LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Lori Carpenter of Long Beach Comics is one of many who giving out free comic books to children of all ages Saturday for National Free Comic Book Day.
However, the comic store itself was inspired by something more.
"My son always wanted to have a comic book store since he was like 4 years old. I have the barber shop in the front since like 1989, so we just added on a 200-square-foot building," said Carpenter.
Comic store workers say the national day, which falls on the first Saturday in May each year, isn't all about spreading the joy of action and superheros. It's also about spreading the knowledge that can be found in comic books.
"I think the most powerful thing a parent can give their child is the love of reading. If you give your child a love for reading, what you've given them is history," said David Illish. "You've given them love of science and literature."
Long Beach Comics will participate in free comic book day again in 2017.
"It's cool, I come here all the time. It's really neat. I got all kinds of old comic books and I know William and Lori really well. They're really nice people, I really enjoy coming here," said Customer, Todd Brown."