Thursday, 16 January 2014

Free Comic Book Day 2014 - vote for the line up!

Free Comic Book Day 2014 is hurtling towards us at speed! On Saturday 3rd May 2014, we'll be throwing open the doors once more with a host of amazing free comics for you to come and enjoy.

This year though, we're doing things a little differently. Last year we tried to have our biggest Free Comic Book Day ever, and whilst it was a lot of fun, it was very expensive. The free comics aren't actually free. The writers, artists, inkers, colourists, editors and everyone else involved in the comic industry all work for free to bring you some amazing comics for this special annual event, but ultimately costs like the ink, paper and the transport costs are all coming from other, supporting industries and they still expect to get paid! Understandable really. So the free comics have a small price tag attached to them - last year it was an average of 23.5 pence per comic. You might think that's nothing, but when you considered we ordered almost 2000 "free" comics last year, you being to see our bill soon adds up!

Now Free Comic Book Day has always been kind to Proud Lion and I'm delighted to say that most people don't just come and grab some free comics, they browse the shelves, make purchases and support our little store on that day too. It's often one of our biggest days of the year, easily rivalling the Christmas season. But sadly last year our biggest Free Comic Book Day ever was not proportionately reflected in the sales. And so I've had to take the tough decision to make this year's Free Comic Book Day a little more modest.

This doesn't mean we're skimping out though! We'll still be ordered huge quantities of the biggest titles!  But of the 57 titles available this year, only 20 will make the cut. I've selected ten core titles that we'll definitely be offering no matter what! These are as follows:  DC The New 52 Future's End Spec Ed, Guardians Of Galaxy, 2000 AD Special, Atomic Robo & Friends, Kaboom Summer Blast, Mouse Guard Labyrinth Rust HC, Sonic The Hedgehog Mega Man Flipbook #1, Street Fighter #0, Teen Titans Go #1 Spec Ed and Transformers Vs GI Joe.

The other ten will be selected by you! Click here to head to Survey Monkey and take the survey!

Further details on the comics on offer can be found here.

This survey will close at the end of this month, so you have just over two weeks to get involved!

Don't fret if the title you like the look of doesn't make the cut, we will also be offering a chance for customers to request specific comics not included in the final selection. More details on that to come once the selection is finalised.

So click through and get voting!

Ben Fardon is eagerly awaiting another gorgeous free hardback from Archaia!

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