ST. LOUIS – Free Comic Book Day is an annual event celebrated on the first Saturday in May, marking a significant occasion in pop culture. This year, Free Comic Book Day falls on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day.

During Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book shops across the country offer free comic books to fans. Publishers produce special editions of selected comic books specifically for this event, featuring popular characters and stories from various genres such as superhero, fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

These free comics serve as a gateway for introducing readers to new series or characters, providing a starting point for further exploration into the world of comics.

Star Wars Day, an unofficial holiday celebrated by fans of the Star Wars franchise, occurs annually on May 4th. The date was chosen due to its pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you” (“May the Fourth be with you”).

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Many comic book shops take advantage of Free Comic Book Day to host events such as artist signings, cosplay contests, and other festivities to enhance the experience for attendees.

This year, Apotheosis Comics, a comic book shop in St. Louis, is holding a special event combining both Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day. The shop will host the artist Kyle Starks as a special guest. Starks is known for his artwork and storytelling in titles such as “Peacemaker,” “Marvel Unleashed,” “Rick and Morty,” and “Rock Candy Mountain.” Fans will have the opportunity to meet Starks in person and get their comics signed.

In addition to meeting creators and obtaining free comics, attendees can enjoy various activities throughout the day, including cosplay contests, special discounts on graphic novels and merchandise, and other surprises at each shop.

Other comic book shops in St. Louis participating in Free Comic Book Day include:

The Fantasy Shop Creve Coeur

Newcastle Comics and Games in Maryland Heights

The Wizards Wagon in St. Louis

The Fantasy Shop Maplewood

Slackers (various locations)

Comic Relief INC in St. Charles

To find a participating comic bookstore near you, check out this link.