Thousands of comic book shops around the world, including Comic Explosion in Lapeer, will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day Saturday, May 5th. It's the 17th anniversary of the event.

Worldwide, about six million comics will be given away.

"With awesome titles like Amazing Spider-Man, DC Nation, and Captain America, we're sure there's a comic book for everyone," said Comic Explosion owner Gordon Sherman. "Comics are a fun and enduring form of entertainment for readers of all ages to dive into as imagination comes to life. Whether it be popular comics, film, television shows, or video games, there's something for everyone to enjoy."

If you have a child that resists or struggles with reading, comic books may be the answer. When one of our sons was just beginning to read, and having difficulty with comprehension, we were told to encourage him read ANYTHING - comic books, video game manuals, even cereal boxes - because it's much easier to read something that's fun and interesting. There may be a comic book that catches your beginning reader's eye.

Comic Explosion is located at 216 E. Nepessing St. in Lapeer.  Reach them at 810-667-3972.  Free Comic Book Day runs from noon to 5:00 pm.