Friday, May 01, 2009
Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!
Posted by JPX
By David Colton, USA TODAY
You've seen the movie. Now read the comic. That's the comic-book industry's super plan Saturday as it celebrates X-Men Origins: Wolverine with the eighth annual Free Comic Book Day.
In an effort to attract new readers, more than 2,000 comic shops are offering free comics, ranging from Wolverine and The Avengers from Marvel to a preview of DC Comics' "Blackest Night" event in Green Lantern. There's a Shonen Jump manga special, Archie, Cars, even a NASCAR comic.
"It's like the peace summit of comic books when all of the major publishers work together," says Geoff Johns, writer of DC's Green Lantern. "There's always something for everyone."
While not every comic-book shop offers every title — each book costs a shop about 20 cents — by day's end, millions of comics will have been given away, says Steve Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comics, the industry's primary distributor. "Even with all their entertainment choices, kids still love comic books when they can get ahold of them," he says.
Though comic books have gotten more mature in recent years, the offerings Saturday are mostly kid-friendly. Marvel's Wolverine is an "all ages" book, and one of DC's offerings is a "Mega Sampler" of cartoon-based comics.
For a complete list of all the free comic books go here
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