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Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Brainstormed by retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA in his "Big Picture" column in the August 2001 issue of Comics & Games Retailer magazine, it was started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry's single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Scale model of a Wheaties cereal box at a pep rally Promotion is one of the four aspects of marketing. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Comics & Games Retailer is the longest-running periodical serving retailers who sell comic books, collectible card games, and role-playing games. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. ...


Free Comic Book Day has usually been scheduled in May on the first Saturday after the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well known superhero property, in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium. On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues and other items to anyone who visits their establishments. Although retailers do not receive the issues for free, they only end up paying 12-49 cents [1] per copy for the comics they will give away for free. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... A biological adaptation is an anatomical structure, physiological process or behavioral trait of an organism that has evolved over a period of time by the process of natural selection such that it increases the expected long-term reproductive success of the organism. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ...

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Cover of Dark Horse Comics' 2007 Free Comic Book Day issue: The Umbrella Academy Zero Killer Pantheon City 2007
Cover of Dark Horse Comics' 2007 Free Comic Book Day issue: The Umbrella Academy Zero Killer Pantheon City 2007

Typically each major publisher produces one special edition comic geared to most likely attract new non-comic readers. There is a wide diversity of comics available, from traditional comics' fare like Archie and Disney, super-heroes from Marvel and DC, manga from Tokyopop, and work from independent publishers, too. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The 6th annual event scheduled for May 5, 2007 features comics from 40 different publishers, including the following ten titles that will be available at all participating retailers:

In its first five years, more than 2000 retailers in more than 25 countries have given away approximately ten million Free Comic Book Day special-edition comic books. The success of the promotion rests with each participating retailer and most participants agree that FCBD has been part of a healthier comics' market and growing comic book sales over the last several years. Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ... Bongo Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening. ... Dark Horse Comics logo Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest independent American comic book publishers, behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ... The Umbrella Academy is an upcoming comic book endeavour by rock singer Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Dynamite Entertainment is a comic book publisher founded in 2005, first producing two Army of Darkness mini-series published through Devils Due Productions until self-publishing their titles later that year. ... Gemstone Publishing (logo) Gemstone Publishing is a U.S. company that is the current publisher of licensed Disney comic books, starting in June 2003. ... IDW Publishing (Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company, created from the remenants of Dreamwave Productions, which went out of business in late 2004, early 2005. ... Image Comics Logo Image Comics is an American comic book publisher. ... Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... For the music movie, see Tokyo Pop. ...


FCBD has garnered tremendous press coverage in all media. The first event was May 4, 2002, just a day after the opening of the first Spider-Man movie. Linking the event with movies was somewhat controversial, as some believe that it implied the comic book medium was simply a promotional arm of the film industry. However, successful FCBD events in 2005 and 2006 did not have specific date tie-ins to comics-related movie openings, proving that the event is more than capable of standing on its own.


Free Comic Book Day has three main purposes: 1) To introduce everyone to the joys of reading comics. 2) To call back former comic book readers 3) To thank current comic book buyers for their continued support.


The 6th annual Free Comic Book Day is scheduled for May 5, 2007.


Previous events:


The 5th annual Free Comic Book Day was May 6, 2006. May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


The 4th annual Free Comic Book Day was May 7, 2005. May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (128th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 3rd annual Free Comic Book Day was July 3, 2004.


The 2nd annual Free Comic Book Day was May 3, 2003.


The first Free Comic Book Day was May 4, 2002.


Spokesperson: The spokesperson for the event is Elissa Lynch. She can be reached at info@freecomicbookday.com.


MySpace Account: www.myspace.com/freecomicbookday


Related Events

In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day on May 6, 2006, TwoMorrows Publishing hosted a promotional Free Magazine Day. Visitors to their website were able to order any in-stock issue of their magazines Back Issue, Alter Ego, Draw! or Write Now! for free. TwoMorrows Publishing is a publisher of magazines about comic books. ...


There is also Free Mini Comic Day which is an annual event dealing with publishers of minicomics. The first one is on May 5, 2007, although it is not officially tied into Free Comic Book Day in any way. A minicomic is a little comic that comes in the package of a figure. ...


References

  1. ^ Free Comic Book Day Free For Whom?. Comics Worth Reading (2007-03-05). Retrieved on 2007-04-03.

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Free Comic Book Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (542 words)
Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores.
Free Comic Book Day has usually been scheduled in May on the first Saturday after the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well known superhero property, in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium.
On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues and other items to anyone who visits their establishments.
Bookslut | Free Comic Book Day (1081 words)
The publishers and distributors behind Free Comic Book Day believe they have the answer: hook the readers with free books, and reel them in to the stores.
Free Comics Book Day 2004 was the third industry-wide event of its kind, cannily scheduled for July 3, 2004 to coincide with the opening of Spider-Man 2.
The basic idea is simple enough: participating publishers send out single-issue promotional books for the day, which are distributed by comics stores across the country.
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