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FOUR-COLOR FREEBIES: Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Free Comic Book Day returns!

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OKLAHOMA CITY — If it’s the first Saturday in May and you’re noticing a parade of costumed characters gathering outside your local comic book store like it was the Hall of Justice—perhaps even more than usual—it must be the amazing and astounding return of Free Comic Book Day.

It’s the biggest day of the year for the true believers over at New World Comics, 6219 N. Meridian Ave., a one-of-a kind retailer holiday specially designed to keep independent comic books stores alive by, as New World owner Buck Berlin said, “celebrating everything that is great about comic books.”

“Free Comic Book Day is the one day a year where all the publishers get together and put out their best material—all for free—that they think is going to help promote comics the rest of the year,” Berlin said. “It’s up to retailers like myself to make sure that it happens. It brings in a whole bunch of people that normally wouldn’t stop in and then they get to see all the really cool stuff that we do and it entices them to come back often. It’s the biggest day of the year for us.”

It’s a great responsibility that not only brings out the fans, but the comic creators themselves. Oklahoma City-based artist Jerry Bennett uses the event to not only promote his latest works but to meet and greet his fans, often times gracing them with a sketch or two of their favorite heroes.

“Free Comic Book Day allows for independently-owned comic book stores to do great business, and helps attract new customers, and local comic shops are usually awesome about supporting local comic artists, writers and selling the creator-owned comics they self publish,” Bennett added.

This year’s event at New World will be held Saturday May 6th and will run for 24 hours straight. Doors open at 9 a.m. and close May 7 at 9 a.m. Not only will there be numerous sales during those 24 hours, there is also a $1 sidewalk sale, contests and raffles, the aforementioned free sketches from local comic artists, plenty of costumed heroes to take selfies with and, of course, all those free special- edition comics.

Berlin said that many customers are looking forward to such exclusives as the Wonder Woman movie tie-in special, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie tie-in special and, perhaps most wanted, the latest Captain America stand-alone that hopefully explains his recent switch star-spangled freedom fight to dastardly agent of Hydra.

“It’s one of those local events that truly has something for everyone,” Berlin said. “No matter what your interests are, there is at least one comic book out there that can deal with it. It’s all about this special  inclusiveness we’ve built here, and inviting people to become a part of this fun culture and community that we’re continually trying to foster.”

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