Free Comic Book Day Has, Unsurprisingly, Been Postponed

Fans will have to wait a few extra months to line up for Free Comic Book Day this year.
Fans will have to wait a few extra months to line up for Free Comic Book Day this year.
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Usually, on the first Saturday in May, comic book stores across the world open their doors to fans excited to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. But with the day quickly approaching, that glorious occasion is being pushed back due to fears over covid-19.


The company behind the promotion, Diamond Comic Distributors, announced today that it’s postponing the annual event until later this year. “The severity and timing of the impact of the covid-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk,” Steve Geppi, Diamond founder and CEO, said in a press release. “As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the summer.”

When that does happen, though, Free Comic Book Day 2020 will offer up almost 50 free books to fans, the full list of which is at this link. There’s Bloodshot (tied to the new movie), Power Rangers, X-Men, The Legend of Zelda, Spider-Man, Blade Runner, Mean Girlsjust a huge variety of titles. Once we learn the new date for Free Comic Book Day, we’ll be sure to share it.

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They should just release them digitally. Publishers like Marvel and DC (and IDW) use FCBD to preview and kick off the summer’s big event stories. This ultimately means that the storylines will start, but the “issue zero” as it were shows up after, and may have carried a vital bit of info, flashback, or fleshing out of a plot point (i.e. Splinter dwelling on Donatello’s soul being put into Metalhead while his body healed around issue 35 or 36 of the ongoing.)