Real su­per­heroes give away comic books

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Book­stores are usu­ally known for sell­ing books, not giv­ing them away – but free comic books are ex­actly what one One­hunga shop is all about.

To­mor­row Gotham Comics is hold­ing Free Comic Book Day, which aims to pro­mote lit­er­acy and en­cour­age read­ing.

“The medium of comics is help­ing to in­tro­duce peo­ple of all ages to the vis­ual lit­er­acy world and the fun of read­ing,” says store manger Jeremy Bishop.

He says his in­ter­est has gone from read­ing comics to col­lect­ing them and cre­at­ing and pub­lish­ing them.

“My first comic was called X Fac­tor 35,” he laughs.

“I was sick one week and my mum bought them for me and then I col­lected them through­out high school.”

Now 33, he ad­mits he is still a big kid at heart.

Eight-year-old Robert Bishop has plenty of read­ing ma­te­rial when he vis­its

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Comic mad­ness: Jeremy Bishop and his son Robert are comic book fans.

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