comScore

Free Comic Book Day this Saturday

itemprop
(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, Archie, 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, www.freecomicbookday.com.

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

Minneapolis

612.822.2309

Big Brain Comics

1027 Washington Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612.338.4390

Hot Comics and Collectables

6609 Nicollet Ave. S.

Richfield

612.798.3936

Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe

1838 St. Clair Ave.

St. Paul

651.699.3409

Hot Comics and Collectables

3532 Winnetka Ave. N.

New Hope

763.593.1223

Midway Book and Comic

1579 University Ave. (at Snelling Ave.)

St. Paul

651.644.7605

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):