(WLTX) - Comic book stores across the nation will be giving away millions of books this Saturday.
The annual Free Comic Book Day is set for May 4th.
Designed to as a celebration of the artform of comic books, the event also hopes to inspire people to read.
Event organizers point to a study published in the Journal of Child Language that says the average comic book introduces children to nearly twice as many new words as the average children's book and more than five times as many as the average child-adult conversation.
In all, about 52 different titles will be available Saturday, which is a new record. (To see a full list of titles available, go to the Free Comic Book Day website)
Here the retailers in the Columbia area that will be participating in Free Comic Book Day.
Heroes and Dragons
510 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC, 29210
Scratch N Spin
513 12Th St
West Columbia, SC, 29169
Silver City Comics
538 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, SC, 29033