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On May 3, 2014 comic shops across North America and around the world participated in Free Comic Day. Since 2002, comic shops have been giving away free comics to interested readers and each year the event grows and grows. Locally, Comix Connection at both their Mechanicsburg and York stores participated in the event, drawing lines of comic fans waiting to get their hands on three free comics. If patrons brought in a perishable food item to donate to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (at the Mechanicsburg store) and the York Rescue Mission (at the York store), they could pick up an extra free comic per food item. After the event, the tally for how much food was brought in was a whopping 2,574 pounds of food. Also in attendance at the Mechanicsburg store were the 501 Legion Star Wars Costume Characters who posed for pictures with patrons as well as collected new in-the-package Star Wars toys throughout the day. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May each year. Comix Connection Mechanicsburg is located at 6200 Carlisle Pike, Suite C in the Artworks Building. Their phone number is 717-591-2727. Check them out online for other events and geekdom at blog.comixconnection.com.

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