On Saturday May 2nd Heroes Comics & Cards will be participating in the annual celebration of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) —an industry-wide event that began in 2002 to celebrate the uniquely American form of entertainment called comicbooks. Here in Norwalk, Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated in earnest at Heroes Comics & Cards, 197 Westport Ave., and hosted as always by Dave Kruseski, owner of at Heroes Comics & Cards who is looking forward to once again participate in the fun event again this year, and has prepared for a terrific celebration.
Traditionally, Free Comic Book Day is celebrated the first Saturday in May, and, as always, there is a big-event comicbook movie slated to debut on this weekend. This year, it is Marvel Studios, Avengers: Age of Ultron. As usual, most of the major comicbook companies as well as several mid-sized and numerous independent publishers have rolled out a comicbook that each feel will best attract the attention of the comicbook reading audience. This year there some 50 comics issued for FCBD, the most ever. Contributing publishers use the event as a way to celebrate the art form of comicbooks themselves. All of the participating publishers have prepared special comics to be given away free to patrons of participating stores (like Heroes). These comics range from reprints of previously-published popular comics, to anthologies to promo issues designed to showcase the best material that the publisher has to offer.
This year, Comic Book companies that are providing material to support the event include: Archie (Dark Circle Comics), Bongo Comics (The Simpsons), Dark Horse Comics (Fight Club), DC Comics (Divergence, Teen Titans Go), Marvel (The Avengers, Secret Wars), Top Cow Comics, (Tales of Honor), Valiant, New England Comics (The Tick), Chapter House (Captain Canuck), IDW (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and many others.
Comicbooks have long been recognized as one of the only truly original American art forms; created in the early days of the 20th Century as an outgrowth to newspaper funnies. They are fun to read, and feature a wide range of diverse storylines that capture the imagination of the reader. Comicbooks have survived the rise of radio, the ubiquity of TV, the spread of color and sound motion pictures, the rise of videogames, and the growing availability of the Internet. In our book, that’s certainly something worth celebrating. To learn more about comics and Free Comic Book Day come on out to Heroes Comics & Cards, 197 Westport Ave. and talk to Dave Kruseski on Saturday May 4th.
For more information about Free Comic Book Day or to arrange an interview with Dave at Heroes Cards & Comics located at 197 Westport Ave., call him at 203.750.0505. Store hours for Heroes Cards & Comics are Mon, Wed-Fri 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. and Sat 11 a.m. — 6 p.m. Free Comic Book Day begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 2nd and continues all day until closing at 6:00 p.m.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web.