May 4th, 2013
Written and photographed by Juniette Fiore
Free Comic Book Day is the one day out of the year when superhero fans and dealers can come together for the love of comic books. Established in 2002, Free Comic Book Day takes place on the first Saturday of every May. All across the world, long lines of people gather to pick up a free comic book (or several!). Major publishers, such as Marvel and DC, print special comics for this day. Free Comic Book Day is definitely something everyone should attend at least once in their lifetime.
This year, the OUTLOUD team was lucky enough to spend it at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill, FL. Arriving at 10 a.m., there was already a line trailing outside of the door. There were people dressed up as Stormtroopers, Finn from Adventure Time, Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and many more.
This year Tate’s Comics celebrated 20 years in South Florida, but Tate’s is more than just a comic book store. Not only does it carry a wide array of comics, but also action figures, posters, vinyls, DVDs, and more. The second floor of the store is an art gallery. Anyone can ask to have their art put up there and hope someone will love it enough to buy it. The staff also proved to be friendly and knowledgeable. You can check out our podcast interview with Anthony from Tate’s Comics here.
Make sure to also take a look at our Street Talk video, where we asked guests which superhero would make a better president, whether hardcopy or digital graphic novels are preferable, and their thoughts on the rising popularity of superheroes.