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!
Now in its 12th year, Free Comic Book Day happens tomorrw, May 4th, at your local participating Comic Book shop!¬¨‚Ä† To find shops near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com. Go visit your local comic book store tomorrow, get a free comic and browse about to see what is new and exciting in the world of comics.
You might even see some local cartoonists appearing as part of Free Comic Book Day in your comic book store! The folks who run Free Comic Book Day and the National Cartoonists Society are joining forces to help promote comic books as a gateway to fun reading and literacy. Some NCS members already attend FCBD as guests for signings, supporting their local shop. 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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