Now in its 11th year, Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where local comic shops throughout the country and around the world offer readers new and old an opportunity to sample new titles and new stories all for free! Whether you’ve been reading for years or you’ve never picked up a book in your life, Free Comic Book Day, held the first Saturday of May every year, has something for you.
Like Superheroes? How about Avengers: The Age of Ultron, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Bryan Hitch, the start of the upcoming Avengers vs the Intelligencia? Or maybe, DC Comics’s The New 52 Special Edition, a look at what’s happening at DC in 2012 with an exclusive story by Geoff Johns and previews of the New 52 “Second Wave” titles, including Batman Incorporated, Dial H, Earth 2, G.I. Combat, The Ravagers and Worlds’ Finest.
A franchise fanatic? Dark Horse Comics is offering a two for one with the Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book. Han Solo and Chewie in a mess after a deal gone wrong on one side, Mal and the Crew of Serenity in a mess… well, just in a mess on the other side. Both stories are written by Zack Whedon with art by Fábio Moon and Christian Dalla Vecchia. Dark Horse’s other contribution to this event is another flip book, this one pairing Buffy the Vampire Slayer written by Andrew Chambliss, with Felicia Day penning an all new installment of The Guild.
What about new readers, the little ones who haven’t yet discovered the joy of New Comic Wednesdays or understand the value of a nice crisp bag and board? Does FCBD offer anything for the little guys? The answer, of course, is yes. Shame on you for thinking otherwise? Your kiddies like those weird animation shows that make you recall many a dizzy night back when you were in college? Oni Press is offering Yo Gabba Gabba: Free Comic Book Time, while Bongo counters with Bongo Free For All/ Spongebob Freestyle. Plus new versions of old classics like The Peanuts, Sonic, Donald Duck, Smurfs, Megaman and much much more.
So, whatever your fancy, May 5th get out of your house, and get into your local comic shop and see what they have for you. Pick up a few trades while you’re there, some toys, a t-shirt or two, and mostly just go support the brick and mortar stores while you still can. In this age of digital downloads, and web based “new media,” there’s simply no better feeling, than to hold a brightly colored story of heroes and villains, friends and strangers, slice of life to the most outlandish space opera in your hands. Celebrate comics, this weird hybrid of text and visual, and give thanks to those diehard shop owners and clerks who struggle on a day by day basis to give you an opportunity to watch epic poetry in spandex. I’ll be working at my shop DJ’s Universal Comics in Studio City, California, proud to be a part of a storytelling genre that’s unlike any other.
Besides, you’re all going to see Avengers the day before, so it’s not like you won’t be in the mood.
FCBD 2012′s Gold Books
Archaia Entertainment: Mouse Guard, Labyrinth & Other Stories HC
Archie Comics: Mega Man: Let The Games Begin
Bongo Comics: Bongo Comics Free-For-All/SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies Flip Book
BOOM! Studios: Peanuts/Adventure Time Flip Book
Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book
DC Comics: DC Comics-The New 52 #1
IDW Publishing: Transformers #80.5
Image Comics: Image Comics: 20 Anthology
Marvel Comics: The Avengers #12.1
Oni Press: Yo Gabba Gabba! Free Comic Book Time!
FCBD 2012′s Silver Books
Antarctic Press: Diary of a Zombie Kid
Arcana Studios: Arcana Presents: The Intrinsic #1
Archie Comics: Sonic The Hedgehog: Two Steps Back…Special Edition
Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen 2012
Boundless Comics: Lady Death: The Beginning
Bluewater Productions: Burt Ward, Boy Wonder #1
BOOM! Studios: Dune: Origins #1
Capstone: The Incredible Rockhead & Zinc Alloy 2-For-None
Caption Box: Muqtatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology
CBLDF: The Censored Howard Cruse
Dark Horse Comics: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/The Guild Flip Book
DC Comics: DC Nation Super Sampler/Superman Family Adventures Flip Book
Drawn & Quarterly: Marble Season Preview
Drawn & Quarterly: Moomin Color Special
Fantagraphics Books: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Family Comics
Fantagraphics Books: Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Sampler
Gemstone Publishing: Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace 2012
Hermes Press: My Favorite Martian Special Edition
Image Comics: Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces
Liquid Comics: FCDB 2012 Dinosaurs Versus Aliens
Liquid Comics: Graphic Elvis Preview
Marvel Comics: Spider-Man: Season One
Oni Press: Bad Medicine #1
Papercutz/NBM Publishing: The Smurfs/Disney Fairies Featuring Tinker Bell Flip Book
Radical Publishing: Under The Faerie Moon
Rebellion: 2000AD Judge Dredd Special
Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo & Friends 2012
Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr & The Stuff of Legend IV
Top Shelf Comics: Top Shelf Kids Club 2012
12-Gauge Comics: Anti #1 Preview
Valiant Entertainment: Valiant Comics 2012 Preview
VIZ Media: Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm
Yen Press: The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
Zenescope Entertainment: Jurassic Strikeforce 5 Preview
Zenescope Entertainment: Animal Planet Presents: The World Most Dangerous Animals 2012
Let me know which books you picked up. I’m already making a checklist for myself.
Have a mainstream book you want reviewed, panned or bitched about? Contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org!