Diamond has just released the 12 Gold sponsor comics for next year’s Free Comic Book Day—and it’s who you would expect with one addition: Bongo, the little company that could. Bongo has been around for more than 20 years, consistently sells 100,000s of comics around the world and yet…we forget it’s there. Not this year!
DC’s cover is still under wraps…doubtless a new event to tantalize and delight us. Marvel’s cover is only an Avengers logo so same rules apply. IDW is going with Rom Space Knight, so all your early 80s fantasies can come true.
The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD takes place every year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide with next year’s event taking place on May 7th, 2016.
The comics were carefully chosen by comic shop retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee and feature something for everyone from superheroes, to action-adventure, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor publishers include Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment Titan Comics, Valiant Entertainment and Viz Media.
“This is a very exciting time for Free Comic Book Day as we celebrate our 15th anniversary, and we couldn’t be more thrilled at the selection of Gold level comics this year,” said Dan Manser, FCBD Marketing Director. “The Gold Sponsors, who comprise the top publishers in the comics industry, have really brought a lineup of top-quality titles for all ages and tastes. We hope that this will be our biggest year yet, and that fans new and old will flock to their local comic shops on May 7th to help us celebrate this milestone for comics!
This year’s Silver Sponsor comic books will announced on Wednesday, December 16th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold Sponsor comic books and thirty-eight Silver Sponsor comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 23rd, 2015.
Free Comic Book Day 2016: Gold Comics
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| ARCHIE #1 FCBD 2016 EDITION
BONGO COMICS| BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL FCBD 2016 EDITION
BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS SUMMER BLAST FCBD 2016 EDITION
DARK HORSE COMICS| DARK HORSE SERENITY/HELLBOY/ALIENS FCBD 2016 EDITION
DC COMICS| DC COMICS GOLD BOOK—FCBD 2016 EDITION
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS FCBD 2016 EDITION
IDW PUBLISHING| ROM: SPACE KNIGHT #0 FCBD 2016 EDITION
IMAGE COMICS| CAMP MIDNIGHT FCBD 2016 EDITION
MARVEL COMICS| AVENGERS #1 FCBD 2016 EDITION
TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS SPECIAL FCBD 2016 EDITION
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT| VALIANT 4001 A.D. SPECIAL FCBD 2016 EDITION
VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS: POKÉMON POCKET COMICS FCBD 2016 EDITION
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.