Friday, April 29, 2016

To do Sat 4/30: Prelude to FCBD @ Flying Colors

Cartoonist Jeff Bonivert has created this cool comic strip for us! 

• On Saturday 4/30, we'll be giving away FREE unsigned copies just for coming to Flying Colors. We also have a signed/numbered edition available for just $5.  
This 8"x26" print is a Flying Colors exclusive. 

• We'll also be visited by The Geek Speak Show at 12 noon. Who knows? They may want to get your thoughts on the upcoming 15th annual Free Comic Book Day happening Saturday May 7th at Flying Colors and more than 2300 other comic shops all over the world. 

• We'll also have a special selection of FCBD t-shirts with art by Skottie Young for just $4.99 each.  

Hope to see you these next two Saturdays! 
Now, for those FCBD preparation tips and tricks...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Origin of Free Comic Book Day

 From the pages of Comics & Games Retailer magazine, August 2001 issue.

I wrote the column (seen here, click on the images to enlarge)) in April 2001 after seeing the success of Baskin-Robbin's "Free Scoop Night." 

After the column was published in June 2001 (the mag was dated ahead by a couple of months), there was considerable discussion in the comics' biz whether this was an idea worth pursuing.

In October 2001, Diamond Comic Distributors had one of their retailer meetings attached to a comic-con in Las Vegas.

It was there that a meeting was put together with executives from the largest comics companies, with Diamond execs and the editor of the Comics Buyer's Guide (the industry's newspaper, published by the same company that published my retailer-directed columns).

When we all decided FCBD was worth pursuing, it was (then) Image Publisher Jim Valentino's suggestion to put Free Comic Book Day on the same weekend as the opening of the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie. 

In the years since, FCBD hasn't always been on a big comics-related movie opening and, in fact, wasn't even the "First Saturday in May"---once!

I like to think that Hollywood has seen the powerful synergy of movies & comics by scheduling a comics-spawned movie on the first weekend in May every year... and it looks to be that way for many years to come!

Since 2002, comics retailers have given away more than 30 MILLION FCBD comics. 

From left: Libby, Cindy, Michelle, Joe Field, May 2002
Flying Colors 1st FCBD guests: Mick Gray and Jason Dube
Each year, well more than one million people attend FCBD events at more than 2300 comic book specialty stores in more than 60 countries all over the world.

To find a FCBD participating shop near you, please go to

Join our event at Flying Colors HERE!

Hope to see you on May 7th! 

Peace 'n' Comics!

Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field

FCBD Photo Contest at Flying Colors!

Monday, April 25, 2016

This Saturday! April 30th... A Low Key Special Event!

Saturday April 30--- just one week before Free Comic Book Day!  

It's our first ever "Prelude to FCBD" with cartoonist Jeff Bonivert, a limited edition signed print, The Geek Speak Show will be here...and yes, there will be FREE comics!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FCBD Press Release-- Please bring your friends!

IS MAY 7th 2016 
World's Largest Comic Book Event 
Founded by Concord CA Retailer

Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA celebrates the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 7th. The worldwide event was founded by Flying Colors' owner, Joe Field, as a way to introduce the comic book art form to new readers, while calling back former readers and thanking all current fans. More than 2300 comic book specialty shops in over 60 countries around the world will give away more than six million comic books this year. 

With the 2015 event drawing more than 1.4 million people to comic shops, Free Comic Book Day is the world's largest comic book related event.

Special Guests at Flying Colors Comics event will be artist Brian Hess of the all-ages fantasy series Awake from Action Lab Entertainment and artist Brandon McKinney of Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises from DarbyPop Publishing. Both artists will be signing their FCBD Special Edition comics from 11am-2pm.

 “Our Free Comic Book Day is a big party. This year, there are 50 different FCBD special edition comics and the publishers have done a fantastic job of producing comics for all ages and reading interests. There's never been a better time for anyone to discover the rich entertainment found in comic books," said Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics.   

Now in its fifteenth year, Free Comic Book Day is an international success, introducing new readers to the wonders of comics the first Saturday of May every year. “Free Comic Book Day is our welcome invitation for everyone to visit us at Flying Colors. We know you'll have a great time here on May 7th, because our event is such a big party, with special guest comic artists, refreshments, entertainment, costumed characters, a kids' costume contest and, of course, thousands of free comics. We also encourage everyone to bring their cameras and have their photos taken with costumed characters.”

Free Comic Book Day updates, information about comic books, a list of participating publishers and a store locator for other participating shops worldwide are all online at

The doors open at Flying Colors Comics Free Comic Book Day event Saturday May 7th at 11am and the event runs until 7pm. Visit or follow Flying Colors on Facebook for the latest info.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Don't Miss Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 7th

Our 15th Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is now just a month away. Please join us on Saturday May 7th for a fun party with thousands of FREE comics, cool deals and special guests.

We'll be giving away free comics from 11AM-7PM. Please accept this invitation to our Facebook event page HERE!

Here's a look back at FCBD 2015. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Dig In! Old Comics at their Original Cover price!

We just purchased a collection of comics, mostly from the mid 1980s. Lots of great reads here---Spider-Man, Thor, Superman, Swamp Thing and more. They are available while this limited supply lasts for their ORIGINAL COVER PRICE! Most are under $1 each! Come & get 'em!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

ART ADAMS at Flying Colors April 2nd

We're pleased to announce that world renowned comics artist ART ADAMS will be visiting Flying Colors on Saturday April 2 from 11am-1pm.

Art is the cover artist for Flying Colors exclusive edition of AVENGERS STANDOFF ALPHA #1 which features Pleasant Hill CA's historic landmark Soldier's Memorial Monument.

This will be your best chance to get a signed copy of 
this Special Edition available exclusively at 
Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA.


Arthur's work has influenced a generation of comics artists. He currently is Marvel's "go-to guy" for iconic and fan-favorite covers.

Our Facebook Event Page is HERE! 

Please note: Due to the limited signing time, Arthur will not be doing any sketching. We will also be giving priority to those wanting signatures on their Avengers Pleasant Hill Flying Colors Exclusive Edition.