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National Free Comic Book Day is coming: May 4

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Among the titles available on Free Comic Book Day is Marvel’s The Avengers. Image provided by Gemstone Comic Distributors

BALTIMORE – Saturday, May 4, over 2,200 comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world will give away over 5.2 million comic books free of charge on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). The annual event is one of the most anticipated comic book celebrations of the year, as retailers prepare to welcome curious, first-time comic book readers and seasoned comic book fans into their stores for free comics and exciting events.

“Free Comic book Day is a great event for everyone! It’s an opportunity for newcomers to dive into the world of comics, and for longtime readers to try a new title they may not have picked up otherwise. The wide selection of comics available allows readers of all kinds to explore new and exciting worlds and travel to far off places,” said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson, Ashton Greenwood.

The 51 free comic book titles available this year are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes. This year’s diverse selection includes superhero stories, like Marvel’s Avengers, and Spider-Man/ Venom #1, as well as DC’s Catwoman: Under the Moon and Dear Justice League; popular kids titles such as Minecraft, The Incredibles, Star Wars Adventures, and Pokémon, and TV tie-ins featuring series like RiverdaleDoctor Who, and Stranger Things.

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From IDW, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another selection available on Free Comic Book Day. Image provided by Gemstone Comic Distributors

“On May 4th we encourage fans to use Free Comic Book Day as an opportunity to explore their local comic shop and discover all it has to offer,” said Greenwood. “Our hope is that everyone will walk away with comics they can’t wait to read and share, and then return to their local shop to become a part of the pop-culture community and embark on more adventures through comics!”

Along with giving out free comics, many comic shops host community events throughout the day, such as creator signings, character appearances, costume contests, plus great sales and deals on exclusive items.

To view all 51 Free Comic Book Day titles and find a participating comic shop, visit


About Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and worldwide give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May every year and is founded on the belief that there’s a comic out there for everyone!

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