Free Comic Book Day is always a highlight of spring. My family and I love an excuse to hang out at our local comic book store, Acme Comics, and see what's new. We're always surprised at all the cool comic books and stuff that's FREE.
Two weeks ago we missed the special day supporting independent record stores, but we did get some free things while hanging out after the Ebert Fest at Exile on Main Street in Champaign. Great samples.
Even though we all like to find interesting items on the web and on eBay, it's still important to support your local stores. These places create wonderful environments to share ideas in real time -- not virtual reality. Just like in libraries, I especially enjoy just perusing the stacks to see what might pop out. I have found great comic books by browsing and also by listening to people's conversations in the stores.