Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Free Comic Book Day will be postponed “to a later date in the summer.” FCBD 2020 was originally scheduled for May 2.
“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 has been a staple of the comics calendar since 2002, and typically falls on the first Saturday in May — though the third FCBD actually occurred in July. Over the years it has usually fallen on the same weekend as a big comic book movie blockbuster, although that has varied based on movie release schedules. The idea was first thought up by retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics.
This year’s Free Comic Book Day will feature 47 comics by various publishers; you can check out the Gold and Silver titles. This move is not surprising, given the state of the world right now, and is one of many, many events that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.