On Saturday May 4th, an estimated 1.2 million comic book fans made their way to 2000 comic book shops around the world where they collected more than 4.6 million comic books. The event generated an estimated $2.2 million in free publicity for the industry as the event was covered by more than 240 TV news shows, over 460 news outlets, and more than 720 online sources. The event was also big on social media generating 66,000 tweets as the hashtags #FCBD and #FreeComicBook Day took the #1 and #2 spots on Twitter on May 4th between 9am and 4pm.
More than 40 comic book publishers provided the 52 free comics that provided the major attraction for this year's event. The next Free Comic Book Day, which is set for May 3, 2014, promises to be even more exciting as this industry-wide event continues to pick up steam.
Wow, that's pretty impressive, and you were a part of it! We had a ton of fun with this year's FCBD, and hope to see you again next year!