It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s Just Superman Getting a Free Comic Book

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Free Comic Book Day is May 7
From left, Rob Day and Vinny Farrell browse a selection of free comics at Newbury Comics in Boston, Saturday, May 5, 2012. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

This weekend is the annual celebration of the heroes who nurtured and empowered you throughout your childhood.

Are you prepared?

It’s time to come together to thank these inspiring characters who ushered you into adolescence and eventual adulthood.

No, not your mom — Mother’s Day isn’t until next weekend, Sunday May 14.

I’m talking about comic book heroes.

Get Ready for Free Comic Book Day

This Saturday, May 6, comic book shops around the U.S. and beyond will give out more than 6 million free comic books to celebrate the 16th annual Free Comic Book Day.

Special FCBD editions of 50 comic books will be free on Saturday.

Check with your local comic book store, or locate one here, to find events in your area. Free titles will be available to anyone who asks on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events run the gamut from celebrity appearances and book signings to family fun and games — costumes welcome!

Some of this year’s most anticipated free titles include:

  • “Buffy: The High School Years” (Dark Horse Comics)

  • “Doctor Who” (Titan Comics)

  • “I Hate Image” (Image Comics Buy-Sell)

  • “Secret Empire #1” (Marvel Comics)

  • “Star Trek: Mirror Broken” (IDW Publishing)

  • “Wonder Woman #1 Special Edition” (DC Buy Sell)

Many stores will give away swag, movie posters and other freebies, too. You might want to get there early!

Not Just for the Comic Book Guy

Free Comic Book Day is more than just a second Christmas for comic book fans.

It exists to support local comic book shops, as well as help new readers find awesome comics and graphic novels.

If you like “The Simpsons,” “Doctor Who,” “SpongeBob” or other non-superhero stories, you’ll be delighted to find there’s a little something for everyone.

The celebration is a fun way to introduce your kids to the comic book community — or discover it yourself.

You might just find a new hobby the whole family can enjoy together.

Your Turn: What will you pick up this Free Comic Book Day?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).