Illinois Comic Shop Still Hosts Free Comic Book Day on May 1
There is no Free Comic Book Day on the first Saturday in May this year, the international event has been postponed to August instead. That’s for most comic book stores, anyway. But no Pete Hurst, North Shore Comics from Northbrook, Illinois. Either way, he’s hosting Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 1.
When asked why it was important to have this spring event, owner Pete Hurst replied, “I’ve been storing comics for over a year in anticipation of a Free and Safe Comic Day in Paris. May, whatever happens. Our community has been through a lot. Fun reads are the best I can offer. When I see the kids smiling, the grown-ups too, with their stash of free books, I know spring is here. well here and better times too. To see the kids who shopped here grow into adults and now bring their own kids is such an honor. Let’s safely celebrate the superhero that lies within all of us. “
Social distancing will be practiced, a dedicated hand disinfection station will be on site and masks will be required according to local ordinance.
This event will use two showcases. North Shore Comics proper will have a super sale with 20% off all new and current comics; 40% off all graphic novels, paperbacks and hard covers; a special selection of back issues for fifty cents each; and more.
Additionally, a second dedicated FCBD space will showcase stacks of brand new FCBD titles in the NSC MiniComicCon room. In this special showcase, local talents, Onrie Kompan, comic book author Marx: a history of neglect and Yi Soon Shin: warrior and defender, will have his work for sale and will sign for free.
Online retailer Most Good Hobby will also sell its exclusive, limited-edition comic book covers. An out-of-state comic book dealer will also settle down with, perhaps, others to follow.
North Shore Comics has been in business since 1983 and current owner Pete Hurst has operated the store since 1993.