So we all showed our support for local record stores this past weekend via national Record Store Day. Now it's time to shine the spotlight on another pop culture genre --- the comic book --- via "Free Comic Book Day" on May 4.
Participating comic book shops in the global event will be giving away free copies from a select list of comic books to anyone who walks into their stores on May 4 (check with local retailers for their specific give-away rules and limits on free copies). Nearly 5 million comic books are expected to be given away at this year's event.
Among the comics on the freebie list are title such as The Walking Dead, SpongeBob, Sesame Street, Superman, GRIMM, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, The Simpsons, and Infinity, among others.
Some Chicago-area shops participating in this year's event include: Chicago Comics/Quimby's Book Store, 1854 W. North Ave, (773) 342-091; First Aid Comics, 1142 W. Taylor, (312) 733-2080; One Stop Comics, 111 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park,
(708) 524-2287; Dark Tower Comics, 4835 N.Western, (773) 733-4026; Chimeras Comics, 19 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, (708) 352-1230; Comic Collector, 3246 Harlem Aev., Riverside, (708) 442-0399.
To find a participating store near you, and for more information about the give-away and related day-of special events, visit www.freecomicbookday.com