It’s the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day! Comic book shops around the country will be giving away comic books to fans who come in today. Free Comic Book Day creator Joe Field said about 2.7 million comics will be available for giveaway Saturday. Retailers have given away more than 25 million comics since the first giveaway in 2002.
9 a.m.: It’s an hour til kickoff at Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, OK.
9:30 a.m.: 30 minutes til kickoff! Comics are set out and ready to go. Reports of “Thor” box office from Friday may bode well for people thinking about comic-book characters.
9:40 a.m. Lines are forming!
9:50 a.m. Parking lot is full… pretty decent line of folks waiting to enter.
10 a.m. And it begins!
10:25 a.m. Wow! That was a rush. Nearly 100 people in the first 15 minutes! Lots of kids in the group.
10:45 a.m. Lots of people talking about having seen Thor – pretty good reports so far. People are excited about getting free comics!
10:55 a.m. The stickers have been a fun addition – this is the first year we’ve had them at Speeding Bullet, anyway. Kids like to get stickers for things!
11:10 a.m. If I had to guess, I’d say Captain America/Thor has been the most popular giveaway in the first hour.
11:30 a.m. Great weather this year for Free Comic Book Day – traffic has been steady throughout.
11:45 a.m. Betty and Veronica has also been a popular choice so far.
12 p.m. The Sonic the Hedgehog issue has “sold out,” and Robert Kirkman’s “Super Dinosaur” is almost gone.
12:25 p.m. Darkwing Duck and Avatar have now “sold out.”
12:45 p.m. Starting to heavily supplement the free comics with additional giveaway comics – several of this year’s comics won’t end up lasting the entire day. At 5 comics per person, a group or family with several kids can really clean up today in reading material.
1 p.m. The heavily ordered Spider-Man and Green Lantern will probably last the day – not sure any of the other “new” Free Comic Book Day issues will. There will be comics to give away here until 7 p.m., though. Lots of people here excited for the Captain America film – and the Captain America/Thor giveaway is down to just a handful.
1:15 p.m. Speeding Bullet is on pace to have as many people in as any day in history – breaking last year’s record. The staff tells me they don’t think it will happen, though: They’re anticipating a slowdown when the Thunder game starts at 4.
1:45 p.m. Adam West’s comic from Bluewater has “sold out.” So has Mouse Guard from Archaia.
1:55 p.m. Kung Fu Panda, Baltimore and Atomic Robo have sold out, as well.
2:10 p.m. A rough, quick count indicates Speeding Bullet has given away as many comics as any year except 2010 – and that’s still in reach depending on traffic the rest of the day!
2:30 p.m. The relatively breakneck pace of the morning has slowed down just to “busy.” Some of the people who have seen “Thor” have picked up “Fear Itself,” which prominently features Thor and Captain America.
2:35 p.m. Out of “Elric” and “Young Justice/Brave and the Bold.”
3:05 p.m. The store has exceeded its 2009 traffic totals and comic giveaway totals! Still behind the 2010 record – but four hours remain in the day, so we’ll see!
3:10 p.m. Just had in some customers who have been in each year of the 10 Free Comic Book Days! It’s kind of amazing it’s been going on for 10 years now.
3:30 p.m. Green Lantern/Flashpoint FCBD edition looks to be the top giveaway so far this year. It was also one of the most-ordered, so there are still some to go!
3:40 p.m. Traffic has started to thin out, really for the first time – making me wonder if the “Thunder theory” is accurate — people tried to get their free comics before the basketball game today!
4 p.m. The heavily ordered Spider-Man and Green Lantern FCBD issues are the last new-to-this-year issues remaining to give away; they’re also the top 2 new giveaways this year.
4:30 p.m. With things kind of slowing down, I’m going to wrap up the live-blog. Speeding Bullet will remain open until 7 p.m. Traffic and giveaway totals probably won’t top 2010, but still it’s beaten every other year in FCBD’s 10-year history. And Free Comic Book Day is almost always the top traffic day of the entire year. Hope everyone had a wonderful Free Comic Book Day! Thanks again to Joe Field, Diamond Comics and all the sponsors of this fantastic event!
- Matt Price