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Off-Ramp Recommends: Supporting your local comic book shop

by Jesus Ambrosio | Off-Ramp®

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What began 16 years ago with just four publishers in a few cities has blossomed into an international event involving hundreds of stores in 46 countries with 40 publishers — big, small and self-run — and millions of comic books, all for free. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer/AP

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Embrace your inner geek this weekend by celebrating Free Comic Book Day.

The annual tradition is held every first Saturday in May at participating comic book specialty shops. Each comic book store celebrates with various promotions and events. But in general, shops will be giving away one free comic for the event. Make sure to check participating stores before visiting.

Here are a few highlights in Los Angeles:

Comic City - 5703 E. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

Dead-Pooh, Issue #1.
Dead-Pooh, Issue #1. Antarctic Press

Learn what inspired Sean Davis to create “Dead-Pooh,” a tale about a bear that looks a lot like Winnie the Pooh who fights crime in a costume that looks a lot like Marvel’s Deadpool. The third issue of "Dead-Pooh" dropped this week. Meet Sean in person, buy the comic, and get it signed.  Candy Brionnes, creator of “Taco El Gato” will also be present to answer any of your catty  questions.

Geoffrey’s Comics - 15900 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena

One of the best deals is here. Geoffrey’s is distributing five free comic books per person. The first 30 people in line on Saturday will also get a free graphic novel. Inside the store everything is 20% off.  And for a measly 50 cents pick up some books from Geoffrey’s outdoor sale.

A Shop Called Quest – 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles

 A rotating schedule of creator signings might keep you busy all day – and if that wasn’t enough this shop will also be providing food for guests. People are encouraged to wear cosplay for Free Comic Book Day ... like it takes much encouragement. Some of the comic book creators present will be sketching attendees, so this is your chance to see what you would look like as a comic book character.

Rosalie Atkinson sketches Jesus Ambrosio as a comic book character.
Rosalie Atkinson sketches Jesus Ambrosio as a comic book character. Jesus Ambrosio/KPCC

There are more than 15 shops participating in Southern California. You can check the shop locator for a participating comic shop near you.

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