It’s one of the greatest days of the year for comic book fans.
The annual Free Comic Book Day takes place the first Saturday in May. And, in case you don’t have a calendar handy, that means the 2018 edition is May 5.
To get folks ready, we asked Joe Field — the owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord — to explain how the event works. He should know, given that he was the one who founded Free Comic Book Day in 2002.
How Free Comic Book Day works:
“The deal is that you walk into a store and we will have a selection of comics for you that are completely free,” Field says.
So, no, you can’t just take that pricey copy of “Daredevil” No. 168 (first appearance of Elektra) home with you for free. If you want something that isn’t in the selection of free comics then, of course, you’ll have to pay for it. And, retailers are hoping customers will be so happy to get a free comic book that they will buy a few other books, as well.
The selection of free comics:
“We have more than 5 million comics to give away worldwide,” Field says. “They are comics that are going to be appealing to every kind of reader, whether you like fun stuff or serious stuff, whether you like super heroes or comedy or TV related stuff. We’ve got something for everyone who likes to read at Free Comic Book Day.”
What comic book stores are participating?
“We are having our 17th annual Free Comic Book Day (at Flying Colors Comics) and at 2,300 shops around the world,” Field says.
In all, Free Comic Book Day is celebrated in 60 countries, Field says. To find a list of participating shops, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.
Where did the idea for Free Comic Book Day come from?
Field’s store is located next to a Baskin-Robbins and one evening in 2001 he noticed a huge crowd of people lining up to get free ice cream scoops. He figured that the same concept could work to draw people to comic book stores.
He was right.
Source @ Mercury News