Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May! Designed to introduce new readers to comic books as an art and entertainment form and also to support local independent comic book shops, Free Comic Book Day is observed by a handful of East Bay locations, libraries, and websites (of course).
Being in line waiting for your nearby shop to open is just part of the fun: expect to see loads of costumes out and about!
For my family, this outing has become an annual tradition. My kids and husband wear their favorite superhero shirts and enjoy the people-watching before picking up a new comic or three.
Thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will give out millions of comic books, free of charge (with more you can buy, of course!). The free books, designed especially for this promotion, will satisfy a variety of ages and reading levels.
Visit these East Bay stores to enjoy Free Comic Book Day 2023
Costumes are optional and so fun.
CAPE AND COWL COMICS, Oakland
1601 Clay Street, Oakland
Find them on Facebook to check hours >>
DR COMICS & MR GAMES, Oakland
4014 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
Confirm inventory & hours on tumblr >>
THE ESCAPIST COMIC BOOKSTORE, Berkeley
3086-3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
Website for hours & restrictions >>
FANTASTIC COMICS, Berkeley
1708 Martin Luther King Jr Way Suite A, Berkeley
Facebook for current info >>
COMIC CARDS, ETC., Pinole
1063C San Pablo Ave, Pinole
CRUSH COMICS & CARDS, Castro Valley
2869 Castro Valley Blvd, Castro Valley
ALAMEDA SPORTS CARDS & COMICS, Alameda
1515 Webster St, Alameda
Facebook for details >>
Find other participating stores using the comic book shop locator on FreeComicBookDay.com.
Visit these Libraries to enjoy Free Comic Book Day 2023
Saturday, May 6, 2023
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm||
Free Comic Book Day
Claremont Branch | Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
|10:00 am - 4:00 pm||
Free Comic Book Days at Oakland Libraries
Main Library | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
|11:00 am - 5:00 pm||
Bay Area Book Festival Events @Central
Central Library | Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
|12:00 pm - 5:00 pm||
Movie Screening for Free Comic Book Day
Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch | Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
|1:00 pm - 3:00 pm||
Free Comic Book Day @West
West Branch | Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
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