Calling all comic book fans! Saturday is the seventh annual Free Comic Book Day at participating comic book stores across the nation, where comic books will be handed out to anyone who visits.
Never read a comic book? Then Saturday is your chance!
Titles being given away this year include Superman, Transformers, X-Men, Hellboy and even NASCAR comics, among several others. Comics for the young crowd include Archie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tiny Titans and Disney titles. Not all stores will have all titles, and supplies are limited.
"Even if you have never picked up a comic book, stop into Bonanza Books & Comics, because you never know what you will end up finding," said owner Jeff Allen. He believes the art of comics is still "alive and well" and is confident that Saturday will be a "big day in the comic world."
Bonanza will celebrate Free Comic Book Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ethen Beavers, an artist for Dark Horse who has worked on Indiana Jones and and "Star Wars" comics, will be stopping by to sign autographs.
Local artists Clay Atkins, Patrick Barr and Vince Underwood also will be on hand. And while they'll be coming by car, not by Republic attack cruiser, "Star Wars" imperial troops from the Central California Garrison of the 501st Legion also are set to make an appearance.
For more information on Free Comic Book Day and to check out the list of participating publishers and their free comics, go to FreeComicBookDay.com.
Stop by one of these comic book stores Saturday to pick up your free comic book:
Bonanza Books & Comics
2308 McHenry Ave., Modesto, 529-0415
Krier's Cards & Comics
3900 Pelandale Ave., Suite 305, Modesto, 522-0511
377 W. Louise Ave., Manteca, 823-7393
Emily Shrader is a sophomore at Enochs High School and is a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom journalism program.