Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the Silver Level sponsors for Free Comic Book Day, May 1, 2010.
As we (and about a zillion other places) have reported over the years Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free.
They announced the Gold Level sponsors about two weeks ago. Here’s what Diamond announced for this round, including our own special Overstreet offering.
Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) Ian Flynn (A) James Fry, Jim Amash
"Hide & Seek & DESTROY!": Dr. Eggman has vanished—or has he? As Sonic searches for clues, he stumbles across an old weapon from the bygone days of his childhood. Will Dr. Eggman allow Sonic to be destroyed by this threat from yesteryear? Will Sonic discover the truth behind his old rival’s disappearance? All the answers lie in this free issue!
Worlds of Aspen FCBD 2010 EDITION
(W) David Wohl, JT Krul, David Schwartz, Vince Hernandez
(A) Joe Benitez, Scott Clark, Marcus To, Eduardo Francisco, Alex Konat
(C) Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald, Various
A special compilation issue featuring four exciting outtakes from several of Aspen’s hottest titles including Soulfire (Vol 2), and Executive Assistant: Iris! Also showcased are two of Aspen’s newest titles, Fathom: Blue Descent and Mindfield!!
Fearless Dawn/Asylum Press Sampler FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A) Steve Mannion, Various
Featuring a sampling of new and upcoming Asylum Press titles! Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn features our favorite new heroine battling a troop of mutants; Black Powder, a bloody frontier adventure by Dwayne Harris; Warlash: Origins is a tale of Bladeviper by Royal McGraw and J.C. Wong; Farmhouse by Elizabeth J. Musgrave and Szymon Kudranski, a tale of a drifter who falls in love with an artist undergoing an experimental art therapy; armored hero vs. brain-eating monsters in Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis by Frank Forte; and a look at Jason Paulos’ EEEK!, a retro-style horror anthology.
S.E. Hinton/FAME FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) CW Cooke, Dan Rafter (A) Various (C) Vinnie Tartamella
S.E. Hinton, author of the The Outsiders, was — and still is — one of the most popular and best known writers of Young Adult fiction. And now Bluewater Productions proudly announces an exciting new partnership with the best-selling in this special FCBD preview issue, showcasing the new titles from Hinton. Plus: Your first look at the new biography series FAME, featuring Lady Gaga!
Bongo Comics Free-for-All! FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A) Matt Groening, Various
The comic company that brings you The Simpsons and Futurama in the fantastic four-color format joins with retailers to reel in new readers, with a comic cornucopia of tantalizing tidbits and a spectacular sampling of the best in humor comics!
The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics FCBD 2010 Edition
How do you collect comics? How do you take care of the comics you buy? How do you grade comics? How do you sell your comics? How do you evaluate their worth? The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics answers the questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike!
Library of American Comics #0 FCBD 2010 Edition
Presenting excerpts from the greatest comic strips of all time — from action/adventure to high drama, to fall-on-the-floor hilarious! IDW and the Library of American Comics present 32 pages of previews from upcoming volumes including Archie by Bob Montana, Secret Agent Corrigan by Al Williamson, Blondie by Chic Young, The Complete Bloom County Library by Berkeley Breathed, Rip Kirby by Alex Raymond, Polly and Her Pals by Chris Sterrett, Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, and Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.
IMAGE COMICS/TOP COW STUDIOS
Artifacts: First Look FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) Ron Marz (A) Top Cow's Finest (C) StjepanSejic
Building on the success of First Born and Broken Trinity, Top Cow finally reveals the secrets of all 13 Artifacts — which include The Darkness, Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena's Spear of Destiny, and more. Launching a massive 13-issue event beginning in July 2010, this series will literally define and redefine the nature of the Top Cow Universe! The final identity of the remaining hidden Artifacts will be revealed, characters will perish, and the very existence of the Top Cow Universe will be at stake. And it begins here!
Love and Capes #13 FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A/C) Thomas F. Zahler
The wedding and the honeymoon are over for comicdom’s favorite super couple, so what’s next? Getting settled, starting their new life… and finding out what really happened at the reception. It’s a whole new start for Love and Capes, and a great lead-in to the second trade coming from IDW in summer 2010!
