And eager fans can get themselves a little something extra if they come dressed up as their favourite characters, a hobby called "cosplaying", with a free ticket to Preston Comic Con being given to the best dressed. It was a time when what we now think of as comic books were first being published and the form exploded in popularity. There's also going to be a special raffle, with the victor announce Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. on the Matt N Tim Facebook page.
Since 2002, the first Saturday of May has been dubbed Free Comic Book Day.
Choose from titles such as "Avengers/Captain America", "Disney Princess", "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", "Pokemon", "Adventure Time with Fionna &Cake", "Star Wars Adventures" and more.
Fanboy ComicsA fairly convincing Spider-Man at Fanboy Comics' 2016 Free Comic Book Day.
The fun kicks off on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 10 am. Retailers usually have huge sales on trades and other books during Free Comic Book Day, so take advantage.
Rowles had some suggestions for those new to comics.
"I've also personally found them to be a fantastic tool for struggling or reluctant readers", Springer said.
Comic shops locally will host creator signings, feature photo opportunities and offer other special events throughout the day. But comic books and graphic novels have become more embraced as a literary form over the years, she said - one that goes beyond superheroes to tackle a wealth of subjects. For a full list, visit freecomicbookday.com. This year marks the 17th annual event that promotes literacy through the art of comics. An ongoing Riverdale comic book series is set in the same universe of the hit CW television series "Riverdale".