If you’re a comic book enthusiast, chances are good that the first Saturday of May is like a holiday to you. Since 2002 it’s been Free Comic Book Day, a promotional effort led by Diamond Comic Distributors. Nearly fifty titles are supplied by Diamond to participating shops in the US and around the world, ready to be picked up for free by visiting fans. This year, like so many other events, FCBD needs to be postponed.
In a statement posted to the event website, Diamond Founder and CEO, Steve Geppi states that “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.” Updates will be posted to the FCBD website and social media channels.
Recently #Creators4Comics announced that its five-day charity campaign raised $433,166 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) to support comic stores and indie bookstores hit hard by COVID-19. Started by a small group of creators, the charity auction quickly grew as comics creators, authors, and celebrity participants posted 635 auctions on Twitter and other platforms. People who want to continue supporting #Creators4Comics can now set up monthly donations via the BINC website.
While deemed non-critical and currently closed to the public, many of your favorite comic book stores around the Ocean State are still open for business in some capacity. Take a look at our "pull list" and consider making a purchase online or buying a gift card. Chances are good you’ll be viewed as a superhero.
East Bay Comics - Domestic shipping being offered from their online store.
Fantasy Zone Comics and Used Books - New comics, lots of back issues, and used books. Open for curbside service Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm from their 7610 Post Rd, North Kingstown location. 401-294-6044
Green Dragon Comics - Selling comics and gaming through their Facebook page.
Rah-CoCo's Collectables - Selling online and offering mail order, curbside, and pick-ups. Open with restricted foyer pick up of orders, lay-a-ways, and subscriptions for credits and debits.
The Time Capsule - New comics, back issues, vintage records, vintage video games, DVDs. Will ship via USPS and UPS, also selling online at their Ebay store. Check for updates on Instagram at @thetimecapsuleri
The Toy Vault - Comics, new and vintage toys, gaming, vintage video games, collectibles, supplies. Selling online at Ebay and their Amazon page, also contact/call first for other possible purchase options. firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-618-7036. Follow on Instagram at @thetoyvault for fun posts starring toys!
If we missed your favorite, please email Elyse@ProvidenceOnline with the business name, URL, and 1-2 lines of what is being offered at this time. We’re all in this together, Rhody and May the Fourth be with you!