Over the past few years, comic-themed films, TV shows, events - you name it - have been popping up all over the place much to the delight of "geeks" everywhere. (I can call them that because I am one.)

From "The Walking Dead" to "The Avengers," the world of comics has gone mainstream. I mean, there's a comic book-based movie set for release this weekend: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (see Page 6 for a review).

And while the most ardent fans line up for midnight showings, make plans to catch show premiers, and meticulously design and work for months on cosplay pieces, the hysteria all stems back to a few pages stapled together and purchased for a few cents.

Celebrating the unique art form that is comic books, Free Comic Book Day has grown into a national event sponsored and supported by the likes of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Image Comics.

Established as a way to bring new readers, young and old, into comic shops to give them the opportunity to try a free sampling of some of the best titles offered by the industry, this year's event will be Saturday.

Local shop Soundwave Music & Movies, 2139 B North Main St., in Summerville will be among the participating shops, offering free comics all day long and 50 percent off all back issues and special pricing on collectibles throughout the store. In addition, there will be a costume contest at 4 p.m., complete with prizes for the winners, and a comic book/pop culture auction starting at 7 p.m. Special guests this year are all local to the area and include Christine Brunson, Albert Capitan, award-winning writer Marie F. Crow and face painter Keith Gibbs.

The event at Soundwave runs 9 a.m.-11 p.m. For more info, call 821-8810.

For more on Free Comic Book Day, go to freecomicbookday.com.

Party at the Point

Charleston's "premier happy hour concert series" continues its 14th season Friday.

The long-running annual summer concert series, which introduced a fall series of shows, will be at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with bands playing from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Performing this week are Long Miles, a Philadelphia-based group with a reggae slant, and South Street, a high-energy local alt rock group.

Tickets are $5. Free on-street parking is available, as is valet parking for $5. The event features $2 drafts (until they run out) as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and fish tacos.

For more, go to www.CharlestonPartyatthePoint.com.

Fishing tournament

The popular Mount Pleasant fishing tournament series Kahuna on the Cooper kicks off a new round Saturday.

Playing host to a series of tournaments throughout the summer, the Kahuna event will be followed by the Cooper River Challenge on June 7, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier will host its first tournament of the season May 17.

Under the shade of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the pier, which was built on pilings from the old Grace Memorial Bridge, has become a haven for red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead. Grab your fishing rod, or if you don't have one, rental equipment will be available, and head out for a full day of fishing fun.

Tournament hours are 6 a.m.-2 p.m., with prizes awarded just after the end of the tournament. Prize categories include adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over) and total weight of five fish.

Online registration is available at www.ccprc.com/fishing but ends the Thursday prior to each tournament. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event. Registration is $13 for ages 13 and older and $8 for ages 3-12.

For more, call the Mount Pleasant Pier at 762-9946.

Wine Down Wednesday

A series that was supposed to wind down on Wednesday found itself rescheduled due to the threat of inclement weather.

On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the Wine Down Wednesday event at Old Towne Creek County Park was to be pushed back a week, with the event now scheduled for 5-7 p.m. this Wednesday.

Tickets purchased in advance for the April 30 event will be valid for the May 7 event.

Put on by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, Wine Down Wednesday offers folks a chance to check out a park that is not yet open to the public. Attendees will be able to enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music while taking in the sights of the new West Ashley park.

Admission is $20, $15 for Charleston County residents, and includes a commemorative wine glass.

For more information, call 795-4386 or go to www.charlestoncountyparks.com.