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Here’s What You Should Pick Up on Free Comic Book Day

On the offhand chance you forgot that Free Comic Book Day is coming this weekend, here’s your reminder that Free Comic Book Day is totally this Saturday. Because I actually completely forgot. So this is good.

It’s also a chance to remind you that if you’re a long-time comics fan, try to make space for some of the kids and comics newbies – this is for them. Seriously, if I see one of you long-time comics fans loading up a crate with every book on the list because you absolutely have to have everything, we’re gonna have words, me and you.

Also: spend a little money.

Also: take the time to introduce yourself to another comic fan (new or old). Tell ’em about books you like.

As for the lineup, there’s so much here to recommend, but I’m going to try to whittle it down to just a handful of options. While I want to recommend Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we’re going to be getting so much of that in the coming months that I think you can hold off. But if you have a young person (or are young at heart), the Kaboom! Summer Blast or the Bongo Comics Free-For-All really need to be in your bag as you leave the shop.

If history and excellent illustration are your thing, you could do far worse than Showa: A History of Japan or Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One (if you’re not reading the regular online installments of HHFT, you should remedy that immediately). If you can’t get to the shop, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ Only Living Boy will be available on comiXology from Friday at 11 PM to Sunday at 11 PM.

Finally, All You Need is Kill / Terra Formars should get you primed for this summer’s movie.

You can find the full list of FCBD offerings below:

Free Comic Book Day 2014 – Gold Comics

Archie Comic Digest #1 (Archie)
Bongo Comics Free-For-All (Bongo)
Kaboom! Summer Blast (Boom Entertainment)
Avatar Hellboy Juice Squeezers (Dark Horse)
The New 52 Futures End Special Edition #0 (DC)
Uncle Scrooge: A Matter of Some Gravity (Fantagraphics)
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (IDW)
Rise of the Magi #0 (Image)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Papercutz)
Hello Kitty: Surprise! (Perfect Square)
Spongebob Freestyle Funnies (United Plankton Pictures)

Free Comic Book Day 2014 – Silver Comics

Sherwood, Texas & Boondock Saints Double Feature (12 Gauge)
Skyward & Midnight Tiger (Action Lab)
Zombie Tramp & EHMM Theory (Action Lab)
Fubar: Ace of Spades (Alterna)
Steam Wars #1 (Anarctic Press)
The Intrinsic Vol. 2 (Arcana)
Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man Flipbook (Archie)
Worlds of Aspen 2014 (Aspen)
Ipso Facto #1 (Automatic Pictures)
Hatter M: Far From Wonder #1 (Automatic Pictures)
Bleeding Cool Magazine (Avatar)
Uber: The First Cycle (Avatar)
Archaia 2014 FCBD Hardcover Anthology (Boom Entertainment)
The Adventures of Jellaby (Capstone)
Defend Comics (CBLDF)
CBLDF Presents: Raising a Reader! (CBLDF)
Epic #0 (ComixTribe)
SCAM: Crosswords #0 (ComixTribe)
Project Black Sky (Dark Horse)
Teen Titans GO! #1 Special Edition (DC)
Showa: A History of Japan (Drawn & Quarterly)
Magic Wind (Epicenter)
Entropy (Epicenter)
Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One (Fantagraphics)
Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace (Gemstone)
Graphix Spotlight: The Dumbest Idea Ever! (Graphix)
Buck Rogers (Hermes Press)
Scratch 9 (Hermes Press)
V-Wars #0 (IDW)
Rocket Raccoon (Marvel)
The Tick (New England Comics)
Courtney Crumrin #1 (Oni Press)
The Smurfs (Papercutz)
PreviewsWorld Spectacular (Previews)
2000 AD Special (Rebellion / 2000 AD)
Atomic Robo & Friends (Rebellion / 2000 AD)
Giant-Size 4-Comic Bundle (Rebellion / 2000 AD)
Finding Gossamyr (Th3rd World)
Top Shelf Kids Club (Top Shelf)
Street Fighter #0 (Udon)
Les Miserables: The Fall of Fantine (Udon)
Valiant Universe Handbook (Valiant)
Armor Hunters Special #1 (Valiant)
All You Need is Kill / Terra Formars (Viz)
Grimm Fairy Tales #0 (Zenescope)

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  1. Joshua Gresl says:

    Rob Moden, the gold comics are from major distributors and silvers are usually from the slightly lesser known.

  2. Carl says:

    Melissa, tomorrow is the perfect chance to get your kids into comics!

  3. Melissa says:

    So, I just go to a comic book store & they’ll just give me a comic for free? I wish my kids read comics.

  4. Rob Moden says:

    Google’s not helping me – what’s the difference between gold and silver level comics? Availability? A cap on how many from each group you can take home?

  5. The Dude says:

    You’re not wrong, Max. You’re just an a**hole.

  6. max says:

    I’m a long time comic reader/collector. If I want to sample one of every free comic being offered. Guess what? I WILL!!!!

  7. rebecca steinberg says:

    fangirl71 you can also check out enter your zip code and it will tell you the shops near and if they’re doing anything cool to celebrate.

  8. Rusty says:

    Fangirl71, Tradesmart in Littleton is doing a big sale that day as well as offering free comics! Check it out!

  9. Fangirl71 says:

    I think I am less concerned with what free comics I can get than with where I can get them… I need to contact some of my local comic stores here in Colorado!!!