Q: What exactly is Free Comic Book Day?
A: It's a worldwide event where the comic industry gives out comics for free to encourage the growth of the medium.
Q: Why do we do Free Comic Book Day the way we do with packs instead of single issues?
A: The whole point is to get new readers or to introduce something new to existing readers. If left to our own devices we'd gravitate towards the same stuff that we're already reading. This way folks can sample things that they wouldn't normally pick up on their own and hopefully find a new favorite!
Q: What do we need to know about Black Cat Comic's Free Comic Book Day?
A: We open our doors at 10:30 a.m. and folks can be seen lining up as early as 8 a.m. We have 600 packs to give out, two packs to choose from: an all ages pack and a teen+ pack. Plus folks will be able to pick out an additional 2 comics (or 3 with a Milpitas Food Pantry donation). We'll also have fun door prizes and some lucky participants will find cool prizes and coupons in their goodie bags.
Q: Will there be any sale?
A: Yes, our back issue bin will be 75% off, buy any 3 or more trades, graphic novels or Black Cat Packs and get 15% off, buy any 3 or more t-shirts and get 15% off, buy any 3 or more toys and get 15% off.
Q: How many comics do you give out?
A: We've ordered over 5,000 comics and expect to give them all out the day of.
Q: Will you run out?
A: Yes, these will all be on a first come, first serve basis. If you want a pack, get here early, we usually run out around 1 or 2 p.m.
Q: Why don't you get more comics to give out if you run out so fast?
A: Believe it or not, the Free Comics aren't actually free for us. They cost us some money, not a lot, but enough that ordering any more than the 5,000 would be difficult for us financially.