Free Comic Book Day a hit at library

 Kevin Gramman reads a comic book he received on Free Comic Book Day at the Gretna Public Library last year. The library offered free comic books, free character sketches and other comic-related activities as part of the nationwide event.

Wow.

Word bubbles of delight formed above the heads of young and old alike on Saturday as they entered the Gretna Public Library.

The library pulled out all the stops for Free Comic Book Day, a worldwide event that celebrates the American art form.

More than 200 people visited the main library where they were able to choose from a variety of family-friendly comics to take for free as well as participate in a variety of fun, comic-related activities.

Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion group of costume enthusiasts, including several Gretna residents, greeted visitors to the main library and mingled with guests inside for photos.

Artists Tracie Mauk and Bruce McCorkindale picked up pencil and paper, creating character sketches on request. The two drew everything from Captain America to Curious George at the event. Mauk is known for her work in “Funnies Farm” and “Fight!” McCorkindale’s work has appeared in “Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters,” “Green Hornet” and “Sports Illustrated Kids.”

This is the library’s second year participating in Free Comic Book Day, which began in 2002.

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