Did you do anything for Free Comic Book Day? 1 million fans did; along with 40 publishers. The 2014 event gave away 4.7 million comics from over 2,100 different locations.
We’re told that the #FreeComicBookDay and #FCBD trended in the States and there was more than 108,000 tweets from fans. The Free Comic Book Day Facebook page is up to 390,000 or so fans which is nearly a 500% increase from the year before.
Geek Native was one of 4,000 sites to cover the story along with USA Today, IGN, Io9 and over 1,000 broadcast programs. Why so much TV coverage? This happened:
Thanks to the thieves assisting with the story and 60 different comic books available for free an estimated $3.2 million dollars in free publicity was created by the end of the event.
The Free Comic Book Day team have releaved that nearly half a million people used the Comic Shop Locator on the site. Each one of those lookups represents a potential new customer to a local store.
Jason Blanchard, a spokesperson for the event, said;
“Free Comic Book Day was a tremendous success this year,”
“A large percent of participants celebrated FCBD for the first time and loved it! The fans were pleased with the variety of comics available and commented on the fact there were numerous kids comics, making FCBD an even bigger family-orientated event.” “The best part about all the articles, links, and mentions about Free Comic Book Day was how many people it drove to our web site.” “In total the comic shop locator had over 490,000 visitors. That’s almost half a million people that now know where their local comic shop is!” “Our hope is that the FCBD fans will continue to return to their comic shop to get more of what the comic industry has to offer.”