A cast of characters were at a Cedar Falls comic book shop Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
The Core was one of many comic book shops around the country handing out comic books.
Each person was allowed to take as many as 6 books with them so the store managers think they gave out about 3000 free comic books.
They say they do this every year because they want to foster community, the love of comics, and child literacy.
"It's a destination now, it's someplace the family can come and spend time together here for the community. I see lots of students from lots of the elementary schools in the area, and the junior high. I've seen a few high school students and some college students. But it's a place to go to to join, as my wife says, a big geek community," said Darren Derhammer.
Along with free comics, people were treated to a costume show, free superhero face paint for the kids, and a chance to meet local artists as well.
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