I love Free Comic Book Day. It’s a celebration for hard core fans and comics newbies both, and I attend one every year. The joy on the face of a kid getting his first free comic is wonderful, as is the delight of a long time reader trying a new book for the first time. I LOVE IT.
I would love people to reblog this, and if your local comic store (or if you are a retailer or employee yourself), is having a Free Comic Book Day Event this Saturday, please respond here with the details so my many many readers will be aware of these wonderful events.
I always post this little proviso…please remember, these comics are NOT free to retailers. They pay a reduced fee for the books, but it’s still very expensive to give them away to thousands of customers, they pay for the books, extra help, shipping, and all related celebration expenses. It adds up fast, and they are doing it to promote comics and reward their loyal readers. PLEASE do me a favor and do a little shopping while picking up your free books…just try a couple new titles you have never tried before, or maybe get your Magic cards or game supplies or long boxes that you already would get somewhere else, usually. This event is meant to support readers, but it would be lovely if everyone also showed some love back to the retailers hosting these events!
For those wondering, I will be at THIRD EYE COMICS in Annapolis, MD, all day Saturday, from around nine to around four. Please come say hi! I will be giving away the Red Sonja mini-prints for as long as I have them available!
Please spread the word, and add your local store’s info, if they are holding an event. THANK YOU!
TL;DR: Free comics aren’t free for the stores, so buy some stuff!