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Free Comic Book Day

Apr 28, 2014

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when 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. Free Comic Book Day is held the first Saturday in May each year.  This year Free Comic Book Day is May 2nd, 2015! Click here to find a participating comic shop near you!

Free Comic Book Day is May 2nd, 2015!Free Comic Book Day is May 2nd, 2015!Courtesy of Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers, and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Diamond handles marketing and logistics for the event, shipping comics to shops and handling marketing and PR for the event.

Each year, the comics offered change. Click here for a list of this year's Gold and Silver comics. We picked out 5 popular comics that are participating this year!

Jurassic Strike Force 5

Super ninjas, threat to humanity, and tacos! A sci-fi, adventure series with a ton of ludicrous action, which takes the reader to outer space, Antarctica, 65 Million years in the past to the Jurassic period, and finally to Washington DC., Jurassic Strike Force 5 features a group of alien warrior dinosaurs equipped with space armor, energy swords, and dual blasters who are sworn to protect Earth & the Galaxy from the villainous overlord, Zalex.  Perfect for any Jurassic junkie, the series is a throwback to those great Saturday morning cartoons of the 90s. In the Free Comic Book Day edition, two members of the Strike Force team, Spike & Tank, are the only ones on hand capable of facing a new threat to Earth, Doctor Terror and his band of Super Ninjas. All the while they battle to find a new found love, of tacos.

Jurassic Strike Force 5Jurassic Strike Force 5Courtesy of Zenescope Entertainment

Graphix Spotlight: Cleopatra In Space

In this exciting sci-fi adventure, a young Cleopatra stumbles upon a mysterious artifact that propels the ancient would-be ruler into the distant future! Now stuck in a time far removed from her own, Cleopatra discovers that she is humanity's ("humanity" being a population of talking cats!) only hope against the devious Xaius Octavian. Danger, derring-do, and a whole lot of fun await in this new all-ages tale that will take you beyond the stars!

Avengers #1

It’s your first taste of the all-new Marvel Universe as a blockbuster top secret Avengers creative team sets out on a new adventure that will have fans begging for more! Who will be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when the dust settles from SECRET WARS?  Find out here! This special issue also includes a brand new bonus story by blockbuster writer Charles Soule that previews one of the biggest new titles of 2015 – Uncanny Inhumans!

Avengers #1 Comic BookAvengers #1 Comic BookCourtesy of Marvel


All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this action-packed Free Comic Book Day edition comic! Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal ‘s battle against each other is destroying Vaniville Town. Can X and Y save the town in Pokémon X*Y?! Bonus Feature: More action in Pokémon Adventures and Pokémon Adventures Black and White!

Pokémon ComicPokémon ComicCourtesy of Pokémon

Spongebob Freestyle Funnies

This year's SpongeBob Comics FCBD offering features a 22-page story by Boxtrolls director and Grickle cartoonist, Graham Annable! In "Tangy!" Plankton's new special sauce made from jellyfish jelly has strange effects on SpongeBob and the rest of Bikini Bottom's residents. The only one unaffected, the only one who can save them all, is a very reluctant Squidward! Plus, more undersea sequential stories by James Kochalka, Maris Wicks, Gregg Schigiel. and other awesome aquatic artists!


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