Phoenix, AZ, May 05, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Local Artist Celebrates Five Years of Making Free Comics
The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, and a local artist has participated for the past five years by sending a unique comic book to stores statewide.
Russ Kazmierczak, Jr. is the creator of Amazing Arizona Comics, a mini-comic book series that has satirized Arizona news, culture, and history with superhero adventure since 2010. In 2011, he began sending short stories to comic books stores for Free Comic Book Day. Shops in Phoenix, Prescott, Flagstaff, and Tucson have all distributed his work.
Kazmierczak explains, "Imagine if one day every year, movie theaters across the country played films for free, just for the love of cinema. That's Free Comic Book Day. Comic book shops give away free issues, and it's more than a marketing strategy -- it's a celebration!"
As an avid self-publisher, Kazmierczak had to be a part of the day's festivities.
"Oh, I've gone to comic shops since Free Comic Book Day began," he says, "but that was as a fan. Making my own comics now, I'm honored that my characters can join Superman, Spider-man, and my other childhood heroes as a choice for kids to read today. That's what the day is all about."
Cory Bushnell of Flagstaff's CAB Comics has been one of Kazmierczak's supporters from the beginning. "We have a section dedicated for locals here and make sure to have space for the indie creators," says Bushnell. "Also we like to give back to the community and make Free Comic Book Day about something more than free comics. That is why we have a food drive."
This year, Kazmierczak will be signing his comics and offering free sketches at Drawn to Comics in downtown Glendale on Free Comic Book Day, which is this Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. His latest free comic will be available at stores statewide.
Russ Kazmierczak, Jr.