Encouraging kids of any age to discover and read comics has no downside, and to that end there is a wonderful annual event called Free Comic Book Day that happens in comic book specialty shops across North America and worldwide. Held the first Saturday in May each year, the premise is simple: any customer can walk into a comic shop and receive a free comic book, or maybe a few!
What comics are available for free? Well, there is a special lineup of comics that are part of the promotion. Check out this link for the 2014 selection. Which and how many you get are up to factors like how many your local comic book shop has, how many people beat you to the store, etc. Lots of shops also have other goodies they give away (like Heroclix game digures pieces), and many comic book creators do signings and appearances on FCBD.
Now in its 13th year, Free Comic Book Day happens TODAY, May 3rd, at your local participating Comic Book shop!¬¨‚Ä† To find shops near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com. Go visit your local comic book store today, get a free comic(s) and browse about to see what is new and exciting in the world of comics. This promotion is a great thing not just for comic books and their publishers, but for the entire cartooning industry.
Since its inception, more than 27 million free comic books have been distributed to almost 8 million FCBD attendees. Last year, more than 3.5 million comics were given out, and the event generated over $1.8 million in free publicity for the event, comic books, and comic book shops. For more information, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.
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