Free Comic Book Day is Back and Local Shops are Looking to Celebrate.

Compiled by Ken Evans for The Devil Strip

August 14, this Saturday, will see the return of the beloved and nerdy tradition known as Free Comic Book Day.

Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, local shops will be offering free comic books to every customer along with special in-shop deals, artist and author signings, free posters, and chances to win exclusive prizes. 

Free Comic Book Day was started in 2002 by comic distribution juggernaut Diamond. This year features dozens of titles and new releases including popular franchises like The Avengers and Star Wars and indie comics from smaller publishing companies. 

See the complete list of comics here

According to Diamond’s Free Comic Book Day website, the selections of books will prove “that there’s truly a book for everyone: from superheroes to popular film and television shows, to beloved video games, and all-ages tales.” 

Additionally, Free Comic Book Day is about supporting local shops, and Summit Counties’ comic shops will be giving away comics and hosting events. 

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases, the shops ask that all customers wear facemasks and respect social distancing. 

Rubber City Comics 

(10 am to 7 pm)

74 East Mill Street

Akron, OH, 44308 

(330) 548-5992

Guest artists will be signing, sketching, and doing commissions. Damaged Arts’ Damion Kendrick, and Source Point Press’ Dan Gorman.

Kenmore Komics 

(Open 10 am – 3 pm)

1020 Kenmore Blvd.

Akron, OH, 44314

(330) 745-5530

JC Comics & Cards 

(Open 11 am – 6 pm)

2609 State Road 

Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 44223

(330) 929-1929

Stuff Genie Emporium 

(Open 11 am – 8 pm)

556 W Tuscarawas Ave.

Barberton, OH, 44203

(330) 575-5579

Special guests will be Caleb Thusat (Scout Comics writer) until 2 pm. Brian Dunphy (Source Point Press, Ahoy Comics artist) all day.