Legions of comic book fans will be happy to hear that Free Comic Book Day will return to the previously established one day event format on August 14, 2021 and will also commemorate the popular event’s 20th Anniversary.
The event will shift from its traditional first Saturday in May date, in favor of a mid-August one in hopes that the world will be in a much better place in terms of the mitigation of effects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The founder of Free Comic Book Day and owner of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord, CA, Joe Field said, “Celebrating 20 years of FCBD is a fantastic milestone. Free Comic Book Day has been the introduction to comics for so many and while the world has changed over these last 20 years, our love of comics and the power of comics to entertain and enlighten is stronger than ever. I’m thrilled we’re focusing on a fun-filled worldwide single-day FCBD again for 2021. I can’t wait to see all the first-time comic-curious readers, as well as our long-time faithful fans come together once again.”
Last year marked the first year that Free Comic Book Day changed from the traditional May date and format in favor of an extended Free Comic Book Summer event that ran from July 15 to September 9, 2020. The move was made to avoid the large crowds that Free Comic Book Day attracts ever year, since most states had restrictions (and still do for the most part) on large gatherings and as a way to help fans celebrate comic books and support their local comic shops in a safe fashion.
Free Comic Book Day 2021 will feature as many as fifty free titles available from a wide variety of publishers, broken down into twelve gold and thirty-five silver sponsor titles. Titles will be announced to the public in March and will also appear in the April 2021 edition of the PREVIEWS catalog.
Stay tuned to Conskipper for the free comic book announcements and be sure to also check out the Free Comic Book Day website to see if your local comic shop is participating in this year’s event.