Free Comic Book Day 2019
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From the pages of Grumble, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass!
…PLUS! There’s a Hillbilly story, where he has to rescue a princess! Since it’s beautifully painted by Eric Powell, you know it’s not what you expect!
The new Humanoids H1 Universe starts here! Don’t miss the introduction to this exciting imprint with an original story brought to you by Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajefyo, Yanick Paquette, Carla Speed McNeil and Phil Briones. Plus: a sneak peek at the first six original series: Ignited, Omni, Strangelands, The Big Country, Meyer, and Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen. Explosive cover by Yanick Paquette!
Well… this is intriguing! Look at those names! Shades of CrossGen! Earth is fighting back, and creating individuals with new powers. We get brief introductions here, then lots of text pages explaining the characters and titles.
Then…there’s Meyer, an imaginary biography of Jewish mobster Meyer Lansky organizing his last con job; Big Country, about a Mid-70’s Texas sheriff on the trail of a serial killer; Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen, about an evil druid picks the wrong victim, hereself well-versed in the Black Arts.
Lots of talent on, and behind, the page in these stories from Humanoids! You might want to update your social media feeds to be reminded!
Unbeknownst to her husband and daughter, Julie Lavelle secretly moonlights as a beloved costumed “ultra” known to the public as Hope. However, when a family outing takes an unexpected turn, she quickly learns how everything can change in an instant. Acclaimed creators Dirk Manning (Nightmare World) and K. Lynn Smith (Plume) present the full first issue of a new superhero series unlike any other.
WHOA. WOW. I think this is going the direction of Astro City, focusing on the realities of being a superhero. We get a quick introduction to the main character, the inciting incident, and left with one heck of a cliffhanger! RECOMMENDED!
Kino’s Journey is about a character named Kino who travels around the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people. Kino’s policy is to only stay three days in every town without exception, saying it’s enough time to learn about the each place and moving on to explore the next new place.
A boy and his motorrad, a sentient motorcycle, as they journey. In this story, Kino and Hermes decide to travel along a rail line, meeting three different men assigned to the maintenance. It’s from Vertical, known for their more literary comics. Worth a read.
This all-ages sampler features a much-anticipated preview of the classic Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition by CLAMP, plus the US premiere of Witch Hat Atelier, by renowned Marvel and DC variant cover illustrator Kamome Shirahama. and the adventure about the “magic” of reading, Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi!
A young girl wants to become a witch, but must achieve that dream outside acceptable channels. A young girl opens a book, unleashing creatures which must be hunted and returned to the book before they destroy the world! A poor boy is banned from using the local library, and dreams of visiting the City of Books. Beautiful artwork from Mitsu Izumi!
Introduce new readers to this steampunk bestseller, which has been remarkably successful with female readers, art enthusiasts, and customers who are new to comics. Includes the original 14-page one-shot introducing Lady Mechanika, a young woman in Victorian England with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them, searching desperately for the secrets to her past, plus excerpts from available or upcoming Lady Mechanika comics.
Once again, we get the first story reprinted, followed by a brief two-page synopsis of the stories so far, and then a preview of Volume 5, La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The artwork, world, and story is well done, and recommended if you enjoy steampunk adventure.
This FCBD give your customers one of the best comics in the history of the medium, Marge’s Little Lulu by John Stanley and created by Majorie Henderson Buell. Lulu Moppet is an outspoken and brazen young girl who doesn’t follow any rules-a protofeminist who is more relevant than ever. Generations of comics readers have adored Stanley’s timeless, hilarious cartooning and new readers of all ages will be won over by this full-color issue that will kick off D+Q’s landmark hardcover reissue series!
Wondering what comics were like back in the 1950s? Pick up this comic, lovingly reprinted by D+Q! Little Lulu is the perfect comicbook for younger readers, featuring kids and adults in a variety of adventures (and shorter gag pieces). Some are silent, perfect for beginning readers who can decode the pictures and tell the story to an adult! While I haven’t read everything by John Stanley, I do recommend all aspiring storytellers to sample his work! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
When a meteor hits nearby, Lucy & Andy can’t help but go investigate, and chaos ensues once the kids realize that it definitely has magical powers. Enjoy this Free Comic Book Day exclusive story full of pranks, animal hijinks, and tons of jokes, and then prepare to meet some other amazing graphic novel characters as well!
Random House Graphic, via their Crown imprint, offers a sample from their Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series. Fun, straightforward storytelling (lots of dialogue but it works), with a little bit of science to keep the educators happy. RECOMMENDED.
When the Lumberjanes discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas, they think they’ve found new friends. But what they don’t know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they’ve found the perfect way to join the outside world…by impersonating the ‘Janes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the ‘Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are…and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.
We get a sneak preview of the new graphic novel (!) and then Ripley tells a story about rescuing Jen and battling a sphinx! Or did she?
Following years of moving in the shadows, Malika’s past forces her out of hiding. After receiving a mysterious vision, Malika journeys to Egypt, where she must simultaneously do battle with the past and the presents as she tries to retrieve the FireFrost stone, a relic that holds the combined power of two ancient dragons, from the hands of an absolute evil!
A complete story that sets the stage for the next arc. An interesting mix of past, present, and future.
Three monster brothers get into trouble in a wacky adventure to save their failing pizza parlor!
Monster brothers Wolfie, Jackson, and Roy are in for some serious competition when the gigantic corporation, Happy Leaf, moves into their hometown of Oak Hollow and wants to buy their pizza parlor. But not all is on the up-and-up when they discover the villainous CEO, Lord Mudpant, wants more than to just sell people his addictive products. Can the boys set aside their squabbles long enough to thwart Mudpant’s nefarious plans?!
Fun for kids, even more fun as a graphic novel? Scholastic has a good track record of finding amazing new talent!
Emil Ferris’s runaway smash hit My Favorite Thing Is Monsters has been the graphic novel event of the decade and for this year’s Free Comic Book Day, Ferris has delivered something truly special: an all-new, 16-page Monsters story exclusive to FCBD readers. Additionally, Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters features two other Ferris short stories never before collected: a six-page autobiographical story about the harrowing circumstances that led to the creation of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, as well as a five-page “how to” strip appropriately titled, “How To Draw a Monster”! This will certainly be the prestige book of FCBD 2019!
Aside from a few misplaced captions and word balloons, this is a good read, quite different from just about everything else being offered on FCBD. It’s rated “Mature”, but aside from the reality of the “Ghastly” story, it’s suitable for teens. RECOMMENDED.
My Hero Academia: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? The Promised Neverland: Life at Grace Field House is good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious food and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…
We get a fight scene from My Hero Academia (which I couldn’t really understand) and and introduction to The Promised Neverland, a boarding school/orphanage with secrets! RECOMMENDED
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I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
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