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Three comic shops on New York’s Long Island, Best Comics in New Hyde Park, The Comic Book Depot in Wantagh, and Fourth World Comics in Smithtown will host Dark Horse Comics writers Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and Turok, Son of Stone), J.C. Vaughn (Mighty Samson, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics), and Billy Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, Shi) for a whirlwind three store signing event on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Shooter, the former Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics and acclaimed writer of The Avengers and the perpetually best selling Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars, actually broke into comics at age 13 with DC Comics writing the Legion of Super Heroes (on which he’s had three stints over the years). Since then, he has founded VALIANT, DEFIANT and Broadway Comics, and is now writing multiple titles for Dark Horse.

Our own J.C. Vaughn is best known as the Associate Publisher of Gemstone Publishing, where he works on The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Comic Book Marketplace and Scoop. He also authored our Free Comic Book Day entry, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics. In addition to co-writing Mighty Samson with Shooter, his comic book work includes 24 (based on the Fox TV series), Shi (with Billy Tucci), and his creator-owned Vampire, PA, Zombie-Proof, and Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children.  

Tucci came on the comics scene more than 16 years ago with his creator-owned series Shi: The Way of the Warrior. Since then, he has made his own award-winning short film (Some Trouble of a Serious Nature), written and illustrated the critically acclaimed Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, and most recently been nominated for an Eisner Award for his short Batman story in DC's 2010 Halloween special, among other projects.

Shooter, Vaughn and Tucci will be appearing at Best Comics from noon to 1 PM, at The Comic Book Depot from 2 PM to 3 PM, and at Fourth World Comics from 4 PM to 5 PM.

Contact the individual stores for additional details.