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Free Comic Book Day returns Saturday to Eagle Valley Music and Comics

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What: Free Comic Book Day.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Where: Eagle Valley Music and Comics, 211 Main St., Minturn.

Cost: You get three free comics for showing up, until they run out of free comics.

More information: Call 970-476-1713, or go to www.freecomicbookday.com" target="_blank">class="Hyperlink">www.freecomicbookday.com.

You remember how you gleefully ignored your high school English teacher as she droned on about “Great Expectations”?

And how you read comic books instead of Charles Dickens’ work, because the expectations in “Great Expectations” aren’t that great?

And how she took away your comic books as your shrieked that in 183,349 words, Dickens’ “Great Expectations” should have been able to come up with something, anything, great, but didn’t?

And how upset she was when you pointed out that the average comic book contains 3,288 well-chosen words in 22 succinct pages?

And how Stan Lee got Big Texas Rich creating comic books and movies about Spiderman and other superheroes?

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And how Stan Lee is still making comics and movies?

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. No one ever sponsored a Free “Great Expectations” Day, or a day for the other classics that you were forced at chalk point to read.

The Lord of the Flies is not king

You’re not in this alone, young people. Those classics are the same load of dystopian drivel your parents were also forced to read. You can probably steal their book reports because the pigs are still the problem in “Animal Farm” and the punks in “Lord of the Flies” should still have their ears boxed.

Comic books, however, are constantly improving and evolving. For example, because Silver Age Comics studied it closely, we know that Batman throws more punches than Spiderman in an average comic book.

Comics for the ages

The comic book hero Superman is probably older than your grandfather. Free Comic Book Day is not.

Free Comic Book Day is designed to put comic books in the hands of readers of all ages. Locally, it’s being celebrated at Eagle Valley Music & Comics in Minturn.

Saturday is the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, and this is Tom Robbins’ eighth year of participation. He started working in Eagle Valley Music & Comics as a local high school student and eventually bought the place.

Free Comic Book Day features 50 books created specifically for this day by the publishers.

If you go to Robbins’ store on Saturday, and you get three free comics without a purchase. If you break out cash or plastic, then you can have as many as you want.

It’s like a library

Beyond all that, the store usually carries zillions of comics. Tell the shopkeeper what you like — TV and movies and books — and they’ll point you in the right direction. They’re like librarians, only you never get shushed.

Robbins has collected comic books for 40 years and remains firmly old school.

“They have digital comics now, and that’s fine, but it’s not the same as something you can hold in your hand,” Robbins said. “It’s the experience. There’s nothing like the feel and look and smell of a book as you hold it.”

Comic books used to cost 10 cents, but gas used to be 32 cents and bread was a nickel a loaf. Now comic books run between $2.99 and $3.99 and the gas price issue is geopolitical.

Robbins has several dozen people who subscribe to different series who come in every week. Others haven’t been in a comic book store since they were kids.

“You’ll find your old friends waiting for you,” he said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.