This weekend is the annual celebration of the heroes who nurtured and empowered you throughout your childhood.
Are you prepared?
It’s time to come together to thank these inspiring characters who ushered you into adolescence and eventual adulthood.
No, not your mom — I’m talking about comic book heroes.
(But, in case you forgot: Mother’s Day is also this Sunday, May 8.)
Get Ready for Free Comic Book Day
This Saturday, May 7, more than 2,300 comic book shops around the U.S. and beyond will give out more than 6 million free comic books to celebrate the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day.
Special FCBD editions of 50 comic books will be free on Saturday.
Check with your local comic book store, or locate one here, to find events in your area. Free titles will be available to anyone who asks on a first-come, first-served basis.
Events run the gamut from celebrity appearances and book signings to family fun and games — costumes welcome!
Some of this year’s most anticipated free titles include:
- “Archie #1 FCBD 2016 Edition” (Archie Comic Publications)
- “Bongo Comics Free-For-All FCBD 2016 Edition” (Bongo Comics)
- “Boom! Studios Summer Blast FCBD 2016 Edition” (Boom! Studios)
- “Dark Horse Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens FCBD 2016 Edition” (Dark Horse Comics)
- “DC Comics Gold Book – FCBD 2016 Edition” (DC Comics)
- “Bob’s Burgers FCBD 2016 Edition” (Dynamite Entertainment)
Many stores will give away swag, movie posters and other freebies, too. You might want to get there early!
Not Just for Comic Book Guy
Free Comic Book Day is more than just a second Christmas for comic book fans.
It exists to support local comic book shops, as well as help new readers find awesome comics and graphic novels.
If you like “The Simpsons,” “Doctor Who,” “Bob’s Burgers” or other non-superhero stories, you’ll be delighted to find there’s a little something for everyone.
The celebration is a fun way to introduce your kids to the comic book community — or discover it yourself.
You might just find a new hobby the whole family can enjoy together.
Your Turn: What will you pick up this Free Comic Book Day?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).