Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!
Free Comic Book Day! Like Christmas for comic book fans!
May 1st, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s pick is not a comic, but a day, and it is one of the most wonderful days of the year for comic fans, this coming Saturday, May 5: Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day, or "FCBD" as the cool kids call it, is just what is sounds like - a day for you to go to your local comic book shop and pick up some free comics. Most of the top comic publishers create special books just for this day, usually a one-off comic book or the kickoff to a new story line or series.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, gave us a few tips for getting the most out of FCBD at a comic book store near you:

1) Get the most bang for your (lack of) buck by choosing a comic book that offers more than one story. The flipbooks (comic books that have one story printed on the top side of each page, and another story entirely on the flip side) and anthologies coming out for FCBD let you sample two to six stories at a time.

2) FCBD puts a special emphasis on all-ages-appropriate titles, but that's not the only comic book oeuvre to be discovered this Saturday. If you don't see  adult fare, the store may be holding these books behind the counter or in another section of the store. Remember to ask the clerk.

3) Most stores will offer customers dollar bins, quarter bins, or dime bins, if only for FCBD. These are long boxes filled with dirt-cheap comics. Look to these bins and other back-issue sales not only for great deals, but as a way to instantly catch up on new series encountered through FCBD.

By the way, this is great advice for any trip to your local comic book store, not just on FCBD; longtime readers can forget these sales are available.

4) Free comics go fast. (Duh, they're free comics.) So, if you can't get to the store early and your first, second or third choices are all gone, try something new.

You might have come in for a certain free comic, like "Lady Death," but by the time you got to the store it was gone. Don't worry, FCBD has plenty of plan Bs available. For example, did you play the video game "Mega Man" as a kid? It's a comic book title now,  and will be available for free this Saturday. If you're a hardcore Marvel or DC fan, FCBD is a  great opportunity to give the other publisher a try or a new company altogether.

5) Pay attention to the ratings. Today's comic books are rated so you know what age group the title is appropriate for. Stores will be more than happy to explain any ratings parents or children don't understand.

BONUS TIP: Ask your store if they're participating in 24-Hour Comic Day or Free RPG Day! If FCBD is comic book Christmas, then 24-Hour Comic Day is Easter. It occurs in October and is an exciting day of creating comics with big-time comic creators.

Free RPG Day is right around the corner in June. If you're getting Marvel comics on FCBD, ask if the store is running the Marvel Heroic role playing game on Free RPG Day! Like the "Archaia" anthology? Did you know there was a "Mouse Guard" RPG? It never hurts to ask!

Don’t forget that today, Wednesday, May 2, is still new comic day and there are some great books coming out today.

DC Comics offers the first two books in the “Night of the Owls” mini-event in the books "Batwing #9" and "Detective Comics #9," today, Image Comics has "Epic Kill #1" and Marvel Comics comes out with "Exiled #1." All really good books and I believe worth your time to go and check them out!

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people. And the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves today. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

Oni Press

Digital Same Day As Print

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #9 $3.99
ACTION COMICS #9 COMBO PACK $4.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99
ANIMAL MAN #9 $2.99
ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 01 THE HUNT $14.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 03 BATMAN ROBIN MUST DIE $17.99
BATWING #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $2.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $3.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #9 COMBO PACK (NIGHT OF THE OWL) $4.99
DIAL H #1 $2.99
EARTH 2 #1 $3.99
GI COMBAT #1 $3.99
GREEN ARROW #9 $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #9 $2.99
RED LANTERNS #9 $2.99
SANDMAN TP VOL 09 THE KINDLY ONES NEW ED (MR) $19.99
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #1 $3.99
SPIRIT WORLD HC $39.99
STORMWATCH #9 $2.99
SWAMP THING #9 $2.99
SWEET TOOTH #33 (MR) $2.99
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 (THE CULLING) $4.99
WORLDS FINEST #1 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Action Comics #9
Animal Man #9
Batwing #9
Detective Comics #9
Dial H for Hero #1
Earth 2 #1
GI Combat #1
Green Arrow #9
Justice League International #9
Red Lanterns #9
Stormwatch #9
Swamp Thing #9
Sweet Tooth #33
Teen Titans Annual #1
Worlds’ Finest #1
Justice League Beyond #6

