Free Comic Book Day usually takes place the first Saturday in May. This year, because of COVID-19, it’s going to happen throughout July and early September, effectively making it Free Comic Book Summer!
Between July 15 and Sept. 9, comic shops will receive five to six free titles. The shops may release one free title a day, make all of that week’s free titles available at once, or follow other plan that works for them.
“Every year, Free Comic Book Day is our big event to thank current comics fans, welcome back former fans and invite those new to comics to join the fun,” says Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, Calif. “In this very different year, Free Comic Book Day is more like Free Comic Book Summer… and there’s so much fun to discover in this year’s FCBD comics! So many cool stories are available for this stretched-out FCBD 2020. I’m confident longtime fans and newcomers alike are going to find a story that’ll make them want to visit their local comic shop every week.” Field urges comics fans to bring friends and family to their local shop each week to see what’s in store.
The event will feature 45 titles from publishers including Marvel Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment and DC. The free titles are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes and run the gamut from superhero stories to TV and movie tie-ins, sci-fi adventures and all-ages tales. There will also be two titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing.
Click here for a complete listing of all 45 FCBD titles, including the 10 Gold Sponsor and 35 Silver Sponsor comic books, plus a release schedule of when titles will be hitting comic shops.