If you’re a comic book fan, you already know what today is. If not, then let me be the first to tell you: it’s Free Comic Book Day!
FCBD is an annual event where comic book stores across America give away a bag full of free comics to all who visit their store. Every major comics publisher participates, publishing a special free comic just for today’s event. No purchase is necessary — just run down to your local comic shop and you’ll get 10 special comics entirely for free. It’s part of an effort to raise awareness of the unique art form that is comic books, and create new fans.
Marvel and DC are using the opportunity to promote new directions and events that are starting this summer: Marvel is launching its line-wide Heroic Age while DC is prepping War of the Supermen. Meanwhile, other publishers are offering free editions of Toy Story, Shrek, Archie’s Comics, new titles like Fractured Fables, the return of Doctor Solar and Magnus Robot Fighter (a couple of heroes from yesteryear), and David Petersen’s celebrated Mouse Guard.
Some local stores are known to throw in other special freebies as well. Many shops are also hosting artists and writers for in-store events.
Free Comic Book Day is today only — May 1st, 2010 — so get out to your closest comic book store before the day is out.