Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday's Headlines | Free Comic Book Summer

Yesterday is was announced that Free Comic Book Day is coming back in July - and this year, it lasts all summer long, with weekly free releases planned for every Wednesday between July 15 and September 9.

Free Comic Book Day was originally scheduled to take place May 2, but was postponed indefinitely when the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread closures of Direct Market comic book stores, both temporary and permanent, as well as the disruption of shipping by Diamond Comic Distributors, which has since resumed. Now, stores will receive five or more free titles every Wednesday for nine weeks straight.

It's unclear if DC will participate in the weekly FCBD plans, as their comic books, now released on Tuesday, are no longer distributed by Diamond, who are the organizers of FCBD.

“Every year, Free Comic Book Day is our big event to thank current comics fans, welcome back former fans and invite those new to comics to join the fun,” states Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA in the announcement.

“In this very different year, Free Comic Book Day is more like Free Comic Book Summer... and there’s so much fun to discover in this year's FCBD comics! So many cool stories are available for this stretched-out Free Comic Book Day 2020. I'm confident long-time fans and newcomers alike are going to find a story that'll make them want to visit their local comic shop every week! Fans, bring your friends and family and head to your local comic shop every week starting July 15 through September 9 to check out the new, and fantastic, free comics available that week!”