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Today is 'Free Comic Book Day' (npr.org) 31

An anonymous reader writes: "Walk into a comic shop this Saturday, May 6, and you'll get some free comic books," reports NPR. "You can find your closest shop by typing your ZIP code into the Comics Shop Locator on the Free Comic Book Day page... While you're there, buy something... The comics shops still have to pay for the 'free' FCBD books they stock, and they're counting on the increased foot traffic to lift sales."

There's many familiar characters among the 50 free titles this year, according to Gizmodo. Marvel's free comics are a Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in by Brian Michael Bendis and a Secret Empire prequel, "which has seen Steve Rogers transform from a patriotic superhero to the fascist leader of an invasive Hydra force that has taken over the U.S." Meanwhile, D.C. Comics will re-release "the excellent second issue of the current Wonder Woman Rebirth series," and there's also comics based on Rick & Morty, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Today is 'Free Comic Book Day'

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Now THIS is news for nerds.

  • by PRMan ( 959735 ) on Saturday May 06, 2017 @01:59PM (#54368207)
    "which has seen Steve Rogers transform from a patriotic superhero to the fascist leader of an invasive Hydra force that has taken over the U.S." Yep, this is why I don't read comics anymore.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Have you never seen all that "superman is a dick" stuff?

      He slaps jimmy or lois on the cover or something then people get shocked and just have to buy and read it to see what the deal is, it turns out he's mind control or it's a dream or something.

      This is the same thing, but happening slower because of "decompression". (Which, incidentally, is why I don't read comics anymore. What would be a single issue back in the day is stretched out into a several issue story arch lasting months of years. Their inabi

  • by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Saturday May 06, 2017 @02:23PM (#54368291) Homepage Journal

    I took my kids to a Newbury Comics last year. We happened to be in the same shopping center (not a special trip).

    What they had were four thin, special-purpose, mostly-ads, obscure comics to choose from, none of which interested my kids. One of them took one anyway, and it was almost entirely devoid of any kind of plot. A few action panels, but nothing like a beginning, a middle, a conflict, a resolution, and an end. Just unknown characters doing a few things that didn't make sense out of context.

    My advice: skip it and buy your[self, kids] a real comic book.

    • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

      by Hognoxious ( 631665 )

      four thin, special-purpose, mostly-ads, obscure comics to choose from, none of which interested my kids.

      Were you on the internet within minutes, registering your disgust?

    • cant say the same this year, the books were great and a large selection for kids and adults alike
  • If your local comic bookstore haven't disappeared like your local bookstore.
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      If your local comic bookstore haven't disappeared like your local bookstore.

      Surprisingly, the comic store business is fairly robust, at least in North America. There's a few (somewhat evil) reasons for this.

      First, in North America, there's pretty much only one distributor - Diamond Comics. You want to be in the comic book business, you deal with them. This eliminates a lot of big box stores from participating since if you want comic books, most of the North American publishers have exclusivity deals, and Di

  • World Naked Gardening Day [wngd.org](nsfw).

    Be careful when combining the two.

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