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While many of us while away the mid-spring hours gazing upon fields of green, Instagramming close-ups of flower blossoms, and sneezing, Austin has more than its fair share of comic book nerds/fans/freaks/aficionados. For those folks, nature’s glory pales compared to the seasonal event known as Free Comic Book Day.

Every year, on the first Saturday in May (that’s May 6 this year), comic book stores and simpatico businesses celebrate the genre with giveaways, special issues, and related events.

Wanna get the jump on this year’s fantastical fun? Here’s a map of participating places, with more to come in the next chapter.

In addition to businesses, Austin Public Libraries often participate in Free Comic Book Day. We’ll have details for this year soon. And please let us know who we left out in the Comments below or on our tipline.

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1. Hops & Heroes Comics

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1108 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Austin Toy Museum vintage toy swap/vendors, Austin artist booths, and Magic the Gathering lessons (at 3 p.m.) are some of the attractions here. Craft beer, wine, and, um, Jar Jar Links (hot dogs) will be available all day.

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2. Tribe Comics and Games

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3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste D-113
Austin, TX
(512) 693-4300
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South Austin’s Tribe Comics and Games seems to emphasize the “games” (board games, role-playing games, and miniatures), and we’re not seeing any special events for Free Comic Book Day. Still, they do sell the things, so you might want to check them out.

Crocheted creatures with sort of legs and eyes
Little Cthulhus at Tribe Comic and Games
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3. Austin Books & Comics

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5002 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX
(512) 454-4197
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So much love for Austin Books & Comics, which has lived up to its taglines of “The Definitive Austin Comics Store Experience” and “Center of Austin Fandom” for more than 30 years. The longtime local fave will have its usual giant tent in front of the store, inside of which each attending family member may select up to 10 free comics (see some of what will be available at freecomicbookday.com). The store also sets up a second tent, the $5 tent, where all items (toys, figures, and other merchandise) cost only five bucks each.

Drawing of strong-jawed white dude with red top of face, glasses, and yellow letters AB on forehead
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Austin Books & Comics

4. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

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2438 W Anderson Ln Ste B1
Austin, TX
(512) 454-2399
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Doors open at 10 a.m., and comic supply will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a bouncy castle and snow cones, along with a variety of snacks and treats from neighbors, as well as cosplayers dressed as favorite comic characters.

Spiderman (?) life-sized figure with hat and accessories, maybe a light saber (?) confusing but interesting
Dragon’s Lair Austin
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5. Rogues Gallery Comics and Games

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1601 S Interstate 35 Ste 360
Round Rock, TX
(512) 279-8888
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Round Rock comics and game source since 2001, Rogues Gallery will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day with free comics (of course), as well as cosplayers including @ChinakoCosplay and opportunities for kids to get photos with Spider-Gwen, a Stormtrooper, and more.

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Rogues Gallery Comics and Games party
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1. Hops & Heroes Comics

1108 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Hops & Heroes/Facebook

Austin Toy Museum vintage toy swap/vendors, Austin artist booths, and Magic the Gathering lessons (at 3 p.m.) are some of the attractions here. Craft beer, wine, and, um, Jar Jar Links (hot dogs) will be available all day.

1108 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Tribe Comics and Games

3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste D-113, Austin, TX
Crocheted creatures with sort of legs and eyes
Little Cthulhus at Tribe Comic and Games
Tribe Comic and Games/Facebook

South Austin’s Tribe Comics and Games seems to emphasize the “games” (board games, role-playing games, and miniatures), and we’re not seeing any special events for Free Comic Book Day. Still, they do sell the things, so you might want to check them out.

3005 S Lamar Blvd Ste D-113
Austin, TX

3. Austin Books & Comics

5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX
Drawing of strong-jawed white dude with red top of face, glasses, and yellow letters AB on forehead
Austin Books & Comics logo
Austin Books & Comics

So much love for Austin Books & Comics, which has lived up to its taglines of “The Definitive Austin Comics Store Experience” and “Center of Austin Fandom” for more than 30 years. The longtime local fave will have its usual giant tent in front of the store, inside of which each attending family member may select up to 10 free comics (see some of what will be available at freecomicbookday.com). The store also sets up a second tent, the $5 tent, where all items (toys, figures, and other merchandise) cost only five bucks each.

5002 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX

4. Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy

2438 W Anderson Ln Ste B1, Austin, TX
Spiderman (?) life-sized figure with hat and accessories, maybe a light saber (?) confusing but interesting
Dragon’s Lair Austin
Dragon’s Lair Austin/Facebook

Doors open at 10 a.m., and comic supply will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a bouncy castle and snow cones, along with a variety of snacks and treats from neighbors, as well as cosplayers dressed as favorite comic characters.

2438 W Anderson Ln Ste B1
Austin, TX

5. Rogues Gallery Comics and Games

1601 S Interstate 35 Ste 360, Round Rock, TX
Comic with store name and lots of characters
Rogues Gallery Comics and Games party
Nathan Bliss/Rogues Gallery/Facebook

Round Rock comics and game source since 2001, Rogues Gallery will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day with free comics (of course), as well as cosplayers including @ChinakoCosplay and opportunities for kids to get photos with Spider-Gwen, a Stormtrooper, and more.

1601 S Interstate 35 Ste 360
Round Rock, TX