CLEVELAND, Ohio – In another sign of a return to normalcy after the pandemic, Free comic day returns to its regular date of the first Saturday in May for 2022. The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19 and has been postponed to August 2021.
Saturday, May 7 marks the return of the annual event, which began in 2002, and many local stores plan to offer a selection of free comics to both existing customers and new readers. In addition, many stores also plan to hold additional activities, including hosting guest artists and writers, as well as promotions and special sales throughout the day.
We’ve compiled a list of 20 locations in northeast Ohio that are participating in the promotion this year. More information on the books that will be available can be found by visiting freecomicbookday.com.
Cleveland and western suburbs
17462 Lorain Ave, Cleveland. 216-252-0606
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The store will offer thousands of free comics (limit 12 per person). Many cosplay groups will be on hand to entertain fans starting at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, there will be spots for fan photo ops as well as spaces for children to play while queuing. Graphic designer Jameson Campbell will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon to sign copies of his FCBD print. Other vendors and performers will also be part of the day’s events.
Writer and former Marvel editor Jim Shooter will be signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (1 free per guest, $10 for additional autographs, or 5 for $30. Max of 11 signed items per person) . The Rust Belt Monsters Collective will paint a live mural again, this year with Doctor Strange.
5214 Detroit Road, Sheffield; 440-695-8401
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
A complete list of free books will be available (limit of one copy of each book per family). Freelance comic book creator Rick Lozano of “American Knight” will be visiting. In addition, the store will hold several sales (25% off toys and statues, 50% off sets, and 50% off current back issues). The store will also carry special variants and other books.
15139 Pearl Rd, Strongsville; 440-572-9599
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Limit of 8 free books per guest.
394 Broad Street, Elyria; 440-323-2000
11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
david spencerillustrator of “The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick”, will do free sketches, as will the local artist Al-Sharp. Artist Richard Hooper will also produce free caricatures. Limit of 3 books per guest.
103 Front Street, Berea; 440-239-7777
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All guests will receive a bag of 3 free comics while supplies last. Handbags will be set up by age group. Items also on sale throughout the store.
5853 Ridge Rd, Parma; 440-845-7040
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Select comic bundles will be 30% off. In addition, the $2 and $3 bins will each be $1 off regular prices. 3 free tracks per guest, while supplies last.
13361 Madison Ave, Lakewood; 216-712-6231
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday; Friday night special hours (see details below)
The festivities begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Bottlehouse Lakewood with a Magic the Gathering Conspiracy Draft, followed by a pop-up board game night starting at 8 p.m. The evening will also include a cosplay contest with winners receiving tickets to Colossalcon. The evening ends with a midnight opening at Superscript (until 2 a.m.) with over 40 free books to choose from. Limit of 15 pounds per guest, subject to availability.
The shop will then reopen Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with Superscript, Rising Star Coffee Roasters and Lakewood Art Supply hosting local comic creators and artists until 6 p.m. Star Wars Rebel Legion Apollo Base members will be in the store from 2-7 p.m. for photo ops. All Friday night and Saturday purchases will enter guests into a raffle for a chance to win comics, games and raffle baskets. The raffle starts Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
4847 Robinhood Drive, Willoughby; 440-942-6960
Noon – 6 p.m.
Each guest can select up to 6 free titles. Additional books offered to guests who donate at least $3 to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
7850 Mentor Avenue, Suite 1054, Mentor; 440-255-4242
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free books will be available. Local artist Jason Bascom will be in store with his works.
5917 Andrews Rd, Mentor on the Lake; 440-290-0773
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
In addition to free comics, there will be sales and surprise guests throughout the day. Limit of one copy of each title per person.
23 W Main St, Geneva; 440-415-1228
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sales will be taking place throughout the day, including 50% off wall comics and inventory and 20% off the rest of the store (some restrictions apply). Professional artists The art of Mark Welser, Martin Dun and Dr. Ben Anthony of Thick Comics will be at the store, also featuring an appearance by The Ghoulish art of Spooky and Spooky Gallery.
Akron/Township and Southern Suburbs
2215 6th St SW, Guangzhou; 330-453-3996
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Multiple promotions all day including select $1 back issues, 25% off action figures and toys, and 20-50% off other select items. Guest artists include Darryl Banks, Brandon Franklin and Landon Franklin.
724 Cleveland Ave SW, Guangzhou; 330-456-8907
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Over 40,000 back issues are on sale for $1 each. Select action figures, trade paperbacks, posters, card games and more will also be on sale. Limit of 3 free books per guest.
1664 N Main St, North Township; 330-244-9988
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sale throughout the store all day. Limit of 5 books per guest. Guest artist Matt Horak will be in store sketching and selling his art.
2609 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls; 330-929-1929
Doors open at 11 a.m.
The store will be giving away a giveaway of posters featuring characters from SHE-RA or the Netflix series VOLTRON.
1703 E. Main St, Kent; 330-474-7049
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Each guest can use a copy of each book on the FCBD tables.
1020 Kenmore Blvd., Akron; 330-745-5530
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In addition to the comics, the store will also have sales on most in-stock items. Please note that free comics are limited to 5 per person.
74 E. Mill St, Akron; 330-548-5992
Opening at 10:30 a.m. for team members 25; Doors open at 11 a.m. for the general public. The store closes at 7 p.m.
Local artist Jay Fife will be a special guest at the store throughout the day. Special sales for the day include all back issues marked $6 or less will only cost $1.00; 50% off paperbacks and vinyl records plus all toys under $20; additional sales on Pokémon packs and Funko Pops.
342 E. Smith Road, Medina; 330-662-4272
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
All guests can receive one Gold comic or two Silver comics (see website for the list) for free. Guests in superhero-themed outfits can enter a contest for cash prizes. A costumed superhero will also be on hand to pose for photos. All comic and superhero merchandise are 15% off (LEGO excluded). Additionally, there will be an in-store scavenger hunt and a Swenson’s food truck on site from noon to 4 p.m.
137 Cherry St E, Fulton Canal; 330-854-1700
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
In a street fair atmosphere, the day includes face painting, music, food, cosplay, raffles, thousands of free comics and more. Special guests for the day include Ghostbusters of Northeast Ohio; local artists and writers and a spray painting artist.
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