Comic books run out by 3 p.m. at one local comic book shop.
By Cynthia M. Herrera
Approximately 4,000 people lined up May 2 at Heroes and Fantasies comic book shop at 4923 N.W. Loop 410 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. Children and adults visited the local store to receive free comic books.
Free Comic Book Day takes place the first Saturday of May. The day originated in 2002, according to the Free Comic Book Day website. Adults were given two comics and children were allowed three. Any additional comic books were $1 each.
Sales associate Tyler Pyle said the store gave away about 50 different comics during the event.
“The earlier you are, the better the selection,” Pyle said.
Pyle said the turnout was not too bad, nor too crazy.
Jeff Flores attended the event with his two daughters and son.
Flores said he is not a fan, but his children like reading the comics and he wants to encourage them to read.
“Anything that gets a kid to read, I’m good with it,” Flores said.
His daughter, Lorena, 9, picked out a “World of Aspens” and “Secret Wars” comic book.
Many of the people who attended the event dressed as their favorite comic characters.
Jason Rodriguez and his son, Jayson, 7, dressed up as Jango and Boba Fett from “Star Wars.”
They were joined by Beth Ross, who dressed as a female Twi’lek and her son Alex, 8, who dressed as a Mandalorian. Both characters are also from the “Star Wars” series.
Rodriguez and Ross came to the event after attending the Star Wars Society parade in Kirby Saturday.
Other costumes ranged from Black Widow and Squirrel Girl to Batman, Captain America and Harley Quinn.
Ancira Auto Group displayed its custom-made “Hulkbuster” Jeep and “Harley Quinn” Kia Soul.
Children 12 and under received free face paintings from Beyond The Canvas. The company specializes in the art of body painting and works with artists, models and photographers.
Face-painting characters included the Ninja Turtles, Batman and Wonder Woman.