This coming Saturday, May 5th, will be the eleventh annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) world wide. What exactly is Free Comic Book Day? All of the major comic book publishers release brand new books, specifically for FCBD. There’s absolutely no catch. The comics range from horror stories, to tales of your favorite superheroes, to sci-fi adventures. If you’ve ever thought about diving into the wonderful world of comics, this is your chance. The books provide perfect jumping on points to currently running series, and are written and illustrated by some of the best in the comics today. On top of the of free swag, most shops also have big sales on regular comics. Below you can check out the full list of free comics that will be available this Saturday, the official press release, and a promo video. Google your local comic book shop and make sure to get there early, the lines tend to get crazy. It’s free, FREE, so you have no excuse!
A few notable books you’ll want to make sure you pick up:
Dinosaurs Versus Aliens: Written by comic book legend, Grant Morrison, this is sure to be as bizarre as can be. It’s aliens fighting intelligent dinosaurs, how could it not be awesome?
The Avengers Age Of Ultron #0.1: With all the hype surrounding the Avengers movie, there’s no doubt it’ll attract a whole bunch of new readers, and this is a great place to start.
Lady Death The Beginning: A big 40-pager to introduce you into the mysterious world of Lady Death.
Mouse Guard: Labyrinth & Other Stories: A huge 48-page hardcover collection of stories by some of the best writers in the biz. This is extremely limited.
Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace:The Greatest Horror Comics of All Time: This is not so much a comic as it is an analysis/collection of essays about horror comics and why we love them so much.
Buffy and The Guild: Buffy fans should already be reading the comics, but if you’re not this is a wonderful place to jump on board
There are plenty other great books for you to lay your filthy hands on, so don’t limit yourself. Seriously, grab as many as you can, share them with your friends and family and spread the good word. It’s not every day that you get a bunch of new stuff for free.
Official Free Comic Book Day Press Release Reads:
From the greatest superhero fare to new kid’s stories and emotional slice-of-life tales, it’s a great time to discover comic books with the Gold and Silver titles available for Free Comic Book Day 2012!
The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee is pleased to announce the complete list of Gold and Silver Sponsors and their comic books for FCBD 2012, which will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012. Complete descriptions of all forty-five FCBD titles can be found online now at HYPERLINK “http://www.freecomicbookday.com” www.freecomicbookday.com and in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, available on December 28th, 2012.
“There’s an incredible depth to this year’s Silver Sponsor offerings,” said FCBD spokesperson, Leslie Jackson. “The publishers have created a real opportunity for comic book fans—and those new to comic books—to come in and sample a wide variety of genres and stories with the titles they’re publishing.”
Selected by retailers who serve on the FCBD Committee, this year’s roster of Gold and Silver Sponsors and their books include a comic book for everyone’s tastes:
Gold Comic 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!
Silver Comic 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
ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY— Now in its eleventh year, Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice of life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!