Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores.
I spent my FCBD at Zeus Comics in beautiful downtown Dallas, TX. Even though I live in Arkansas, this was still my fourth time to do so.
Richard Neal and the guys at Zeus know how to put on a good show for their customers. It’s a great environment and thousands show up. It could have something to do with the 3,000 comics they bring in to give out FOR FREE. It could have something to do with table after table after table full of long boxes of quarter comics. Maybe it’s the wonderful talent of Scott Kurtz (PVP) or James O’barr (The Crow). Whatever it is, it’s one of the best experiences I’ve shared with my fellow fanboys.
I picked up around 375 comics all together. Some were for my wife, some were for my son, but bookoos were for me. Bwahahaha!
In the past, Zeus Comics held the Comics And Pop Culture Expo (CAPE) on FCBD. I went to the second through fourth CAPEs, and they were even better than the FCBD I just got back from. CAPE brought together a seemingly endless list of indy creators as well as the big names from the Big Two, including David Mack, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Tony Bedard, Marc Andreyko, Brian Hitch, and more. The event has been on pause the past couple of years, but when it’s back, I’ll be there. You should be, too.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some reading to do.