Shazam! Free Comic Book Day Zaps St. Louis Tomorrow

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Comic books have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to film series revolving around The Avengers, X-Men and Superman. But with hobby reading in general going down nationwide, how can comic book shops ensure that younger generations will be interested in the adventures of Batman or Archie?

That's where Free Comic Book Day comes in. Held the first Saturday each May (that's tomorrow!), the national holiday for four-color connoisseurs started in 2002 to expand comic book awareness and appreciation. Now, though, it's grown into a full-fledged carnival, with shops all over the country giving away thousands of free books and hosting fun events to entice both new readers and longtime devotees. This year, retailers will be offering up to 60 official Free Comic Book titles, some of which are kicking off new series or are destined to become collectors' items.

See also: Free Comic Book Day: A Virgin's Guide to Attaining Maximum Pleasure

It's kind of awesome, and if you don't believe us, you can ask Marvel Comics god Stan Lee:

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The Craigslist Missed Connections of St. Louis Wizard World

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Jon Gitchoff
The Khaleesi and Khal Drogo found each other. Who's next?

Earlier this week, we shared how an ingenious local man used a Wizard World photo opportunity with Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion to propose to his girlfriend. It's an adorable story, but unfortunately, not everybody was as lucky in love at the comic book/pop culture convention.

See also:
- Nathan Fillion Unwittingly Helps Local Nerds Get Engaged at Wizard World
- The Three Best Things About Wizard World 2014

A look at the Missed Connections section of Craigslist reveals that a number of people were hit by "love at first sight" at Wizard World, held April 4 through 6 at America's Center. And we're down with kismet! But because many of the personal ads still are online nearly two weeks after the event, we can only assume that the love connections are still yet to be made.

So help us out, readers! Check out the enchanting Missed Connections ads below, and help us find the folks who might be somebody's love of a lifetime.

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Nathan Fillion Unwittingly Helps Local Nerds Get Engaged at Wizard World

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Wizard World
Actor Nathan Fillion made a love connection for James Dauer and Jenna Nurnberger.

When Jenna Nurnberger became engaged at the Wizard World convention held in St. Louis just over a week ago, she had no idea that Nathan Fillion, her long-time Firefly crush, would be part of it.

But her fiancé James Dauer did. Well, sort of.

"You can't say 'no' to serendipity," Dauer says.

See also:
- Story: Wizard World Inc.: A roving comic con looks to corner the geek market
- Slideshow: Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014


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The Three Best Things About Wizard World 2014

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Jon Gitchoff
When Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion are together, we're in our happy place.

After spending three straight days rubbing elbows with tens of thousands of costumed fans, drooling over dozens of high-profile celebrities and spending two months' rent on sketches and t-shirts, we may need to take a short breather from the comic book world.

But, by Thor's hammer, Wizard World was quite the journey.

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Wizard World Celebs Bruce Campbell & William Shatner Have St. Louis Ties

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Photos courtesy of Wizard World
Bruce "Ash" Campbell and William "Kirk" Shatner are in St. Louis for Wizard World.

As noted in this week's cover story, traveling comic con Wizard World returns to St. Louis April 4 through 6, bringing with it nearly unlimited nerdery. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of cosplayers, comic-book collectors, video-game enthusiasts and casual lookyloos will gather for all manner of pop culture in the America's Center downtown (though Wizard World's photos on Facebook suggest record crowds will push the convention into the larger Edward Jones Dome), and one of the big draws for fans is meeting revered celebrities from The Walking Dead, Doctor Who and Firefly.

See also: Wizard World Inc.: A roving comic con looks to corner the geek market

Indeed, St. Louis will become the setting for a living People magazine, with Firefly's Nathan Fillion, Batman's Adam West and Burt Ward, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku and Lord of the Rings/The Goonies' Sean Astin all roaming the Dome. But two of Wizard World's most-anticipated guests have connections to St. Louis.

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For Sale on Craigslist: Sweet Baby Pac-Man Arcade/Pinball Game, Signed by Cloud Nothings

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Photos Courtesy of Chris Ward
Chris Ward and his Baby Pac-Man machine.
KDHX's (88.1 FM) Chris Ward is parting with his refurbished and totally sweet Baby Pac-Man game, which is up for sale on Craigslist in case you're interested.

"I love it, it's one of my favorite machines, but it's time to...I don't know what...move on?" Ward says, finding it a little hard to explain why a 32-year-old childless man has such an huge gaming machine. "It's amazingly fun to play. Somebody else should enjoy it."

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World Series Superstitions: Don't Shave Your Beard, Don't Change Your Mayor?

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St. Louis City
Eddie Roth calculates stuff like this for fun.
Hardcore baseball fans nerd out over math: batting averages, win shares, strike out to walk ratios.

Eddie Roth, the City of St. Louis' director of operations, is one such chic geek. As the St. Louis Cardinals advanced in the playoffs, he researched how their record compares to Mayor Francis Slay's terms in office.

"I was just sort of curious, and one thing led to another," Roth says. "It doesn't help you, and it doesn't hurt you."

Turns out Slay is one of only two mayors in baseball history to see his Major League Baseball team play in the Fall Classic in each of his four terms, according to Roth's research. Check out his unofficial report, Post Season Slay, below:


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Star Trek Fans, Rejoice! Illinois Government Website Translates to Klingon Language

Categories: Nerdgasm, News

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via Facebook / Star Trek
Jay Rowell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), is a big Star Trek fan. That made it all the more intriguing when he and his staff discovered that the language translator tool his agency uses for the department website just so happens to have has the unusual option of Klingon. If the office wanted, without spending a dime, visitors to the website could get the opportunity to have all the text translated to Klingon -- with a single click.

"What can it hurt to keep it up there a couple days or a couple weeks?" department spokesman Greg Rivara tells Daily RFT.

So IDES set up the Klingon category in the spring, centered on the hype of the Star Trek" Into Darkness movie.

"It's driving eyeballs to our product, and our product by design is intended to help people," says Rivara. "The more that we can introduce our product to people, the better we can help."

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Sonic Boom in St. Louis: Inside The Nerd Convention for The World Famous Hedgehog

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Theo Welling
Head Juggalo Sonic
I didn't grow up a Sonic the Hedgehog fan. In my early video game days, Pitfall Harry represented my family's Atari allegiance, and Mario and Link later led us to Nintendo heaven. I knew about Sega only through visiting friends, with "the hedgehog game" being something we played before dinner at their houses.

So why was I keen to report on Sonic Boom this weekend, an event that celebrates the mascot for a gaming system I didn't play much?

Because I could wear a costume while reporting. Duh.

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Sonic The Hedgehog Brings The Boom to The Pageant This Weekend

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Courtesy of Sega
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Hide your golden rings, because Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to St. Louis.

Sonic Boom, an event celebrating the longtime mascot of video game and entertainment powerhouse Sega, hits The Pageant tomorrow. The affair, which is North America's only major Sega-sponsored Sonic-themed event of the year, will feature live entertainment, trivia and a costume contest.

"We're very excited to bring Sonic Boom to St. Louis! One of the things we hear from a lot of fans is that they wish Sonic events happened closer to them and not always on the east or west coast," says Kellie Parker, Sega senior community manager. "As someone who grew up in the Midwest, I really understand what that feels like. St. Louis is a great city within a day's drive of a lot of the country."

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