The first Saturday in May each year is Free Comic Book Day, and besides local comic book shops, several Northwest suburban libraries are also participating.
• The Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., joins participating comic book shops across North America and around the world to give away comic books at the Fiction/AV/Teen or Youth Services desk. Limit one per person, while supplies last. Fill out a raffle slip for a gift card to Comix Revolution. No registration required. Call (847) 253-5675.
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• Comic Book Day begins at 9 a.m. at Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Open to all ages. The first 200 children will be given a free comic book thanks to the partnership with Comix Revolution. No registration or tickets required. Call (847) 279-2262.
• Jesse Buck from Modern Age Comics in Elgin will give out new comic books from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin. While you are there, get a preview of the Comic Book Mania! Convention 2012, which is July 7 at the library. Call (847) 742-2411.