Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

Free, The Comics!


Every year on the first Saturday of May, the comic book industry gives away special introductory issues of their books for free. All you have to do is show up at the comic book store and take your pick. No retailer puts more effort into Free Comic Book Day than Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Boulevard, University City;, which goes all out with a souped-up, super-powered celebration like never before. The festivities begin Friday, May 3, with "Free Comic Book Eve," during which artist (and former St. Louisan) Jim Mahfood signs copies of his new book, Everybody Loves Tank Girl from 7 to 9 p.m. The kinda-cult classic, live-action film version of Tank Girl screens at midnight down the street at the Tivoli Theater (admission to the film is $8). At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, the free comics start flowing against a backdrop of live music and comedy, including performances by comedian Jeremy Essig, illphonics, Bruiser Queen, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship and a set of video game covers from Brain Gang, featuring psych-post-punkers Spelling Bee. A host of local artists draw all day long and the fully-costumed "Gateway Super Friends" will keep the villains at bay and pose for pictures. Admission is free.
Sat., May 4, 2013

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.