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By Anita Senaratna
April 28, 2015
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By Anita Senaratna
April 28, 2015
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If you see an unusual number of fictional characters roaming the streets this May 2, you're not crazy, but you are missing out: it's Free Comic Book Day. Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic book stores around the world give away free comics to anyone who walks in.

Free Comic Book Day started in America, but it's been picked up by stores in Australia as well. Aiming to "reach out to those individuals unfamiliar with the comic book specialty market", Free Comic Book Day sees many publishers ship specially printed comic books, often previews of upcoming titles, to participating stores around the world.

It's not just about the free stuff, though — most stores will have special events going on like artist signings, dress-up competitions and giveaways. The website also has a handy store locator, so you can see what stores are participating near you. In Sydney, it means heading to the city and storming Kinokuniya, Kings Comics and Comic Kingdom.

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