MARVEL COMICS

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #3 $2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685 ENDS $3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SECRET ORIGINS TP $14.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY #29 AVX $2.99
AVENGERS ART OF AVENGERS HC SLIPCASE $49.99
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP VOL 03 $34.99
AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #1 (OF 3) $2.99
AVENGERS KREE SKRULL WAR HC $34.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3 (OF 12) AVX $3.99
AVENGERS X-SANCTION HC $24.99
DAREDEVIL #12 $2.99
DEFENDERS #6 $3.99
DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #6 (OF 8) $3.99
EXILED #1 $2.99
FURY MAX #1 (MR) $3.99
HULK RETURN OF MONSTER PREM HC $29.99
HULK RETURN OF MONSTER PREM HC DM VAR ED 90 $29.99
HULK SMASH AVENGERS #1 (OF 5) $2.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #516 $3.99
MARVEL SUPER HEROES #1 $4.99
MARVELS AVENGERS AVENGERS INITIATIVE $2.99
MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE TP $14.99
TOY STORY #3 (OF 4) $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99
VENOM #17 $2.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #5 (OF 5) $3.99
X-FACTOR #235 $2.99
X-MEN #28 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Age Of Apocalypse #3
Amazing Spider-Man #685
Avengers Vs. X-Men #3
Avengers Academy #29
Daredevil #12
Defenders #6
Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz #6
Exiled #1
Hulk Smash Avengers #1
Invincible Iron Man #516
Marvel’s The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative #1
Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes #1
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #10
Venom #17
Wolverine & The X-Men: Alpha And Omega #5
X-Factor #235
X-Men #28

IDW PUBLISHING

30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #7 $3.99
DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS SERIES IV #3 (OF 6) $3.99
DOROTHY OF OZ PREQUEL #2 (OF 4) $3.99
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 03 $19.99
GI JOE 2 RETALIATION MOVIE PREQUEL TP $17.99
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #178 $3.99
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 03 $17.99
LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 04 KEYS TO THE KINGDOM $19.99
STAR TREK CLASSICS TP VOL 03 ENCOUNTERS W/ UNKNOWN $21.99
STAR TREK ONGOING #8 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

30 Days of Night Ongoing #7
Dorothy of OZ Prequel #2
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #178

IMAGE COMICS

AVENGELYNE #8 CVR A LIEFELD $2.99
BLUE ESTATE #11 (MR) $2.99
BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #4 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
DOGS OF MARS TP (MR) $15.99
EPIC KILL #1 $2.99
HACK SLASH #15 CVR A SEELEY & ROSENBERG (MR) $3.50
HACK SLASH #15 CVR B EID (MR) $3.50
MARKSMEN TP VOL 01 $15.99
MIND THE GAP #1 CVR A $2.99
MIND THE GAP #1 CVR B $2.99
MIND THE GAP #1 SHARED EXC CVR $2.99
PIGS #7 (MR) $2.99
SPAWN #219 $2.99
SUPREME #64 $2.99
VESCELL #7 (MR) $2.99
WITCHBLADE #150 TOP COW STORE EX VAR CVR $20.00

Digital Same Day As Print

Avengelyne #8
Blue Estate #11
Bulletproof Coffin Disinterred #4 (Of 6)
Epic Kill #1
Dogs Of Mars TP
Hack Slash #15
Marksmen TP Vol. #1
Mind The Gap #1
Pigs #7
Supreme #64
Vescell #7 I
New Brighton Archaeological Society

