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--This Saturday is a national holiday for comic book fans: Free Comic Book Day. The annual event is intended to get more people into reading comics, and it's exploded in popularity over the last few years; comic shops have ordered 4.6 million comics for the event, up from 3.5 million last year. Pretty much every comic shop will be participating, though if you don't know where to find your local shop, you can use Free Comic Book Day's store locator to find one.
Note that you can't just walk in and grab a bunch of comics off the shelf; publishers produce books specifically for the event, and they should be clearly marked at your store. Get there early, as the really good ones (like Atomic Robo, which looks excellent as usual) tend to go fast.
--White Castle's sliders are famously cheap, but they're about to get cheaper. The fast-food chain is in the midst of "Sliderbration," where it's temporarily knocking down the price of its sliders to 25 cents each (about half the normal price). The promotion will take place at every White Castle location, but not all at the same time -- each store will have the offer for two hours only, so sign up for alerts from the White Castle website to find out when your local White Castle is offering the discount. Note that there's a limit of four burgers per person during the markdown period.
--There's more than just millions of dollars in bets riding on the outcome of this Saturday's Kentucky Derby. There's also a lot of free candy at stake. Rosie Napravnik is aiming to be the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, and she's scored an endorsement deal with Snickers. If her horse, Mylute, wins the race, Mars will give away 1 million Snickers Bites. The candy will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis in June, so if she wins check the Snickers Facebook page for details on how you can collect your winnings.
--J.C. Penney's goodwill tour is well under way. In addition to mounting a social media campaign to apologize for its disastrous makeover, it's also going crazy with the deals. Through this Sunday you can get $10 off online purchases of $25 or more, $15 off $50 and $20 off $100; the promotion requires the coupon code SENDTOME, and some exclusions apply. If you're shopping in stores, there's a printable coupon that will give you $10 off $25, though it's only good through Saturday.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.