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Free Comic Book Day (Updated for 2022!)

Free Comic Book Day 2022 is happening on May 7. Check out this post to find out details, local participating comic book shops, and more.

A poster about free comic book day in a store window with the words "Free Comic Book Day" digitally written on top.

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day.

If you’ve never heard of Free Comic Book Day, that’s sort of a shock because this isn’t new. In fact, 2022 is the 21st annual Free Comic Book Day.

Free Comic Book Day

This year, the first Saturday of May is designated as Free Comic Book Day. Participating comic book shops have a limited number of free comic books to give out.

The titles will vary per year. This year, 50 titles were selected for Free Comic Book Day. Some of the comics are Star Wars, Archie, Avengers, Assassins’ Creed, and more.

You can search your zip code at this link to see what shops are participating in your area. If you’re local to me in Wilmington, NC , you can check out Memory Lane Comics (201 Princess Street, on the corner of Princess and 2nd) or Fanboy Comics (419 N. College Road, Suite #32, near Rose Brothers Furniture).

Memory Lane Comics is only a couple blocks away from the Riverfront Farmers’ Market where we sell Pete’s marinara sauce every Saturday. So a couple years ago, I took a break from the market and ran down to the comic book shop to pick up some comments.

Keep in mind that a lot of people like free stuff. So you’ll probably end up waiting in line. You won’t be able to just run in the store, grab your free comic, and run out.

Your local comic book shop may be having other events happening as well, so you might not want to just run in and out. The shop may be having giveaways, sales, classes on how to play card games like Magic: The Gathering, and more. Once you find your local shop, check out its social media pages to find out more.

Keep in mind that these comics aren’t full comics. Generally, they’re the first chapter of a graphic novel or a few pages of an upcoming comic. In order to complete the story, you’ll need to purchase the full comic when it’s available.

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Looking to upcycle old comics?

If you’re done with these comics from Free Comic Book Day 202w, or you have some old comics you want to upcycle, check out our DIY Comic Book Coasters.

Have you been to a Free Comic Book Day event? Let us know in the comments.

Waren Jean Go

Saturday 4th of May 2019

Wow! Free comic day book sounds interesting. I would very much love to give it a try.

Alexandra Cook

Friday 3rd of May 2019

I go to my comic store every year! I have boxes of comics!

Scott Gombar

Friday 3rd of May 2019

Sounds like a day my son can get involved with. May the Fourth be With You

Angela Ricardo

Friday 3rd of May 2019

I am such a nerd for comics ever since. Yay for this free comic book day and I’ll definitely check this out.

Hannah Marie

Friday 3rd of May 2019

It is actually the first time I heard about this. Sounds pretty good and exciting to try. Certainly something I am looking forward of attending.