Staff Pick: Free Comic Book Day

Andy Downing

On Record Store Day, music fans line up outside retail shops, prepared to drop untold sums for vinyl releases, many of which will later turn up on sites like eBay at massive markups. Similar lines might form outside comic shops on Free Comic Book Day, which takes place on Saturday, May 5, with one big difference: Your wallet can remain in your pocket, if you'd prefer (though local shops and creators would undoubtedly welcome having a few bucks thrown their way).

Comic shops all over the country, including local spots such as the Laughing Ogre (4258 N. High St. in Clintonville) and Moore Comics (5505 Westerville Rd. in Westerville), will offer selections from more than 50 free comic books created by publishers for the event. Among the offerings is a new Avengers book from Marvel, which, considering the big-screen success of “Avengers: Infinity War,” will likely be highly sought after. (As with Record Store Day, popular releases can get snatched up early.)

The event, which was first held in 2002, serves as both a low-barrier introduction for new fans, as well as a reminder to old heads about the continued vitality of the form. See a full list of participating shops and learn more about the event at