For those who don’t know, the first Saturday of every May is Free Comic Book Day.

As nerds rejoice, comic book stores all over prepare for the event with a set amount of copies under specific titles to be given away. Since 2002, shops all over the globe have been helping Geekdom grow with this literary-friendly event, and that’s a good thing.

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The event is meant for local, mom-and-pop setups, so neighborhood chains won’t be participating. That being said, well-known bookworm LeVar Burton has already endorsed Free Comic Book Day in an ad telling viewers that comics were what got him reading in the first place as a kid when his Army father was stationed in Germany.

Graphic novels were also how Burton kept in touch with what was going on back in the states and as the events site says, “Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse story lines that capture the imagination of the readers.”

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To find out if any shops near you are participating, check the FCBD website’s store locator.

For more than a decade retailers, publishers and distributors have worked to make FCBD happen every spring, and with the surge in popularity in series like The Walking Dead and others, it’s no surprise that this is still going strong.

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