Free Comic Book Day is 137 days away as of this writing and the fine folks who put this event together have announced the Silver Comics that will be available at most comic shops across the country.
Here are the 27(!) Silver Sponsor Comics along with their official descriptions!
From Rebellion: 2000 AD is Britain’s cult sci-fi weekly comic which has been at the cutting edge of contemporary pop culture since 1977. It’s a multi-award winning sci-fi anthology featuring Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art, which have made 2000 AD essential reading. Together with monthly sister publication The Judge Dredd Megazine, 2000 AD has produced some of the biggest names working in the comics industry today, including Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Kevin O’Neill, Charlie Adlard, and Mark Millar.
Image/Top Cow Productions: The landscape of the Top Cow Universe has transformed greatly in the last year thanks to the smash sell out event series Artifacts. 2011 promises to be even more momentous wit h the conclusion of Artifacts, Witchblade hitting the landmark issue #150, and Phil Hester culminating his run on The Darkness with two epic story lines. One individual threatens to shift the balance of the Universe more than any other, the bearer of the mysterious 13th Artifact. In this Free Comic Book Day issue, fans will be given a deeper introduction to the enigmatic bearer as he in turn is introduced to the Top Cow Universe and other bearers including Sara Pezzini, Jackie Estacado, and many more!
Red 5 Comics: When Atomic Robo agrees to guest-judge the National Science Fair, it draws a lot of attention… including the evil Helsingard. When the explosions fly, Robo forgets the most important rule of all – never work with children! Plus: Previews of 2011 adventures of Red 5 favorites and new faces!
Dark Horse Comics: Dark Horse pairs two series with heroes battling the mysterious evils of the world – Baltimore in war torn Europe circa 1920s, and Cal MacDonald from Criminal Macabre in modern day Los Angeles. Both FCBD stories are excellent entry points to these fantastically horrific and compelling comics series. **Click the cover to check out what the Criminal Macabre cover looks like!**
BONGO COMICS: Take the plunge into a treasure trove of Bongo comics with a brand-new, exclusive, one day, one-shot collection of stories featuring The Simpsons and Futurama. No library or millionaire’s vault would be complete without this year’s free collectible comic from your friends at Bongo.
Marvel Comics: From the fan-favorite creative team of Thor: The Mighty Avenger comes a time-twisting tale of Camelot-craziness. When mischievous Loki’s machinations throw Thor and a World War II-era Steve Rogers into King Arthur’s court, it’s an adventure neither noble Avenger will ever forget!
History Graphics Press: Two-fisted, historically accurate stories of the war that divided America! Bloody Bill Anderson’s rein of terror in Missouri traps a reluctant soldier in the battle of his life in ‘I Rode With The Devil!’ Blood-stained axes, moonshine, murder, and revenge in the South Carolina swamps leads to a gunrunner’s worst fear in ‘Gator Bait!’ Check out the ‘Battle Field Amputation’ fact page!
Zenescope Entertainment: Sharks, Dinosaurs and Dangerous Animals! This FCBD edition from Zenescope’s Silver Dragon Books’ imprint has got them all. This book previews Discovery Channel’s and Animal Planet’s first ever line of Graphic Novels and is based on some of their most popular programming including Shark Week. A book for animal fans of all ages to enjoy.
BOOM! Studios: For 40 years, the exploits of Elric have thrilled comic book fandom, beginning with his introduction to the world of comics in Marvel’s Conan The Barbarian #15 in 1972. Now, Michael Moorcock, the godfather of the Multiverse concept, brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art! This Free Comic Book Day edition heralds the new ongoing Elric series featuring a crisis across multiple worlds that will involve Moorcock’s other famous fantasy franchise characters: Corum of the Scarlet Robe and Dorian Hawkmoon. Meet the Pale Prince in an epic that could only be called The Balance Lost! And make sure you don’t miss the new ongoing series this summer! Written by white-hot New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (Superman, iZombie, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love)!
12-Gauge Comics: The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure. The politics are complicated, but they don’t matter to COLE MATAI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer. For him, it’s all about protecting the public from men like LUIS MORALES, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal. Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. Now the chase is on! Jump into the action with this free preview edition of ICE #1 (featuring special bonus content from other great 12-Gauge titles)!
