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Get the details on 2024’s FREE Comic Book Day in New Jersey

We first published our article about FREE Comic Book Day in 2014. We update it annually for Jersey Family Fun readers.

2024 UPDATE Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day, one of the comic book industry’s most popular events, will return in 2023 as a single-day event, scheduled to take place Saturday, May 4, 2024.

 
Does your child love to read?
Do you want to encourage him/her to read more?
 

Take a look at what FREE Comic Book Day is all about!

My oldest who is in now preparing for high school graduation started his love for reading comic books while in Kindergarten. Every year he just kept getting better and better at reading. He has been an avid reader for years. What books does he love the most? … his dad’s comic books still rank high with him, but now he’s developing his own collection.

There’s something about those pictures, the vibrant colors catch their attention. The colorful words in bubbles, yell “READ ME!” The action that moves page to page, keeps them turning the pages. Even if they aren’t yet able to read all the words, kids can put the pictures together to form a story. It’s why even my youngest, now 13, was been trying to get his hands on daddy’s comic books for as long as I can remember. It’s why babies start with picture board books,  it’s the pictures that get them to pick up the book.

FREE Comic Book Day At South Philly Comics. |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun
My youngest is just starting to build a love for comics.  (He’s 14 now). At South Philly Comics. |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

While it’s the pictures that catch their attention, it’s the words that keep them hanging on. Find the right comic book and not only will your child really enjoy their reading they will build their vocabulary and literacy skills.

Those skills are something your child needs for the rest of their life. As they grow up, their comic books will grow with them. Today, it may be Mickey Mouse, next year it may be superheroes, and from there it will go on.  When you’re child is struggling with reading, take them to find a comic they can get excited about. They’ll get practice without really thinking about it.

Have a teen that is too COOL to unplug and read? Connect them with a comic. There is something about the artistry that will have your COOL teen hooked. (Plus, they will be building their SAT vocabulary skills along the way.) Of course, if your teen becomes anything like my husband he will still be reading comics well into his adulthood, which isn’t necessarily bad. After all, it’s something my husband can do and enjoy with the kids.

They worked together to pick out their comics at South Philly Comics. |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun FREE Comic Book Day
They worked together to pick out their comics at South Philly Comics. |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

If you’re ready to introduce your kids to comics or keep their love for comics growing check out Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – usually the first Saturday in May each year, Saturday, May 4, 2024 – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.

*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

From the FREE Comic Book Day website I’ll share this:

“Comic books began in the 1930s as a unique American art form that has grown – like so many American forms of entertainment – to spread around the globe. From Japanese businessmen reading manga on the subways of Tokyo to French artists re-interpreting Proust with words and pictures, comics have changed entertainment and challenged perceptions. These days, there are comic books for every taste, from slam-bang super-hero adventures and thoughtful slice-of-life to thrilling science fiction and intense drama.”

They made their selections at South Philly Comics, FREE Comic Book Day |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun
They made their selections at South Philly Comics |Photo Credit Jersey Family Fun

So get out there Saturday, May 4, 2024 for FREE Comic Book Day! Take a few minutes to connect with your local comic store and pick up a few books for your kids.

Click over to the Free Comic Book Day to see some of the more than 40 titles that will be available.

New Jersey Comic Book Stores participating in FREE Comic Book Day

These are the comic book stores in New Jersey that we confirmed participation in the 2023 Free Comic Book Day. We’re currently checking their 2024 status.

New Jersey Comic Book Stores in North Jersey participating in FREE Comic Book Day

Bergen County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • JOKER’S CHILD, 12-23 River Rd, Fair Lawn confirmed for 2024
  • Gotham Underground, 147 East Main Street, Ramsey – Permanently Closed
  • A & S COMICS TWO, 563 Cedar Lane, Teaneckconfirmed for 2024
  • KINOKUNIYA BOOKSTORE NJ 595 RIVER ROAD SUITE 106 EDGEWATERnot participating 2024
  • PARADOX COMICS, 269 Ridge Road, North Arlingtonconfirmed for 2024
  • The Comic Curators, 1217 Teaneck Road, Teaneck – awaiting response for 2024

Essex County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • NEW WORLD MANGA, 93 E Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingstonawaiting response for 2024
  • TIME WARP COMICS & GAMES, 555 Pompton Avenue, Suite A, Cedar Groveawaiting response for 2024
  • Gotham Comics, 295 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwellawaiting response for 2024
  • EAST SIDE MAGS, 7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclairconfirmed for 2024
  • FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, 53 University Ave, Unit 101, Newarkconfirmed for 2024

Hudson County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • A&S Comics One, 7512 Bergenline Avenue, North Bergenawaiting response for 2024
  • MANIFEST COMICS, 762 Broadway Second Floor, Bayonneconfirmed for 2024

Morris County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • FUNNYBOOKS COMICS & STUFF, #98 North Beverwyck Rd., Lake Hiawathaconfirmed for 2024
  • DEWEY’S COMIC CITY, 13 Park Ave, Madisonconfirmed for 2024
  • NEW MOON COMICS, LLC 69 King Street, Doverpermanently closed
  • FAT MOOSE COMICS, 53A Parsippany Road, Whippany – confirmed for 2024
  • RAY & JUDY’S BOOKSTOP, 40 West Main Street, Rockawaynot participating 2024
  • EXPIRED ROBOT COMIC BOOKS, GAMES AND COLLECTIBLES, 25 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon – confirmed for 2024

Passaic County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • ZAPP COMICS- CARDS & TOYS I, 574 Valley Road, Wayneconfirmed for 2024

Sussex County Free Comic Book Day Events

We have not been able to confirm 2023 participation from either of these comic book shops.

