It really feels like things are finally getting back to normal in the comic world. We had a new Marvel movie in the ‘headliner’ of summer opening weekend for the first time in years, and as usual (before the pandemic) it coincided with the Day free comics.

Free Comic Book Day has been around for two decades now and is probably the best day of the year for new readers looking to get into comics.

All the major comic book publishers are taking part, creating a few deals for comic shops around the world to give away for free. Many of these stores also hold sales and other special events like signings and cosplay on this day and it’s usually the busiest day of the year for comic stores.

Since FCBD is such a great time to introduce newbies to the world of comics, this year I decided to take two of my friends with me for their first visit to comic book stores. We visited three in our area, each with something special to add to the annual comic book celebration.

FCBD 2022: Heroic Dreams

The first store we visited was Heroic Dreams, located in Pickering, Ontario. The store is located in the basement of a Montessori school, and the classroom above was actually used as a place where the free comics were available for pickup.

At Heroic Dreams in Pickering, Ontario.

Downstairs in the main store, there were sales on just about everything, including Funko products, which the two of us bought. (I had a miniature Captain Marvel while my friend bought a Funko POP and manga.)

Heroic Dreams was the only store we visited that explicitly encouraged cosplay (although the others didn’t). saycourage). Those attending the event in costume were allowed to pick up a few extra comics, although unfortunately we didn’t see anyone take advantage of this offer.

To learn more about Heroic Dreams, visit their Facebook page.

CBDF 2022: comic book addiction

The next store we went to was Comic Book Addiction in Whitby, Ontario. This store had many sales, including in its recently reopened warehouse. Almost everything was discounted, even RPG dice! My friends bought a few, I bought the Getting Started Guide to Marvel’s New Multiverse Roleplaying Game, and we bought a few comics as well.

At Comic Book Addiction in Whitby, Ontario.

This store was much busier than the previous one, possibly because it had a comic book writer as well as a signing artist in the game area of ​​the store. They also had the clever idea of ​​bringing some of their comics outside, so passers-by could see that there was something going on in the store and possibly be enticed to check it out.

For more information on Comic Book Addiction, visit their website.

CBDF 2022: GNU Books

Finally, we went to our last comic book store of the day, Oshawa, Ontario’s GNU Books. It’s a family business selling both comics and used books. In addition to the free comics, there were also free refreshments and balloons, an ongoing podcast interview, and a raffle.

Unfortunately we missed most of these things as they had happened before we arrived, but found this to be the most social store we visited. The staff was very friendly and chatty, as were the customers, and we managed to make some new friends!

We spent more time in GNU Books than other stores simply because we had fun talking to everyone as well as looking Wanda Visionwhich was playing on the store’s newly installed television.

GNU Books in Oshawa, Ontario.

Although this one is mostly about the social aspect of our group, I made sure to buy something; a romance-centric DC anthology comic.

You can read more about GNU books on their website.

Free Comic Book Day Pickups and Final Thoughts

It was the first free comic day I was bringing people new to the world of comics to, and it was fun to see their enthusiasm in all the stores and the community had to offer.

Free comics I picked up during FCBD 2022.

FCBD is a great way to get into comics or just celebrate them as a fan. For more information on Free Comic Book Day, including a store locator, visit freecomicbookday.com.

Don’t forget that for next year, if you go, be sure to buy something at every store you attend to support local businesses and as a thank you for hosting the event!

Here are some of the items I purchased from these stores.

Don’t forget to support your local comic shops!

Did you pick up any comics on Free Comic Book Day 2022? Let us know in the comments or on social media!