Viper Comics: Inspector Gadget, Penny and Brain are back… but so is M.A.D.! On what should be a peaceful vacation aboard the Orient Express, Gadget must locate Professor Sagan-Heisenberg and escort him safely back to Metro City. But with M.A.D. agents everywhere, perhaps this time, Dr. Claw will finally beat his nemesis. Go-Go-Gadget-Adventure! Publisher: Viper Comics
Th3rd World Studios: It is the dawn of the 20th Century, and one brave soul dares to walk the line between the worlds of science and the arcane; he is Thomas Fleet… The Intrepid EscapeGoat! Touring with his ward and assistant Isis (a 2,000-year-old mummy girl), EscapeGoat performs to sold-out crowds around the globe… but it’s what happens offstage, when locals call upon him to solve the paranormal mysteries plaguing their cities, that provides the most peril! Also in this issue: a special preview of The Stuff of Legend Volume 3, continuing the saga of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel!
Radical Publishing: Welcome to Slumberton, population 5,000 and boring – but not to 12-year-old Jake. Every day during his mundane tasks of school, homework and chores, Jake falls into daydreams powered by his imagination of untold adventure where he battles fantastic creatures in an epic dreamscape. Life is normal for imaginative Jake until Slumberton’s children start falling into permanent sleep. As Jake expands his imagination and discovers his hidden ability to travel through the dreams of others, it becomes clear that something is keeping the Slumberton children asleep. Whatever it is, Jake must master his newfound ability and harness his imagination to stop it before the whole of Slumberton is trapped in a perpetual nightmare.
Yen Press: Yen Press proudly introduces the first chapter of the upcoming manga adaptation of James Patterson’s #1 New York Times bestselling series Witch & Wizard! With art by fan favorite Svetlana Chmakova, herself a New York Times bestselling creator, this series is poised to be a powerhouse! Tap into the legions of fans already following the adventures of Whit and Wisty in their battle against the New Order!
Drawn & Quarterly: Drawn & Quarterly presents what will surely be the best, most rollicking and pleasure-filled FCBD offering, one that appeals to a myriad of readers; young or old, new to the genre or drowning in stacks of plastic covered pulp, John Stanley’s Summer Fun will leave the reader smiling. Spotlighting the world’s most loved all-ages cartoonist, John Stanley, and one of today’s best contemporary cartoonists and designers, Seth, John Stanley’s Summer Fun features stories from the John Stanley Library–Melvin Monster and Nancy–as well as Stanley classics Dunc and Loo and The Little King, making the collection as diverse as it is engaging. Not only will D+Q’s FCBD issue appeal to the mainstream media, but its direct link to the John Stanley Library makes it relevant to what retailers have in store. Capturing the essence of FCBD while showcasing comics that are accessible to all readers, John Stanley’s Summer Fun offers great value in an eye-catching package. How could you pass this up?
Wizards Of The Coast: Fans of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, as well as any fantasy reader, will devour this action-packed comic. Featuring content from the Planeswalker web comic series, as well as a preview of the upcoming Path of the Planeswalker II graphic novel, readers will get adventures from all their favorite Planeswalkers with lavish illustrations by some of the industry’s best known artists such as Mark Texeira, Kev Walker, Christopher Moeller, and Steve Prescott. The Path of the Planeswalker II Preview represents the high quality story-telling and illustrations readers have come to expect from the world’s most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering.
Bluewater Productions: The Man, The Myth, The Amulet? Legendary star of the small and silver screen, ADAM WEST, has his career youth-enized in this hip-whimsical,trans-dimensional epic of an adventure. When a mysterious fan delivers an exotic amulet to Mr. West’s doorstep he is Dorothy-fied on an odyssey that will change his career, his love life and inadvertently make him the man that saves the universe!
Gemstone Publishing: Revised and expanded in reaction to retailer and reader requests! 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? From the team that brings you The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide come answers to these questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike!
Oni Press: Two all-new stories from two upcoming kids graphic novels! In “Power Lunch” the only thing remarkable about Joey is his astounding array of food allergies-or so he thinks. In reality, Joey is about to learn he has incredible super powers and they’re all tied to the foods his mom has always forced him to avoid. While in “Sketch Monsters,” Mandy must remember exactly how she used her wild imagination to create the giant booger monster terrorizing the city if she has any chance of stopping it!