  • BOB’S COLLECTABLES, 3640 Rt 94 N, Hardyston Township
  • Pyramid Comics & Cards, 24 Main Street, Sparta – awaiting response for 2024

Union County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • A LITTLE SHOP OF COMICS, 393 Park Ave, Scotch Plainsawaiting response for 2024
  • ROGUE COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES, 105 North Union Avenue, Cranfordawaiting response for 2024
  • AMAZING HEROES, 966 Stuyvesant Avenue, Unionawaiting response for 2024
  • CLOCKWORK COMICS & CARDS, 1003 Vauxhall Rd, Unionconfirmed for 2024

Warren County Free Comic Book Day Events

We have not been able to confirm 2023 participation from this comic book shop.

  • INFAMOUS COMICS, 56 Alvin Sloan Ave, Washington

New Jersey Comic Book Stores in Central Jersey participating in FREE Comic Book Day

Hunterdon County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • COMIC FUSION, Turntable Junction, 16 Turntable Jct, Flemingtonawaiting response for 2024

Mercer County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Comic Relief, 4120 Quakerbridge Rd, Suite #2, Lawrencevilleawaiting response for 2024
  • Final Boss Comics and Games LLC, 10 Gordon Ave, Lawrenceville – confirmed for 2024
  • Comic Lair, 1606 South Broad Street, Trenton – still attempting to contact

Middlesex County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • MAIN STREET COMICS & TOYS, 74 N Main St, Milltownconfirmed for 2024
  • BLACKTHORN COMICS, 7 Sheffield Ct, East Brunswick

Monmouth County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • ZAPP Comics!, 700 Tennent Rd, Manalapanconfirmed for 2024
  • The Comic Crypt / Amazing Stories, Highway 35, Eatontownawaiting response for 2024
  • The Geekery, 133A Main Street, Matawan – confirmed for 2024
  • Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, 65 Broad Street, Red Bank – awaiting response for 2024

Somerset County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • J.C. Comics, 579 Route 22 West, North Plainfieldstill attempting to contact
  • Comic Fortress, 59 West Main Street, Somervilleconfirmed for 2024

New Jersey Comic Book Stores in South Jersey participating in FREE Comic Book Day

Atlantic County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Level Up Entertainment, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Hamilton Mall, Mays Landingconfirmed for 2024

Burlington County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Collector’s Corner-Double Play, 2501 Mt Holly Rd, Burlingtonstill attempting to contact
  • Ron’s Comic World, 1690 Route 38, Mount Hollyconfirmed for 2024

Camden County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Fat Jack’s Comicrypt, 521 White Horse Pike, Oaklynconfirmed for 2024
  • Stormwatch Comics, 449 Route 73 North, West Berlin confirmed for 2024
  • A Time Lost and Found, 325 East Atlantic Ave, Audubon –confirmed for 2024
  • Plunder Palace, 914 Township Lane, Cherry Hill – awaiting response for 2024
  • Adventureland Store, 100 Premium Outlet Dr, Suite 840, Blackwood – confirmed for 2024
  • Secret Origins Comics & More, 888 Haddon Ave, Collingswood – awaiting response for 2024

Cape May County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • None that we are aware of

Cumberland County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • None that we are aware of

Gloucester County Free Comic Book Day Event

  • Panther Comics and Toys, 5200 route 42 unit 7, Turnersvilleconfirmed for 2024
  • The Comic Book Store, 30 N. Main Street, (Next To Angelo’s Diner), Glassboroawaiting response for 2024
  • Frankenstein Comics, 845 Mantua Avenue, Woodburyconfirmed for 2024
  • Crossroad Comics & Collectables, 23 S. Broadway, Pitmanawaiting response for 2024

Ocean County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • Comic Relief of Toms River, 1231 NJ-166 Ste 7, Toms Riverconfirmed for 2024
  • Conquest Comics, 659 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville confirmed for 2024
  • Maxed Out Comics LLC, 149 Riverwood Dr, Toms River – still attempting to contact

Salem County Free Comic Book Day Events

  • None that we are aware of.

This link will take you to a page to find a comic store close to you participating in FREE Comic Book Day. Just enter your zip code and it will find the store closest to you. It may not be a complete list, so if you are familiar with other stores check with them to see if they are participating.

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