For comic book fans across the world, the first Saturday in May is like a national holiday. It’s Free Comic Book Day, the biggest event of the year that brings together comic book stores, publishers, and creators to celebrate the comic medium and attract new readers.
On Saturday, May 4th, 2024, join the festivities at your local comic shop for the 17th annual Free Comic Book Day!
This is a full-day comic fiesta when participating stores across North America and around the world give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their shops. Many stores also host creator signings and other special events to mark the occasion.
When did Free Comic Book Day start?
The first Free Comic Book Day was held in 2002 as an innovative promotional effort aimed at bringing new and lapsed comic readers into shops after the industry crashed in the 1990s.
The event was intended to be an annual national celebration and recruitment tool for comic book stores to showcase the incredible variety and talent working in the medium today.
FCBD was conceived by retailer Joe Field and spread quickly, evolving each year since. It is now held on the first Saturday in May as the biggest comic book event of the year, with thousands of shops across over twenty countries giving away millions of comics on this day.
What comics are available on Free Comic Book Day?
Typically, you can expect to see special Free Comic Book Day editions of popular ongoing series as well as sampler issues intended to serve as jumping-on points for new readers.
The free issues are made specifically for FCBD and include original stories, reprints, previews, and more. Lots of amazing comics are up for grabs, spanning superheroes, sci-fi, horror, manga, kids’ comics, and much more.
To find out which comic shops near you are participating, go to www.freecomicbookday.com and enter your zip code in the store locator. This will show you all of the shops in your area that will be giving away free comics on Free Comic Book Day.
What should I bring to Free Comic Book Day?
First and foremost, bring your enthusiasm for comic books! Also, be sure to bring a sturdy bag, backpack, or case of some sort to safely carry home your haul of free loot. Many fans like to come dressed up in fun comic-themed cosplay, which adds to the celebratory atmosphere.
You may want to bring some cash as well, just in case you find some tempting comics or merchandise you’d like to purchase in-store. It’s also a good idea to bring friends and family who you want to introduce to the wonderful world of comic books.
Are there activities at comic shops for Free Comic Book Day?
Yes, many shops pull out all the stops with special events and activities throughout the day to make it an unforgettable party.
This can include creator signings with writers and artists of your favorite comics, costume contests for fans to show off their cosplay, gaming tournaments to battle it out, scavenger hunts and trivia, prize drawings, photo ops, live music, food trucks, and much more.
Check with your local participating shop to see what unique and fun celebrations they have planned. FCBD is all about creating an interactive comic community experience.
How early should I arrive?
It’s highly recommended that you arrive early, especially if you have specific comics you hope to get or creators you want to meet. Some rare issues may be in limited supply, and shops get more crowded as the day goes on.
Most participating stores open early with special FCBD hours to accommodate demand, some as early as 7 or 8 a.m. Plan to arrive first thing when they open or a little before to avoid long lines. That way, you can take your time leisurely browsing and soaking up the comic camaraderie.
Feel the anticipation build as you wait in line with fellow fans before the doors open, signaling the start of Free Comic Book Day 2024!
Final Words on Free Comic Book Day 2024
Free Comic Book Day 2024 is gearing up to be the biggest and best celebration of comics yet. Mark those calendars for Saturday, May 4th, and make plans to visit your local participating comic shop.
Come ready for the comic book party of the year, with free books, creator meet-and-greets, cosplay, contests, scavenger hunts, limited editions, doorbusters, and much more.
Introduce friends and family to the wonderful world of comics on this momentous day. Be part of comic book history in the making at Free Comic Book Day 2024!