Free Comic Book Day readies for record participation

BALTIMORE, MD — Comic book specialty retailers worldwide expect record attendance at this year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) and have also pushed their ordering to record levels – with more than 4.6 million free comic books to be available the day of the event, May 4, 2013.

Almost 2,000 retail accounts – a record number of participating stores – have signed up this year as participating stores for Free Comic Book Day, and expectations are high.

“FCBD is the day after the opening of the Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3’ film, and thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will look to share the magic of comic books with their communities,” said FCBD spokesperson Leslie Bowser.

Comic book publishing heavyweights Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel Comics are among the many sponsors delivering special titles for Free Comic Book Day 2013. Free Comic Book Day is designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, including action-packed superhero stories featuring Superman and Marvel’s Infinity title; sci-fi adventure set in the Star Wars universe; humorous comics featuring SpongeBob SquarePants; and comics especially for kids and younger fans featuring The Smurfs, Sesame Street and Strawberry Shortcake.

Customers can check out the full list of available titles on the Free Comic Book Day website,, and use the just-launched FCBD Store Locator to find a participating comic book shop in their area. Look for more FCBD news and updates on the FCBD website; become a fan at Facebook (; and follow FCBD on Twitter (