Free Comic Book Day 2014 Starts Today
Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. (*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.)
The official freecomicbookday.com website offers a store locator. Here is a great YouTube video that explains the in-and-outs of FCBD (see above). The FCBD YouTube channel has a nice selection of celebrities promoting the event, including Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man and Hugh Jackman, Marvel’s wolverine for the cinema.
I went to four comic book shops last year and found that some were more generous than others. For those comic book stores that were into the Xmas spirit, comics often ran out early on, so get there first thing in the morning when your local shop opens. For those parents worried about violence, you can request age-appropriate comics. Many stores had some nice superhero cosplay going on outside with Marvel and DC favorite characters such as Thor and Batman. Overall, it is a fun family experience that supports your local comic book shop. Hope to see you there.
– Des Manttari, Editor-in-Chief, Phoenix Genesis
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