The most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day, will be celebrated Saturday at Dicehead Games and Comics inside Bradley Square Mall and other participating comic book shops across the country and worldwide.
Anyone visiting a participating comic book shop will receive one or more of the designated Free Comic Book Day comics at no cost. Insiders say 2014 will mark the biggest Free Comic Book Day event thus far with 60 free comics available for new and devoted comics fans to discover.
Shane Grubb, the owner of Dicehead Games and Comics, said he is very excited about Saturday’s giveaway and is expecting lots of comic enthusiasts to be in attendance.
“It gets bigger each year,” he said. “We’ve been participating every year after the first year Free Comic Book Day started. Each year the comics go a little quicker. We encourage fans to be here by 11 a.m. We usually have a line around 10:30 a.m., but sometimes everyone shows up all at once.”
The Free Comic Book Day Committee picked a listing of Gold and Silver sponsors whose comic books include titles that are great for kids and adults. This year’s roster contains 60 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” “DC’s The New 52: Futures End,” “Archie,” “Spongebob,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “The Simpsons,” “Hello Kitty,” “Transformers,” “Sonic” and many more.
“If we can get children interested in reading more — that’s the main goal,” Grubb said in a telephone interview. “The comics are free to the public, but it cost me around $200, which is OK, because it’s an investment in their future as well as mine. We’re very excited about it.”
Deborah Moreland, the public relations and marketing associate for Diamond Comic Distributors said, “Some comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters and other community building activities throughout the day. Every comic shop celebrates Free Comic Book Day in their own unique way, and fans have an opportunity to see their local comic shop’s personality and thriving community of pop-culture enthusiasts on display.”
Jason Blanchard, a Free Comic Book Day Spokesperson, said, “Free Comic Book Day gives new and devoted comic book, entertainment and pop-culture fans the opportunity to get great titles for free, while participating in fun and interactive comic shop events. Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best FCBD experience in order to bring together like-minded fans who love the same stories, TV shows, and movies, while being able to discover new stories that will entertain and enrich their lives.”
For more Free Comic Book Day news and updates, go to the FCBD website at www.freecomicbookday.com. Also check out what legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has to say about FCBD at http://bit.ly/StanLeeFCBD. Complete descriptions of all 60 Free Comic Book Day titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.
For daily updates, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow the giveaway event on Twitter at www.twitter.com/freecomicbook.