In times like these, everyone needs a superhero. Fortunately, you can find one on Free Comic Book Day.
On Saturday, stores across North America will be handing out special Free Comic Book Day editions of books from a range of publishers, including favorites like Marvel and DC. And yes, they’ll really be free.
Even though comic book characters are bringing blockbuster hits, the comic book industry itself is on the decline, and Free Comic Book Day is a way to keep the medium alive.
Here’s what you need to know.
Not every comic book store is going to be handing out free copies and special editions. So before you set out for your local comic book shop, do your homework.
You can find the closest participating shop by typing in your ZIP code into the locator on the official website.
There will be 51 titles available on Saturday. Those titles include:
- Blade Runner
- The Amazing Spider-Man man
- Street Fighter
- The Tick
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Judge Dredd
- Star Wars
- The Last Kids on Earth
See here for the full list.
Though there are 51 titles available, don’t count on snagging all of them.
How many comics you can score will depend on how many your local participating store has to give away, how many visitors they get and how many people get there before you, among other factors. You’ll want to check with your store for their specific policies.
Each comic book shop will have its own policy on face masks, social distancing and even the number of customers allowed in at the same time.
Call in advance to ask what the policy is, and respect whatever rules they set.
Yeah, most people are lured in by the promise of free comics. But that’s not all that’s happening Saturday.
Some comic book writers and artists will also be holding signings at stores around the US.
Of course, many fans will also show up in their best costumes.