Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is an annual event that takes place on the first Saturday in May. It began in 2002 and has since become a beloved tradition among comic book fans and retailers worldwide.
The origins of FCBD can be traced back to retailer Joe Field, who proposed the idea in a column for the industry magazine "Comics & Games Retailer" in 2001. Field believed that giving away free comic books could help attract new readers to the medium, while also encouraging existing fans to visit their local comic book shops.
The first FCBD was held on May 4, 2002, and involved just a handful of retailers across North America. Participating stores were given a selection of special edition comic books from various publishers, which they could then give away to customers for free. The event was a resounding success, and FCBD has since grown to include thousands of retailers and millions of comic books given away each year.
In addition to providing free comics, FCBD has also become a celebration of comic book culture and community. Many stores host special events and activities on the day of the event, such as creator signings, cosplay contests, and other promotions. Publishers often release special edition comics and other merchandise to coincide with the event, making FCBD a highly anticipated event for fans and collectors.
Over the years, FCBD has become a global phenomenon, with retailers in countries around the world participating in the event. It has also evolved to include a wide variety of comic book genres and styles, including superhero comics, indie comics, manga, and more.
Today, Free Comic Book Day remains an important annual event for comic book fans and retailers alike, helping to promote the medium and encourage new readers to discover the joys of comics.
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