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    We all like free stuff, and we all like comic books (trust me, you do!). So what could possibly be better than Free Comic Book Day?

    You're telling me you don't know about Free Comic Book Day? FCBD is the first Saturday of every May where participating comic book stores give away free comics. Why? Comic books, love them or hate them, are a fantastic way to introduce people to the joys of reading. I remember being a young lad in the long ago ages of the 1980's reading old copies of Tales from the Crypt I'd grabbed from a yard sale for 5 cents each. I've been reading everything I can get my hands on ever since. That's right, I thank (blame?) the Crypt Keeper for the man I am today.

    FCBD has been going on since 2002. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them to you for free!

    Now, stop foaming at the mouth for a minute and ask the real question: What comics can I get for free? I'm glad you asked! This year you'll be able to get everything from Mickey Mouse to Green Lantern and Spiderman to the Smurfs. There is definitely something for everyone. Be sure to check the link below for a complete listing.

    According to the official FCBD website, our local participating shops this year are:

    THE ZONE- COMICS TOYS & OTHER COOL STUFF


    291 HUBBARDS LANE
    SUITE 125
    LOUISVILLE, KY
    (502) 893-8654

    THE GREAT ESCAPE


    2433 BARDSTOWN ROAD
    LOUISVILLE, KY
    (502) 456-2216

    BOOK & MUSIC EXCHANGE


    5400 PRESTON HWY.#C
    LOUISVILLE, KY
    (502) 969-4403

    COMIC BOOK WORLD


    6905 SHEPHERDSVILLE ROAD
    LOUISVILLE, KY
    (502) 964-5500

    PET SHOP COMICS


    1191 HILLVIEW BLVD
    SUITE 4 AND 5
    LOUISVILLE, KY
    (502) 957-3188

    So show your support for your local comic book shops, and comics in general, by participating in FCBD 2011.

    Official FCBD website

    This year's free comic list

    Photo: Courtesy freecomicbookday.com

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