Free Comic Book Day Returns on Saturday

It’s that time of year again ‘ time for free comic books.

The ninth annual event, set for Saturday, will see participating comic book shops offer a free selection of new sampler comics from various industry publishers as a way to promote the industry and bring in new readers.

Many stores use the event to host signings with comic book writers and artists.

This year’s new free comic offerings include:

Archie’s Summer Splash! #1, from Archie Comics

Doctor Solar/Magnus, from Dark Horse Comics

Fractured Fables, from Image Comics

G.I. Joe #155′, from IDW Publishing

Iron Man/Thor, from Marvel

Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock, from Archaia

Shrek & The Penguins, from APE Entertainment

The John Stanley Library, from Drawn & Quarterly

Toy Story, from Boom! Studios

War of the Supermen #0, from DC Comics

Additional free samplers from such publishers as Bongo Comics, Del Rey, Dynamite, Oni Press, Radical Comics, Red 5 Comics and Top Shelf also will be available at select stores.

For more information on Free Comic Book Day, including a store locator to find the nearest participating comic book shop, visit