Last, year, the Eisner-winning cartoonist Batton Lash ( Supernatural Law ,Radioactive Man) told The Posts Comic Riffs : Free Comic Book Day is a gateway for those who are unaware, and an opportunity to get hooked on Americas indigenous artform and the worlds greatest entertainment medium. The event has grown exponentially since its 2002 origins as a California-sprung promotional event. Today, many stores are offering at least 60 different books for free. And if youre in the DC area, be sure to check out the local appearances and free comics today from such Friends of Comic Riffs as Joe Sutliff, Teresa Roberts Logan, and Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo. (For the full Big Planet lineup, check out Mike Rhodes ComicsDC .) To find your local participating shop, go to FreeComicBookDay.com .