Comic (book) relief
I first became a fan of comic books because my brother read them. I fondly recall creeping into his room and sneaking a peek at his small collection of Marvel Comics like X-Men, Spiderman and Iron Man. Looking at those glossy pages, I learned how to read, how to look at art and the concept of character development. Later, Calvin and Hobbes introduced me to environmentalism, philosophy and politics. As an adult, I continue to enjoy watching comic-book heroes come to life on television, reading adult graphic novels like The Watchmen and even books about comics, namely the Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Free Comic Book Day, happening Saturday, is an affordable chance for kids, enthusiasts and comic-book newcomers to enter the world of comics. Big Brother Comics, Empires Comics Vault, Comics & Collectibles, Worlds Best Comics & Toys, Metropolis Comix and A-1 Comics will all participate. Call each store to find out which free comic books it will provide and for other Free Comic Book Day promotions. Visit www.freecomicbookday.com for more information and to preview all the official Free Comic Book Day comics.