Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Free Comic Book Day May 4 2013

Celebrate the unique American art form!

Superheroes, zombies and well-meaning sponges are just some of the stars of comic books that will be given away free as part of the 12th annual “Free Comic Book Day.”

Just a day after comic-book hero Iron Man returns to theaters, Iron Man and other comics stars will be available in free comics from local comic shops celebrating Free Comic Book Day.

A variety of free comics, featuring characters ranging from Spongebob Squarepants to the heroes of “The Walking Dead” will be available at comic book stores throughout the world on Saturday, May 4.

Robert Kirkman, who created “The Walking Dead,” hopes fans of the show will seek out comic shops.

“I'm very proud of the fact that the success of The Walking Dead show is bringing people into comic shops and introducing them to our fine medium,” Kirkman said at “I hear constantly from tons of retailers talking about how new faces appear in their shops looking for The Walking Dead. Hopefully being able to give something out for free will ramp up that phenomenon.”

Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the 20th century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse storylines that capture the imagination of the readers.

More than 4.6 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations. The local comic book shop pays for these books at a discounted rate to give away to clientele. This is the 12th year for Free Comic Book Day, which was created by retailer Joe Field.

Field is also the former president of comics retailer association ComicsPRO.

In New York's Hudson Valley, these comics can be found at:

Main Street Comics 157 Dolson Ave Middletown, NY 10940 Phone: 845-342-0458 Email: mscomics - at -

Please check with them for more details about their Free Comic Book Day events!

The Comics Professional Retail Organization (ComicsPRO), the independent comic book retailers trade association, encourages readers of all ages to experience the diversity of entertainment found in comics by visiting a participating member store on Free Comic Book Day.

More information about Free Comic Book Day and a list of the free special edition comics from participating publishers are all online at

ComicsPRO is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade organization uniting independent comic book storefront retailers to share resources and to promote comics as an important part of popular culture and literature. Further information may be found about ComicsPRO at

In the Capital Region, check out Comic Depot 10AM to 5PM ::: Come join in the fun on Free Comic Book Day. Stop in and pick up a FCBD comic and also an exclusive Comic Depot FCBD comic while supplies last (all FCBD comics are limited to 1 per person, any left overs will be available the following day). Visit with our guests, take photos with costumed characters, enjoy our sale, or play a life sized version of Angry Birds for prizes! As the day gets closer we will post more info here and on our facebook page

Main Branch (Washington Ave.) + Delaware Ave. Branch Library of the Albany Public Library 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM FREE Comics available for kids, teens and adults from 1:00 to 5:00 pm!PLUS: From 2:00 - 3:30, kids and teens can "Get Zombified" by comics illustrators Ken Branch and Dan Nakrosis. Come get a sketch made of YOU as a zombie!
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