Free Comic Book Day is May 4, 2024 - 510 Families
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Free Comic Book Day is May 4, 2024

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May! Free Comic Book Day is observed by a handful of East Bay locations, libraries, and websites (of course), designed to introduce new readers to comic books as an art and entertainment form and to support local independent comic book shops.

In 2024, Free Comic Book Day is on May 4– Star Wars Day — so there are cool overlapping events! Scroll down for lots of them. 

Being in line waiting for your nearby shop to open is just part of the fun: expect to see loads of costumes out and about!

For my family, this outing has become an annual tradition. My kids and husband wear their favorite superhero shirts and enjoy people-watching before picking up a new comic or three.

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Preview all the picks at FreeComicBookDay.com

Thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will give out millions of comic books, free of charge (with more you can buy, of course!). The free books, designed especially for this promotion, will satisfy a variety of ages and reading levels.

Lining up for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY in Berkeley
Lining up for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (yesteryear) at Fantastic Comics’ old spot | Photo: Heather Flett

Visit these East Bay stores to enjoy Free Comic Book Day 2024

Costumes are optional and so fun.

CAPE AND COWL COMICS, Oakland

1601 Clay Street, Oakland
(510) 907-0678
Find them on Facebook to check hours >>

DR COMICS & MR GAMES, Oakland

4014 Piedmont Ave, Oakland
(510) 601-7800
Confirm inventory & hours on tumblr >>

THE ESCAPIST COMIC BOOKSTORE, Berkeley

3086-3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley
(510) 652-6642
Website for hours & restrictions >>

FANTASTIC COMICS, Berkeley

1708 Martin Luther King Jr Way Suite A, Berkeley
(510) 982-1451
Facebook for current info >>

ALAMEDA SPORTS CARDS & COMICS, Alameda

1515 Webster St, Alameda
(510) 769-0644
Facebook for details >>

Roadtrip: CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM, Santa Rosa

If you’re looking for an option outside of 510 area, Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa will also have festivities. With the cost of admission ($5-$12), visitors will receive a free copy of the newest Peanuts comic book, Snoopy Beagle Scout Adventures (while supplies last), in celebration of Free Comic Book Day.

Visit these Places to enjoy Free Comic Book Day

kids and star wars characters in downtown berkeley
May the Fourth Be With You | Photo: Alec Flett

Get your Star Wars Fix on May the Fourth

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1 thought on “Free Comic Book Day is May 4, 2024”

  1. Does anyone have a recommendation for which of these local stores is the most welcoming to kids? My kids and I visited one on this list over the weekend for shopping, and boy, the staff were gruff. (And we were buying not just browsing!) Additionally there were scantily clad-girls on the cover of mangas and comics at kid eye level, which I really hate. Every comics shop and games shop I’ve been in feels like it is geared to adult males; would love to support one that is more about families and girl- and kid-friendly.

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