Friday, May 20, 2016

DC Universe Rebirth!

Join us at Flying Colors on Wednesday May 25 as a new era is ushered in for the DC Comics Universe with REBIRTH, an 80 page special bargain priced at just $2.99.

Monday, May 09, 2016

FCBD Photo Contest is LIVE!

Thank you, Flying Colors Faithful, for a fantastic Free Comic Book Day 2016!

As always, more cool stuff is on the way... and we hope you can join us for New Comics & Other Cool Stuff every Wednesday!

Did you sign up to participate in our FCBD Photo Contest?
We've started to upload some of the photos for this contest on our Facebook page, so that means voting is underway! Please note: Due to a technical delay, we will be extending the deadline to vote.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

CIVIL WAR movie ticket giveaway on Free Comic Book Day!

By special arrangement, Flying Colors and The Geek Speak Show will be giving away tickets to the May 7th 4:40PM showing of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR at Pittsburg's Maya Cinema.

Your chances of winning will improve by being among the first in line for our Free Comic Book Day event--and by wanting to see this film at the Maya Cinema in Pittsburg!

We'll give these tickets away in pairs...and we have a BUNCH of pairs!

Join our event page HERE!

Sunday, May 01, 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