JAMESTOWN – One of Jamestown’s most popular comic book retailers is getting ready to host its 20th annual “Free Comic Book Day” this weekend.
Chautauqua Comics, located at 214 Fairmount Avenue, is hosting what has become an annual tradition for the locally owned business Saturday at 11 a.m.
“These are absolutely brand new comic books that we are handing out,” explained Owner Al Steffins. “Anywhere from Batman to Avengers to Suicide Squad to Star Wars there’s gonna be a slew of free comic books that we’re handing out.”
In past years, Steffins’ shop has been packed with over 800 participants throughout the day, taking advantage of not just free comic books, but other specials too, like a Pokemon card raffle and comic book artist Steve Geiger on hand.
“On the hour, every hour, we’ll be handing out some door prize or something, and maybe we’ll have events outside, and it’s just gonna be a good time for everybody,” explained Steffins.
Generally held on the first Saturday in May, the nationwide event was postponed due to public health concerns, something the owner is keeping in mind.
“We are not gonna be checking papers and stuff like that, but we are asking you if you have not been vaccinated please wear a mask inside the store,” furthered Steffins.
His shop will be handing out free paperback comic books through 5 p.m.
“This only happens once a year, and I do encourage people to show up for this,” said Steffins.
The first “Free Comic Book Day” started in 2001 by California-based comics retailer Joe Field.