The first Saturday in May belongs to Free Comic Book Day, a day I'm very fond of!

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Comic books have always been a part of my life. Growing up my Dad and I would go to Clyde's Comics on Broadway and pick up his sub. (For those of you who don't frequent the comic book store, that short for subscription.) When we were done, we'd head to Appletree Records. It was pretty much how I spent my Saturdays.

My love of comics continues to this very day. I don't read them as much as I'd like to, but thankfully I've passed the torch to my seven-year-old. Thanks mostly to Free Comic Book Day.

The two of us have been hitting up FCBD at Top Cut Comics on North Second Street, but if we're being honest I still call it TIY (Tomorrow is Yesterday).

This is the seventh year they've been doing Free Comic Book Day. It works just like it sounds. Walk into your local comic book store and grab some free comics!

Most places will have a limit to the number of books you can grab per person. Some may even have a sampler pack all ready to grab.

I found that any questions you may have can best be summed up in Glen Weldon's Guide to The Best Bets and the Best Avoided.

Similar to Record Store Day, if you see a title that you have to have, get to your local comic book store early!

Here's a list of comic book stores in the area:

  • Top Cut Comics - 5600 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL 61111 (815) 633-0330
  • Top Cut Comics - Rockford -  2430 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 (779) 423-1600
  • Clyde's Comic & Fantasy Shop - 1528 Broadway, Rockford, IL 61104  (815) 964-0101
  • Toad Hall Books and Records - 2106 Broadway, Rockford, IL 61104 (815) 226-1259
  • A K Comics - 2000 Sutler Ave, Beloit, WI 53511 (608) 364-0442

You may want to call ahead, sometimes a store doesn't participate in Free Comic Book Day.

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