DARK HORSE COMICS

SKELETON KEY COLOR SPECIAL ONE SHOT $3.50

Dynamite Entertainment

BOYS #66 $3.99
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #5 (ALEX ROSS REGULAR COVER) $3.99
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #5 (ALEX ROSS VIRGIN VARIANT COVER) AR
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #5 (JAE LEE REGULAR COVER) $3.99
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #5 (MARK BUCKINGHAM REGULAR COVER) AR
LONE RANGER #5 (FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA REGULAR COVER) $3.99
RED SONJA #66 (JOHN WATSON REGULAR COVER) $3.99
RED SONJA #66 (WALTER GEOVANI REGULAR COVER) $3.99
SPIDER #1 (ALEX ROSS REGULAR COVER) $3.99
SPIDER #1 (ALEX ROSS SKETCH VARIANT COVER) AR
SPIDER #1 (FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA REGULAR COVER) $3.99
SPIDER #1 (FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA VIRGIN VARIANT COVER) AR
SPIDER #1 (JOHN CASSADAY REGULAR COVER) $3.99
SPIDER #1 (RON LESSER REGULAR COVER) $3.99
VOLTRON YEAR ONE #2 (ADMIRA WIJAYA NEGATIVE VARIANT COVER) AR
VOLTRON YEAR ONE #2 (ADMIRA WIJAYA REGULAR COVER) $3.99
VOLTRON YEAR ONE #2 (ADMIRA WIJAYA VIRGIN VARIANT COVER) AR
WITCHBLADE RED SONJA #3 (ALE GARZA REGULAR COVER) $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Kirby Genensis: Silver Star #5
Red Sonja #66
The Boys #66
The Spider #1
Voltron Year One #2
Witchblade Red Sonja #3

BOOM! Studios

FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER A HUMBERTO RAMOS) $3.99
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER B KHARY RANDOLPH) $3.99
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER C KHARY RANDOLPH) AR
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER D ALE GARZA SKETCH) AR
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER E HUMBERTO RAMOS SKETCH) AR
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #2 (COVER F ARTHUR SUYDAM CGC 9.8) AR
GARFIELD #1 (COVER A GARY BARKER) $3.99
GARFIELD #1 (COVER B GARY BARKER SUPERHERO VARIANT) AR
GARFIELD #1 (COVER C JIM DAVIS 1ST APPEARANCE OF GARFIELD) AR
INCORRUPTIBLE VOLUME 6 TP $16.99
PLANET OF THE APES VOLUME 2 TP $14.99
RICH JOHNSTON'S THE AVENGEFULS #1 (FRED HEMBECK VARIANT COVER) AR
RICH JOHNSTON'S THE AVENGEFULS #1 (MARK STAFFORD REGULAR COVER) $3.99
ROGER LANGRIDGE'S SNARKED VOLUME 1 TP $14.99
STAN LEE'S STARBORN VOLUME 3 TP $14.99
SUPURBIA #3 $3.99
TANPOPO COLLECTION VOLUME 1 HC $24.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Avengefuls
Fanboys vs. Zombies #2
Garfield #1
Incorruptible #29
Supurbia #3

Zenescope

GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS AND LEGENDS #16 (COVER A STJEPAN SEJIC) $2.99
GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS AND LEGENDS #16 (COVER B ROBERT ATKINS) $2.99
GRIMM FAIRY TALES VOLUME 11 TP $15.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Charmed #21
Jurassic Strike Force #5

Archie Comics

BETTY AND VERONICA FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #224 $3.99
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #19 $3.99
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #236 $2.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Archie Meets Kiss TP
Archie Marries Betty #19
Archie Marries Veronica #19
B&V Friends Double Digest #224
Life With Archie #19
Sonic #236

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via ComiXology

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  9. What Is Missing?

    Can't believe a complete article, tips, etc... but no mention of what the actual day is. (Yes, I know one can click on the link to find out, but...) Really it should be mentioned at the top.

    Great subject, terrible writing.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • tophercnn

      Thanks for reading!

      The 2nd paragraph tells what FCBD is

      Free Comic Book Day, or "FCBD" as the cool kids call it, is just what is sounds like – a day for you to go to your local comic book shop and pick up some free comics. Most of the top comic publishers create special books just for this day, usually a one-off comic book or the kickoff to a new story line or series.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • Jeff

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    • JDad

      First paragraph –

      "This week’s pick is not a comic, but a day, and it is one of the most wonderful days of the year for comic fans, this coming Saturday, May 5: Free Comic Book Day!"

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    Galactic Quest in Lawrenceville and Buford will have an incredible selection of Free Comics. They do not limit you to just one or two books for the day, but allow you to choose all your favorites.
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