Then the 17th annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is perfect, especially if you enjoy embracing your inner — or not-so-inner — nerd or fan. The POP Shop in Sandusky and Rupp’s Comics in Fremont are participating in the international event today, joining thousands of comic book shops around the world celebrating the largest event in the industry.
It’s estimated each year on FCBD that thousands of participating stores give away more than 5 million comic books to millions of fans, many of whom are being introduced to the medium.
“We are doing Free Comic Book Day from 10 to 4 ,” said David Baum, owner of The POP Shop, 3104 Milan Road, Sandusky. “We are giving away five free comics to people who come in.”
The POP Shop is prepared to hand out free comics to 250 to 300 people. In addition, the Sandusky store also has free posters promoting “Venom,” the movie starring Tom Hardy that will be released Oct. 5.
“I think we have about 50 of them,” Baum said.
In the storyline, the Marvel Comics character Venom comes to life when an alien symbiote from Spider-Man’s black costume attaches itself to Eddie Brock (played by Hardy in the film).
Artist Aaron Bordner, who created the “Alice Sinn” comic-book series, will be signing and doing sketches at Rupp’s Comics, 335 N. Ohio Ave., Fremont. Free Comic Book Day runs from 9 a.m. and until 6 p.m. at Rupp’s.
Store owner Chris Rupp said he considers FCBD a great event for the whole community, which can bring people of all ages together to share their love for comics.
“Sharing our passion for comics is incredible. Even if you’ve never picked up a comic book, we want to welcome everyone to Rupp’s Comics on May 5, because there are so many amazing comics this year and we can’t wait to share them,” he added. “Whether it be popular comics, film, television shows or video games, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”
Among the characters in titles being offered are: The DC SuperHero Girls (Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl and Harley Quinn), the Avengers, Power Rangers and those from the CW TV series “Riverdale,” which is based on Archie comics.
“DC Comics is kicking off the Batman-Catwoman wedding,” Baum said, referring to “Batman” No. 50, which comes out in about two months. “That’s kind of a big deal.”
Marvel is using FCBD to feature its upcoming storyline “Infinity Countdown,” by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder. The story centers on Ultron pursuing the Infinity Gems, which also are featured in the unrelated Marvel Studios film “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“It’s not a rehashing of the story that’s in the theaters; it’s a new story,” Baum said. “Wolverine is in it.”
“Infinity Countdown” includes appearances by members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Regular updates, information about comics, a list of publishers participating in FCBD and their free comics are online at www.freecomicbookday.com.