Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day, the one day a year when every comic ever is totally 100% free no matter who owns it! Okay, that’s a lie. But some comics ARE actually free on this day.
Here’s how it works:
Loads of comic shops across the globe will be offering free comics that are specifically released by publishers for this event. Check here to see the participating location closest to you: www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator
Visit as many locations as you like. Exploring new comic shops is half the fun! Many shops make a huge event out of it. We’ve seen shops bring in big-time and local creators, invite cos-players, throw a cook-out, host comedy shows, and have big sales on their other merchandise.
Most shops will have a designated spot to pick up the free comics and depending on the expected customer volume and location, many shops will put a limit on how many you can grab. This is to make sure there are enough to go around. It’s also a great excuse to visit more than one place.
You can get a head start by checking out the comics being released here.
Once you’ve snagged your free comics it’s a great time to explore the rest of the shop. If you are in a financial position to do so, it’s also a great time to buy something. Here’s a little inside scoop: While the Free Comic Book Day comics are free to costumers, the comic shops actually do pay for them. It’s looked at as a marketing expense to get people into the shop and attract new customers. So if you’ve been eyeing a particular graphic novel or figure now’s the time to pick it up! Supporting local business is an awesome way to spend your money.
Last, but certainly not least, please be kind and cognizant. This includes not asking extra of the retail employees and tying up the register. For instance, this is not the day to look through the pull list you haven’t picked up in a couple months. It’s going to be a long and busy day for employees, creators, and collectors alike. A little kindness and awareness goes a long way to make sure everyone is having fun and enjoys full access to the event.
We hope you have a fun and successful Free Comic Book Day!
(If you are in Chicago, we definitely recommend stopping by the anniversary event for Chidrink & Cadrawgo. It’s gonna be a blast!)