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CBR’s Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2016

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CBR’s Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2016

This Saturday, the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day happens, featuring 50 brand-new titles available in participating local comic book stores or libraries. The premise is simple — participating retailers and libraries across the country offer free comics as a way to celebrate the medium, inviting new readers to fall in love with sequential art.

Each year, publishers produce a variety of titles specifically for release on Free Comic Book Day, including exclusive content and previews of upcoming series. Additionally, most participating outlets host events and programming, such as signings, art jams or cosplay contests. With all of the awesome activities going on, CBR pulled together a roundup of some highly anticipated titles, plus tips for getting the most out of your FCBD. 

You can find a participating comic shop nearby, or visit your local library’s website for event details. Once you’ve determined where you’ll be heading, make sure you’re prepared for a crowd — FCBDs are a major draw, especially if there’s a creator signing, so don’t anticipate getting in and out quickly. 

On that note, Free Comic Book Day isn’t a free event for retailers, as they have to pay for the comics being given away. Don’t be surprised if there’s a limit imposed to how many free issues can be picked up per person, or if a comic you have your eye on is gone by the time you get there (a good excuse to go to multiple shops in one day!). Support local businesses by purchasing a couple of new comics, a collected edition or a t-shirt. The hardworking LCS employees have likely been planning this day for months, so treat them with respect and courtesy. Remember — these people are at work, so behave professionally and follow whatever guidelines they have in place to manage the crowds. 

If you’re hitting up a library, the best way to support them is by being considerate of the staff, minding any limits they have in place — and bringing friends along! While you’re there, sign up for a library card and talk to your librarian about what comics you love. Events at libraries frequently have shorter lines than comic book stores, so if there’s a certain title you have to have, ask your library if they’ve ordered it.

Now, the good stuff. Here are just a few highlights of this year’s FCBD offerings for kids, teens, and adults. A full list of titles, including previews, can be found here.




“2000 AD” by various; published by Rebellion / 2000 AD 

This 48-page book includes new content and reprints starring Judge Dredd, plus other dark sci-fi stories from the famed weekly anthology. Creators include Eric Powell, Alan Grant, Joëlle Jones and Peter Milligan. 

“Love and Rockets” by Los Bros Hernandez; published by Fantagraphics

This sampler has reprints of standalone stories by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez from their vastly influential indie series, which kicks off with a new #1 and quarterly comic book series this July. 

“We Can Never Go Home/Young Terrorists” by Matthew Rosenberg, Pizzolo and others, cover at by Amancay Nahuelpan; published by Black Mask Comics

Black Masks’ FCBD “Mixtape” includes a brand-new “We Can Never Go Home” story, which takes places between the previous arc and the upcoming follow-up, as well as a preview of Pizzolo and Nahuelpan’s “Young Terrorists.”

These are only a few of the titles that will be waiting at your local comic shop this weekend, so let us know — what are you looking forward to picking up? And where will you be hanging out on FCBD? 

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