Free Comic Book Day hits the Valley

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - It was Free Comic Book Day at Samurai Comics in Phoenix as a way to get people interested in these entertaining stories.

“Originally, there were four companies that did it to basically kind of entice people to come in to read comics for the first time,” said Jeff Pena, a local comic book artist who's been reading and drawing for a long time. “I've been reading comics since I was 12, and knew I wanted to be a comic book writer and artist from day one.”

Since then, Pena has self-published numerous comic books, hitting the 10-year mark this year.

“For about four years, I walked around with a portfolio at Comic-Con, wasn't getting any bites, and finally just was like, 'You know what? I'm just going to make it. I'm just going to do it on my own.' " Pena said. "My wife helped me out with that a lot, and we ended up just publishing our first comic in November 2005 with Dr. Oblivion."

This weekend, the new "Avengers" movie hits the theaters, so you can bet some of the hottest comic books out there involve the characters we have grown to love.

Another popular comic book is the "Fantastic 4," which was the first Marvel superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961. The new "Fantastic 4" movie hits the theaters this August.

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