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(Updated for 2016)
This year Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday, May 7. In an effort to support and nurture specialty comic book shops, to introduce new (and former) readers to the medium, and to thank current comic book readers for their support, participating stores will be giving out free (!!) comics all day!
Special edition comics will be available geared towards new readers. There will be a wide selection of comics and genres available, from traditional super-hero adventures from the big two Marvel and DC, lighter fare from Archie Comics and Disney, as well as manga and works from independent publishers.
Since its inception in 2002, Free Comic Book Day has grown into an event here in the Rocket City, with special appearances by various cos-playing groups, conventioneers, and die-hard fans so expect to see a wide variety of Ghostbusters, Doctors, ninjas, and super-heroes.
While there, please support the industry and buy some comics! Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer recommendations for all ages (youngsters, pre-teens/teens, and the young-at-heart).
You can get the full list of free comics available HERE.
Below are listings of stores in Huntsville and Madison County, special events and promotions, as well as recommendations of what to get for each age group: youngster, pre-teen to teen, and adult. If you enjoy the free comics, also check out other suggested titles for sale.
- Special Events/Promotions: Being the largest shop in the area, expect a huge group of cosplayers (30 or so) with Storm Troopers, Star Fleet Officers, and Super Heroes and Villains. There will also be gaming tables available and employees on hand to teach and demo a variety of board and card games.
- Free Comics to Get: For the younger kids: Sonic, Spongebob, and Pokemon. For the young adults: Avatar, Avengers, Simpsons, and Bob’s Burgers. For the adults, Fight Club, The Strain, The Good. For everyone: Dr. Who Special and the first chapter in Marvel’s Secret Wars.
- Recommendations to Buy: For kids: Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls. For younger readers: Silk, Spider-Gwen, Batgirl, and Star Wars.
- Special Events/Promotions: Lots of cosplay going on here too, along with a raffle to support various charities. The Geek Forge will be selling comic/geeky jewelry and accessories. There will be discounts on trade paperbacks and back issues.
- Free Comics to Get: For young kids: Gronk and Friends. For Pre-teens/Teens: Spongbob Freestyle Funnies, Boom Studios 10th Anniversary FCBD Special, Perfect Square Presents Pokemon, and Sonic the Hedgehog Megaman Worlds Unite Preview, and Teen Titans Go/Scooby Doo Team Up. For adults: Bob’s Burgers, Doctor Who Special, and TMNT Prelude to Vengeance.
I must admit I am not current on comics but here is a list of series/graphic novels I have enjoyed over the years.
- Lone Wolf and Cub – see my previous article
- Roller Girl – Twelve-year-old Astrid navigates junior high and chases her dream of being a “Roller Girl”.
- Saga – Two soldiers from opposite sides of a galactic war risk everything for their child.
- Fables – The mysterious Adversary conquers storybook fairytales and legends, causing Show White, Cinderella, the Big Bad Wolf, et al. to escape to New York City.
- Persepolis – a young girl’s memoir of growing up in Iran under the Islamic Revolution.
If you have any other recommendations, please leave them in the comments.
Sam Chow was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. A 5th grade field trip to Space Camp started his lifelong love of technology and engineering. He juggled working in Huntsville while studying for his engineering degree at Mississippi State and moved here full-time in 2001. He and his lovely wife Connie were married in 2006 and currently have a five year old and a two year old, a dog, and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys training and watching mixed martial arts, watching old foreign films, reading, and video gaming.