WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – People got up early to get their hands on some free comic books and free prizes. It was all part of Free Comic Book Day at Fanboy Comics in Wilmington.
The store had about 10,000 free comics to give away as part of the national celebration of comic books.
"Definitely fandom of all kinds types are welcome here. The Star Trek guys, the Star Wars guys, the Doctor Who 'Whovians' everybody and we cater to all of them," said Fanboy Comics owner Thomas Gilbert.
There were door prizes, a costume contest and even a wedding.
"That was a first for free comic book day. I've already had two people come up to me and say they want to get married next year for free comic book day," Gilbert said. "So maybe we'll have a big mass wedding next year."
And comic books weren't the only thing people got to see at Free Comic Book Day -- they also got to help out some animals.
Animal Warriors, an organization that's hoping to build a facility in Wilmington in the near future, set up a table at the event.
Animal Planet Hero of the Year Scott Lope greeted folks, along with comic book artist Phil Iimenez.
Lope says currently, there are not that many places for animals to go, which is why they hope to open up a facility in the Port City.