Comic relief at the library

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Super hero Bat Man (Leon Hartnett, of Green Light Innovations) and Mee & Henry Law director Liz Henry are ready for this year's Free Comic Book Day to be held at the Invercargill Public Library on Saturday.

FOLLOW the super heroes at the Invercargill City Public Library on Saturday and you could score a free comic book or two.

Comic books would be given away in the children’s activity room at the library as part of the annual Free Comic Book Day.

As well as comics and a display of pop culture, there would also be plenty of fun activities, including colouring-in and spot prizes.

Dressing up was also encouraged, organiser Leon Hartnett, of Green Light Innovations, said.

Into its fourth year, Mr Hartnett said each person who came would be eligible to receive a free comic, and if they bought along an item of non-perishable food for The Salvation Army foodbank or came dressed up, they would be given another comic, with a maximum of two comics per person.

Normally held in May, the event was postponed this year due to Covid-19.

“Not only did the lockdown affect events in Invercargill, the comics, which were produced in America, were not printed in time and transportation was also affected,” Mr Hartnett said.

He said he was super excited to finally be hosting the event on Saturday.

“It’s fun… and a great way of promoting literacy.”

Free Comic Book Day was an international event held one day each year where millions of comics were given away free.

Last year, 900 comic books were given away at the library.

“There is no age limit. If someone turns up, they can get a comic.”

He said the comic books were high quality. Among this year’s titles and subjects were Minecraft, Spiderman, My Little Pony, Power Ranges, Stranger Things and Disney Masters.

Mee & Henry Law sponsored the event by paying for the comic books and freight.

Director Liz Henry said she and her firm were “super excited to be part of the fun event”.

Continuing the comic/super hero themes, those taking part in the weekly Invercargill parkrun at Queens Park Cricket Pavilion at 8am on Saturday were also encouraged to dress as their favourite super hero or comic book character. Participants were also asked to bring a non-perishable food item which to be added to the food bank collection at the library.

  • Free Comic Book Day, Invercargill City Public Library, Saturday, November 14, 10am-12pm, free.
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