This year, Free Comic Book Day is taking place on Saturday May 3rd at participating comic book shops across the country and worldwide. Watch Jay Mewes promote Free Comic Book Day. Some think of him as Kevin Smith’s better half. Others just think he’s one cool dude. “Jay and Silent Bob” keep on rockin’ and reading comic books.
For the Star Wars fan who has everything, how about this beauty: a delightful R2D2 patch!
Of course, it depends on how badly you want this bad boy. There will be hoops a plenty to jump through. First, this is a Free Comic Book Day exclusive so you have to jump through that hoop on May 4. Then you have to go to your local participating comics shop. But is it participating and to what extent? Ah, there’s the rub.
Assuming you’ve made it this far, the store will undoubtedly place a condition between you and the coveted patch. But what will it be? A minimum purchase of $10 or more? Well, maybe. Some stores may ask more of you, ranging from asking you to speak to the finer distinctions in Star Wars canon to the more obscure aspects of the recent Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.
Then, and only then, this patch could be yours. It is rumored to be a limited edition of only 1,000, and personally hand-stitched by master Star Wars patch designer Kevin Liell.
BARRY SONNENFELD & GRANT MORRISON’S “DINOSAURS VERSUS ALIENS” FREE COMIC BOOK DAY PREVIEW:
From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Director of the, “Men In Black” Films) and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles, 18 Days), comes “Dinosaurs Versus Aliens.” The story focuses on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts which are much more intelligent than humanity has ever imagined. Featuring artwork from acclaimed artist, Mukesh Singh (Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper, Devi, Grant Morrison’s 18 Days). This preview edition reveals an exclusive few pages and materials from the original graphic novel and digital app on sale this summer.
May 5 is not only Cinco de Mayo, it’s also Free Comic Book Day! And the selection of free comics is quite nice this year which you can look at over here.
Unless you’re one of those adorably annoying young parents who always seems to hog the staff’s time, or you’re one of those hoarders who has only come for free stuff, all are truly welcome to celebrate Free Comic Book Day at your local comics shop. Without wanting to sound mean, those most welcome are the regular readers, or aspiring regular readers of comics. And for you, Free Comic Book Day offers that added value of genuine sneak previews. Leading the pack, is the latest news on the next wave of “The New 52” line-up of titles from DC Comics. Here’s a look at some of what you’ll get. To start with, we’ve got amazing cover art by legendary artist Jim Lee, who also illustrated five interior pages including a gorgeous four-page gatefold. You also get quite a suprise with the full story in this issue plus a nice selection of previews of new titles joining “The New 52.”
The opener is an all-new story written by New York Times bestselling author Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, Gene Ha and Kenneth Robert. Welcome to your new event. It has an intriguing take on Pandora’s Box.
Also included are previews for BATMAN INCORPORATED, DIAL H, EARTH 2, G. I. COMBAT, THE RAVAGERS and the one that really stood out for me, WORLD’S FINEST. It just looks like a lot of fun: a team-up of Huntress and Power Girl! Paul Levitz gets to shine as one of the most knowledgeable writers of DC Comics history. And you’ve got the artist team of two other legendary talents, Kevin Maguire and George Perez. This is the story of two women, two worlds and one mission: to return home! What more can you want?
Are you going to Free Comic Book Day? Maybe you’re in the group of comics fans who wait in line for the local comic shop to open on this day. Or maybe you’re a fan but always forget it’s the first Saturday in May and miss it. Or maybe you have no idea what this is. Well, it’s been going on for a decade now and it has grown into a pretty big deal in the comics community.
The main thing to know: you get free comic books on this day and good stuff too. In fact, this is a chance for big publishers to tempt new readers with, perhaps a sneak peek at a new story arc or a reprint of a notable issue. This year, for instance, DC Comics is reprinting a particularly good issue of “GREEN LANTERN” to tie in with the upcoming movie. And Marvel has a sneak peek at what lies ahead for one of its biggest titles, “THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN.”
Free Comic Book Day, or FCBD, is also a great opportunity for publishers to showcase something new. This year, three new FCBD titles catch my eye:
“JAKE THE DREAMING,” published by Radical Books, has a great story line. 12-year-old Jake loves to daydream. It helps him cope with living in boring old Slumberton. Jake discovers he can manipulate his dreams and enjoy epic adventures. But then he realizes that all the kids in Slumberton seem to like to daydream too. But they also look like they’re not coming out of sleep. Something is terribly wrong and it is up to Jake to save all the kids in Slumberton from whatever has put them into a permanent sleep mode.
“SPONTANEOUS, #1,” published by Oni Press, presents another intriguing story line. Melvin Reyes knows that his father’s mysterious death was, in fact, caused by spontaneous human combustion and he intends to prove it. The problem with his investigation is that, the more he learns about the condition, the more he will regret it.
“THE INTREPID ESCAPEGOAT & STUFF OF LEGEND,” published by TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS, is a nice gem of steampunk fancy involving a goat magician and his assistant, a 2,000-year-old mummy girl. This book also includes a preview of volume three of “Stuff of Legend,” a notable New York Times bestselling graphic novel.