Free Comic Book Day is practically a national holiday for comic book fans, celebrated on the first Saturday each May. Dayton Metro Library joins the festivities this year, not only offering free comics while supplies last, but also hosting free film screenings, escape rooms, gaming, and more. Free Comic Book Day activities run from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton. Activities are geared toward adults, teens and older children, and everything is free.
"It’s a great time to be a comics fan, and an even greater time to experience the medium of comic books for the first time," said Joe Field, originator of FCBD and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA.
Shaun Wright, Dayton Metro Library’s Information Services Manager, agrees. “Comics are amazing, collaborative works,” he said. “They’re also great tools to teach and increase literacy. These are things that are fundamental to libraries.”
Highlighting the lineup of activities at the Main Library are Harry Potter and Star Wars themed Escape Rooms, with sessions offered on the hour or half-hour throughout the afternoon.
Comic book collector Tony Woltermann leads a presentation on Comic Book Collecting for Beginners at 11:00 a.m. An enthusiastic collector himself, Woltermann offers advice on creating, maintaining and evaluating a comic book collection, with tips on buying and selling.
The Green Screen Room will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., with props, backgrounds, and assistance available so that participants can put themselves into their own action video. An Anime Marathon runs from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., while blockbuster superhero films for all ages are screened throughout the day.
“This event gives us a chance to see passionate fans come together as a community and share their excitement in our wonderful Main Library,” said Wright.
“Whether you’re an avid comics reader, you loved them as a kid, or you’re just sort of curious, Free Comic Book Day is a way to meet friends, learn, and get some free comics,” said Librarian Allison Dugan. “We’ll have comics and prizes for all ages.”
A complete schedule of the day’s events is available at any Dayton Metro Library location, or online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org. Call 937.463.2665 for more information.