What to Look for on Free Comic Book Day

by Erich Martin

Apr 19, 2019

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The first Saturday in May is a special time of year for comic book fans all over the country. Free Comic Book Day functions exactly like it sounds. Comic book stores across the country host a day of festivities where, regardless of whether you buy anything, you can walk away with free books.


Many comic book shops use FCBD as a way to clear inventory space and draw new faces into the stores. Here is how it typically works.


Big comic book publishers like Marvel, DC and Valiant work months in advance to prepare special books. These books go to the local comic shop, where they are organized. Some stores give out one stack compiled of each publisher’s offering, while other shops might just let attendees pick and choose which books they want. At my regular shop, I routinely walk away with 15–20 free books.


Many stores use this day and influx of potential customers to hold massive sales as well. FCBD is the perfect time to stock up on some trades and old issues you might be missing. Finish up by making sure to grab a statue of one of your favorite characters as well.


Free Comic Book Day began as a way to get more people interested in the medium, but evolved into a full-blown comic book holiday. The community is always welcoming, so if you have any doubts at all, head over to your local shop for some new books and a great atmosphere.


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