Every year on the first Saturday of May, local comic book stores hold “Free Comic Book Day.”
Free Comic Book day was started in 2002 as a way for fans to come to their local stores and celebrate comics. It also was a way to have new fans come into the fold. Different stores do different events and sales to celebrate. My local store that I frequent to is Nuclear Comics in Lake Forest, California. While I’ve been going there for years, I’ve only started going to Free Comic Book day for the past four. When working retail, it was usually hard to get Saturdays off. Last year I had lucked out somehow and got the day off without asking. The owner, Kenny, is an awesome guy who knows his stuff and is not afraid to give suggestions that may be outside your comfort zone (outside meaning if you just read Marvel or DC).
Every year, comic companies publish free comics to be passed out on this day. Most are previews to upcoming series and reprints of certain issues.
In the past few years since manga has gained traction and popularity, publishers of translated manga have made sure to have previews available. Here are the offerings for this years Free Comic Book Day.
From Viz Media, there will be two preview issues. The first is a preview of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
The second combines two previews. The main one is for Dragon Ball Super. There is also a short preview of the new Boruto manga.
The next company is Kodansha Comics. As with last year, they will have a brand new preview of Attack on Titan. It will feature a brand new story and information on Season 2, which is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
The last preview comes from Udon Entertainment. Usually they always release a preview of their current Street Fighter story arc, and this years no exception.
There you have it. Hope you all go out and support your local stores!