Thursday April 30, 2015 4:01 pm
How to Find a Comic Shop on Free Comic Book Day
Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to dominate the American box office this weekend, but there's another event happening on May 2 that's just as important to millions of comics fans: Free Comic Book Day.
The annual celebration is designed to introduce potential new readers to the joy of comic books, while simultaneously enticing lapsed readers to come back to the fold. On Free Comic Book Day, comic shops distribute select books to anyone who walks through their doors—free of charge. Whether you're a comic book diehard looking to explore a new series, an old school fan looking to get back in the game, or a newbie who wants to get your feet wet with a few print titles after seeing Marvel's acclaimed Daredevil Netflix series, there's no better time than Free Comic Book Day.
There's one problem, though: You have to find a comic book shop.
The stores aren't nearly as commonplace as they were in the 1990s, but technology makes locating comic book shops easy. The following tech tools—available on desktops, smartphones, and tablets—will help you locate a store.
1. Visit Freecomicbookday.com
Free Comic Book Day's official website has a store locator that can help you track down a comic shop. Simply point your browser to freecomicbookday.com/storelocator and key in your ZIP code to find stores in your area. This locator also lets you know which stores are slated to have creator appearances and other special events.
2. Fire up Yelp
Yelp is known as a review repository for all things cool in a city or town, but you can also use it as a comic shop locator. Type "comic book store" or "comic book shop" into Yelp's search engine, key in a ZIP code (or leave the default Current Location filter in place), and tap enter to pull a list of local retailers. The great thing about Yelp is that since most comic shops have associated user reviews and photos, you can get a sense of the store's size and employee helpfulness.
2. Consult Comixology
Comixology's website also has a Google Maps-powered store locator that lets you search for shop using your ZIP code. The Buy-in-Print feature on Comixology's Comics mobile app—which becomes available whenever you're visiting a digital comic listing for a book that has a print counterpart—lets you find comic stores based on your location. It's not as elegant as Yelp's search tool, but if you're a Comixology devotee, it may be worth a look.
However you find a store, the most important thing to do if you're a comic fan is to show your support, and perhaps even introduce a new reader to the wonderful world of comics. For more on getting into (or back into!) comics, check out Everything You Need to Know About Digital Comics. And for a regularly updated list of our favorite comics, check out 10 Digital Comics You Need to Read.
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