New York comic book shop operators said they plan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day with creator signings and other events.
Jim Hanley's Universe in Manhattan said special guests for the Saturday event include "Amazing Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott, while visitors to Manhattan Comics & More can meet "DMZ" creator Brian Wood, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
Visitors to all New York comic book stores will have access to free specially-printed issues of 37 different comics, including those starring 2011 summer movie subjects Thor, Captain America and Green Lantern. A special edition Green Lantern HeroClix miniature will also be available at many locations.
Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 as an industry-wide promotion to draw customers into comic book shops and has since grown into an annual event. More than 2.7 million free comics are expected to be distributed Saturday, a posting on the event's official Web site, freecomicbookday.com, said.