CLINTON — Mari Metzger will attempt to achieve two goals this weekend at Tiney's Comics.
Her store is participating in its third free comic book day Saturday, and Metzger is hoping for bigger crowds in order for her to spread awareness for comic books and help children to enjoy reading.
"We just really want to give back to the community," Metzger said. "We want to inspire people to read."
The first year that Tiney's Comics, 516 S. Second St., offered the promotion, there was little excitement, Metzger said.
Business picked up last year, and Metzger is hoping the variety of books being offered will push more people through the store's doors.
Metzger said there will be approximately 15 different titles for patrons to choose from, including books featuring the "Walking Dead," "Superman," "Star Wars," and books for children like "Sesame Street" and "Strawberry Shortcake."
"There's pretty much something for everybody," said Metzger, who also plays Marlena Midnite in the television show "Midnite Mausoleum," based in Clinton.
Free comic book day is a nationally recognized event held on the first Saturday in May. The event has been ongoing since 2002, and stores have provided millions of free comic books to readers.
During Tiney Comic's giveaway, baked goods and free drawings will be available. The free drawings will include "Amazing Spider Man" No. 700, "Walking Dead," No. 100, and "Batman Incorporated," No. 8.
"Basically, this event brings awareness to comic books and shows people that they are still around," Metzger said. "A lot of people don't realize there are still comic books, but that's how I learned how to read."
Tiney's will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.