Ah, Free Comic Book Day. Ever since it’s inception in 2002, it has gotten bigger and better every year, with more and more fans showing up at their local comic shop looking for the same thing: free comic books. The first Saturday in May has been forever changed on the calendar, because for geeks everywhere it represents the closest thing to a national holiday we’ll ever have.
And this year looks like it might be the biggest ever. Comic shops have ordered more copies of the free offerings than ever before and the highly anticipated Iron Man 3 opens in theaters the day before. It could be a perfect storm of geeky goodness just waiting to explode.
And lucky for us, the comic shops in Philadelphia are ready with a feast of geeky offerings that any fan will love.
Over at Locust Moon Comics, quite the line up of local comic book talent will be on hand to talk, sign books and enjoy Free Comic Book Day with the fans. J.G. Jones, Mark Robinson, Rob Woods, James Comey and Dave Proch will all be there as well as Little Baby’s Ice Cream, who will be dishing out ice cream until 5:00 PM.
Meanwhile, over at both Brave New Worlds locations, they will once again be giving away free gifts to people who spend a certain amount of cash. Spend $50, get a free Brave New Worlds pint glass. Spend $100 and get a free copy of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga Hardcover (yes, the hardcover!) plus the pint glass. And last but not least, spend $200 and walk away with the huge Jim Lee X-Men Omnibus Hardcover plus the Dark Phoenix Saga and the pint glass.
All that plus the Old City location will have the Broadzilla DJs while the Willow Grove store will have sketch artists and both will have your favorite costumed heroes there to say hi to the kids.
And that is above and beyond the comics themselves. There are some really great free books this year, including The Walking Dead, the first chapter of Infinity from Marvel and another beautiful flip book from Archaia.
So set your alarm and get ready, Free Comic Book Day is upon us again. The comics are printed, the stores are ready and I could not be happier.
Locust Moon Comics
Brave New Worlds