With just under a month and a half until this year’s Free Comic Book Day on May 2, FCBD has a new website here. You can see what all the fuss is about including the comics that will be available, where you can go to get them (locally, I heartily recommend Atomic Comics), which industry professionals will be making appearances and much more.
I’m a big fan of FCBD, not just because I like free comics (which I do), but it’s one of the few days of the year that the comic book industry receives a decent amount of mainstream media attention. For an industry in desperate need of new fans to keep it going, this attention is priceless. It goes a long way to help offset some of the negative stereotypes that beset the hobby.
While we’re on the subject of mass media attention on the comic book industry, I hope you weren’t planning on going to the San Diego Comic-Con, July 22-26, this year. Every year the nation’s largest comic book convention gets more and more popular with no end in sight. This time around, over four months before the show even opens, four-day passes are completely sold out. There are still a few single-days passes available, but they’re going quick. With Transformers, Wolverine, G.I. Joe, Terminator: Salvation and other geek-friendly films hitting the theaters this summer, I’m sure San Diego will be even bigger than ever before. If you can’t make it, there’s always G4‘s television coverage and, of course, Nerdvana.