May 4: Free Comic Book Day

Over 4.6 million comic books ordered for Free Comic Book Day

Comic book specialty retailers worldwide expect record attendance for the May 4th, 2013 Event

BALTIMORE, MD - (March 6, 2013) - Comic book specialty retailers worldwide expect record attendance at this year's Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) and have also pushed their ordering to record levels - with over 4.6 million free comic books to be available the day of the event, May 4th, 2013.

Almost 2,000 retail accounts have signed up this year as participating stores for Free Comic Book Day - also a record number of participating stores - and expectations are high.

"FCBD is the day after the opening of the Marvel's Iron Man 3 film, and thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will look to share the magic of comic books with their communities," said FCBD spokesperson, Leslie Bowser. "It's really a wonderful time for comic shops as they are clearly energized from a full year of strong sales and will look to continue that positive trend going forward in 2013."

Comic book publishing heavyweights Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel Comics are among the many sponsors delivering special titles for Free Comic Book Day 2013.

Free Comic Book Day is designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, including action-packed superhero stories featuring Superman and Marvel's Infinity title; sci-fi adventure set in the Star Wars universe; humorous comics featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons; and comics especially for kids and younger fans featuring The Smurfs, Sesame Street, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Customers can check out the full list of available titles on the Free Comic Book Day website,, and use the just-launched FCBD Store Locator to find a participating comic book shop in their area.

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - Celebrating its twelfth year, Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice of life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!