After 13 years in north San Leandro, has moved to a larger store on the south side of town, at 699 Lewelling Boulevard in the Greenhouse Marketplace next to Papa Murphy's Pizza.
On Saturday, The Comic Shop will participate in what has become a regular ritual called . Customers may choose free comics from over 30 available titles, said co-owner Miryam Ramos.
The Comic Shop has a long lineage. The store was founded in 1982 by John Watson. Ramos bought it in 1994. Five years later Rebecca Blea joined her as a partner.
The store had been located at Bancroft near Dutton for the last 13 years. Ramos said the partners wanted a larger store in order to add products and activities, such as Game Nights, including Friday Night Magic (the Gathering).
"This new location adds 300 square feet to our footprint and lets us add other cool items, such as Jigsaw Puzzles, and allows us to bring our entire line of Manga titles into the store," Ramos said. "Being in the Greenhouse Marketplace also gives us higher exposure."
The Saturday giveaway is neatly time to give the shop a marketing tool to publicize its move.
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) was founded by Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff, located in Concord.
The first FCBD coincided with the release of the Spider-Man movie. Since then, each FCBD has seen the release of a major super hero movie on the same weekend.
"This weekend we are looking forward to seeing The Avengers," Ramos said.
For more information call 510-667-9914.