Comic enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice! Today is Free Comic Book Day, a celebration of the world of comic books that takes place across North America on the first Saturday in May.
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Patrick Shaughnessy, owner of Granville St.’s Golden Age Collectibles, says the event began in 2002 when the comic book industry was struggling.
“One of the retailers came up with this incredibly simple idea: you show up and you get a free comic.”
Spiderman, one of the first of the modern comic book hero movies, was released on May 3, 2002. Shaughnessy says the popularity of recent remakes has helped the comic book industry.
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Shaughnessy says Free Comic Book Day is done in conjunction with publishers.
“They used to reprint popular issues but because it’s become so popular, they are now using this as a day to kick off major new events.”
Shaughnessy says the scene has continued to evolve over the past decade and the culture has become more mainstream, partly because comic book characters and their worlds are appearing in movies. Since 2002, the two comic book giants have sent 48 of their comic creations to the silver screen. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened on May 1.
“I’m convinced there are comics for everyone. There’s such a broad spectrum.”
To celebrate Free Comic Book Day, Golden Age Collectibles is offering 4 free comics for customers.
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