The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. While many people will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo in early May, my family celebrates Free Comic Book Day, May the 1st (501st Legion), May the 4th and May the 5th for us (Revenge of the Fifth) Comic book shops have been giving away free comics since 2002.
Why give away free comics?
Free Comic Book Day is an opportunity for local comic book shops to introduce people to comics. While there are comics all over the internet and you can buy digital downloads, there is something different about actually holding a comic book and reading it. Comic books help support literacy. Many children and adults do not like to read normal books, but many of these same people enjoy reading comic books. Reading is reading. I recently learned that Levar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek the Next Generation) did not like to read much. His love for books started witch comic books.
What will I find in a comic book shop?
Since comic book shops are independently owned, each shop will carry different items. More than likely you will of course find comic books. Many shops will sell memorabilia related to comic books, science fictions, fantasy and horror. This could include trading cards, statues, posters, board games, role-playing games, toys, and clothing items. In some shops I have found original Star Wars collectibles. One never really knows what you will find in a comic book shop.
Why should you go to a Free Comic Book Day store event?
This is an opportunity for someone who is unfamiliar to learn more about comic books and pick up a comic book free. Depending on the location, you may have the opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with different comic book characters or meet local artists.
Local comic book shops rely on the patronage of their customers to stay in business. When you shop at your local comic book shop, you are supporting a local business. We had participated in Free Comic Book Day for a couple years at our local comic books shop, only to see this store go out of business. My boys were upset. When we had gone to Free Comic Book Day, my boys were able to meet Spiderman and Wolverine.
What comics will be given away?
Free comic book day offers a variety of comics for all ages. You can find comics such as SpongeBob, Avengers, Rabbids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dr Who and many other titles. As a parent, I am careful to direct my boys to comics that are age appropriate. Here is the current list of comics that will be available for Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book List. All comics may or may not be available at all locations.
Where can I find a shop that participates in Free Comic Book Day?
If you regularly go to local comic book shops to buy your comics, you should already be seeing signs around promoting this event, or you can ask the storeowner if they are participating in Free Comic Book Day. If you are new to Comic Books, and do not know of any local shops, you can find a store using the Free Comic Book Day website store locator.
One of the things I really like about this locator, is that you not only learn where Free Comic Book Day is going to take place but it also lists shops that are more kid friendly. The last think I would want to see a parent do is take their children to a comic book shop that scared the child or parent so bad they never wanted to go back.