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hey guys, its me, Ed R.
do you have children in your life?
then, spare me a moment i want to share a secret with you.
but first let me tell you what today is, among other things.
today May 4th, 2013 is Free Comic Book Day
every year, on the first Saturday in May,
comic shops the world over, together with comic book publishers, conspire to get you and your kid/s into a comic book shop.
they do this by giving away free comic books.
and all you have to do is show up.
at the end of this message i have posted a list of
some of the comics that are to be given away free today only, collector's items, really.
now to my secret, i learned to read with comic books,
i know that's not so strange. here's the strange part,
i learned to LOVE TO READ with comic books.
and stranger still, i learned to love science, art, history, politics, and the humanities because i was introduced to these concepts through comic books.
uh-huh, truly. :-)
i hear you saying, but Ed, my child/ren already have children's books, my children already love to read.
that's okay, i read children's books as well. still do, Young Adult books like THE HUNGER GAMES are still a favorite.
of course i'm currently reading James Joyce and Pablo Neruda but name-dropping lacks luster without the likes of comic writers Alan Moore, Josh Whedon and Neil Gaiman on the list. all favorites of mine, and yours too if you ever set foot into a movie theater,
for which they write wonderful scripts.
comic books, there's something special about them,
about the way that our mind has to fill in the blanks between panels.
the most important part of the stories
in comic books have no picture, no words, only our mind carrying us from one panel to the next, without our consent or knowledge, yet much to the benefit of our imagination. if you spend any amount of time in a gym, you already appreciate that our imagination requires exercise just as our bodies do.
so, if you have the chance to do it, drop in to
a comic shop today for a few minutes, let your kid/s pick up some free books, they'll love you for it, and you may find an enjoyable freebie for yourself as well.
Find a shop near you now with the CSLS Store Locator
as promised here's a link to a listing of
many of the free comics to be given away today
(some have dowloadable previews)