Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Free Comic Book Day

It’s that time once again, when hordes of comic book fans will make it into their favorite shops for Free Comic Book Day.

FCBD began in 2002, founded by Joe Field at Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff in Concord, CA. back in 2001, as part of his monthly entry in Krause Publications’ Comics & Games Retailer magazine. Free Comic Book Day has taken on a life of its own in the ten years it’s been around.

On the first Saturday in May, comic book retailers around the world participate in the event, which boasts costumers, artists and writers making personal appearances, and other forms of entertainment. Fans young and old will attend in costumes of their own, and many come away from the shops with free comic books (along with other editions they’ve purchased…)

From the Free Comic Book Day web site: “Free Comic Book Day is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers, and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Diamond handles marketing and logistics for the event, shipping comics to shops and handling marketing and PR for the event.”

Publishers such as DC, Marvel, IDW and others will produce several issues specifically for the event. Many times these are tied in with upcoming films. And this year, there are plenty to choose from: Thor, which just opened, followed by Green Lantern, Captain America, X-Men: First Class and others.

Feel free to post your FCBD photos!

[Official Free Comic Book Day site]  [Free Comic Book Day on Facebook]  [Free Comic Book Day on Twitter]

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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