What: Free Comic Book Day.
Where: Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bonus: Throughout the day, the library will show movies inspired by some favorite comic book heroes.
11 a.m.: My Neighbor Totoro (Rated G)
12:40 p.m.: Batman: The Movie (Rated PG)
2:30 p.m.: The Amazing Screw-On Head (Not rated)
3 p.m.: The Incredible Hulk (Rated PG-13)
Interview with: Bonnie Svitavsky, young adult librarian.
Librarians promoting comic books? What’s up with that? We give them out to raise awareness of the medium – how it’s changed and what it offers. I am a big supporter of comics and graphic novels. We have a library collection for teens, kids and adults.
There’s been a lot of research on the work your brain does to translate images that help tell a story.
They really are for all ages. Japanese-style comics called manga are popular with teens. Seniors tell us how much they enjoy the golden age of comic books.
Is this the first comic book giveaway? The first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002 and the event has continued to grow over the years. Comic stores all across the country, including Atomic Comics and Comic Book Ink in Tacoma, Comic Evolution in Puyallup, and Action City Comics and Spy Comics in Federal Way, are participating. For a complete list, see www.freecomicbookday.com.
Who pays for the free comics? We do this with support from Friends of the Puyallup Library. We are also in partnership with Spy Comics.
Is this for anyone, or do you need a Puyallup library card? The comic book event is open to anyone, while supplies last. But to check out books, you need a card from either the Puyallup, Pierce County or King County library.
For more information: www. puyalluplibrary.org; 253-841-5454.
Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune
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