Whether you’re celebrating Venom’s 30th anniversary, or looking to score a steal on a good book, free comic book day has plenty of reasons to stop in a shop.
It’s practically a national holiday for comic book fans.
We’ve rounded up all the best deals and events in Dayton so you can spend more time in the shops and less time searching for them.
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Dayton Metro Library, downtown branch
Dayton Metro Library joins the festivities this year, not only offering free comics while supplies last, but also hosting free film screenings, escape rooms, gaming and more.
Free Comic Book Day activities run from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton. Activities are geared toward adults, teens and older children, and everything is free.
Highlighting the lineup of activities at the Main Library are Harry Potter and Star Wars themed Escape Rooms, with sessions offered on the hour or half-hour throughout the afternoon. Comic book collector Tony Woltermann leads a presentation on Comic Book Collecting for Beginners at 11 a.m.
An enthusiastic collector himself, Woltermann offers advice on creating, maintaining and evaluating a comic book collection, with tips on buying and selling.
The Green Screen Room will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., with props, backgrounds, and assistance available so that participants can put themselves into their own action video. An Anime Marathon runs from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., while blockbuster superhero films for all ages are screened throughout the day.
WHERE: Downtown branch Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton
WHEN: May 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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2nd & Charles
OFFERS: Free comics. Limited edition issues available. Buy 5, get 5 deal on used comics.
WHERE: 350 E. Stroop Rd., Dayton
WHEN: May 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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OFFERS: Free comic books while supplies last, sales on all comics.
WHERE: 9130 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville
WHEN: May 5 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
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Bell, Book & Comic
OFFERS: 50 new books to choose from, up to eight books per person. They'll hand out sheets to select the books you'd like — prepare to select extras and alternatives as supplies are first come, first serve.
WHERE: 458 Patterson Rd., Dayton
WHEN: May 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Need More Comics & Toys
OFFERS: Free comics, raffles and deals throughout the day. Shantz Express food truck will be on site.
WHERE: 5460 Brandt Pike, Dayton
WHEN: May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Super-Fly Comics & Games
OFFERS: Free comic books
WHERE: 132 Dayton St., Yellow Springs
WHEN: May 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Maverick’s Cards and Comics
OFFERS: Artist signings, 25% off back issue bin books, 40% off graphic novels and manga, 20% off toys, 20-50% off statues, 20% off Pokemon plush, 20% off Pokemon singles, and $1 comics. Costume contest until 4 p.m.
WHERE: 2312 E. Dorothy Lane, Kettering
WHEN: May 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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