The first Saturday of May each year is Free Comic Book Day which also happens to be the same weekend of another geek-friendly holiday, Star Wars Day ("May the 4th be with you!"). There's a lot to celebrate this weekend if you're a geek, both in store and online. Read on to see what deals are available.
Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day features a variety transmedia tie-ins. In fact, it's noteworthy that many of the comics have an expression in some other medium (e.g., television, movies, etc.). Steve Bennett at ICv2 was pleased with the variety of comics offered:
This year there are sixty FCBD offerings this year and I can safely say that among them there is something for absolutely everyone. Usually that phrase is just a trite cliche, a bit of harmless hyperbole, but this time I can confirm that it is absolutely accurate. I can say that because I got to see copies of most of the comics ahead of time for review purposes thanks to Deborah Moreland, PR and Marketing Associate of Diamond Comic Distributors who was good enough to send me copies of most of them for review ahead of time. I often worry in print that I may be getting a bit jaded about comics but I can happily report that I still get a bit of a visceral thrill when somebody gives me that many free funny books all at once.
On the "about to be made into a movie" front, there's Guardians of the Galaxy who will soon debut in their own Marvel movie. There's also Rocket Raccoon, because who can get enough of a gun-toting raccoon? There are plenty of television shows in print as well, including Avatar, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, Scrooge and Donald Duck, Teen Titans, The Smurfs, and The Tick. There are even video game tie-ins, like Mega Man and Street Fighter. For a full list of comics and to find a comic book store near you, see the Free Comic Book Day web site.
If you're looking to get both your comic and Star Wars fix on the same day, you can simply pick up the Steam Wars comic, which looks like a steampunk genre-bending take on Star Wars. The phrase technically goes all the way back to Margaret Thatcher's election on May 4, 1979, used in a newspaper ad, but is more likely attributed to a mistranslation of George Lucas on a German television news channel.
Star Wars Day
Speaking of Star Wars deals, Amazon is featuring new Star Wars Rebels t-shirts, 30% off lightsabers, and releasing junior novelizations of the movies in e-book format for the first time through May 10. The comic book store equivalent for Star Wars is the Disney Store, which is offering the first 100 guests a free Star Wars pin on May 4. Find your local store here. There are many more deals happening May 4, including GameStop, Hallmark, LEGO, M&M's, Party City, and Sideshow Collectibles. Check them out at StarWars.com.