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Free Comic Book Day at Heavy Ink!

Online comic book retailer Heavy Ink is celebrating Free Comic Book Day… and if you have the internet, you’re invited! Those shopless among us, or unable to visit their local comick booke establishment on the fateful day (which is tomorrow, Saturday, May 1st), but who still want to snag a free comic or three such as Atomic Robo & Friends, Iron Man/Thor, Toy Story, Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock, Atomic Robo & Friends, Bongo Comics, Doctor Solar/Magnus Robot Fighter, Atomic Robo & Friends, Irredeemable/Incorruptible, Green Hornet, The Tick, Owly, Atomic Robo & Friends, etc., look no further!

Full details under the cut.

Here’s the email I got from Heavy Ink:

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 1st. This year we’re going to
try something crazy: we’re going to give away thousands of comics
on-line, at our website:


The festivities start at 10 AM EST, and we’ll be giving away a different
title every 10-15 minutes. There are around 30 different titles, so
we’ll be giving away comics for most of the day. Iron Man, Stuff of
Legend, Atomic Robo, Mouse Guard, Green Hornet…

Please tell your comic-loving friends! Forward this email, or share in
forums or on blogs. Thanks for helping get the word out!

The details:

* Free Comic Book Day at HeavyInk.com/fcbd begins on Saturday May 1st at
10 AM EST (9 AM Central, 8 AM Mountain, 7 AM PST).

* First come first serve, maximum of 3 comics per person.

* The comics are free, and if you’re a regular customer they’ll ship
with your next shipment at no extra charge. If we ship them separately
we’ll charge only $2.99 for first class shipping. If you happen pick
up a graphic novel or a few other comics while you’re at the site
everything ships for just 99 cents!

* Comics ship starting on Wednesday, when we ship our regular weekly
subscription shipments.


The HeavyInk team
Travis, Pete, Andy, Caryn, and Dan

What a mad, brilliant promotion! Congratulations for these guys on building an event at an online store.


I’ve been a regular customer of these guys almost since the beginning and I’ve got nothing but good things to say about them. Any time that I’ve had a problem with a shipment (rare, but they’re human and mistakes happen), they’ve set out to fix it in a timely manner.

So you’re saying we should get the Atomic Robo book? Hmmm.

Have you read it? IT’S AWESOME! But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Brother Justin Crowe

April 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm

HeavyInk hates my new debit card, but other than that they’re a great service and I highly recommend them.

Been a very happy customer with them for a year now. Great service!

Heavy Ink is my one and only comic book store. Great service and selection and they don’t gouge you for shipping.

So essentially, by providing a direct link to the page with the free comic books, and then charging $2.99 shipping for them (if you don’t buy any others), these guys are allowing people to get their “free” swag without ever setting foot inside a comic book shop or browsing through any other comics they might like to pick up, while not actually getting anything for free.

This is pretty much shitting on the whole concept and idea of Free Comic Book Day and it would be nice if karma would put these assholes out of business.

Do yourselves a favor, folks. Actually GO TO A COMIC BOOK STORE on Free Comic Book Day. Don’t let these jerks ruin it for the industry.

Yeah, it actually does fly in the face of the whole concept of Free Comic Book Day.

Do yourselves a favor, folks. Actually GO TO A COMIC BOOK STORE on Free Comic Book Day. Don’t let these jerks ruin it for the industry.

Or you could buy something from the site, help a retailer out, and pay only 99 cents for shipping, which is their shipping charge for 3+ items.

The nearest comic shop to where I live right now is a good hour’s drive, I’d say. The only time I attended a Free Comic Book Day– the first or second time it was held– it was a sad state of affairs. I get my comics via online retailers– DCBS and Heavy Ink. I’m happy Heavy Ink is promoting Free Comic Book Day and equally happy to drum up some business for them. DCBS has been kind enough to throw free comics in with orders in the past, and I’m glad to see Heavy Ink turning it into a live event over the ‘net!

Free Comic Book Day isn’t for the nerds, and should be for everyone else; but for those of us without a shop, we can still get some free items and use them to spread the love.

Well, I plan to actually go to a comic-book store tomorrow. When I first saw this column I thought it would be a good chance to get some additional free books, since the store I go to only has a limited selection, but if I have to wait around all day for the titles I want to come up, I don’t think it’s worth the trouble. Especially since I’d have to pay $2.99 for them.
But this is a nice idea for people who aren’t able to make it to a real store tomorrow.

As someone who’s LCBS is abysmal (the closest “good” one being an hour away) Heavy Ink has been the only reason I’ve been able to get back into buying monthlies again. For over 3 years, every order arrives timely and unharmed, the shipping is astronomically low (unless you’re a 1-comic-a-month kinda guy), and the one time I had an order lost (during the December/Christmas crush), they were quick to replace what I lost.

Nothing but the highest praise for these guys. Super appreciative that they’re experimenting with FCBD on the ‘net and I hope they make a million bucks.

The Crazed Spruce

April 30, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Speaking as someone who literally doesn’t live within a thousand miles of a comic shop, I’m glad to see someone offering the same comics online.

My only question is, do they ship to Canada?

You know, I was wondering– What do the stores do with all the left-over free books on Sunday? I assume some of the stores at least have some. Do they continue giving them away til they’re all gone? Or do they try to charge for them?

Why do they always have Free Comic-Book Day on the same day as the Global Marijuana March? I would expect most of those potheads to be an ideal market for comics, but they miss it because they’re out marching.

Are Marvel’s free books going to be normal-size this year? (I’ll probably already have mine by the time I receive an answer, but oh well.) Why were they so tiny last year? I can understand them wanting to save on paper costs, but they could’ve restricted themselves to one title instead of two. (Or do they always insist on one adult book and one kid’s book?)

Are Marvel’s free books going to be normal-size this year?


Why were they so tiny last year?

To save on paper costs.

Or do they always insist on one adult book and one kid’s book?


much love to the Heavy Ink guys I too am without any kind of local comic book store and these guys really fill the void quite nicely, give the site a try you wont be dissapointed. I know im logged in anxiously awaiting FBCD 2010!!!

Do they continue giving them away til they’re all gone? Or do they try to charge for them?

Depends if they’re a good shop or not. If they are, they’ll leave the leftover free stuff by the counter and give ‘em away to folks. It’s what I’d do, anyway.

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since my one true local closed down last year – damn shame too, the guy would let you take one of EVERYTHING – and the nearest store is run by some junkie whose sole reason for existence is to push copies of Captain Action on everyone who goes through the doors, Heavy Ink’s event was my only FCBD destination. Got my Robo, both Iron Mans, and Hama’s GI Joe follow-up, but the best part was spending a few hours chatting with the other partakers. I’ve been buying comics from HI weekly since January 08 and the only time there were any errors, they were both the fault of the USPS, and HI still replaced all my stuff for free. The site is run by true comics fans, the community is great, and the clueless commenter above who hopes they go out of business is a fool. HI planned an ambitious event that brought together comics fans from across the country and it was a fantastic success!

Agreed. Those crazy lightning rounds were fun. Heavy Ink’s system combined the pleasures of free stuff with the thrill of gambling! Haha.

I’ve been a subscriber over at Heavy Ink’s website since the very beginning when it was still like beta or something… It looked very promising and was eager to start ordering from a new website (not that there’s anything wrong with Mycomicbookshop.com) and when it finally went live, I found out they were not shipping internationally (except for Canada of course, but that doesn’t count)… Shame, I’ve missed out on their free comic book day because of it.

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