Free Comic Book Day 2015 confirmed for May 2

Diamond Comic Distributors has officially announced the date for Free Comic Book Day: May 2, 2015, the event's traditional spot on the first Saturday in May, which coincides with the opening weekend of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Last year's Free Comic Book Day saw a record-breaking turnout, with a reported 4.7 million comic books handed out to more than 1 million customers who showed up at the 2,100 participating locations across North America and around the globe. Diamond anticipates that next year's celebration -- the 14th -- will be even bigger.

“Free Comic Book Day is the biggest and most anticipated event of the year for all comic book enthusiasts," FCBD spokeswoman Deborah Moreland said in a statement. "It’s the perfect opportunity for new and devoted comic book, entertainment and pop-culture fans to get great comics for free, while participating in fun comic shop events."

The 12 Gold Sponsor comic books will be announced Dec. 11, followed by the 38 Silver Sponsor titles on Dec. 17. All 50 FCBD selections will be listed in the January issue of Diamond's Previews catalog, on sale Dec. 24.

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