One unfortunate consequence of the lockdown due to COVID-19 was the cancellation of Free Comic Book Day during the first weekend of March. The comics planned for that illustrious day will be seen soon. Marvel had already announced its two issues would be coming out in July and now Diamond has shared an update transforming Free Comic Book Day into Free Comic Book Summer, taking place from July 15th through September 9th, 2020.
Retailers will receive five to six FCBD titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window. Retailers will be able to release the comics as they see fit. If they want to share one a day or put them all out at once, they can do it. The program is designed to be as flexible and customizable for retailers and consumers.
Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA says:
Every year, Free Comic Book Day is our big event to thank current comics fans, welcome back former fans and invite those new to comics to join the fun. In this very different year, Free Comic Book Day is more like Free Comic Book Summer… and there’s so much fun to discover in this year’s FCBD comics! So many cool stories are available for this stretched-out Free Comic Book Day 2020. I’m confident long-time fans and newcomers alike are going to find a story that’ll make them want to visit their local comic shop every week! Fans, bring your friends and family and head to your local comic shop every week starting July 15 through September 9 to check out the new, and fantastic, free comics available that week!
Free Comic Book Summer will feature 45 of the previously announced titles. These feature everything from super heroes and TV and movie tie-ins to sci-fi and all-ages. Two educational support titles form the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing are also included. You can find a complete listing of all the titles on the Free Comic Book Day site.