Free comic book giveaway draws big crowds in Mays Landing -

Free comic book giveaway draws big crowds in Mays Landing

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In Mays Landing, it was a big day for comic book fans at the Hamilton Mall, where Level Up Entertainment was giving away free comic books.

Some artists and writers from big name graphic novel companies were also on hand to sign autographs and talk to fans.

Sean Rothwell, owner of Level Up Entertainment, explained, "Anybody that comes in can pick out three free comics." However, the free comic book giveaway wasn't the only reason hundreds of people showed up.  Rothwell added, "It's a pretty big deal.  Last year we estimated about 2000 people turned out."

Saturday's events had a local connection as well.  A brand new comic book named 'Super!' will be released throughout the country and internationally on September 25th of this year, and the creators were giving away a sneak peek and signing autographs for fans.


Justin Piatt, writer and letterer for Super!, said, "We're from Atlantic City and we've been working on this for about 2 to 2 and a half years, so free comic book day is a great way for us to finally introduce ourselves to the community and let them see what we've been working on and to get some feedback."

Level Up Entertainment was also unveiling a popular storefront diorama which was paid for by comic book fans through the fundraising website, Kickstarter.

Co-owner of Farpoint Toys, Justin Daniels, said, "We asked our customers if they would be interested in helping us out with this and putting it together, and overwhelmingly they responded."  Rothwell added, "It got such a huge following.  We had people who would come to this mall just to see it."

Some of the artists who design the comics said people really seem to identify with their work lately because of the major Hollywood movies, such as Iron Man 3, that have been re-created from the comics.

Joe Delbeato, a comic book artist for Marvel and DC Comics, explained, "it's a form of entertainment.  It's escapism.  A lot of people aspire to want to do it.  There are a lot of reasons."  Rothwell also noted, "When you think about the movies that are really big every year - it's a comic book movie. If you want to know what next year's movies are going to be about, read comic books now."

The free comic book giveaway was a one-day-only event.

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