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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: Time to score those free comics *(and support your local shop)

IT’S ONE OF my favorite quotes ever about Free Comic Book Day.

Last, year, the Eisner-winning cartoonist Batton Lash (“Supernatural Law, Radioactive Man) told The Post’s Comic Riffs: “Free Comic Book Day is a gateway for those who are unaware, and an opportunity to get hooked on America’s indigenous artform and the world’s greatest entertainment medium.”

The event has grown exponentially since its 2002 origins as a California-sprung promotional event. Today, many stores are offering at least 60 different books for free. And if you’re in the DC area, be sure to check out the local appearances — and free comics — today from such Friends of Comic Riffs as Joe Sutliff, Teresa Roberts Logan, and Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo. (For the full Big Planet lineup, check out Mike Rhode’s ComicsDC.)

To find your local participating shop, go to

And if you need further encouragement, here are a few comics-loving celebrities preaching the #FCBD gospel:









Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.
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