Since 2002, thousands of comic book shops around the world have given out millions of free comic books on the first Saturday in May. Santa Monica Public Library joins the fun with its second Free Comic Book Day celebration on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Starting at 10 a.m., comic book lovers of all ages can stop by the Santa Monica Main Library or any Branch location to pick up a free comic book (while supplies last).

From 1 to 3 p.m., drop in for comic book crafts, a photo booth, virtual reality experience and other super activities at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Costumes are encouraged!

At 2 p.m., walk over to our event co-sponsor Hi De Ho Comics at 1431 Lincoln Blvd. for a cosplay contest, part of their all-day Free Comic Book Day event.

At 3 p.m., return to the Main Library and cap off the day with a screening of a colorful cosmic adventure featuring a hammer-wielding Norse god, a passive-aggressive trickster, a big green grouch and a villainess.

For movie title, addresses and other details, visit our website at or call 310-458-8600.

All programs are free. Seating and supplies are limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. All Library locations are served by the Big Blue Bus. Call branches for route information. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

Submitted by Barbara Chang Fleeman, Public Services Librarian