Spiderman, Transformers, and Family Guy are among the comic books being given away for free at this year’s Free Comic Book Day on Sat., May 5. Nearly 2,000 comic book stores worldwide participate in the annual event, which celebrates the medium’s energy, vitality, and boundless creativity. The event also invites new readers to visit their local comic shops and see what comics have to offer. Many of the participating retailers will also hold complimentary in-store events, including signings by top writers and artists. The official Website, www.FreeComicBookDay.com
, contains a customized database to help readers find a participating store near them, features on the history of comic books in America, recommended reading lists, and a complete catalog of available free titles.