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"...If you've read this week's issue, you'll know that May 4 marks the 11th annual Free Comic Book Day, the yearly celebration of graphic story telling when publishers and stores hand out special new stories, anthologies and issues, totally free and gratis. But with 52 different titles up for grabs this year, what should you put on your pull list?..."
"...Every comic fan knows to put the first Saturday in May on their calendar, because it's Free Comic Book Day. No, really..."
"...Once a year, the major players (and many of the minor ones) in the comic-book industry flood the shelves with special issues for Free Comic Book Day, and this year it’s happening on Saturday, May 7...."
"...So we're counting down the seconds until Free Comic Book Day begins: The annual opportunity to immerse yourself, free and gratis, in the best that graphic story telling has to offer. Now you're asking, where can I get my hands on some free issues, and how can I support local artists?..."
"...1) Nobody gives a shit about superheroes these days. We left those hyperbolic spandex-stretchers and their banal melodrama behind with the Crunchberries and the footed pajamas, didn't we, moving on as the drug-infused, hippie-dippie, late-Sixties underground of Jaxon and Crumb and Shelton and company phased through further explorations by Bill Griffith, Shary Flenniken, Jay Kinney, Trina Robbins, and so on, a rising wave of innovation that crested itself with Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's Raw anthology in the Eighties just before breaking over the mainstream of what's called culture and irrevocably dampening even its most highbrow shores..."
"...Danni Danger aka Sidekick Girl at Austin Books and Comics for Free Comic Cook Day 2013..."
"...It was a massive gamble for a shrinking industry: Give away a couple of million samples of your product the day after one of your industry's biggest characters makes his major motion picture debut. The people who make and sell comic books had no way of knowing whether the public's interest in Spider-Man onscreen would generate any appetite for the wall-crawler in his four-color form, but this seemed like one way to find out..."
"...Whether you picture this scene penciled by Jack Kirby or Peter Bagge, Free Comic Book Day is bound to brighten your day. The annual graphics giveaway, now in its eighth year, will hand out more than 2 million comics across the United States, Canada, and England this Saturday, May 2..."
"...Free Comic Book Day turns 6 this Saturday, May 5. The annual giveaway, launched in 2001 to take advantage of the opening of the first Spider-Man film, has succeeded in drawing enough people into their friendly neighborhood comics shops that it's still around for the web-slinger's second sequel..."
"...Just as Robert Downey Jr.'s third solo outing in the gold and crimson armor of a onetime B-list superguy signals that summer superhero blockbusters are here to stay, so, too, do the 53 comics being given away gratis all across the continent on Saturday signal that Free Comic Book Day is no longer a dicey gambit at building readership but a major event on the pop-culture calendar. True, the event still rides the cape-tails of whatever masked adventurer's cinematic epic opens the season – even Tony Stark knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it – but when the number of free titles being offered is up 50% from just three years ago, publishers are clearly seeing some bang for their buck..."
"...Because that’s the deal on the first Saturday in May – as it has been since 2002, thanks to a certain Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California...."
"...What is Free Comic Book Day? Imagine record store day, but for comics. Oh, and they're free..."
"...Banner, you had me at "Hulk smash!"), but that isn't the sole senses-shattering selection of superstars joining forces for the benefit of humankind this weekend. That's right, True Believer: Saturday, May 2, sees the most awesome assemblage of audacious adventurers the world has ever seen! Superman! Spider-Man! SpongeBob SquarePants! Judge Dredd! Dr..."
"...On Friday, May 3, the amazing Spider-Man will swing onto the silver screen to save Mary Jane Watson from the menace of the Green Goblin. The next day, he'll try to rescue the comic book industry from the threat of the Incredible Shrinking Audience...."
"...As many as 60 different titles may be available for free on Free Comic Book Day, yet not all the participating publishers have specified what they will be. But Dark Horse, DC, Image, and Marvel are all producing special editions of selected titles just for FCBD..."
"...Bats. We know him by many names and in many guises, but the most important thing to know about him today is that it's Batman's 75th birthday – he first appeared in Detective Comics on July 23, 1939 – so the world is celebrating Batman Day...."
"...* Sun, Nov 10: Patrica Polacco presides over a Kid's Day, 9am-11am, at Congregation Agudas Achim. The theme of the day is "Bubbie, Zayde and Me." Polacco is the author of The Trees of the Dancing Goats..."
"...Jody is having a bad day: her hair is messed up totally, her pantyhose has a painful rip in it, and, to top things off, on her way home from her job at a San Francisco insurance company, she gets ambushed by a vampire and passes out. When she awakes, she notices that one of her hands is burned black, she's been put into a dumpster, and someone has stuffed about $100,000 in bills into her blouse. When it turns out she's been asleep for over 24 hours, she realizes she can't hack sunlight, hence the burned hand, and retires to a motel..."
"...Yesterday, we told you about all the the comics on offer, all completely free and gratis, for Free Comic Book Day on May 7. So the next question is, where can you get your hands on all this complimentary four-color fun?..."
"...The X-Men may indeed be a strange collection of heroes, but stranger yet may be the superteam that's coming together the day after the X-Gang's second movie debut: Batman, Archie, Robocop, Donald Duck, and the Transformers! These fantastic figures are joining forces to give away millions of comics on Saturday, May 3. Yes, it's Free Comic Book Day, Part II...."