Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. On this day participating comic book specialty shops give away comic books free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Local stores participating May 1 include The Cave, 101 S. Broadway, and Hastings Books, Music and Videos  located in North Hills Shopping Centre. Both stores open Saturday at 10 a.m.

According to Diamond Comic Book Distributors, one of the goals of Free Comic Book Day is to reach out to those individuals unfamiliar with the comic book specialty market and local comic book shops.

Different shops have policies on how many free comics an individual can receive. However, each person visiting a participating store will receive at least one free comic.

Each year the free comics offered change. Local comic book stores will be giving away special comics for the event.

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