Comics to give away

    Next Rotary Generation president Leon Hartnett, Aodhan (4) and Mee & Henry Law Ltd director Liz Henry show a selection of comic books similar to some of the 900 which will be given away on Saturday at the Invercargill City Libraries & Archives. Photo: Janette Gellatly

    BRING out the superhero in you and you can earn yourself a free comic.

    Or simply just turn up to the Invercargill City Libraries & Archives on Dee St on Saturday, from 10am to 3pm, for the Free Comic Book Day interactive day of fun activities.

    Hosted by Next Rotary Generation (NRG), president Leon Hartnett said members of club were giving away 900 comic books to anyone who turned up.

    “There is no age limit. If someone turns up, they can get a comic. If they are dressed in a superhero costume, they can get another, and if they bring an item of food for the foodbank, they can receive yet another.”

    Club member Tania Hartnett said the idea had come from one of the club members as one of Rotary’s high-priority focuses was on literacy.

    “Free Comic Book Day is an international event one day each year where over 6 million comics are given away free.

    “NRG are big supporters of literacy, and comic books have been proven to encourage literacy.”

    The comic books, from the United States, were high quality, with some having achieved award-winning status, she said.

    Among the 20 titles and subjects were Bongo, the Star Trek series, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Colourful Monstersand Grim Fairy Tales.

    “There is a broad selection which would suit all ages from children to teenagers and even adults.”

    As well as the giveaway, there would also be other interactive events including a Lego display by the LUG (Lego Users Group) South, a design your own superhero and a colouring-in competition, which the children could either take part in at the library or take home and return to the organisers later, Mrs Hartnett said.

    Sponsor Mee & Henry Law Ltd paid for the comics and shipping.

    “We are incredibly excited to be involved with the project as one of our objects is improving literacy among young people,” director Liz Henry said.