5 Ways to Get Free Comics: Free Comic Book Day May 1

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Held the first Saturday in May, this event is the closest thing the comic industry has to a national holiday, with plenty of events, special appearances, sales, and giveaways at local comic book stores. In celebration, here are five ways to get free comics!

1. Visit a participating comic book store! The link above has a locator where you enter your zip code and find out which shops near you have comics to give away. Note that each location sets their own rules, so you may have to choose only a few of the available titles, but any store listed should give you at least one comic. Some will be much more generous, so you can get a better idea of the variety and diversity of titles.

Also, some participating stores may not be listed on that website. If you’re unsure, call and ask!

2. Check out the online promotions! For instance, Wide Awake Press has made their comic anthology Jabberwacky, featuring such cartoonists as Dustin Harbin, J. Chris Campbell, Ben Towle, Andy Runton, Rob Ullman, and Joey Weiser, available for download via PDF. John Kovaleski has also created a PDF version of his Bo Nanas minicomic for today, available by emailing him.

3. Trade with friends! There are a number of internet sites that aim to make swapping easy, such as

as well as more dedicated forums, like some just for manga trading.

4. Visit your local library! It’s exciting to see so many libraries stocking and supporting graphic novels. Many also have a limited selection of comic issues — and don’t forget, if there’s a comic collection your local library doesn’t have, ask them about inter-library loan. Using that process, they may be able to borrow the book from another library for you.

5. Every day is free comic book day on the internet! With so many great webcomics out there — I have some of my favorites listed in the right sidebar — any fan can find great cartooning any day of the year.


4 Responses to “5 Ways to Get Free Comics: Free Comic Book Day May 1”

  1. Hooper Triplett Says:

    Great list Johanna. I would include the group at Sequential Swap (www.sequentialswap.com) as another great source of traders. Lots of active members.

  2. Johanna Says:

    THAT was the group I couldn’t remember! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Hooper Triplett Says:

    No problem. I think the best idea of the bunch is the library!

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