The eighth annual "Free Comic Book Day" returns on Saturday, May 1, 2010. This is the blessed day when 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. This years sponsors include Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Archaia Studios Press, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, DC, Drawn & Quarterly, IDW, Image and Marvel. (Thank you all very much!)
With almost three dozen books being offered by a variety of publishers, needless to say there is something for everyone. I'm particularly looking forward to the titles that are pictured above from Archie Comics, Dark Horse offers a new Dr. Solar and Magnus Robot Fighter relaunch, by former Valiant chief Jim Shooter, IDW reunites creator Larry Hama with his 1980's property, G.I. Joe, Drawn & Quarterly issues another outstanding collection of John Stanley material (perhaps my favorite freebie last year), The Library of American Comics presents an assortment of classic newspaper strips by top artists and Jim Woodring's "Frank" features in Weathercraft from Fantagraphics.
For the first time, legendary artist Sergio Aragonés has created the first-ever Free Comic Book Day Commemorative Artist T-Shirt. This shirt is intended as the start of a new tradition, with a different artist selected each year to provide a special design. This year's shirt from the fan-favorite Groo creator and MAD Magazine legend will be available in white, black, and purple, in sizes ranging from Small through XXL. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to support FCBD's marketing and promotional efforts, with $1 from each T-shirt sale also being donated to Sergio's elected charity, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. T-shirts will be available for purchase in comic book shops starting in early April, 2010.
Hope to see you in the shops in May for Free Comic Book Day!