Updated on 16 October, 2021
National Comic Book Day is a time of year when you might hear the term "comics" and run to the book store. Or you might be a comics fan who wants to share his or her love of the comic art form with others. Whatever the motivation, if you want to join in the fun, it's important to understand what this event is all about. Basically, Free Comic Book Day is an annual marketing campaign by the North American comics industry to encourage new readers to visit independent bookstores. Many comic shops are participating. Here's how it works.
The National Comic Book Day program recognizes a number of popular superhero and comic books. They are deemed "essential" to the reading experience. These are normally ranked within the top five for their subject matter, character, title and artwork. They are also given special recognition within the sales charts.
The list of participating publishers is very impressive. Marvel, DC comics, IDW, Dark Horse, Boom! publisher Tom Wright, Valiant Entertainment, Dell, Dark Sky, Top Cow, Universal Studios, Dynamic Comics, Avatar, Asmodian and DC Entertainment just to name a few. The retailers chosen to celebrate this national comic book day vary from company to company. This is usually based upon the popularity and the number of sales of their particular titles.
Many retailers, sponsors and exhibitors work closely with the comics industry to make this one day extra special. This event is a chance to give out free merchandise, free advertising and free publicity to their customers. A portion of the proceeds from the products sold during National Comic Book Day will be donated to charities. It is believed that this percentage is much higher than other retailers would receive in a given year. The event has been likened to the sales of comic books on the Black Book shelf.
This is a time when most everyone enjoys reading. There are not only comic books being bought, but non-comics that people love to read. The stores offer free gifts like posters, coloring books and even pens to their patrons during the event. Comic stores love promoting their merchandise and if there were a way to promote their merchandise without spending a lot of money then they would do it.
Some of the most popular superheros or the most famous funnies that were created today include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Batman villains like The Joker, Two-Face and more. The list of superheros that were created in recent years is absolutely amazing. You cannot go too far on the internet without finding information about the new superheros or the most famous funny movies of today. In September every year, people from all around the world will gather to celebrate the very first real national comic book day.
What makes National Comic Book Day extremely important is that it honors the very first comic books that were created over a century ago in June of 18 42. The very first comic was published by Jack Kirby and ran in the very first comic book publication in July of that year. The very first comic depicted Superman, and was called " Action Comics". Since that time, every single superhero has been introduced into the comic book world.
One of the most important things about National Comic Book Day is that it is an excuse for people to get together and enjoy one of the most fun and creative arts forms ever created. It is also a great opportunity for fans to get together and support independent comics. Most comic books now are collected and traded among fans rather than sitting on shelves for their original appearance. Collecting is both an art form and an expensive hobby. Comic books can be bought new or used, but they are generally very valuable. Any collector of comic strips understands the importance of being able to find older editions of these classic comic strips.