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THE NATION'S COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS AND RETAILERS UNITE TO CELEBRATE AN
AMERICAN INSTITUTION WITH

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Popular Titles From Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Marvel
Comics and Others

To Be Given Away At Comic Book Stores Throughout the United States & Canada

Timed with the Highly-Anticipated Spider-Man Movie, Free Comic Book Day
Takes Place May 4th

NEW YORK -- In the wake of one of this summer's biggest blockbuster movies
-- Spider-Man -- the comic book industry's leading publishers have united
with over 2,000 comic book shops to present an unprecedented event -- Free
Comic Book Day. This historic occasion will both celebrate and raise
awareness of this American-born art-form, which has been thrust into the
public spotlight thanks to the recent influx of movies and other media
inspired by comic books. A free copy of the industry's most popular titles
-- from publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics,
Marvel Comics and others -- will be available to all people who enter
comic book specialty shops on May 4. A way to salute the medium, unite the
highly-competitive industry, and invite new readers to visit their local
comics shops, the world-wide give-away will occur just one day after
Sony's North American release of Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire and
Kirsten Dunst, and less the two weeks before the premiere of Star Wars:
Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which also has comic book
connections. Get Caught Reading, the nationwide literacy campaign
supported by the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine
Publishers of America, has announced its support for Free Comic Book Day.

"It's not often that companies in any industry get together to promote
their products, and for that reason, Free Comic Book Day represents a
proud 'first' for comics in more ways than one," said Dark Horse
Publisher, Mike Richardson. "We're working alongside our friends from
other companies, giving away an amazing product, and promoting Star Wars:
Episode II - our biggest book of the year. It's win-win in all directions."

"Comics present a unique way to involve a diverse audience of readers,"
said Bob Wayne, Vice President-Sales & Marketing for DC Comics. "Through
this groundbreaking promotional effort, more people will be introduced to
the joys of reading -- and shopping for -- comics."

"Comics have come of age as a medium of creative expression. Regardless of
your age, background or tastes we have a book for you. Please join us on
May 4 and see what you're missing," added Jim Valentino, VP-Publisher,
Image Comics, Inc.

"It has been said that there have been three unique art-forms to come out
of America -- 'jazz, musicals and comic books' -- it's about time we all
celebrate the latter," said Joe Quesada Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief.
"The success of comic-based movies has proven the popularity of these
characters and has given the industry the perfect forum to re-introduce
America to this amazing medium."

As part of the promotion Marvel Comics will publish a free issue of its
top-selling Ultimate Spider-Man, DC will offer the first issue of Justice
League Adventures (based on the top-rated Cartoon Network series), Dark
Horse will contribute a brand new story that ties into the upcoming Star
Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Image will publish the origin
of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, star of videogames and movies.

In addition, dozens of other comic book publishers will be contributing
free titles, covering the entire spectrum of genres and styles, from
classic children's humor like Archie to sophisticated sci-fi action like
The Matrix.

Nearly 2 million comics will be available for give-away during this single
day event. Free Comic Book Day will be supported by an extensive online
initiative, point-of-sale posters, and a massive PR and advertising
campaign. The official website for the event is
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THE NATION'S COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS AND RETAILERS UNITE TO CELEBRATE AN
AMERICAN INSTITUTION WITH

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Popular Titles From Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Marvel
Comics and Others

To Be Given Away At Comic Book Stores Throughout the United States & Canada

Timed with the Highly-Anticipated Spider-Man Movie, Free Comic Book Day
Takes Place May 4th

NEW YORK -- In the wake of one of this summer's biggest blockbuster movies
-- Spider-Man -- the comic book industry's leading publishers have united
with over 2,000 comic book shops to present an unprecedented event -- Free
Comic Book Day. This historic occasion will both celebrate and raise
awareness of this American-born art-form, which has been thrust into the
public spotlight thanks to the recent influx of movies and other media
inspired by comic books. A free copy of the industry's most popular titles
-- from publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics,
Marvel Comics and others -- will be available to all people who enter
comic book specialty shops on May 4. A way to salute the medium, unite the
highly-competitive industry, and invite new readers to visit their local
comics shops, the world-wide give-away will occur just one day after
Sony's North American release of Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire and
Kirsten Dunst, and less the two weeks before the premiere of Star Wars:
Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which also has comic book
connections. Get Caught Reading, the nationwide literacy campaign
supported by the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine
Publishers of America, has announced its support for Free Comic Book Day.

