Free Comic Book day will be held on May 6 and new comics are being announced as part of the lineup. The first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002. Now, thousands of comic book shops around the world give out millions of comics to interested readers.
According to the organization’s FAQ, the day is administered by a panel of retailers, publishers, suppliers and Diamond Comic Distributers. Publishers apply to give the comics at cost to retailers, who then give them away for free.
“Free Comic Book Day is one of the best opportunities available to bring in both new and lapsed fans,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “It’s a chance to set up new stories and status quos, as well as show off new and exciting titles.”
At most shops, the store will have only so many different comics to give away. You can’t just take any comic off of the rack. Instead, the publishers put out special issues for the day and those specific comics are what’s given away to visitors.
If you’ve never been to Free Comic Book Day before, have no fear. The website for the event will have a tracker coming in March where you can find local comic book shops participating in the event.
Secret Empire and Peter Parker will be a part of free comic book lineup, Marvel said Tuesday. They previously announced Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD #1 as part of the list of comics. This means there will be a total of four original stories fan can get ahold of during the event.
Each year the comics given out change. In addition to the Marvel comics mentioned already, there will be a Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess preview, a Doctor Who comic, a Rick and Morty Comic, and countless more. An entire list of the announced comics can be found here.