Free Comic Book Day!

Today is Free Comic Book Day! What does that mean? Free comic books, of course.

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of what has become a widely celebrated annual event started to bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic book stores around the world give away a selection of comic books, for free! There is a limit to how many can be taken away by one individual, and supplies may be limited, but chances are that if you hit up enough comic stores you’ll end up with a pretty decent haul! Many comic book stores also choose this day to celebrate all thing comic-y, including encouraging patrons to dress up and sometimes even holding costume contests!

The event was brainstormed by retailer Joe Field in a column published in the 2001 edition of Comic and Games Retailer Magazine. The very first FCBD was held the following year, in 2002. The event is coordinated by Diamond Comic Distributors–the largest in the industry. Specially printed issues of comics are sold to retailers at a low price, and then given away to any adults, children, or costumed characters who might wander into the store. This year’s selected comics include special issues of Archie, Doctor Who, Serenity, Civil War, and the Suicide Squad.

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Ready to go get some free comics? Find a participating store, or three, and go support your local comic retailers.


Katie Lynn Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, and the mastermind behind Vaguely Circular. She blogs about science and things that are peripherally related to science. You can read all her posts here.


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