Today, May 2, in comic shops all across the United States it is Free Comic Book Day! Huzzah! Hooray!
“What does this mean?” you ask? It means that any comic shop worth it’s salt is giving away select comics just today. All you have to do is walk in to your local shop and see what they are offering! Different shops may have different comics, too! Judging by my work that you’ve seen me post here on the blog, you can probably tell I’m into the more cartoony stuff, and lately there have been more comics for kids coming out, especially from D.C. One of my new favorites is the Shazam series written and drawn by my friend Mike Kunkel. Even if your local shop doesn’t give this one away today, you should buy all four issues NOW!
But wait! There’s more……
Can’t get to your local comic shop you say? Have no fear! You can get something completely for FREE just for sending an e-mail from the comfort of your own home! My friends Tom Heintjes and David Folkman put together a really terrific magazine all about comics, animation and cartoonists called Hogan’s Alley. The latest issue (pictured here) even has an article on Al Hartley (he did Christian Archie comics), the cartoonist who gave me my start in the business. For today only, they are offering to mail you a copy of their great magazine for the effort you put forth in sending them an e-mail!
Here’s the official offer from Hogan’s Alley:
Even in the depths of the Great Recession, the best things in life are free! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 2: Free Comic Book Day. Send us an e-mail ON THAT DATE with your mailing address, and we’ll send you a FREE issue of Hogan’s Alley! No obligations, no strings attached; the only thing it will cost you is several hours as you enjoy the issue. (This offer is valid for all U.S. residents, whether you’re a current subscriber or not.) Remember the one condition — we must receive your e-mail request on Free Comic Book Day (May 2), not the day before or the day after. (Before and after that date, any requests for freebies will receive only scorn and derision.) Feel free to pass this offer along to anyone you know who might enjoy Hogan’s Alley!
So, here’s the official e-mail address to request your free issue of Hogan’s Alley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Free Comic Book Day everybody!