Comic book lovers, unite: Free Comic Book Day, preview of ‘Legend of Zelda’ planned May 4

By Sam Diezel and Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondents

Submitted photo by Melissa Baerry

   GREENSBORO — Greensboro will become Comic Book City USA in honor of Free Comic Book Day on May 4, 2013.
More than 32,000 comic books will be given away for free and superhero fans of all ages can be photographed with their favorite characters at Acme Comics, 2150 Lawndale Drive. There will be a variety of family friendly events to explore as Acme Comics marks the 11th year celebrating Free Comic Book Day.
The Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema will be holding a one-day lock-in event where attendees can stay up all night, May 3, playing board games, enjoying snacks and delicious beverages and watching their favorite superhero movies and TV series before hopping in line early Saturday morning to receive their free bag of comic books. If you’re interested in the lock-in, email before 6 p.m. May 2.
The League of Extraordinary Thespians will be holding a promotional sneak peek of its upcoming show “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Musical” at the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema at 4 p.m. May 4. The shows will be at 7 p.m. May 10-11 at St. Mark’s Church, 1230 St. Mark’s Church Road, Burlington. A $10 donation is suggested to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research.
Cast members also will be present at a lemonade stand for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in the Lost Ark Arcade booth near Acme Comics where fans of the franchise will have the chance to meet and take pictures with some of their favorite characters from the series.
The show’s story revolves around a young boy named Link (played by Shane Hansard), who, after being commissioned to save the land of Hyrule by the Great Deku Tree (William Watson), joins forces with Princess Zelda (Nunna Noe and Allie Allen) to prevent the evil Ganondorf (Austin Prebula) from conquering Hyrule. Accompanied by energetic fairy Navi (Madison Kimrey), Link gathers ancient treasures, travels across time and fights monsters, witches Koume (Abigail Helms) and Kotake (Stacy Hansard), and even a dark version of himself (Chase Wilson).
The plot spans across seven years and Link’s older self (Glen Bounds), continues his quest alongside mysterious warrior Sheik (Cassie Berry) and encounters many characters across Hyrule, such as the wise owl Kaepora Gaebora (Reid Dalton), mountain-dwelling Darunia (Tristan Overman), Zora princess Ruto (Kassi Barr and Pattie Mathieu), and the strange Happy Mask Salesman (Derec Knudson). This live musical adaptation of the classic Nintendo video game is filled with action, comedy and great story-telling.

 For more details on Free Comic Book Day, visit To find out more about The League of Extraordinary Thespians, visit

Sam Diezel is a home-schooled senior and Sabrina Noelle Otero is a sophomore in the Alamance Burlington Middle College; both are Teens & Twenties writers.


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