Free Comic Book Day is Saturday in Kissimmee and across the USA
By Peter Covino
The countdown is on — there only is one more week until Free Comic Book Day.
Comic book collectors probably are already familiar with that special day, one day a year, when comic book stores nationwide give away dozens of comic book titles.
This year the Coliseum of Comic stores in Central Florida, including the Kissimmee location, are participating in the free comic book distribution, which will be Saturday, May 3. Also participating, with a day of special events, is Mike’s Comics and Collectibles, 8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando.
In addition to free comic books, Mike’s will host special guest artist of Batman: Detective Comics & Batman: Eternal, Jason Fabok. Fabok will do in-store signing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shop. There also will be face painting, raffles and a storewide sale.
For fans of comic books, it doesn’t get much better than Free Comic Book Day. There are no strings or gimmicks. All participating stores get a supply of titles to be given away. Supplies are limited, so early arrivals will get a bigger selection of comic books to take home.
It is the biggest day of the year in the comic book industry, according to Deborah Morleand, marketing associate with Diamond Comic Book Distributors. This year, a total of 60 different titles will be available for free.
The event features both new and classic characters from the world of comics. This year’s free comics include Teen Titans Go!, SpongeBob, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Simpsons, Transformers, and many more. The titles will vary, but there is something for everyone, from youngsters to adults.
Free Comic Book Day was created for both old fans to discover new titles as well as new fans to discover what comic books are all about.
Last year an estimated 1.2 million people went to their local comic shop to take home some of the 4.6 million comics that were given away for free.
The complete list of this year’s comics include
Archie Comics: Archie Comics Digest FCBD 2014 Edition. Bongo Comics: Bongo Comics Free-For-All FCBD 2014 Edition. Kaboom Studios: Kaboom Summer Blast 2013 FCBD Edition. Dark Horse Comics: Avatar/Itty Bitty Hellboy/Juice Squeezers FCBD 2014 Edition. DC Entertainment: DC Comics, The New 52 Futures End FCBD Special Edition. Fantagraphics Books: Uncle Scrooge, A Matter of Some Gravity FCBD 2014 Edition. IDW Publishing: Transformers vs. G.I/ Joe FCBD 2014 Edition. Image Comics: Rise of the Magic #0. Marvel Entertainment: Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD 2014 Edition. Papercutz: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers FCBD 2014 Edition. United Plankton Pictures: Spongebob Freestyle Funnies FCBD 2014 Edition. Perfect Square: Helly Kitty: Surprise! FCBD 2014 Edition.
Action Lab Entertainment: Skyward Midnight Tiber FCBD 2014 Edition. Action Lab Entertainment EHMM FCBD 2014 Edition. Alterna Comics: FUBAR Ace of Spaces FCBD 2014 Edition. Antarctic Press Steam Wars #1 FCBD 2014 Edition. Arcana Studio: The Intrinsic Volume FCBD 2014 Edition. Archie Comics: Sonic the Hedge Hog, Mega-Man Flipbook 2014 FCBD Edition. ASPEN MLT: Worlds of Aspen FCBD 2014 Edition. Automatic Publishing: Hatter M Far from Wonter #1 FCBD Edition, IPSO Facto #1 FCBD 2014 Edition. Avatar Press: Bleeding Cool Magazine FCBD 2014. Avatar Press: Uber The First Cycle FCBD 2014 Edition. Boom! Studios: Archaia, Mouse Guard, Rust & Other Stories — A FCBD Hardcover Anthology. Captstone Young Readers: The Adventures of Jellaby FCBD 2014 Edition. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Defend Comics FCBD 2014 Edition; CBLFF Presents Raising a Reader! FCBD 2014 Edition. Comixtribe: Epic #0; Scam Crossworads #0 FCBD 2014 Edition. Dark Horse Comics: Project Black Sky FCBD 2014 Edition. DC Entertainment: Teen Titans Go! FCBD 2014 Special Edition. Drawn Quarterly: Shigeru Mizuki’s Show: A History of Japan. Epicenter Comics: Magic Wind FCBD 2014; Entrophy FCBD 2014 Edition; Fantagraphics Books: Hip Hop Family Tree.
Gemstone Publishing: Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace. Graphix: Graphix Spotlight the Dumberst Idea Ever! Hermes Press: Scratch 9 FCBD 2014 Edition: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. IDW Publishing: V-Wars #0.