Get free comics on May 1st - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Get free comics on May 1st

SPOKANE, Wash. - Free comics, including stories of Superman and Iron Man, will be available at comic book stores throughout the world on Saturday, May 1.

One of television's best-known superheroes, Milo Ventimiglia of the NBC television show "Heroes," encourages fans to visit local comic book stores to check out these amazing tales on Free Comic Book Day.

"It's something you should take advantage of," Ventimiglia says in a video hosted at FreeComicBookDay.com. "Comics are a great read, it's something good to do. It encourages kids to read."

These comic-book heroes don't just battle villains, they battle illiteracy.

A 2009 study from the University of Illinois, published in School Library Monthly, indicated that children benefit from reading comic books at least as much as they do from reading other types of books.

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani of DC's Tiny Titans -- featured in the Free Comic Book Day comic "DC Kids Mega-Sampler," said Free Comic Book Day is a great place to promote reading.

"Free Comic Book Day and Literacy go hand in hand- what better way to get the reading started than with a free comic book! What better way than to spark the imagination than with comic books as a gateway to another universe!" the pair said.

About 2 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations.

Locally, these comics can be found at:

The Comic Book Shop

1401 North Division

Spokane, WA 99202

509-326-7018

cbsspokane@gmail.com

Please check with them for more details about their Free Comic Book Day events!

The Comics Professional Retail Organization (ComicsPRO), the independent comic book retailers trade association, encourages readers of all ages to experience the diversity of entertainment found in comics by visiting a participating member store on Free Comic Book Day.

More information about Free Comic Book Day and a list of the free special edition comics from participating publishers are all online at http://FreeComicBookDay.com .

ComicsPRO is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade organization uniting independent comic book storefront retailers to share resources and to promote comics as an important part of popular culture and literature.

Further information may be found about ComicsPRO at http://www.ComicsPRO.org .

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