If the only contact you’ve had with Spiderman has been at the movies, then an event on Saturday may be worth reading up on.
It’s called Free Comic Book Day and five stores in London, plus the central branch of the London Public Library, are offering up free comic books to visitors.
“It’s going to be a huge event,” noted Carol Vandenberg, co-owner of L.A. Moods.
A North America-wide event, it introduces comic books to a new generation of people who perhaps haven’t had the opportunity.
“A lot of people, when they were kids, that was their pastime and we want to spread that joy to younger kids today,” Vandenberg said, noting comic books are great because they combine compelling stories with vivid artwork.
“They promote literacy – I hear stories from parents whose kids have trouble getting into the books at school and these characters appeal to them. They’re colourful, they’re bright, they’re exciting.”
There’ll be 40 different comics for visitors to choose from. Participants each receive a passport listing all five stops in the city, with prizes available for those who visit each location and receive a stamp.
The library will also be holding a costume contest at 2:30 p.m.