Free Comic Book Day Delights Many
By Robert Haugh

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Free Comic Book Day Delights Many

Celebrating a love for comic books, approximately 1,000 comic book collectors and readers flocked to Illusive Comics and Games on May 3 to participate in Free Comic Book Day. Giving out over 6,500 free comics, it was the sixth consecutive Free Comic Day at Illusive. Preparation for the event begins in December each year.

Free Comic Book Day Delights Many

“This year was on par with last year, which is great,” says storeowner Anna Warren Cebrian. “The store was packed from [opening at] 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and everyone had a great time, including my army of amazing volunteers, who work so hard because they love comics, love seeing my shop grow and they are great friends.”

“I see Illusive Comics & Games as far more than a comic book and game shop. It’s a place families and friends can come and geek out. It’s a great place for people who’ve just moved to the area, because of tech contracts and the like, to make new friends through their common interests,” she continues, adding she feels the most special component to Free Comic Book Day is raising money for charity.

This year, $1,800 was raised for Yikes Tikes! Preschool (http://yikestikes.com/) which has four locations in the Bay Area, serving children as well as special needs children, including Cebrian’s son. Yikes Tikes is looking to move their Los Altos location to a “bigger spot to be able to take in even more kiddos.” Funds raised came through customer donations -customers donating $5 or more received more than the standard three free comic books.

Free Comic Book Day Delights Many

In previous years, Illusive has collected donations to send comics and games to Army Posts in Iraq, when Cebrian’s nephew was fighting there. Other benefactors have included national organizations such as Make-a-Wish Foundation and Autism Speaks.

“Free Comic Book Day, for me, is a day to encourage comic book awareness and love of this literary art form,” says Cebrian. “It also invites hundreds of new people into my shop to show them what our values are, so we become their new local comic book shop. Hopefully, they’ll see we are well-stocked, very friendly and extremely silly, and deeply care about giving back to our community.”

Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 and millions of free comic books have been given away over the years. For more information on Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday of May each year, May 2, 2015), visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com

Illusive Comics and Games will host comic book legend Neal Adams on May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow. The store will also celebrate its seventh anniversary with an event scheduled for June 7. Funds raised will benefit a local charity.

Illusive Comics and Games is located at 2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105. Visit www.illusivecomics.com or call 408-985-7481 for more information.