Wednesday, April 27, 2011

10 days until FCBD 2011!!

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" to anyone who comes into their stores. The gold sponsors for 2011 include Ape Entertainment, Archaia Studios Press, Archie Comics, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, DC, IDW, Image, Marvel, Papercutz, Mad Engine, San Diego: Comic Con International and Transcontinental. Thanks to all of them, the distributors, publishers, creators and thousands of comic’s shops across the globe; in just ten days we’ll all get to enjoy some primo reading material.

With a new film on the horizon, it looks like Green Lantern fans will be experiencing some déjà vu this year. Hal Jordan was the subject of a 2009 FCBD title which also tied into that year’s big summer crossover event. These days these events never seem to end, perpetually rolling over into the next one, so 2009's “Blackest Night” segues into 2011's “Flashpoint”. Oy, vey!

I personally think that some of the best annual FCBD offerings have been the all-age’s books like this years Pep Comics: Betty & Veronica, Darkwing Duck, Kung Fu Panda, The Simpsons, Inspector Gadget, Mickey Mouse, Sonic the Hedgehog and Young Justice/Batman Sampler. Great stuff for the kids to seek out in an Easter Egg Hunt environment, so bring the family out on May 7, 2011, folks!

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