All-ages licensed material dominates next year’s Gold Sponsor Free Comic Book Day offerings on May 7th. Believe it or not, 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the unofficial comic book holiday, and this year, the top level publishers are providing stories of such icons as Spider-Man and Betty and Veronica, along with newer favorites such as MOUSE GUARD and AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER.
The complete list is below. DC is keeping their book a secret — will it be another event tie-in like 2009’s BLACKEST NIGHT #0? Also, Image teased an all-ages book by Robert Kirkman.
Another year of extraordinary adventures, daring deeds, and super heroes (and villains), marks the tenth anniversary of the comic book industry’s leading outreach event: Free Comic Book Day!
The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee is pleased to announce the Gold Sponsors and their comic books for FCBD 2011, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, 2011. Chosen by retailers on the FCBD Committee, there’s a free comic book for everyone’s taste: from Spider-Man, Star Wars and the Smurfs to Dark Crystal, Locke & Key, and Darkwing Duck.
“This year’s event is very special and the list of Gold Comics looks better than ever” said FCBD spokesperson, Leslie Jackson. “We are always honored to present comic book fans and new enthusiasts with some of the best comics available and hope that this year’s lineup will attract even more customers than ever before.”
A complete listing of all FCBD titles, including the ten Gold and thirty Silver comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops on December 29th, 2010.
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KIZOIC PRESENTS: KUNG FU PANDA/RICHIE RICH FLIP BOOK
The old blends with the new in this all-ages FREE flip book of fun stories featuring Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda, and the resurgence of kid-millionaire, Richie Rich!
DARK CRYSTAL/MOUSE GUARD FLIP BOOK
Archaia presents two, amazing, all-new stories in one fantastic flip book—David Petersen’s Eisner Award-winning MOUSE GUARD and a prelude to its forthcoming series of Jim Henson’s DARK CRYSTAL graphic novels, featuring covers, art direction and concepts by Brian Froud, conceptual designer of the original film!
BETTY & VERONICA
Betty and Veronica stumble upon the old Archie Club House and become inspired to bring back their clubbing days! But when the new club splits in two, it’s a battle of friendship! Featuring scripts, cover, and art from Archie’s Dan Parent!
DARKWING DUCK/RESCUE RANGERS FLIP BOOK
An all ages flip book from BOOM! On one side, experience Darkwing Duck! Reprinting the blockbuster sold-out first issue of the DARKWING DUCK ongoing series. But don’t forget to flip the cover, or you’ll miss… CHIP ‘N DALE RESCUE RANGERS, reprinting the first issue of the critically acclaimed bestseller from BOOM!
Dark Horse Comics
AVATAR: LAST AIRBENDER/STAR WARS: CLONE WARS FLIP BOOK
Dark Horse brings to readers of all ages Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Both FCBD stories are excellent entry points to these wonderfully charming and imaginative worlds!
A special, top secret project too big to announce! Sorry, but you’ll have to come back later for the full details!
LOCKE & KEY
The acclaimed comic—soon to be a Fox television series—is now yours for free! This special issue presents a by creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez that sees the Locke family and their wondrous Keyhouse mansion beset on all sides by shadowy threats. All ages appropriate!
ROBERT KIRKMAN KID-FRIENDLY TITLE
Wow!… Now that’s news! You’ll just have to come back to the free comic book day website at a later date for more details on this special FREE issue!
THE LONG, HOT SUMMER OF SPIDEY ACTION BEGINS HERE!!
The first week of May, award-winning Spider-Man writer Dan Slott and comics legend Humberto Ramos give you the first, fateful glimpses at the biggest Spider-Man epic in years (coming later this summer)!
GERONIMO STILTON & THE SMURFS FLIP BOOK
The beloved children’s book series comes to comics. Best-selling Author Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. Get a glimpse into his world with this FREE comic available on Free Comic Book Day. Plus, stories on the beloved Smurfs. And don’t forget the Smurfs movie scheduled next year in August!
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.