Iron Man: Supernova FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) Paul Tobin (A) Craig Rousseau (C) Ed McGuinness
What happens when an armored billionaire teams up with a hot-headed, cosmic-powered teen to fight a trio of massively-powered super-apes? Find out when Iron Man and Nova take on Red Ghost and The Super-Apes! Out-numbered, the Golden Avenger and the Human Rocket will have to trust an apparent traitor in the gorillas’ midst if they are to survive and save an entire city. Will they succeed or are they being played? Find out in this all-new, action-packed adventure, which happens to be FREE!
The Tick #1 FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A) Ben Edlund
In honor of this year's Free Comic Book Day, and to commemorate the first appearance of The Tick 24 years ago, NEC Press offers this special re-presentation of Ben Edlund's legendary first issue of The Tick, in a special Free Comic Book Day special edition! The complete original first comic book appearance of The Tick, as it originally hit the stands in 1986!
Oni Press Free-For-All! #1 FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A) Chris Schweizer, Matthew Loux, Ray Fawkes
Coming your way this Free Comic Book Day: the Oni Press Free-For-All! This all-ages anthology packs in three exclusive terrific tales from The Crogan Adventures by Chris Schweizer, Salt Water Taffy by Matthew Loux and the all-new series, Possessions, by Ray Fawkes!
The Sixth Gun #1 FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) Cullen Bunn (A/C) Brian Hurtt
During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun — the most dangerous of the weapons — vanished. When the gun resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way!
Radical: Bigger Books! Bigger Value! FCBD 2010 Edition
For FCBD 2010, fans can read the first 8 pages of 4 incredible titles showcasing Radical’s innovative “Bigger Books! Bigger Value!” format. Wesley Snipes and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) join writer Peter Milligan and artist Jeff Nentrup for the sci-fi saga, After Dark; Jonah Hex’s Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray deliver Time Bomb, featuring art by comics legend Paul Gulacy; Driver for the Dead will keep your heart racing with a tale of action, horror and voodoo from writer John Heffernan (Snakes on a Plane) and artist Clint Langley (Sláine); and finally, Radical presents The Rising, from creator/writer E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers) and artist J.P. Targete (Pixar’s John Carter of Mars)!
RED 5 COMICS
Atomic Robo and Friends FCBD 2010 Edition
(W) Brian Clevinger, Various (A) Scott Wegener, Various
Eisner Award-nominated Atomic Robo knows that the rain forests of South America hide many secrets… but none so deadly as “The Terror Bird”! Forgotten by time, these prehistoric apex predators are primed to devastate the modern world! (The word ‘terror’ is right there in its name!) Plus! Previews of 2010 adventures of Red 5 favorites and some new faces!
Freedom Formula: Speed Metal Overtures #0 FCBD 2010 Edition
(Writer) Edmund Shern, Brandon Jerwa, Andrew Dabb, Tony Lee
(A) Puppeteer Lee, Zid, Leah Liu, Zhaoweiyi (C) Puppeteer Lee
Metal twisting tales of the meanest, fastest mechs in all-out heart-pounding action, the legend of the Freedom Formula races starts here in this collection of must-read stories. Spinning out of last year's acclaimed mini-series and soon to be a major motion picture from New Regency with Bryan Singer (Superman Returns).
TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS
The Stuff of Legend/The Mortal Instruments Preview FCBD 2010 EDITION
Don't be left in “The Dark” this year, as Th3rd World Studios presents not only a recap of the toys’ first adventure from The Stuff of Legend Volume I, The Dark, but also a first look at Volume 2, The Jungle coming in June. Also, get your first look at Th3rd World’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a young adult fantasy series in which a young teen girl discovers a shadowy world filled with demon-hunting warriors.
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
Owly and Friends FCBD 2010 Edition
(W/A) Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Christian Slade.
Top Shelf is proud to join the 2010 Free Comic Book Day celebration with not one, but three all-ages tales! In this FCBD edition, we'll not only present an all-new Owly adventure by Andy Runton, but also two other all-new, all-ages adventures from Owly's friends: Johnny Boo by James Kochalka and Korgi by Christian Slade. Perfect for everyone in the family, this time around with a great cover by Christian Slade!
Upper Deck: Upper Deck Marvel TCG Promo Pack
NECA/WizKids: Marvel Heroclix: War Machine Figure
Complete descriptions of all thirty-three FCBD titles can be found online now at www.freecomicbookday.com, and in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, available on January 6, 2010.
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