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Comics Are For Everyone: The History And Lasting Impact Of Free Comic Book Day


The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day, the day when fans of all ages converge on their local comic book stores to sample the finest wares of a host of publishers, all for free. The event has been taking place every year since 2002, and each year it gets bigger and better.


The event began from the germ on idea suggested by retailer Joe Field in an article for Comic Buyers Guide, in which he noted superhero franchises such as X-Men and Spider-Man were reigniting interest in superhero comics following the boom and bust of the ’90s.


The idea was received favorably, and then-Image Comics publisher Jim Valentino suggested that the first Free Comic Book Day could take place on the opening weekend for Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie, to tie into the buzz that the film generated. The first Free Comic Book Day was held on Saturday May 4 2002, and featured only four titles: Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon, Tomb Raider # ½ , and Justice League Adventures #1.

Early on, it was common practice for publishers to reprint popular comics that could be accessible to all ages, often on lower quality paper stock than usual. As more and more publishers got involved, many chose to curate and publish brand new material especially for Free Comic Book Day — often introductory issues to advertise new series launching that summer.


The idea to hold Free Comic Book Day on the first weekend in May has led to it more often than not falling in-line with the release of a major motion picture, including X2, Iron Man, Thor, and The Avengers. In fact, only 2004, 2005 and 2006 did not have a superhero movie released the same weekend as Free Comic Book Day. So far, every movie has been a Marvel property.


Free Comic Book Day isn’t just a great way to get comics into the hands of people who might not otherwise read them; it’s also a way for fans to come out and support their local store, similar to Record Store Day a month earlier. Bricks-and-mortar stores are the backbone of the comic book industry, and there are many out there doing great work stocking shelves with awesome comics, introducing readers to their new favorite series, and organizing events and signings.


If you have the time, pop down to your local store this Free Comic Book Day, grab some stuff that looks cool, discover some publishers you may not have heard of, and drop a little coin on that trade you’ve had your eye on. FCBD is a day where we can all come together as fans of a niche medium that somehow became the driving force of the cultural conversation, and it’s a nice reminder that, despite all the films, TV shows and video games, there’s nothing that can beat a good comic book.


If you don’t know where your nearest comic book store is, consult the Store Locator ahead of FBCD.



http://comicsalliance.com/tribute-free-comic-book-day/





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Free Comic Book Day 2016: The Free Comics You Have To Grab This Weekend

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday of May, and that means the festivities are nearly upon us. All the major comic publishers pitch in to make the annual holiday something special, primarily by giving away comics that will be read by thousands of people.

It seems like the event only gets bigger year after year, and Free Comic Book Day's 2016 lineup certainly seems to back up that notion. There are a ton of free comics that fans of Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, anime and more will want to check out this year, so best find a comic store near you that lets you grab one of each. If your bag is going to be anything like ours, it's going to be hard to carry so much free comic goodness.

With that being said, let's dive into some of the highlights this year. This is in no way an exhaustive list of every comic that will be available for free (there are 50 in total), but serves more as a way to put the spotlight on the big comics that fans will definitely want to grab this Saturday.



http://www.techtimes.com/articles/156321/20160505/free-comic-book-day-2016-the-free-comics-you-have-to-grab.htm




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Civil War #1 FCBD Edition
Marvel's upcoming summer event will pit hero against hero, making this preview of the conflict a must-grab for fans. It also contains a separate All New, All Different Avengers story from Mark Waid and Alan Davis. What's not to like?



Captain America #1 FCBD Edition

The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, is set to make a comeback later in the month. This issue will serve as a refresher course for those who have been out of the loop, while also teasing a major new Captain America storyline to come later in the year called "Dead No More."


Suicide Squad #1 FCBD Edition

DC's Suicide Squad movie will be bringing the 2016 summer movie season to a close with a bang. With that in mind, it's only natural DC would want to build up hype for the blockbuster by promoting its new Suicide Squad comic. This issue will see Harley Quinn, Deadshot and King Shark leading a team of super villains on a — you guessed it — suicide mission.



Dark Horse Serenity, Hellboy, Aliens

A beloved sci-fi TV series from Joss Whedon, a classic Dark Horse comic book character and one of the greatest sci-fi franchises of all time, all in one comic? Yeah, you should probably grab this one.



Doctor Who: Four Doctors Special

Fans of BBC's quirky sci-fi series will want to snag this issue, which will feature four short stories about the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors.


ROM #0 FCBD Edition

ROM hasn't been seen in comics for a while now, but he's making a comeback later this summer in a new series from IDW. This zero issue will help to introduce newcomers to what ROM's all about and leads directly into issue #1 of the new series.



Camp Midnight #1 FCBD Edition

The creator of Ben 10 and Big Hero Six has a new comic from Image, and it sounds like a monstrously good time. A young girl is accidently sent to a summer camp for monsters. Whoops. After always wishing to stand out, she'll have to try and fit in if she wants to make it out in one piece.



Attack on Titan Anthology Preview

Attack on Titan is by far one of the most popular anime in the past five years. With two live-action movies, numerous spin-offs and multiple video games, there is nowhere the franchise can't go. Come later in 2016, American comic creators will get the chance to put their own spin on Attack on Titan with the Attack on Titan Anthology, a collection of art and stories from some of the biggest names in comics. This preview should definitely whet our appetite for the full product.



Bob's Burgers FCBD Edition

Funny, quirky and regularly heartwarming, Bob's Burgers is an Emmy award-winning cartoon series for a reason. The comic of the same name comes from the actual creators of the show, meaning fans of the Belcher family will want to pick up this free issue that includes three different adventures for Tina, Gene and Louise.



One-Punch Man/My Hero Academia FCBD Edition


A superhero who can defeat anybody (or anything) in one hit? That's the idea behind One-Punch Man, the manga and anime series that has quickly found a place in American pop culture thanks to its unique and often hilarious premise. You can get a glimpse at what all the fuss is about with this free comic from Viz Media.



That's just our rundown of the highlights, but you can check out the full list of free comic books over on the official Free Comic Book Day website. Happy hunting!
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Which Comics Should You Grab on Free Comic Book Day 2016?

This Saturday marks the 15th Free Comic Book Day, a borderline holiday when select retailers unload pounds of sequential art goodness to the masses at no charge. At its heart, this annual event offers a huge amount of goodwill for the medium—publishers and the retailers (who still pay a fee) are reaching out to new audiences to enjoy an art form that receives criminally less support than the millions-grossing films based on its characters and storylines. There’s literally no downside to venturing out to this comic party; it’s gratis to its core.

That said, most stores (reasonably) have a limit on how many books one visitor can take—usually two or three. And the books range drastically in content and maturity. Marvel and DC will unleash superhero fare to match their multimedia output, but other publishers offer horror, education, indie slice-of-life and all manner of paneled storytelling. Across that huge spectrum, here are the comics we found the most intriguing, representing an array of genres to mirror the richness of the medium.



http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/05/which-comics-should-you-grab-on-free-comic-book-da.html
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