Free Comic Book Day This Weekend! (Plus a Free Minimate!)
April 27, 2009


What is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.


To find out more about FREE COMIC BOOK DAY or to fins a participating Comic Shop near you check out the official Free Comic Book Day website!


And not JUST comics!  There will be a FREE MINIMATE as well!

FCBD 2009 Minimate

Creative Team: (W/A) N/A

Publisher: Diamond Select Toys

Item Code: JAN090044

It’s Free Comic Book Day! It’s a Minimate! It’s the perfect giveaway for your store! Minimates are a cool way to promote FCBD09 before the event, or as a giveaway during the day’s proceedings. Each Minimate is individually packaged in a separate plastic bag.



DC’s FCBD09 Blackest Night #0 to Offer Original Content

DC Comics has announced that its Free Comic Book Day: Blackest Night #0 will now feature the prelude to the "Blackest Night" storyline.

Boasting a story by writer Geoff Johns, Blackest Night #0 is illustrated by the art teams of Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert and Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy. The issue also features an introductory text page by Johns that sets the stage for new readers and a cover by Ivan Reis.

The issue includes a lead story that leads directly into Blackest Night #1, as well as a special guide to the various Corps that have recently emerged as forces in the world of Green Lantern.




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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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