Do you want some fee comic books? Would you like to know how you can get some free comics? Would you like me to stop asking rhetorical questions?
There is in fact a yearly event that all comic book shops participate in which is dedicated to free comic books. It’s even called FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. What is it? FCBD is a promotional event held annually by comic book stores in which comics are given away for free to patrons. Comic book publishers use this even as an opportunity to gain new readers or to get current readers to try comic books they might nit usually try. Retailers generally use this as a means to attract new customers. Stores will usually host special discount sales and provide face painting services for kids, do BBQs outside if the weather permits and stir up all manner of promotional shenanigans.
The event first kicked off in May 2002 and coincided roughly with the release of the Spider-Man live action film. This has become somewhat of a tradition with many FCBD events tying in to comic book movies.
For the Geek On A Budget, FCBD is an important event. With just couch cushion change you can buy a stack of comic books from the $0.25 bin. Or if you like softback comics stores will often sell them at two for one prices. Not to mention the free comics available such as the first chapter to the Blackest Night Saga that was published for free in 2008. The idea of the event is to gain readers. So bring your kids and friends and just enjoy a fun day out that won’t burn your wallet.
A few things to know:
Have fun next summer at Free Comic Book Day!
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