Free Comic Book Day this Saturday

Free Comic Book Day this Saturday
(photo by michaelkpate via Flickr)

Held each year on the first Saturday of May, thousands of stores around the world celebrate comics by giving away free issues throughout the day, hosting artist signings, and other events in reference to the fine art of the comic. We've got a list of participating stores behind the cut.

This will be the 8th year for the celebration. Participating comics include

Star Wars




Love and Rockets

, and

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

, among many many others.

For more info, or for a complete list of comics, check out the official website,

Looking for a store? Here's a list of local participating locations. Each should be giving away a selection during store hours throughout the day.

Comic Book College
3151 Hennepin Avenue

Big Brain Comics
1027 Washington Ave. S.

Hot Comics and Collectables
6609 Nicollet Ave. S.

Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe
1838 St. Clair Ave.
St. Paul

Hot Comics and Collectables
3532 Winnetka Ave. N.
New Hope

Midway Book and Comic
1579 University Ave. (at Snelling Ave.)
St. Paul

Comics aren't just a trivial medium of expression, according to the Free Comic Book Day website, they also fight illiteracy. Check out this endorsement by Hugh Jackman (aka Wolverine):

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