LIMA — Kids of all ages descended on downtown Lima for two special events that combined the comic book and the love of trucks.
This was the 13th year for Free Comic Book Day in Lima and the third year they’ve incorporated Touch-A-Truck.
“It really creates kind of a festival atmosphere down on Main Street, and each year it gets bigger and better. I’ve already started to think about next year,” said Marc Bowker, owner of Alter Ego Comics.
So what is the event all about?
“It’s basically to celebrate the medium, that comics are still alive and kicking. It’s a print medium that isn’t necessarily suffering the same side effects of some of the other print mediums. But comics have achieved such a high level of recognition within pop culture with movies and TV shows and video games, and comics are still just as viable a form of entertainment as they’ve always been,” he said.
A number of people were dressed as comic book heroes, from Supergirl to Deadpool to Ant-Man.
“We have a great group of volunteers. They’re all doing this on their own time. They love making kids smile, and they also go out and work with charities. We work with the March of Dimes, Make-A-Wish. The group is called Heroes for Hope and we’re always looking for new charities and non-profits to work with to make kids smile,” said Bowker.
The line for people to grab their free comics stretched around the business.
“We started with about 20 different titles, and [there’s] really something for everybody — from Disney princesses to Spongebob to The Simpsons, and then you get things for older readers like The Avengers or Spiderman, and then some stuff that more die-hard comic fans would know, books from Image Comics like Barrier and Black Hammer from Dark Horse, really something for everybody,” Bowker said.
Touch-A-Truck also proved to be a popular draw.
“It’s a chance for kids to get up close to some of these safety services vehicles and big vehicles of all kinds. Kids love trucks. They want to get inside. They want to honk the horns, they want to turn on the sirens. They want to sit high up. We’ve got a dump truck from Republic Services so just all kinds of fun stuff for people to look at, take pictures with and crawl around on,” Bowker added.
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