CBR's 2011 Guide To Free Comic Book Day

It's just around the corner...a day to save your comics and your money!

Saturday, May 7 marks the 2011 edition of Free Comic Book Day, a national promotion supported by Diamond Comic Distributors and countless retailers nationwide who open their doors and hand out scads of completely free funny books to the masses. Now in its tenth year! And whether you're a comics vet excited at nabbing an exclusive new issue from your favorite publisher or a FCBD virgin looking for their first taste of the comics medium, CBR is here to help you make the best of your Saturday.

For starters, if you're not sure where to go to find free comics, head on over to our handy dandy Comic Shop Locator where the mere typing of your zip code will lead you to your nearest local comic shop. And if you've already got plans to head to one shop, why not look up two? Each store will doubtlessly be offering its own FCBD atmosphere, and hey...more stores means more comics!

If you're having trouble deciding which shop to hit on a limited schedule, head on over to CBR's Event Calendar where we've listed over three dozen local comic shop events from across the country including signings with FCBD creators like Robert Kirkman at Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood, CA, Geoff Johns at Earth-2 in Sherman Oaks, CA with Jeph Loeb, Mike Norton at Challenger's in Chicago with Christopher Mitten, Dan Parent at Captain Blue Hen's in Newark and Mike Mignola along with a LOAD of creators at Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA!

And be sure to check out our Robot 6 blog where the staff has assembled a killer lineup of news, appearances and options both in-person and digital for celebrating the day - not to mention their interview with "Elric" writer Chris Roberson on his FCBD offering.

And when your personal time in the comic shop has ended, that doesn't mean the fun is over! Be sure to stop back by CBR all weekend for Free Comic Book Day news and views as our staff (and a host of comics professionals) report the day's events on our CBR Live! blog, or swing by the CBR Community Forums to talk up what you did, what you got and what you saw!

But before the day begins, feel free to make a plan for what books you want to get. Below, we're happy to present comic previews of new books that will be available across the country on Free Comic Book Day starting with extensive looks at all the Gold Level Sponsorships. And of course, you can always find more info on the event's official site.

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