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Q&A: Naperville store celebrates Free Comic Book Day with giveaways

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Now that C2E2 has come and gone, it's time to turn the page in the colored world of comics. The 13th annual Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 3. Participating comics shops across the world will be giving away special edition comics, opening their doors to cosplayers and hosting author and artist signings.
 
It’s a day Josh Kelly, manager of Graham Crackers Comic Books in Naperville, looks forward to every year. Graham Crackers will be be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 3 and shoppers will receive three free comics. We caught up with Josh to talk FCBD giveaways, what he's looking forward to and what comics mean to him.
 
Q. What special events does Graham Crackers have planned for Free Comic Book Day?
A. We have a writer and an artist coming in. Jake Young will be singing his new book, “Strangled With A Halo.” Adkins Jones, the artist for "Megaton Crush" will also be here between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. We’ll also be giving away comics and all sorts of fun stuff.
 
Q. Which special edition giveaway comic are you looking forward to the most?
A. I’m looking forward to checking out the “Guardians of the Galaxy” one in anticipation of the new movie coming out.
 
Q. Is FCBD a popular day for comic newbies to check out what they've been missing?
A. Every year we notice an influx of folks coming in and realizing, hey, we do have a comic book store in our neighborhood. It’s really awesome when someone new comes in and looks at the store and is like, “wow I didn’t realize that comic books were that special. I was just expecting a rack.”

Q. Most years, FCBD has been aligned with the release of a comic book movie. Has that helped the events?
A. I’m sure it has to a degree. But people have learned of Free Comic Book Day since it’s been around now for more than a decade.
 
Q. What is the biggest reason that FCBD has been a success?
A. For one, everyone loves free. And for a comic book, that’s some fun, cheap entertainment. It’s also something that you can always come back to as well. It’s just one of those things everyone’s curious about, especially if they haven’t read comics.
 
Q. What would you say to people that aren’t as familiar with comic books to get them to participate in FCBD?
A. Basically, it’s a huge event, lots of people like to dress up for it and its like going to a mini comic book convention. We also always try to hook up the kids with something, like an iron man mask.
 
Q. What makes comics important to you in your life?
A. I’ve been reading comics since I could hold a comic. It was just one of those things that lets me escape from reality for a little while and enjoy the adventures that I could never possibly achieve like going into outer space or hanging out with some Transformers.  It just lets my imagination run wild and comics create the material for it?
 
Q. Do you find time to enjoy FCBD even as you manage the store?
A. I see it from every different level. I’m on this side of the counter and before I go I’m on the other side of the counter. There’s a lot of work that goes into it, but at the same time outcome is always so much fun. And also, I do like to scoop up some free comics. I’m on this side of the counter and before I go I’m on the other side of the counter. 

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Check out the 2014 special edition comics

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