The 13th annual Free Comic Book Day returns on Saturday with more than 2,000 comic shops in over 60 countries participating, including locally owned Heroes Landing in Clermont.
Heroes Landing, 12348 Roper Blvd., will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be hosting Batman Eternal writer Tim Seeley.
Free Comic Book Day is the world’s largest annual comic book event, with more than 4.5 million comics available to be given away free to those who visit a participating retailer, Marco Davanxo of the Comics Professional Retail Organization said in a press release.
More than 50 special Free Comic Book Day editions are being published, featuring a wide variety of entertainment for all ages and audiences, from kids’ comics to content that is on the leading edge of pop culture, he said. More than one million people visited participating comic shops last year and that number is expected to grow as it has every year since the first Free Comic Book Day in May 2002.
The event was founded by Comics Professional Retail Organization board member and comic book retailer Joe Field as a way to introduce new readers to comics, while calling back former readers and thanking current fans.
“Free Comic Book Day calls attention to a very rich and diverse entertainment medium,” Field said. “If you want to know where Hollywood gets its best ideas, then your local comic shop is the place to be.”
This year’s list of free comics include: Guardians of the Galaxy, Archie, Hello Kitty, Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers vs. GI Joe, Sonic the Hedgehog and the Smurfs. A complete list can be found at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.
Free Comic Book Day also calls attention to the creativity, strength and community importance of locally owned comic book stores.
For information about Free Comic Book Day, go to www.freecomicbookday.