Thursday, May 05, 2005

Free Comic Book Day

May 7 is Free Comic Book Day 2005. Here are some of the FAQ from the website.
What is "Free Comic Book Day?"

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.

Are they really free?


Is every comic book store in the world doing this?

If you're asking about convenience stores with a spinner rack of comics in a corner somewhere, the answer is no. This event celebrates the independent comic book specialty stores, thousands of which exist in North America alone. Each one is unique in its community, with a style and personality all its own, and each one carries a full line of comics, graphic novels, and related products.

While we hope every one of these stores will take part, each store will determine on its own whether or not to participate.

What's the big deal about comic books anyway?

Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse storylines that capture the imagination of the readers, and have survived: the dominance of radio, the ubiquity of television, the spread of color and sound motion pictures, the rise of videogames, and the Internet. That's worth celebrating in our book, and as this site continues to grow and evolve, you'll see even more information about this wonderful medium. To learn more about comic books and their history, go here.

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