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Comic book fans choose their free comics among 50 titles during Free Comic Book Day May 2 at Heroes and Fantasies, 4923 Northwest Loop 410. Free Comic Book Day started May 4, 2002 and is every first Saturday in May.  Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

Comic book fans choose their free comics among 50 titles during Free Comic Book Day May 2 at Heroes and Fantasies, 4923 Northwest Loop 410. Free Comic Book Day started May 4, 2002 and is every first Saturday in May. Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

Comic books run out by 3 p.m. at one local comic book shop.

By Cynthia M. Herrera

cherrera151@student.alamo.edu

Ramon Barajas, 4, has his face painted by artists from Beyond the Canvas at the Free Comic Book Day event at Heroes and Fantasies comic book store. Ramon dressed up as Batman for the event.  Photo by Cynthia Herrera

Ramon Barajas, 4, has his face painted by artists from Beyond the Canvas at the Free Comic Book Day event at Heroes and Fantasies comic book store. Ramon dressed up as Batman for the event. Photo 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.

Jaydee Deluna, 2, grabs a Homer Simpson doll at the Heroes and Fantasies comic book store. Deluna, whose face is painted like the Joker character from DC Comics, took a photo with him at the event.  Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera.

Jaydee Deluna, 2, grabs a Homer Simpson doll at the Heroes and Fantasies comic book store. Deluna, whose face is painted like the Joker character from DC Comics, took a photo with him at the event. Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

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.

Kaidanse Paredes, 3, and Dahvin Paredes, 7, meet character Captain America at the Free Comic Book Day event at Heroes and Fantasies, 4923 Northwest Loop 410.  Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera.

Kaidanse Paredes, 3, and Dahvin Paredes, 7, meet character Captain America at the Free Comic Book Day event at Heroes and Fantasies, 4923 Northwest Loop 410. Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

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.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Williamson, 4, reads one of the free comic books given out during Free Comic Book Day at Heroes and Fantasies.   Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera.

Elizabeth Williamson, 4, reads one of the free comic books given out during Free Comic Book Day at Heroes and Fantasies. Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands of fans lined up to attend Free Comic Book Day at Heroes and Fantasies Saturday. Each adult can get two comic books, and children can get three. Additional comic books are $1 each.   Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera.

Thousands of fans lined up to attend Free Comic Book Day at Heroes and Fantasies Saturday. Each adult can get two comic books, and children can get three. Additional comic books are $1 each. Photo by Cynthia M. Herrera

 

 

 

 

 

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