Official Press Release
Jim Lee, artist of the best-selling BATMAN comic from DC Comics, will be
the special guest for Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 3 at Flying
Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord, California.
"Last year's Free Comic Book Day was a big hit for finding new readers
and bringing back former comic book readers," said Joe Field, owner of
Flying Colors and the originator of Free Comic Book Day. "This year, I
wanted to do something extra special, then Jim approached me about being
our in-store guest for FCBD. I am so thrilled and honored to have the
number one artist in comics as our special guest on May 3. I hope Jim's
legions of dedicated fans each bring a bunch of friends to check out the
great things going on in Batman and so many other titles. And, of
course, we'll have a great selection of FCBD freebies for everyone."
"Being at Flying Colors for Free Comic Book Day makes a lot of sense,"
said Jim Lee. "The very first store signing I ever did was at Flying
Colors 'Grand Opening'. At the time, Joe was passionate about running a
professional, family friendly store devoted to the art-form of comics,
and I was just a rookie penciller looking to make his first deadline.
At least one of us was successful in our individual quests. But in all
seriousness, Joe's been a great advocate for the comic book business.
His brainchild--Free Comic Book Day-- is just one of his many terrific
ideas. I'm proud and honored to be a part of this year's Free Comic
Book Day at the very store where both our careers were first getting
started nearly 15 years ago."
On Free Comic Book Day, comic book stores in more than 20 countries will
give away millions of comic books, covering the full diversity of the
medium, from high-flying super-hero adventure to intense slice-of-life
to crime noir to kid-friendly humor and more. This year's Free Comic
Book Day on May 3 is just one day after the theatrical release of X2---
the hotly anticipated follow-up to the blockbuster X-Men movie. Jim Lee
also has ties to X-Men as the artist of 1991's X-Men #1, which sold more
than seven million copies, making it the all-time best-selling American
"So many of our pop culture icons come from comics: Spider-Man, X-Men,
Batman, Daredevil, Superman, " Jim Lee said. "So few people realize you
can follow the adventures of these incredible characters every month at
your local comic book store. And comics are so much more than just
superheroes. Comics today are so much better and more diverse than ever
"It's been a real turning point in the history of comics to bring Free
Comic Book Day to reality," Field said. "FCBD is the only time that all
professionals in comics are working together to develop new readers and
to call back former readers. I'm proud that Diamond Comic Distributors,
many publishers, creators and thousands of my retailing compatriots have
taken my concept and are doing some amazing and creative things with
"We're planning to have a great assortment of free comics to entice new
and returning comic book readers," Field promised. "We'll have comics
for readers of all ages---- for kids, for families to enjoy reading
together, for adults, and especially for people who think they would
never read a comic book. And with Jim Lee here as our FCBD guest, you
can bet we'll have some special surprises that fans of Jim's BATMAN
series must see."
"It just doesn't get a lot cooler than Free Comic Book Day," Field said.
"What's not to love about hundreds of thousands of people all getting
into comics on the same day? May 3 is like a worldwide holiday for
comics --- and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
Free Comic Book Day at Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff will run
from 12 noon until at least 4PM. More information is available by
calling Flying Colors at 925-825-5410 or by going to the Flying Colors
web-site at http://FlyingColorsComics.com.
"Free Comic Book Day allows fans of all ages to experience the fun and
excitement of comics," said Lee. "I just wish FCBD was around when I was
(Joe Field owns Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff at 2980 Treat
Boulevard, Concord California. Field is the originator of Free Comic
Book Day, an event he conceived in his monthly "Big Picture" column in
Krause Publications' Comics & Games Retailer magazine.
Jim Lee is currently Editorial Director of WildStorm Productions and a
multi award-winning artist of such top selling titles as BATMAN, DIVINE
RIGHT, X-MEN, WILDCATS and PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL. Lee was a founding
partner of Image Comics.)