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Holy Smokes, Batman—It's National Comic Book Day 2012!

Whether you love Spiderman, X-Men, Watchmen or Maggie and Hopie, the "Locas" of "Love & Rockets," be sure to geek out with your favorite comics on this holiday.

Today is one of Napa Patch editor Louisa Hufstader's favorite mini-holidays.

Sept. 25 is National Comic Book day. This is a day for people of all ages to enjoy, since the first-ever comic book superhero made his first appearance in 1938

While some characters have new looks, and some of their storylines have changed completely, comic enthusiasts like Hufstader can still share their love of their favorite characters, old and new.

This geeky holiday is a great time for comic fans to honor their obsession, whether it be with superheroes or underground "comix."

Napa doesn't have a comic-book store, but both the Napa County Library and Copperfield's Books stock some graphic novels worth checking out, says Hufstader, whose favorite artists are Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, a.k.a. "Los Bros Hernandez:" She's collected almost every issue of their 1980s Love & Rockets series along with hardcover editions.

Hufstader, who says she got the comics bug in her 20s "when Frank Miller was drawing Daredevil," is also a big fan of the comics artist Derf, of Punk Rock and Trailer Parks and My Friend Dahmer (available at Copperfield's). 

National Comic Book day is also a precursor for the famous New York Comic Con. This year, it will be held Oct. 11-14 at the Jacob Javits Center, where heroes and villains will walk the streets of Gotham.

From Batman to Archie and the gang to Maggie and Hopie, the "Locas" of Love & Rockets, be sure to celebrate everyone’s favorite comic characters.

TELL US: Who is your favorite comic book character? Also, join Hufstader and upload photos of your personal comic book collection.

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I have to confess: The Portuguese-language "Daredevil" ("O Demolidor") from Brazil and the incredible stacks of vintage comics in the other photo I uploaded are not from my personal collection. They were loaned to me by a very good friend and I read every single one, including the tattered 1960s issues of "Dr. Strange" and a graphic-novel version of Wagner's "The Ring." Long live comics in all their infinite variety!
Dan Graham September 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I've been reading a lot of Axe Cop. It's written by a 5 year old and illustrated by his 29 year old brother. This is Axe Cops origin story " One day at the scene of a fire the cop found the perfect fireman axe. That was the day he became Axe Cop". If you want to remember what it was like to be a kid and have your imagination run wild then you need to read Axe Cop. It's absolutely hilarious and totally insane.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Wow, Dan! Axe Cop is incredible. I just blew through four or five episodes laughing increasingly louder and more frequently. I especially like the panels "Axe Cop with Lemon" and "Bad Santa hurt people's ears by playing his guitar, and the Evil Flying Book bit people in the head." Weepingly funny. Thank you so much for the reco.

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