FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IS SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015
December 3, 2014

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FCBD15 with date_rectangle(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 3, 2014) —The biggest event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), is taking place on Saturday May 2nd, at participating comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! 2015 marks the fourteenth FCBD celebration and is expected to be bigger and better due to an increase in fan and retailer participation, allowing new and devoted comic book and pop-culture fans the chance to discover new comics for free while also exploring what other treasures their local comic shop has to offer.

 

The Free Comic Book Day Selection Committee of retailers picked 50 comic books they believed fans of all ages would find entertaining and enjoy reading for the first time. Anyone who goes into a comic shop on FCBD will be able to choose from a variety of titles containing new and classic stories and iconic characters from publishers DC Comics, Marvel, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, and other major and independent publishers.

 

Participating comic shops will pass out comics for free on May 2nd, and also host community events such as costume contests, sketches by guest artists, comic-creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters (cosplayers), and other community building activities throughout the day. Every comic shop celebrates FCBD in their own unique way allowing new comers an opportunity to see their local comic shop’s personality and its thriving community of pop-culture enthusiasts. FCBD has been an industry-wide success in the promotion of reading comics and is one of the reasons behind the comic industry’s continuing momentum of growth.

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“Free Comic Book Day is the biggest and most anticipated event of the year for all comic book enthusiasts. It’s the perfect opportunity for new and devoted comic book, entertainment and pop-culture fans to get great comics for free, while participating in fun comic shop events,” said Free Comic Book Day Spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “Comic book shops see FCBD as a great way to show off their stores and help novice and veteran fans find stories they will love that not only entertain but enrich their lives. It’s also a great excuse for people to let their inner “geek” out while having fun meeting like-minded people and exploring their local comic shop.”

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The Gold Sponsor comic books will be announced December 11th and the Silver Sponsor comics will be announced December 17th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor and thirty-eight Silver Sponsor comic books can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 24th, 2014.

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For more FBCD news and updates, visit www.freecomicbookday.com. Also become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/freecomicbook.

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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 around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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