Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is back, and it will take place on the first Saturday in May, which is today! This exciting event has been sadly missed after being suspended for two years due to the pandemic – not just for the free comics, but also for the mood, the celebration, and the overall awesome community vibe at local comic book stores around the world.
Free Comic Book Day is the annual event day where participating comic book shops around the world give away special comic books – absolutely free! It’s a celebration of comics as an art form and as popular culture, introducing whole new audiences to comics and supporting local comic book stores. This is an opportunity for retailers to recognize loyal customers and for comic book collectors to thank their neighbors. And it’s a great way to see what’s going on in the world of comics and graphic novels in general.
FCBD was originally started as a marketing campaign run by the largest distributor of comics, Diamond Comic Distributors. When it started in 2002, the line-up was a just four (4) comics including Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon, Image Comics’/Top Cow Productions’ Tomb Raider #1½ , and DC Comics’ Justice League Adventures. The event coincided with the release of Sony’s 2002 Spider-Man film, starring Tobey Maguire.
Since those humble beginnings, FCBD has continued to take advantage of whichever big comic-book related movie is being released at the same time. This year, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness opens on May 4, so expect plenty of Marvel paraphernalia in attendance.
Depending on where you go, the line-up can be huge and your take-home selection may be limited. Each year, FCBD offers Gold and Silver comics (dependent on the paid sponsorship from publishers). Here is a run-down of the offerings this year. You can see the complete list available on the official FCBD site here.
|American Mythology||The Three Stooges FCBD Celebration|
|BOOM! Studios||Hollow Preview|
|Dark Horse Comics||Avatar: The Last Airbender/ Legend of Korra|
|Fantagraphics Books||Disney Masters Donald Duck & Co. Special|
|Gemstone Publishing||The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics|
|Graphix/ Scholastic||Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man & Friends Super Comic Teaser|
|Graphix/ Scholastic||Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles #1)|
|IDW Publishing||Sonic The Hedgehog FCBD 2022 Special|
|Oni Press||Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1|
|Papercutz Graphic Novels||Fuzzy Baseball: Greatest Hits|
|Random House Children’s Books||Max Meow: Cat on the Street Comic Spectacular|
|Red 5 Comics||Carriers/ Beorn/ Dragon Whisperer|
|Titan Comics||Doctor Who|
|TOKYOPOP||The Guardian of Fukushima|
|VIZ Media||Pokémon Journeys/Pokémon Adventures: XY|
|AfterShock Comics||Bunny Mask Tales|
|Archie Comics||The Best Archie Comic Ever #0|
|AWA Studios||Primos #1|
|BOOM! Studios||25 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Dark Horse Comics||Stranger Things/ Resident Alien|
|Dynamite Entertainment||Red Sonja Marvel Feature Stories|
|Epicenter Comics||Tex: In the Land of Seminoles|
|Humanoids||The Incal Universe|
|IDW Publishing||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles FCBD Special|
|Image Comics||Clementine #1|
|Kodansha||Wandance & Blackguard Double Feature|
|Lev Gleason Publications||Equilibrium|
|Marvel||Avengers/ X-Men #1|
|Marvel||Marvel Voices #1|
|Marvel||Spider-Man/ Venom #1|
|Penguin Young Readers||Neverlanders|
|Rebellion Publishing||Best of 2000AD #0|
|Scout Comics||The Electric Black Children of Caine #0|
|Source Point Press||The Winchester Mystery House: 100 Year Curse|
|Ten Speed Press||It Won’t Always Be Like This|
|Ten Ton Press||10 Ton Tales|
|UDON Entertainment||Street Fighter Masters: Blanka|
|Valiant Entertainment||The Year of Valiant 2022 FCBD Special|
|Vault Comics||Barbaric #1 FCBD Edition|
|VIZ Media||Kaiju No. 8/ Sakamoto Days|
|Image Comics||Bone Orchard Mythos Prelude|
|Mad Cave Studios||Nottingham FCBD Special|
Now get out to your local comic shop today!