Liquid Comics: As seen in the New York Post, USA Today, Fox News, NPR and more. Created by disabled students from America and Syria, experience the origin of a new disabled superhero, Silver Scorpion. “The comic book will help to establish trust and understanding between cultures, to empower young people with disabilities.” – President Bill Clinton, at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative.
Archie Comics: “The Rematch”: Join the excitement with an ALL NEW “Free Comic Book Day” battle royal! Sonic goes to pay his respects for a fallen friend in the Southern Tundra and stumbles upon Ixis Naugus! How has the evil wizard managed to return? How can Sonic beat this magical master of the elements? All this plus exclusive new data files to tell you just who’s who!
Oni Press: Driven to discover the truth regarding his father’s mysterious death many years prior, Melvin Reyes seeks to prove the existence of Spontaneous Human Combustion after fresh outbreaks of the phenomenon reveal a pattern only he can see, a predictability model only he can read, and the terrifying realization that whatever phenomenon consumed his father is also boiling inside of him, just waiting for release. **Click on the cover to check out a special preview of this title!**
New England Comics: In honor of this year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, NEC Press offers fans-both old and new-an all-new full-color full-length 32-page comic book! Featuring a new 7-page introductory story by the awesome creative team of the popular ongoing Tick New Series, Benito Cereno and Les McClaine! Plus we offer original full-color preview material from this year’s blockbuster project, The Tick’s Giant Circus Maximus, the all-new and updated official “encyclopedia” of The Tick Universe! Use this FCBD Tick both to introduce new fans to the phenomenon know as The Tick, as well as to introduce Tick fans to the upcoming Giant Circus Maximus project!
Top Shelf Productions: Top Shelf is proud to join the 2011 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY celebration with not one, but SIX all-ages tales. In this FCBD edition, we’ll not only present three adventures from our established all-ages series Owly by Andy Runton, Johnny Boo by James Kochalka, and KORGI by Christian Slade; but we’ll also feature three all-new stories from three brand new all-ages series debuting this year: Okie Dokie Donuts by Chris Eliopoulos, Pirate Penguin Vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen, and Upside Down by Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family. With a great cover by Chris Eliopoulos this time around to boot!
Fantagraphics: Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930’s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero – an adventurous scrapper matching wits with mobsters, kidnappers, spies, and even (gulp!) city slickers! And Mickey’s greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century – Floyd Gottfredson.
Aspen MLT: A special compilation issue featuring four exciting outtakes from several of Aspen’s hottest and upcoming new titles – including Fathom (Vol 4), Soulfire (Vol 3), and Executive Assistant: Iris (Vol 2)! Also showcased are two of Aspen’s newest hit titles, Charismagic and Lady Mechanika!! Plus a whole lot more!
DC Comics: This super sampler is the perfect place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Young Justice and Batman: The Brave & The Bold, based on the popular animated series seen on Cartoon Network. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!
There you go. 27 Silver Comic Books being offered for Free Comic Book Day. Personally, I’m happy to see a new Thor, The Mighty Avenger story coming out, it gives me some faith that Marvel isn’t ready to completely bail on the concept.To find out more about FCBD please check out their website: FreeComicBookDay.Com
Now, along with this massive announcement comes another: When I posted the titles announced as the Gold Comic Books there were two that were ‘Top Secret.’ One from DC Comics and the other was an all-ages title from Image written by Robert (The Walking Dead) Kirkman. Well, we still don’t know what DC has up it’s sleeve (though the smart money is it’s part of an event like the last few comics DC offered on FCBD) but Image has announced what the Kirkman book is and, well…see for yourself:
Super Dinosaur is finally here! In this standalone origin special you will learn everything there is to know about Derek Dynamo’s best friend, Super Dinosaur! Where did he come from? How did he avoid extinction? What is Inner-Earth? And what the heck is DynOre and why is it so dangerous? All this and more will be revealed – and all for FREE!
Free Comic Book Day is coming. So are more announcements…we still have the Bronze Titles to find out about then we have the FCBD 2011 official T-Shirt. So, as we like to say at the end of our comics: To Be Continued!