also at Free Comic Book Day, giving patrons one free drawing of their choosing. Webb is the creator of “ToddBot,” a shop that sells comics and small prints of his drawings. Other small businesses were present as well, including a face painting company and a small local nail salon that painted people’s nails in Marvel and DC themes for free.
Free Comic Book Day isn’t exclusive to Norfolk. On the first Saturday of May, comic book stores around the country celebrate the occasion. The concept was originally sponsored by the Comic-Con HQ, the same company that brings Comic-Con to San Diego every year. Multiple comic book companies also sponsor the event, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Archie Comics.
Free Comic Book Day has been observed since 2002. The event is designed to interest people in comics and give comics to those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. The day will continue annually throughout the country, each year offering brand new comics to give out to enthusiasts and novices alike.