Name:Free Comic Book Day
Started by:Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA. It has since been adopted by comics distributor Diamond Comics.
Free Comic Book Day - What Is It?:Like it’s name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a day, typically the first Saturday of May, where comic book shops all over the United States give away free copies of comic books. Each year, publishers participate with special Free Comic Book Day version of one of their comic books to be handed out on this day. They are typically comics that help showcase what that publisher is all about, or will often be a sneak peek of an upcoming issue.
Are They Really Free?:They are supposed to be totally free to the customers. The store does pay for the comic books usually around 12-49 cents per copy so you should thank these stores for participating and handing out free comics!
Location:You local comic book store – Comic Book Store Locater
History:Free Comic Book Day was the idea of comic book retailer and winner of the Eisner “Spirit of Comics” International Retailer of the Year Award Joe Field. It has since been adopted and spearheaded by Diamond Comics, the largest comic book distributor.
The first Free Comic Book Day was in May of 2002. Since then, millions of visitors have come to comic book stores all over and partaken in the this event.