Make Sure to Pick up your Free Comic on May 3rd!
To address the decline in comic book sales in early 2002, comic retailers and publishers came up with Free Comic Book Day.
Basically, walk into any participating comic book store and you'll get at least one free comic! Almost every store is participating and will be giving away lots of goodies. It's a great chance to bulk up your collection, or if you're a newcomer to the comics world it will give you a chance to check out some of the amazing work being done today.
For those of you thinking 'but comic books are just superheroes for kids!', well you're dead wrong. That may have been true of the 60-80's during the comic book code censorship era, but no longer. Many of today's comics are written for adults, by adults and are a fascinating read.
Personally, I highly recommend 'The Walking Dead', a black and white fantastic zombie comic, 'The Authority' - superheroes like you've never seen, and 'Ex-Machina' the story of one man's presidency and how it went wrong.
Also, Y-The Last Man just finished up if you're looking for a complete series to check out. It's the story of a young man who is the only living being left alive with a Y-chromosome after a virus kills every man on the planet. A great read.
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Free Comic Book Day is scheduled on the first Saturday of May after the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well known superheroproperty, in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion andrelated press about the comic book medium. On Free Comic Book Day,participating comic book store retailers give away specially printedcopies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues andother items to anyone who visits their establishments. Retailers do notreceive the issues for free; they pay 12-50 cents  per copy for the comics they will give away for free.
Libraries all over the country are going to be celebrating free comic book day with their patrons. What is Free Comic Book day? Well, to quote from the official web page: “Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.” Store owners, librarians, and the comic industry use this special day to promote the world of Graphic Storytelling to the world. Be you new to comics, a long time fan, or maybe someone who hasn’t read a comic book in years, there will be a give-away that’s of interest to you! Every year, on the first Saturday of may, that is the day comic fans flock to see what’s in store for them.
So what can a library do on free comic day? Well, many stores will happy share their stock of free comics with their local library to help give away to interested patrons. Libraries can do much more than just give away though! Many host events to celebrate the world of comics. Perhaps a local comics creator will come and speak at your library, and sign books. Some libraries host readers theatre events where students will read comics out loud, each participant taking on the role of a particular character. A comics character themed scavenger hunt is great for the younger comics fans, and very easy to run. Many libraries will host an comics creation event, encouraging young comics fan to make their own comics to display. Art contests in a comic style are popular as well.
We stand, fellow GeekDads and GeekMoms, at the veritable cusp of Free Comic Book Day. This weekend we will descend en masse on our local specialty retailers, hopefully with our geeklings in tow, and emerge resplendent with swag. Yet it occurs to me that, while we’ve already talked a bit about the hows and whats of this year’s event, we have yet to discuss the all-important wheres.
To that end, the official Free Comic Book Day web site features a pair of tools that may come in handy if you haven’t quite settled on your destination. The first is the domestic FCBD store locator that allows American and Canadian fans to find local shops via ZIP or Postal Code. The second is the worldwide store locator, which sorts participating retailers by country and city.
This Saturday May 3 marks the seventh annual Free Comic Book Day event. Comic book retailers from across the country will be participating in this yearly celebration of the comic book industry and the hobby as a whole.
Stores have different policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating store location. Most stores are pretty relaxed about how many comics you can take, but usually it's one of each title per customer. This year will include close to 40 different titles altogether, so that's not a bad haul!