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Free Comic Book Day 2013 is May 4

Free Comic Book Day 2013 is May 4


PASADENA, Calif. — Children and Teens can celebrate FREE Comic Book Day this year by stopping by any Pasadena Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4 and picking up a free comic book. The library is joining with libraries and comic book stores throughout the United States in celebrating FREE Comic Book Day. While supplies last, kids and teens can each get a free comic book at any of the following Pasadena Public Library locations; Allendale Branch Library - 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Hastings Branch Library -3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Hill Avenue Branch Library – 55 S. Hill Ave., Lamanda Park Branch Library – 140 S. Altadena Dr., La Pintoresca Branch Library -1355 N. Raymond Ave., Linda Vista Branch Library – 1281 Bryant St., San Rafael Branch Library - 1240 Nithsdale Rd., Santa Catalina Branch Library – 999 E. Washington Blvd. and Central Library’s  Children’s Room, 285 E. Walnut St.

FREE Comic Book Day is an annual event held the first Saturday in May across the United States. Why then? It’s because the movie industry almost always releases a film that weekend featuring comic book characters. This year, it’s "Iron Man 3" which will be released the day. The connection between comics, movies, television and books has never been greater. 

Special comic themed programs celebrating FREE Comic Book Day will also be held on May 4 at various library locations. Central Library will host Graphic artist Mike Kunkel, creator of the Grommitts, Lunchbags, Mercury, and Herobear comics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kunkel will informally talk to kids and teens and sign books. Collector’s Paradise will also be offering comic books and comic memorabilia for sale. There will also be a special screening of superhero films and animation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Central Library is located at 285 E. Walnut St.

Allendale Branch Library will host Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes, Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. Dr. Adilifu Nama will discuss and sign copies of his book, Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes. In this first comprehensive study of black superheroes in mainstream comics, film, and television, Nama finds new avenues for exploring racial identity.  Drawing fascinating parallels between comic characters and trends in American politics and pop culture, Nama, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, concludes that the imaginary black superhero has come to life in the form of President Barack Obama. Allendale Library is located at 1130 S. Marengo Ave. 

Hastings Branch Library will host a Cartooning Workshop featuring comic creator Javier Hernandez at 2 p.m. followed by a Craft Workshop at 3 p.m. Hastings Library is located at 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

For more information, contact Nick Smith at (626) 744-4119 or  nsmith@cityofpasadena.net.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2013, PPL#05-32-13 

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Haskett Hany, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-4207, chany@cityofpasadena.net



Posted: 5/2/2013 12:00:00 PM
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