Every few years Diamond lines up a celebrity spokesperson for Free Comic Book Day and this year its Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who is an admitted “lifelong comic book fan.” I found this one persuasive than the first one I can remember, a sun bleared Hugh Jackman.
Hamill is well known for his voice acting as the Joker and has been playing The tRickster on The Flash to good notices. He also wrote a few comics in his day, including The Black Pearl for Dark Horse. HE will appear later this year in Star Wars: The Force wakens, a sequel to what is perhaps his best known role.
This year’s FCBD festivities take place on May 2nd. A record 5.6 million comics were ordered for more than 2,340 participating shops. This year’s comics offerings were limited to 50, from various publishers, a decline from past years that was designed to streamline the process.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.