BALTIMORE, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday May 2nd, over two thousand three hundred comic book shops across North America and around the world will give out over 5.6 million comic books—free of charge—during Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). The annual event is one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year as retailers prepare to welcome new and devout comic book fans into their stores for fun events and free comics.
"Free Comic Book Day is a perfect occasion for those who are new to comic books or those who have been reading them for years to celebrate comics and discover new ones that debut to the public on the first Saturday in May," said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.
The 50 free books available this year are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, including super hero stories like Marvel's All-New, All- Different Avengers, stories featuring classic characters such as The Tick, TMNT, and Spongebob, sci-fi adventures as seen in Doctor Who or comics that are great for readers of all ages with Pokemon, The Simpons, Sonic, and many more.
"On May 2nd, we encourage fans to use Free Comic Book Day as an opportunity to explore their local comic book shop, seeing all it has to offer," said Moreland. "Hopefully, they'll walk away with free comics they can't wait to read, and then keep coming back to their local shop for more!"
Along with free comics, many comic book shops will feature events during the day including creator signings, appearances of costumed characters, and great deals on exclusives and sale items.
To view all 50 free titles and to find a participating comic shop, fans are encouraged to visit www.freecomicbookday.com.
Fans can see world re-known actor and long-time comic book fan Mark Hamill promote FCBD at http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015 . Join the FCBD fan club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/freecomicbook) and follow us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/freecomicbook).
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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is an annual event taking place the first Saturday in May where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. National marketing and distribution of all Free Comic Book Day materials is handled by Diamond Comic Distributors while individual retailers promote and host planned FCBD events. For more information visit www.freecomicbookday.com.
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SOURCE Diamond Comic Distributors