Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

A week after Marvel’s “Infinity War” release, fans of the comic book universe can gather at participating comic book shops around the world for Free Comic Book Day. This annual event has been around since 2002 and is the first Saturday in May. This year’s celebration is May 5.

Comic books are about more than just the typical superheroes. The comic books offered this year are the storylines of “Doctor Who,” “Adventure Time,” “Pokemon,” “Star Wars,” and more.

According to the Free Comic Book Day website, “Free Comic Book Day is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers, and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Diamond handles marketing and logistics for the event, shipping comics to shops and handling marketing and PR for the event.”

Comic book shops might have a restriction on how many free comic books you can pick up, but at least everyone can receive one free comic book while supplies last. The Free Comic Book Day website has a participating store locator and a full list of the comic books that will be featured for pick up on that day.

Some comic book stores will hire cosplayers to also be part of the event. The event is kid-friendly and open to everyone.

Visit freecomicbookday.com for more information.  Below are some of the comics for this year to be picked up.