We first published our article about FREE Comic Book Day in 2014. We update it annually for Jersey Family Fun readers.
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 in fifth grade just keeps getting better and better at reading. He has been an avid reader for years. What books does he love the most? … his daddy’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 7, has 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.
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 maybe Mickey Mouse, next year it maybe 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 too COOL to get unplugged 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.
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 – the first Saturday in May each year – 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.”
So get out there Saturday, May 5 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 titles that will be available.
New Jersey Comic Book Stores participating in FREE Comic Book Day
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
- Gotham Underground, 147 East Main Street, Ramsey
- A & S COMICS TWO, 563 Cedar Lane, Teaneck
- KINOKUNIA BOOKSTORE NJ 595 RIVER ROAD SUITE 106 EDGEWATER
- PARADOX COMICS, 269 Ridge Road, North Arlington
Essex County Free Comic Book Day Events
- NEW WORLD MANGA, 93 E Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston
- TIME WARP COMICS & GAMES, 555 Pompton Avenue, Suite A, Cedar Grove
- Gotham Comics, 295 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
- COMIC EXPLOSION, 86 Centre Street, Nutley
- EAST SIDE MAGS, 7 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
- FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, 53 University Ave, Unit 101. Newark
Hudson County Free Comic Book Day Events
- A&S Comics One, 7512 Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen
- MANIFEST COMICS, 762 Broadway Second Floor, Bayonne
- Thought Bubble Comics, 4306 Kennedy Blvd, Union City
Morris County Free Comic Book Day Events
- FUNNYBOOKS COMICS & STUFF, #98 North Beverwyck Rd., Lake Hiawatha
- DEWEY’S COMIC CITY, 13 Park Ave, Madison
- Books-a-Million, 301 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway
- Fat Moose Comics, 53A Parsippany Road, Whippany
Passaic County Free Comic Book Day Events
- ZAPP COMICS- CARDS & TOYS I, 574 Valley Road, Wayne
- Digital Press Video Games, 387 Piaget, Clifton
- Monkey Bizz Comics, 1616 M Union Valley Road, West Milford
Sussex County Free Comic Book Day Events
- BOB’S COLLECTABLES, 3640 Rt 94 N, Hardyston Township
- Pyramid Comics & Cards, 24 Main Street, Sparta
Union County Free Comic Book Day Events
- A LITTLE SHOP OF COMICS, 393 Park Ave, Scotch Plains
- ROGUE COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES, 105 North Union Avenue, Cranford
- Classic Comics, 1006 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway
- AMAZING HEROES, 966 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union
- CLOCKWORK COMICS & CARDS, 1003 Vauxhall Rd, Union
Warren County Free Comic Book Day Events
- None that we are aware of
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, Flemington
Mercer County Free Comic Book Day Events
- COMIC RELIEF, 4120 Quakerbridge Rd, Suite #2, Lawrenceville
Middlesex County Free Comic Book Day Events
- MAIN STREET COMICS & TOYS, 74 N Main St, Milltown
- THE FALLOUT SHELTER, 320 Raritan Ave, Highland Park
Monmouth County Free Comic Book Day Events
- THE RECORD STORE, 6299 Us-9, Howell
- ZAPP COMICS!, 700 Tennent Rd, Manalapan
- THE COMIC CRYPT / AMAZING STORIES LLC, 55 White Road, Shrewsbury
- Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, 35 Broad Street, Red Bank
- The Hobby Shop, 1077 C Highway 34, Aberdeen
Somerset County Free Comic Book Day Events
- J.C. COMICS, 579 Route 22 West, North Plainfield
- COMIC FORTRESS, 59 West Main Street, Somerville
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 Landing
Burlington County Free Comic Book Day Events
- COLLECTOR’S CORNER-DOUBLE PLAY, 2501 Mt Holly Rd, Burlington
- RONS COMIC WORLD, 1690 Route 38, Mount Holly
Camden County Free Comic Book Day Events
- FAT JACK’S COMICRYPT, 521 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn
- STORMWATCH COMICS, 449 Route 73 North, West Berlin
- The Recyclables, 215 Hadleigh Avenue, Cherry Hill
- All Things Fun, Berlin Farmers Market, 41 Clementon Road, Berlin
- Secret Origins Comics, 127 Clements Bridge Road, Barrington
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, 110-B Greentree Road, Turnersville
- THE COMIC BOOK STORE, 30 N. Main Street, (Next To Angelo’s Diner), Glassboro
- FRANKENSTEIN COMICS, 845 Mantua Avenue, Woodbury
- CROSSROAD COMICS & COLLECTIBLES, 23 S. Broadway, Pitman
Ocean County Free Comic Book Day Events
- COMIC RELIEF, 1231 NJ-166 Ste 7, Toms River
- CONQUEST COMICS, 659 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville
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.