The current Coronavirus Pandemic is changing our way of life on a daily basis. Readers of this website know already how a number of tours and conventions that we were planning on attending have been either postponed or cancelled and now this blight has affected another fun happening, the “Free Comic Book Day” which was to be held on the first Saturday of May. Take a look at their statement down below and I’ll return at the close with added editorial.
The Press Release:
As the impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Diamond Comic Distributors is aware that Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be impacted to varying degrees throughout the world. With that in mind, Diamond Comic Distributors has made the difficult decision to postpone the event to a date later in the Summer.
“The severity and timing of the impact of the COVID-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the Summer,” said Diamond Founder and CEO, Steve Geppi.
Free Comic Book Day 2020 offers a selection of 47 titles available absolutely free at participating local comic shops across the United States and around the world. The 47 titles represent a broad range of taste, from superheroes, to sci-fi, to action-adventure, slice-of-life, manga, and so much more! The Free Comic Book Day selection is designed to appeal to every type of reader out there.
Diamond will announce additional information soon regarding FCBD non-comic merchandise. As further updates become available, we will continue to share via this website, as well as the Free Comic Book Day social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: It’s truly alarming to me when we are still a month and a half away from something and we find it being postponed until an even later and yet unannounced date. This just goes to show you how serious the news is. It was only a few short days ago when they recommended that most of the populace stay inside or self-quarantine and only go outdoors when its a matter of urgency. Concert venues of a larger scale are already banned from doing business and it looks like many bars and restaurants are heading the same way. Based on this news, it might not be a bad idea to sign up for the ComiXology website and download the app to your mobile devices. Historically they have been making the FCBD provisions available for those who prefer this to a stack of paper and I shold also mention that there are free comics made available on an almost weekly basis anyway so using the app is a win win situation. I’ll be monitoring this story as well as many others since FCBD was something I always enjoy. My plan was to do a longer video clip for this years but I guess that is out the door now. Alright, time to close up and as usual my marching orders include the directives to wash your hands, maintain some distance from those around you outside and by all means stay healthy. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.freecomicbookday.com