Happy Free Comic Book Day!
For the 12th year, participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Since its inception, Free Comic Book Day has given out more than 27 million free comics to nearly 8 million people. This year alone, more than 4.6 million comic books will be given away.
The goal of Free Comic Book Day is to promote the comic book medium to new customers young and old and celebrate independent comic book retailers and their stores. Comics are exciting and a great tool for introducing young children to the world of reading.
This year’s list of free comics includes mainstream titles such as The Walking Dead, SpongeBob, Sesame Street, Superman, GRIMM, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Smurfs, The Simpsons, Archie, and the launching of a major Marvel Comics’ Event called Infinity.
Since it’s May 4, which many celebrate as Star Wars Days (“May the fourth be with you!”), it’s appropriate that there’s a Star Wars title among this year’s Free Comic Book Day offerings.
My pal Matt Price of Nerdage reports that there are 52 total Free Comic Book Day comics from which to choose. Major characters including Superman, Batman, the Avengers, the Simpsons and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are featured in this year’s event.
More than one million people are expected to visit 2000 comic book specialty stores in 60 countries all over the world on Free Comic Book Day, according to Matt.
A dozen stores in the Oklahoma City area are participating. To see the handy-dandy list Matt has compiled, click here.
So, listen to Hugh Jackman and visit your local comic book retailer today. For more information, go to www.freecomicbookday.com.