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Free Comic Book Day

May 7, 2011 by staff 

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day, Although the libraries closing left and right free annual Comic Book Day is growing faster than a bullet. What began as an insider event held the first Saturday in May has grown by leaps and bounds in Utah?

Salt Lake City, based on Black Cat Comics owner Greg Gage free comics recalls sitting in the shop for weeks in the early days of the event involving his shop seven years. However, last year, the turnout was huge.

“Free Comic Book Day is one of the busiest in the other,” he said. “The first year I had a couple of extra comics on the table free. I had comic books for a few weeks. Last year we opened at 11 am and ended at 12:30 pm we have three or four thousand books easy to give, and that more than last year. I hope we can keep for two hours, three hours. ”

Local Comic Book Creator Chris Hoffman was at Black Cat Comics last year to promote his book, “Banana Panic!” A series about a spy monkey and his adventures also recalls the huge crowd.

“It was incredibly busy,” he said. “I could not believe how busy it was crazy. I self-publish my comics, so I printed about 50 copies that I thought would last a long time and they all went right to the door. There were so many people who do not want that. It was really cool meeting all the people. It was fun being able to meet the fans. ”

Gage attributes the growing success for more than books freebie, but a higher quality of the books and marketing.

“It’s almost become a party,” he said. “People take the work out. Saturday at 11 is when opened, will not easily be 100 people already lined up out there. It’s fun. Usually there are firms that are connected with it. It is a kind of a party atmosphere, it’s free. ”

Hoffman also attributes the success of the event to a growing general acceptance of comics.

“For years, comics have a niche audience,” said Hoffman. “Now, with films like” Spiderman “and” Thor “coming out, people can return to comics. People who liked comics are coming back because the stories are still fresh and has a nostalgia about it.”

May 7 the international event is in its 10th year and is designed to encourage beginners to take a taste test of buffet book and former lead readers back to the fold.

“It’s a great opportunity to try comics for free,” Gage said. “All subjects are self-contained stories. It’s like when you go to the supermarket and get a free sample. I think it’s a great way to try something with no risk.”

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