Devoted fans as well as first-time readers can revel in Free Comic Book Day, a nationwide celebration of the genre on May 7.
A variety of titles, from superhero stories to kids' favorites to TV tie-ins, will be handed out for free. Giveaways and special events are planned at these local comic book stores:
Comic Store West, 2111 Industrial Highway, York.
Choose from more than 50 different free comic books for all ages. Take an additional free comic in exchange for a donation to the Martin Memorial Library. The shop collected more than $1,500 for the library last year.
This day’s biggest giveaway is expected to be Civil War II #0, in advance of “Captain America: Civil War,” which opens in theaters May 6.
Readers can meet local artist and writer Jeff McComsey, author of “Fubar” and a Z-Men comic, from 3-6 p.m.; take photos with the Central PA Ghostbusters and their car, Ecto-1 (weather permitting); and see local cosplayers Central PA Avengers with the Flash, Hawkeye and more.
Visitors can also listen to a Marvel movie trivia podcast at 3 p.m. with Cosmic Gepetto, and get a chance to win tickets to the Harrisburg Comic Con June 11-12.
Info: 717-845-9198 or comicstorewest.blogspot.com.
Comix Connection, 2150 White St., York, in the West Manchester Town Center.
Everyone will receive three free comics here, and get an additional free comic for every non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the York Rescue Mission.
The store will be having sales all day, plus appearances by Deadpool artist Mike Hawthorne from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; cosplayers Kayley Marie Cosplay and Jonny B. Cosplay; and Elements of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion Star Wars Costume Characters will be posing for pictures.
Info: 717-767-4871 or blog.comixconnection.com.
Comix Next Door, 1276 Greenspring Drive, York.
Come in for free comic books 12-9 p.m.
Info: 717-747-3101 or facebook.com/ComixNextDoor.
The Comics Closet, 37 Old Farm Lane, Shrewsbury.
The shop will have a grand opening in a larger space, right next to their old location, with free comics, discounts and grab bags.
Info: 717-942-2551 or facebook.com/thecomicscloset.
Comix Universe, 130 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover.
Stop in for comic book giveaways 12-9 p.m.
Info: 717-637-1637 or facebook.com/ComixUniverse.
Fourcorners Comics, at 42 Baltimore St., Gettysburg.
The new store will have its grand opening on Free Comic Book Day with superhero appearances, signings with artist Khoi Pham, discounts and more activities.
Info: 717-334-2336 or fourcornerscomics.com.
Comics and Paperbacks Plus, 201 E. Main St., Palmyra.
Choose from at least a dozen titles for free here. Two free comics will be given away while supplies last, get an extra free comic book by coming in a comic-themed costume, and provide your email address for an additional comic book. Artist and author Chris Ring, known for CarbonKnight, The Perfect Victim, and The Scariest Creature, will sell and sign his works. Weather-permitting, costumed superheroes will greet visitors outside the store. Activities run 12-4 p.m.
Info: 717-838-4854 or comicsandpaperbacksplus.com.