Free Comic Book Day 2018

Free Comic Book Day, opens a new window is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics. This year FCBD happens on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 and features an amazing selection of comic book titles from the industry. Major publishers such as DC Comics, opens a new window, Marvel Comics, opens a new window, Dark Horse Comics, opens a new window, IDW Publishing, opens a new window, BOOM! Studios, opens a new window, Dynamite Entertainment, opens a new window, and Image Comics, opens a new window put out free comics for fans to enjoy.

San Mateo County Libraries is proud to join in and offer a selection of free comics (while supplies last). Bring the whole family and celebrate Comic Book Day at your local library. Kids, and grown up kids too, are encouraged to dress up as their favorite comic book character and celebrate the day after Star Wars Day, opens a new window (May the fourth be with you!) and pick up some free comics.

Free Comic Book Day Trivia

  • Retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics, opens a new window brainstormed the event in his "Big Picture" column in the August 2001 issue of Comics & Games Retailer magazine, opens a new window.
  • The first Free Comic Book Day took place on the opening weekend of Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie. It was held on Saturday, May 4, 2002.
  • This is the 17th annual Free Comic Book Day.
  • Retailers are selected to form a selection committee and choose a total of 50 different comics to be offered on FCBD.
  • In its first six years, more than 2000 retailers in more than 30 countries gave away more than 12 million Free Comic Book Day special edition comic books.

eBook Comics Available

Did you know we offer a large collection of eBook comics? They are available from our two digital content providers hoopla, opens a new window and OverDrive, opens a new window.

What's your favorite comic? Let us know in the comments below.