Expect to hear a lot more of this in the next few months! Free Comic Book Day is one of the largest annual geek events that, as the name says, invites everyone to take home some free comics. This event takes place the first Saturday in May every year at participating stores.
Free Comic Book day started 15 years ago and is coordinated by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of the industry.
You should expect to meet some amazing people with similar interests, see plenty of cosplayers, and maybe even participate in awesome activities!
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book that they’ll love. – FCBD
They have three main goals:
- To introduce everyone to the joys of reading comics.
- To call back former comic book readers.
- To thank current comic book buyers for their continued support.
Check out their promotional video below!
You should expect everyone from local talent to major publishers like DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, and Image Comics to make an appearance at locations near you. Participating stores have yet to be announced, though that should come in March sometime.
Use comicshoplocator.com to find comic book shops near you—be sure to call and ask if they are participating. If they aren’t, then maybe you could persuade them to sign up!
In the meantime, check out a few of the comics that are expected to make an appearance by clicking here. Keep in mind that while there will be many many more comics available for Free Comic Book Day, you cannot just grab any comic off of the rack—there will be a special area set up that will indicate which ones are available to you!
Are you going to participate in Free Comic Book Day? Do you work at a comic book store and know if your store will participate? Or maybe you are local talent and your work will make an appearance at a certain location? Be sure to leave a comment and maybe make some new connections!