Library holding Comic Con
WOODBURY On the morning of May 3, Woodbury residents will be encouraged to strut around town in tights.

From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Woodbury Public Library will host its first Comic Con, a free event designed to give comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts of any age a chance to mingle, trade comics, and even rub elbows with a local artist or two.

The event will feature games, food, and local comics vendors, including Frankenstein Comics and Tiki Tiki Board Games. In addition, New Jersey-based comic book writer Tony DiGerolamo — who has worked on the Bart Simpson comic series — will host a seminar on digital comic publishing at 12:45 p.m. Broadcasters from radio station More FM 101.1 will maintain a tent at the event. The library is at 33 Delaware St. in Woodbury.

As the event is being held to mark Free Comic Book Day, a national event observed by comic book vendors on the first Saturday in May each year, each attendee will receive a free comic book.

"Comic books are still 'reading,' they're just a different form," library director Jean Wipf said. "They're not Jane Austen, but we still like to promote reading any way we can."

Visitors who arrive at the event wearing a costume will receive a gift. For more information, call 856-845-2611.

- Jerry Iannelli