Event Pick: Geek out on Free Comic Book Day in and around Baltimore

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From collectors to occasional perusers to those who simply catch a Marvel movie every now and again, few stand to lose from a day devoted to geeking out on comics. On this national holiday, now in its 17th year, stores, libraries, museums and other venues around the country hand out free graphic literature to all.

Here’s a list of what a number of participating venues in Baltimore City and County have planned:

Amazing Spiral, near Belvedere Square: Giveaways of more than 50 comic books, discounts on graphic novels and other gear, appearances from local artists and a live performance from Frederick progressive metal trio Marzy Maddox. Costumes encouraged.

Atomic Books, in Hampden: Get a free copy of the store’s 10th annual signature comic book, “Mutant #9″—or more than 50 other titles—and enjoy sales on all regularly priced comics. Members of the Bmore into Comics group will be there to talk about their work and sign copies.

Baltimore County Public Libraries: All 19 BCPL branches are partaking, handing out free comics and hosting activities like face-painting, temporary tattoo airbrushing, superhero mask-making and more.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum: The historic pop culture museum just outside Camden Yards is offering two different sales on comics and other gear like T-shirts, toys and statues. (Note: The O’s are playing at 3 p.m., so expect a crowd around then.)

Gorilla King Comics: Fells Point’s comics outpost is putting everything in its store on sale (discounts ranging from 25 to 90 percent), and selling $1 graphic novels and entire boxes of 10 cent comic books.

Cards Comics and Collectibles in Reisterstown: Free comics, food and drinks, sales on graphic novels and appearances from heralded illustrators and authors—and the deals extend into Sunday.

Chuck’s Comics in Essex: Look for a sidewalk sale out front and discounts inside the store all day long. Free tote bags stuffed with giveaways for the first 50 customers. A bonus for early risers: Bill Bateman’s Bistro is setting up at 7 a.m., offering breakfast burritos and sandwiches, a french toast casserole and coffee, water and orange juice.

Collector’s Corner in Bel Air, Mount Vernon and Parkville: The chain of comic book stores is taking the celebration to another level, handing out free tickets to Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” for Saturday night, tote bags stuffed with merch, up to 25 comic books for all and free pizza, plus hosting a cosplay contest, discounting tons of items and more.

Cosmic Comix and Toys in Catonsville: This comic and toy hub is operating out of three different rooms in the shopping center today, one giving out free comics and other goods, another carrying items discounted all for $5 and a third (the main store) offering all items 25 percent off, plus free popcorn.

Ethan McLeod
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