Marvel Avengers, Infinite Watch, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pokémon, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Invader Zim, Doctor Who, Street Fighter and 46 other great comic book titles will be available for no charge on Saturday, May 5, for Free Comic Book Day.
Publishers Marvel, DC, VIZ Media, Dark Horse Comics, IDW and plenty of independent publishing studio will be giving away select titles as part of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), which is designed to draw more readers into comic book stores.
Locally, Rubber Mallet Comics, 802 Wyoming Ave., will be celebrating the annual Free Comic Book Day with free books, as well as $1 back issue comics, 25 cent comics on clearance and other deals in the store.
The location has been operating since April 2011 and will be celebrating its sixth anniversary during Free Comic Book Day.
“It’s just a good day for our shop,” said Chuck Rowles, co-owner of Rubber Mallet Comics.
Supportive comic book fans have made Free Comic Book Day a huge hit throughout the years. The number of attendees has skyrocketed since the initial launch in 2002, with 1.35 million people taking part in the U.S. and Canada last year.
As part of FCBD, readers can preview a comic before the publisher’s release to the mass market, such as with “The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero’s Adventure,” which is debuting this year. Other comic book fans can pick up a comic they would not normally view but may spark their interest, like the independently produced “Invasion.” Those new to the world of comics may be interested in trying the standard Marvel comics that enjoy a wider audience, such as Spider-Man and Captain America.
Several comic books stores will have a guest writers or artists to sign books; others will offer free food and beverages or bargain deals to their customers for the event.
Attracting new business plays a big part when it comes to FCBD for Rubber Mallet, Rowles said. It sparks interest in young readers and brings people into the comic book universe — potentially bringing in new customers every week for new releases and other exclusive items.
A list of free comic books being offered and exclusive toy offers available on Free Comic Book Day is included with this story online at pittstonprogress.com.
Exclusive toys available of Free Comic Book Day:
POP! Saga: Bloody Lying Cat Previews Exclusive Vinyl Figure ($11.99)
Marvel Heroclix Exclusive Figure, Gladiator Hulk (price TBA)
DC Lil Bombshell Harley Quinn Vinyl Figure ($9.99)
2018 Gold Comics
:01 Second Books | Comic Friends Forever
Archie Comics | Riverdale
Boom! Studios | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Special
Dark Horse Comics | Overwatch & Black Hammer
DC Comics | DC Super Hero Girls #1
IDW Publishing | Transformers Unicron #0
Imagine Comics | Barrier #1
Joe Books LTD | Disney Princess Ariel Spotlight
Marvel Comics | Avengers & Captain America
Oni Press | Invader Zim Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy
Titan Comics| Doctor Who #0
VIZ Media | Pokemon Sun & Moon and Horizon
2018 Silver Comics
Abstract Studios | Strangers in Paradise XXV #1
Action Lab Entertainment | Miraculous Adventures
AfterShock Comics | Relay #0
Arcana Studio | Howard Lovecraft’s Big Book of Summer Fun
Aspen Comics | Worlds of Aspen Anniversary Edition
Benitez Productions | Lady Mechanika
Bongo Comics | Bongo Comics: Free-For-All 2018
BOOM! Studios | Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake Special
Chapterhouse Publishing | Die Kitty Die I Love You to Death
Chapterhouse Publishing | Invasion Prologue
Dark Horse Comics | Legend of Korra & Nintendo Arms
Dark Planet | Silver #1
Dynamite Entertainment | Bob’s Burgers #1
Dynamite Entertainment | James Bond Vargr #1
Drawn & Quarterly | Berlin #1
Fantagraphics Book | Worlds Greatest Cartoonists
Graphix | Graphix Spotlights: Sparks
Humanoids Metabaron Book 3: Meta Guardianess and Techno Baron
IDW Publishing | Star Wars Adventure
Image Comics | Street Angel’s Dog One-Shot
Kodansha Comics | Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network
Lion Forge Comics| Worm World Saga: The Journey Begins
Marvel Comics | Infinity Watch & Amazing Spider-Man
New England Comics | The Tick FCBD 2018
Oni Press | Shadow Roads #1
Papercutz | The Only Living Boy
Rebellion | 2000 AD Regened
Scout Comics | Scout Comics Presents: The Mall
Starburns Industries Comics | Starburns Presents #1
Titan Comics | A Brief History of Tank Girl
Tokyopop | Nightmare Before Christmas Zero’s Adventure: Zero’s Journey Chapter 0
Udon Entertainment | Shadowman Special
United Plankton Pictures | Spongebob Freestyle Funnies
Valiant Entertainment | Shadowman Special
Vault Comics | Maxwells Demons #!
Viz Media | My Hero Academia & RWBY
YEN PRESS | Crush
Youneek Studios | Malika: Creed & Fury
According to www.freecomicbookday.com.