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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Comics-palooza

This weekend sure is an exciting one for comic book fans — which apparently includes at least one Member of Congress.

Not only is “X-Men Origins: Wolverine— hitting movie theaters, but Saturday is also Free Comic Book Day, which will see comic shops nationwide give away free comics to their customers as a way to promote interest in the genre — and financial literacy.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) introduced legislation Thursday commending the holiday, calling it “an enjoyable and creative approach to promoting literacy.—

Ruppersberger’s bill notes that comics “have proven to be a wonderful educational tool to help reluctant readers to take an interest in, and develop a life-long love of, reading.— According to the measure, “a growing number of schools are using comics to teach kids narration, dialogue, and visual design— and “comics and graphic novels are increasingly being recognized as serious literature.—

Capitol Hill comic book fans can hit up Fantom Comics in Union Station on Saturday to take part in the event.

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