Sorry, this content is not available in your region.Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. On Saturday, stores around the country will be handing out special Free Comic Book Day editions of books from a range of publishers, including favorites like Marvel and DC. And yes, they'll really be free. At a time when comic book characters are bringing blockbuster hits but the comic book industry itself is on the decline, Free Comic Book Day is a way to keep the medium alive. Not every comic book store is going to be handing out free copies and special editions.
Free Comic Book Day 2019 Full List of Comic Books Announced!
What is "Free Comic Book Day? Are they really free? Is every comic book store in the world doing this? Then how do I know where to go to get my free comics? Is this the first Free Comic Book Day?
Free Comic Book Day FCBD features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry's most anticipated annual event which happens Saturday, May 4, at participating comic book shops worldwide. Comic shop retailers chose fifty-one titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: twelve Gold Sponsor comics and thirty-nine Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres.
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Free Comic Book Day FCBD is the biggest event in the comic book industry—a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage both curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops.
Free Comic Book Day , taking place on the first Saturday of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day started in and is coordinated by the industry's single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. In , retailer Joe Field was writing columns for an industry magazine, and saw how successful feature films based on comic book franchises were providing the comic book industry with a positive cultural and financial turnaround from the speculator bust of the late s,  Field proposed Free Comic Book Day in one of his columns, and received positive reaction to it. Then- Image Comics publisher Jim Valentino suggested having the first Free Comic Book Day on the same weekend as the opening of the Spider-Man feature film, in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium,   and thus the first event was held May 4, , one day after the film's opening. In its first six years, more than retailers in more than 30 countries gave away more than 12 million Free Comic Book Day special edition comic books. The success of the promotion rests with each participating retailer.
When you bring up the subject of Free Comic Book Day with some retailers, they automatically bristle. I used to experience this reaction quite a bit back in my past life as a comic shop manager. I argued that the lack of money was a direct result from our lack of any form of advertising for the day. They begged to differ. One year, I decided to put my money where my mouth was, so to speak. Armed with a budget of zero dollars, I approached my one of the owners with a proposition.