Free comic books to be dished out

Mee & Henry Law director Liz Henry chases Batman (Leon Hartnett, of Green Light Innovations) up the stairs at the Invercargill City Library to promote Free Comic Book Day. Photo: Southland Express Files

A REGIMENT of Star Wars stormtroopers will be seen at the Invercargill City Library this weekend during the annual free comic book giveaway.

The comic books will be given away on Saturday, from 10am-1pm, and it is as simple as turning up to the library where they will be distributed in the children’s activity room.

Dressing up as a superhero was also encouraged.

Into its fifth year, event co-organiser Leon Hartnett, of GreenLight Innovations, said each person who attended would be eligible to receive a free comic, and if they brought an item of non-perishable food for The Salvation Army foodbank or came dressed as a super hero, they would be given another comic.

Free Comic Book Day was an international event held one day a year where millions of comics were given away free, Mr Hartnett said.

Last year, 700 comic books were given away at the library, and another 300 this year in South City.

“There is no age limit. If someone turns up, they can get a comic. If they are dressed in a superhero costume, or donate an item of food to the food bank they can get another.”

Mr Hartnett said the comic books, from the United States, were high quality.

Among this year’s 40 titles and subjects were Minecraft, Investigators, Avengers, Spiderman, Smurfs and lots more.

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

Along with the comic books there will be activities, a pop culture toy display and heaps of spot prizes.

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

Director Liz Henry said she and her firm were “thrilled to be back on board bringing more comic books to the city”.

“Comic books are an important way to allow children into the fantasy world that reading offers.”

  • Free Comic Book Day, Invercargill City Public Library, Saturday, August 14, 10am-1pm, free.