Free Comic Book Day 2009

This Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, when participating comic stores give away free comics.

Free Comic Book Day logo

The Free Comics

Love & Capes #10

I’m really glad I stopped trying to cover all of the comics released on this day, because this year there are 40 comics, and some of them … well, I don’t want to bother reading them, even for free. My time’s worth more than that. But that’s ok, because it’s a good thing that there’s a lot of diversity. I shouldn’t be interested in all the titles. If I was, something would be wrong.

But there are also some gems I’m really looking forward to. I’m fortunate enough to already have a copy of my very favorite, Love & Capes #10. It’s hilarious! In order to prepare for their upcoming marriage, Abby temporarily gets super-powers so she can better understand her soon-to-be husband’s life. Lots of comedy, but lots of real feeling, too, and ultimately romantic, which is why I like this title so much. Be sure to ask for it!

I’m going to pick up the big company offerings — The Mighty Archie Art Players, DC’s Blackest Night #0, and Marvel’s Avengers comic — because KC wants to see them too. Top Shelf’s Owly & Friends is always a pleasure, because I just adore Owly. I’ll be glad to see webcomic FCHS in print from AdHouse.

Owly and FriendsFCHS

I’m looking forward to seeing Drawn & Quarterly’s Nancy & Melvin Monster by John Stanley — I’m assuming it’s a flipbook. Check out those eye-catching covers! And the TCAF Comic Festival title always has a ton of great creators included.

NancyMelvin MonsterComics Festival!

I’ll be looking for Viz’s Shonen Jump: Ultimo out of curiosity, since that’s the story where Stan Lee is working with Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King).

Event Background

Keep in mind that retailers pay for these comics, so don’t be too greedy. All comics should be suitable for all ages, so no fear there. Not all publishers are allowed to participate, especially if they do webcomics.

Here’s some thoughts on how to run a good event, and I’ve pondered what makes for a good giveaway comic.

Other Giveaways

Email Hogan’s Alley on Saturday, May 2, with your mailing address, and they’ll send you a free issue of the magazine.

No obligations, no strings attached; the only thing it will cost you is several hours as you enjoy the issue. (This offer is valid for all U.S. residents, whether you’re a current subscriber or not.) Remember the one condition… we must receive your e-mail request on Free Comic Book Day (May 2), not the day before or the day after. (Before and after that date, any requests for freebies will receive only scorn and derision.)

Another magazine publisher, TwoMorrows, is offering free PDF versions of their publications:

From May 1-3, TwoMorrows will be offering free complete digital issues of their various magazines for download. … This limited time offer includes issues of their current magazine line-up:

  • ALTER EGO (focusing on Golden and Silver Age comics)
  • BACK ISSUE! (celebrating comic books of the 1970s, 1980s, and today)
  • THE JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR (documenting the life and career of the “King” of comics)
  • DRAW! (the professional “how-to” magazine on comics and cartooning)
  • BRICKJOURNAL (the ultimate resource for Lego enthusiasts)

Also featured are past favorites ROUGH STUFF and WRITE NOW!, which are still available as back issues. Digital Editions normally retail for $2.95-$3.95 per download, but are free over the three-day Free Comic Book Day weekend, to encourage more readers to try them out, and consider ordering them at their local comic book shop.

TwoMorrows is also making available free downloads of previous years’ FCBD publications: COMICS GO HOLLYWOOD (revealing secrets behind fans’ favorite on-screen heroes, and what’s involved in taking a character from the comics page to the big screen) and COMICS 101 (featuring how-to and history lessons from top comics professionals). All these publications are available as free downloadable Digital Editions just by logging in and adding them to the shopping cart, and checking out at

So, what are you excited about?

8 Responses to “Free Comic Book Day 2009”

  1. Caroline Says:

    I’m unfortunately not sure I’ll be able to get to a store on Saturday, though I’m hoping Velocity will have some leftovers when I go there next week.

    I need to check out ‘Love & Capes’ since I’ve seen some of his work online and it looks cool.

  2. Ed Sizemore Says:

    Caroline, Pat’s a pretty good guy, give him a call and see if he will put aside some comics for you. I don’t usually keep that many of the FCBD comics that I get(Owly being an exception). So you’re certainly welcome to what I get.

    The one I’m most interested in seeing is the Viz book.

    I usually enjoy the Simpson book. I want to see if Dark Horse can make Star Wars: Clone Wars a good comic. (I don’t think DC’s Batman: Brave and the Bold was successful). Also, curiosity has gotten the better of me and I want to see the TekWar book.

  3. Julia Says:

    I’d love to find “Love & Capes”, but I haven’t had much success in the DC area shops. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have *known* about the series at all if it hadn’t been for FCBD, so it’s partly doing its job.

    The other one I’m really curious about is the “Stuff of Legends” book. I saw the preview earlier and loved the story and artwork.

    I admit I love the Two Morrows deal, but I love the Golden Age history/behind the scenes stuff.

  4. Johanna Says:

    I looked up Stuff of Legends, and as soon as I saw “dark fantasy”, that’s not for me. But the cover is attractive. Maybe I’ll flip through it if I see it on the racks. With the smaller pubs, it’s always iffy whether retailers have ordered any of the free comics.

  5. Alan Coil Says:

    I have seen the Nancy and Melvin Monster comic, and it is indeed a flip book.

    BTW, I hate flip books. I get headaches from standing on my head to read the other half.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Hey, Dorian really liked Stuff of Legends, too. I admire his fortitude in covering all of the FCBD books.

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