Comic book giveaway a major success story
Hundreds packed into local comic book store Carolina Comics to get their hands on a selection of free books.
Saturday was annual Free Comic Book Day an event created to revitalize the comic book industry by attracting new readers with samplings of upcoming and ongoing stories. By the noon hour an hour after the store opened it was already apparent this year was going to be a major success.
"It's been absolutely insane, and fantastic," said co-owner Karen Edwards. "This is certainly our biggest year yet. That's awesome."
When the store opened at 11 a.m., a line had already formed outside running halfway down the 300 block of Southwest C. The sample stories of "Batman" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" were some of the first to disappear. But by 3 p.m. every single comic had been given away a first for the store.
"We've never had that happen before in our nine years here," Edwards said. "Normally, we just take what's left up and put them out again. But these went fast."
In conjunction with the giveaway, the store hosted its second annual costume contest attracting everything from Superman look-alikes to Pikachu. Some costumes were better than others. Josh Lowe swooped out of the store not quite as fast as a speeding bullet, but sporting the red cape of Superman and the crest of the House of El on his chest. He and Sarah Oakes loaded up on free comics and some discounted toys.