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Sarah Oakes and Josh Lowe show off their haul Saturday after leaving Carolina Comics’ Free Comic Book Day event. Lowe participated in the costume contest as Superman.Kennedy Cook reads her free comics outside Carolina Comics Saturday. Cook was one of hundreds who filed into the store to get a selection of comics given away as part of Free Comic Book Day.Amanda Defoor traveled from Altus to get her hands on some free comics Saturday as part of Free Comic Book Day.

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.

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