Free Comic Book Day approaches.That magical first Saturday in May where comic book retailers across the world give out copies of fan-favorite and radically obscure comics alike (along with like a ton of Archie stuff that no one really wants but everyone just takes to be polite) for totally free. Those familiar with the holiday know to get down to their local comics hot spot early to snag the highly coveted one-shots and exclusive issues being printed specifically for this holiest of calendar grails.
Are you super eager to get back into comics but are unsure of which titles are still worth reading? New to this awesome annual celebration of comics? Or perhaps you’ve found yourself abroad this weekend and need to find a place to quench your thirst for free publications and comicdom comradery.
If that is the case then look no further than Comic Book Resources and their radical Find A Comic Shop service. Find a comic shop close to you anywhere in the United States, Canada and now also in the United Kingdom. So, if you have found yourself without a place to call home this Free Comic Book Day, you know how to fix that dilemma.
Another fun thing CBR does is their Comic Shop Of The Day section on their homepage. Here a random (and probably awesome) shop will show up with a link to store hours, a handy map and link to the store’s website, if applicable. If you check it every day, eventually, your favorite comic shop will be featured. That’s a promise.
Those already familiar with this awesomest of comicdom holidays may also note that this is a double points day on the calendar because FCBD happens to fall on May 4th this year.
Yes, that’s right: May the Fourth.
Star Wars Day.
While some do not recognize the fan/pun-based holiday because it has no ties to the Star Wars mythos beyond a pun, others regard this day as a grand celebration of all things Star Wars.
This year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating and Think Geek is even doing a radical sale on all Star Wars related merch all 4th long. Looking for something a bit closer to home? Perhaps check in with your local chapter of Vader’s Fist has any special appearances planned and join in the cosplay festivities. Whatever you do this May 4th, whether it be free comics, Star Wars celebrating, or both, take care of yourselves and each other.