First weekend in May is in fact Free Comic Book Day the country in both North America and in the UK, not sure if other countries have this event in their local stores, Free Comic Book Day has been around since 2002 around the same time when Spider-Man was released in Cinemas in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium and thus the first event was held May 4, 2002, one day after the film's opening.
Since then there has always been a film based on a comic series or Superhero franchise to help boost sales in comics and also Cinema boosts during the first weekend in May but however if you live the UK like I do the Bank Holiday weekend slides in on that weekend in the first week with it being a Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, so this sort of a perfect way to spend the weekend plus grabbing some free comics and manga.
On Free Comic Book Day participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, you do get a mix of comics including Marvel, DC, Archie, Bongo and Dark Horse comics. Manga like Tokyopop, Shoenen Jump and Kodansha Comics would throw in the first few pages of a new Manga series that'll be released in a few weeks or months or even welcoming new people in to reading when it comes to Comics and Manga. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away other merchandise, such as mini posters and other movie tie-in memorabilia.
This year's Free Comic Day offered comics including Attack on Titan, Secret Wars, Bob's Burgers, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog and Batman however there are many more series and franchises that you can get for free. Not all stores but certain stores across countries or even places where you live would have a back issue department where you can pick up Issues of certain Comics at a really cheap instead of paying full price for a comic that was released a few months like Decembers issue of Captain Marvel you can easily pick that issue for 50p if you like in their back issues boxes it'll also include certain board games and graphics novals as well at a good price making it cheaper than buying them online from sites like Amazon. Some retailers and stores would organise stuff like a quiz, cosplay contest, or getting an artist to sign stuff which you can either get for free or pay a very small price on something you would request.
As I've already said this is also a good way to getting someone or even a friend in to a new series or even getting them in to this kind of thing, if they want a good story plot or even a unique art style that you can get in some issues and volumes making it a reason why you should pick up later issues in the future. But it is nice that this has become a yearly event every year since 2002 you can tell it's been here for quite a while and hopefully they'll carry this tradition in the future especially if you live the UK because it feels kind of special if you are a comic nerd or a manga geek and a great way to spend your weekend.
Did you pick up any free comics today or during the weekend of Free Comic Book Day?
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