With everything from movie theaters closing to film releases being pushed back due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, another pop culture cornerstone has been postponed: Free Comic Book Day. Typically occurring on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is—coincidentally or not—timed with the unofficial start of the summer movie season, which, of late, has been kicked off with a superhero movie. (This year, that movie would have been Black Widow, which Disney has postponed.)
Steve Geppi, CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors, which sponsors the promotion, released the following statement:
The severity and timing of the impact of the COVID-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the summer.