SALT LAKE CITY — Free Comic Book Day, which falls on the first Saturday of May every year, is one of the biggest days of the year for comic book retailers. Here's what you need to know.
Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 as a way to help the North American comic book industry bring new readers into independent comic book stores.
The idea was first made public by Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, Calif. Field wrote about the theoretical event in a column for Comics & Games Retailer magazine in Aug. 2001. The first event was in 2002 and has become an annual tradition.
Coordinated by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in North America, the day is often coordinated with the theater release of a superhero film.
On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book stores give away special copies of comic books for free, and some offer discounts on other comic books. The stores pay 1250 cents per copy of the books.
2013 Sponsored comics:
- Bongo Free-For-All, Bongo Comics
- DH Star Wars Captain Midnight Avatar, Dark Horse
- Infinity, Marvel Comics
- It's an Ugly Doll Comic & Other Stuff, VIZ LLC
- Kaboom Summer Blast (Net), Boom Entertainment
- Sesame Street & Strawberry Shortcake, Ape Entertainment
- Endangered Weapon B, Aam Markosia
- Molly Danger/Princeless, Action Lab Entertainment
- NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians, Action Lab Entertainment
- Fubar FCBD 2013 Special, Alterna Comics
- Action Time Buddies, Antarctic Press
- Steampunk Originals Presents: The Steam Engines of Oz, Arcana Studios
- Mouse Guard/Rust FCBD 2013 Flip Book, Archaia Entertainment
- FCBD 2013 Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Man Flipbook, Archie Comics
- Worlds of Aspen 2013, Aspen Comics
- Absolution: The Beginning, Avatar Press
- Bleeding Cool Magazine FCBD, Bleeding Cool
- Capstone Presents: Mr. Puzzle, Capstone Comics
- The Red Ten #0, Comixtribe
- Mass Effects/Killjoys/R.I.P.D., Dark Horse Comics
- DC Nation Super Sampler, DC Comics
- Damsels, D.E./Dynamite Entertainment
- Grimm FCBD 2013, D.E./Dynamite Entertainment
- Marble Season, Drawn & Quarterly
- Pippi Longstocking Color Special, Drawn & Quarterly
- SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies, United Plankton Pictures
- Superman Special Edition, DC
- The Smurfs, NBM
- TMNT New Animated Adventures, Idea & Design Works LLC
- Walking Dead Special, Image Comics
- World of Archie Digest, Archie Comic Publication
Descriptions of the comics can be found here.
Comic book stores
- Game Haven, 273 W. 500 South, Bountiful
- Endzone Hobby Center, 133 S. State Street, Clearfield, starts at 11 a.m.
- Heebeegeebeez, 1986 N. Hill Field Rd. #2, Layton
- Heebeegeebeez, 2574 Washington Blvd., Ogden
Salt Lake Valley:
- Black Cat Comics, 2261 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City
- Dr. Volt's Comic Connection, 2043 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City
- Night Flight Comics, 6222 S. State Street, Salt Lake City
- Game Haven, 1609 W. 9000 South, West Jordan
- Dragons Keep, 260 N. University Ave., Provo
- The Joke's on You Comics, 146 N. 100 West, Cedar City
- Gunjah Bead Forest, 41 N. Main Street, Cedar City
- Comics Plus, 1812 W. Sunset Blvd., St. George
Do you know of a participating store? Let us know on the comment board.