Mike Mika and his kids Ellis and Emerson, from Berkeley, look for Avengers comics at the Escapist Comic Bookstore in Berkeley on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (Caroline Champlin/KQED)
Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, which means comic bookstores across the country and in the Bay Area gave out free comics to anyone who comes in. Comic book fans of all ages gathered at The Escapist Comic Bookstore in Berkeley.
Escapist Comics specializes in vintage comics and graphic novels. On Saturday, local comic book artists set up shop to draw sketches and sign books as part of the festivities. Employees handed out free movie posters and limited edition prints; fans flocked to get their hands on free comics ranging from The Avengers to Pokemon, and many stuck around afterwards to flip through even more comics.
Despite the growing dominance of online marketplaces like Amazon, the store's manager, Paul Purcell, says people still enjoy the tactile experience of buying comic books.
KQED's Caroline Champlin contributed reporting to this story.