Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday.
If you show up in you local comics shop and say, "FREE CB ME ASAP, PLEASE" they will lay a free comic on you.
This year the industry is offering up 40 titles covering a variety of tastes and interests. All week Mania will spotlight groups of titles to guide you through the generous offerings of the united comics publishers and stores.
This week we've previously covered superheroes, alternative press, all-ages and sci fi/fantasy titles. Today we're showing you the top picks for people who love comices but just don't know it yet - books that tie-in with a movie, TV show, game or sport that they already enjoy. You'll find these books for free in your local shop on May 2nd.
Free Comic Book Day 2009 heralds the re-launch of two of the quintessential Dark Horse movie-to-comics franchises — the Fox blockbusters Aliens and Predator! Featuring a flip-book format with two covers and two stories - each devoted to one of mankind's deadliest adversaries — Aliens/Predator opens the airlock to a new universe of terror! (C: 1-0-0)
(W/A) Matt Groening
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!
(W) John Gallagher (A) Peter Habjan
It's 800 Horse-Power Comic Book Action — just in time for the new NASCAR Heroes Graphic Novel series launch! Learn the origins of NASCAR's super-secret heroes! Jimmy Dash, Jack Diesel, Shoque — Racer Heroes with a big secret! Plus, How-To-Draw lessons, activities, and racing fun for Kids of All Ages!
A special issue featuring the greatest heroes of The Clone Wars, plus Emily the Strange, Usagi Yojimbo, and other all-ages favorites! Packed with 28 pages of story, the book bears two covers, one with the Star Wars character, the other celebrating Dark Horse's best all-ages characters! (C: 1-0-0)
(W) Chuck Dixon, Larry Hama, Marty Isenberg
(A) Robert Atkins, Tom Feister, Dario Brizuela
G.I. Joe and the Transformers kick off IDW's FCBD09 promotional comic with three great stories! First up is an 11-page Transformers Animated tale that features a young Optimus Prime in his days at the Autobot Academy. Next is not one, but two great G.I. Joe stories — a six-page story written by the maestro behind-the-series today, and the second written by the maestro behind the series originally! Secrets are revealed and action abounds!
(W) Graham McNeill (A) Rahsan Ekedal
The Age of Reckoning is here! A chapter from the graphic novel included in the collectors' edition of the million selling MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, is revealed in this FCBD09 offering! The horrific hordes of Chaos march towards… the Hill of the Dead! Join the battle that is sweeping the world!
(W) William Shatner, Scott Davis, David McIntee, CJ Henderson (A) Various
Bluewater Productions and iconic actor/novelist William Shatner will be providing a free 12-page original story prologue of the upcoming adaption of William Shatner's best-selling book series, TekWar, for FCBD09! The book will also feature a preview of the other Shatner-based comic series — Quest for Tomorrow and Man O' War — as well as a sneak-peek at the as-yet-untitled original story developed by Shatner.
The Wizard Hot List springs from the pages of Wizard Entertainment's hottest monthly magazines, including Wizard, ToyFare and Anime Insider, and offers up an array of controversial rankings on the hottest comics, movies, toy, DVDs and video games!
The big day is Saturday. Be sure to check out the Free Comic Book Day website for up-to-the-minute info. Your's truly will be hanging out at Comics & More in Madison Heights, MI so stop in and say "hi" if you're in the neighborhood.