On Saturday, Free Comic Book Day celebrates its 13th year with 4.6 million comics set to be given away at comic book shops around the world.
Up to 60 different free comics have been made available for this comic shop holiday, created by Concord, Calif., retailer Joe Field, of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff. Field says the continuing growth of comics culture makes FCBD, as it is often known, even more exciting.
“What makes this FCBD special is something that has evolved since FCBD started in 2002. That is the galvanizing of American comics culture all over the world — and that strengthening starts in comic book specialty stores,” Field said. “Comic book retailers are the gatekeepers of popular culture, and that will be on full display this Saturday at more than 2,000 shops in more than 60 countries.”
This year’s Free Comic Book Day features titles including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Futures End,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” “Hello Kitty” and more. Complete descriptions of all 60 FCBD titles, along with four- to six-page previews, can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.
Comic shops locally will host creator signings, feature photo opportunities and offer other special events throughout the day. Diamond Comic Distributors, the primary distributor of comic books to North American comics specialty shops, oversees the event.
“Free Comic Book Day gives new and devoted comic book, entertainment and pop-culture fans the opportunity to get great titles for free, while participating in fun and interactive comic shop events,” said Jason Blanchard, Diamond Comic Distributors’ Free Comic Book Day spokesperson.