Heroes Foil Would-Be Thief in Loop, Sort Of

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, and our freelance videographer Anastasia Folorunso hit the street to speak with flesh-and-blood superhero (impersonators) who had also managed to foil a would-be thief at Star Clipper.

For the kid in all of us, read about the event and watch the video after the jump.

On Saturday, on the sidewalks of Delmar Boulevard, you might have spotted a superhero or two.

They were there celebrating the one day of the year were they are re-introduced to their fans and new audiences alike. It was Free Comic Book Day and Star Clipper in the Loop was participating by giving out free comics, toys and a chance to go one-on-one with some of you favorite superheroes.

Free comic book day was inspired by a retailer who was trying to re-introduce comics to people who had left them in their childhood or had never been fans of comics in the first place. He wanted a way to show them the values of comics for free and Free Comic Book Day was created. It is celebrated in the United States and Canada and some other countries around the world.

A.J. Trujillo, co-owner of Star Clipper, with her husband Ben Trujillo, was excited to share her world with St. Louis. She believes it is ''always in one's nature'' to love comics and her love of comics makes her job a ''perpetual delight.'' Star Clipper has been at its current location for four years and in the University City area for twenty years. The store hosted comic book fans trying to get some free books and meet the people behind the books the love.

St. Louis native and illustrator Brian Hurtt and writer Cullen Bunn were at Star Clipper promoting free comic book day and their series ''The Damned.''

It’s a graphic novel which can be described as a mix between 1920s film noir and a slasher flick. Hurtt said he has always wanted to work in the comic book industry and, after a false start in retail, he went full speed onto a career in comics. His other work includes the graphic novel ''Queen and Country'' and a comic book prequel to the movie Jumper. His new project ''The Dammed'' is a three part series published by Oni Press. The second part of the series is due to be released in a couple of weeks and the series has already been picked up by DreamWorks and might be coming to a theater near you sometime in the future.

The event was graced by the presence of three superheros from the Justice League. Batman, Superman and Wonderwomen were on hand to talk to guests, take pictures and stop crime where ever it might be.

-- Anastasia Folorunso

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