Free Comic Book Day has something for everyone

2017-05-06-09-44-07-2All comic fans are sure to find something to enjoy on Free Comic Book Day at the Elkhart Public Library.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Main library we’ll have plenty of activities to go along with the free comics.

We’ll be showing comic shows such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Batman: The Animated Series, among other shows and have a special drawing station where everyone is invited to make their own comic panel or art piece.

At 11 a.m. on May 5, Jim McClain, Elkhart teacher and comic book creator of “The Solution Squad” will be speaking about education and comics, as well as selling copies of his comics.

Leading up to Free Comic Book Day, EPL will have other activities going as well:

  • Beginning on April 18, all EPL branches will be participating in a Design Your Own Super Hero contest. A sheet will be available at all locations and children can create their own hero with superpowers and other stats. Entries are due by May 3. The works will be judged with the winner being unveiled during Free Comic Book Day on May 5.
  • Beginning¬†April 23, all comics and graphic novels will be eligible for a Golden Ticket prize upon checkout. Select titles have been labeled winners and upon checkout the patron will be notified if they are a winner. If so, they will be able to choose a prize from a box or could win a gift card to Secret Door Games or a pair of passes to the Hall of Heroes Museum in Elkhart.

Library clerk and Free Comic Book Day organizer Ambar Alvarez said that the day is about celebrating comics and having something for the whole family to do.

“There’s excitement, it’s kind of a holiday for comic book lovers,” she said. “It’s bringing in the fun to the library, comics have something for everyone: Fun, education and art all at the same time.”

Alvarez says that comics are sometimes overlooked as an artform and a medium, but they can span a large number of genres from political to satire.

“Comics are an invisible art, with sequential storytelling and the artwork, it’s not always seen as mainstream, it’s a medium just like filmmaking or writing,” she said.

“I want that amazement to think outside the box, I think that’s the power that comics have.”

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