"It's not often that companies in any industry get together to promote
their products, and for that reason, Free Comic Book Day represents a
proud 'first' for comics in more ways than one," said Dark Horse
Publisher, Mike Richardson. "We're working alongside our friends from
other companies, giving away an amazing product, and promoting Star Wars:
Episode II - our biggest book of the year. It's win-win in all directions."

"Comics present a unique way to involve a diverse audience of readers,"
said Bob Wayne, Vice President-Sales & Marketing for DC Comics. "Through
this groundbreaking promotional effort, more people will be introduced to
the joys of reading -- and shopping for -- comics."

"Comics have come of age as a medium of creative expression. Regardless of
your age, background or tastes we have a book for you. Please join us on
May 4 and see what you're missing," added Jim Valentino, VP-Publisher,
Image Comics, Inc.

"It has been said that there have been three unique art-forms to come out
of America -- 'jazz, musicals and comic books' -- it's about time we all
celebrate the latter," said Joe Quesada Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief.
"The success of comic-based movies has proven the popularity of these
characters and has given the industry the perfect forum to re-introduce
America to this amazing medium."

As part of the promotion Marvel Comics will publish a free issue of its
top-selling Ultimate Spider-Man, DC will offer the first issue of Justice
League Adventures (based on the top-rated Cartoon Network series), Dark
Horse will contribute a brand new story that ties into the upcoming Star
Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Image will publish the origin
of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, star of videogames and movies.

In addition, dozens of other comic book publishers will be contributing
free titles, covering the entire spectrum of genres and styles, from
classic children's humor like Archie to sophisticated sci-fi action like
The Matrix.

Nearly 2 million comics will be available for give-away during this single
day event. Free Comic Book Day will be supported by an extensive online
initiative, point-of-sale posters, and a massive PR and advertising
campaign. The official website for the event is <www.FreeComicBookDay.com>,
which contains features on the history of comic books in America, a
complete list of available free titles, and a search function to help
readers find a participating store near them.

"Unlike the large chain stores that dominate most types of retailing,
comic book shops are independently owned and operated by individuals in
their communities," said Roger Fletcher, Vice President of Sales &
Marketing for Diamond Comic Distributors, the national distributor that is
helping to coordinate the effort. "As a result, each store is as
individual as its owner, adding to the incredible diversity in the comic
book field. Readers of all ages will be delighted by the broad range of
entertaining and artful reading material available at their local comic
book store."

"The secret is out," concluded Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics in
Concord, California and the originator of the Free Comic Book Day
promotion. "Since other media rely on comics for many of their brightest
ideas, we know the time is right to invite the world to check out the
amazing source material."

"There once was a time when some people would frown upon reading comic
books," said Association of American Publishers President & CEO Pat
Schroeder. "But as we've come to understand the importance of literacy in
social advancement and intellectual development, it has become obvious
that reading of any kind is productive and should be encouraged." "Comic
books are as intelligent, compelling, and demanding as any other form of
storytelling," Schroeder added, "and they are a worthy addition to any
parent, teacher, or other adult's arsenal of reading tools. We're happy to
join with Free Comic Book Day to promote our common goal of getting more
people to read."

For more information, go to the website at
<http://www.freecomicbookday.com> or
e-mail: <mailto:info@freecomicbookday.com>info@freecomicbookday.com
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