Free Comic Book Day 2018 Announces Gold Sponsor Comic Titles

Press Release:

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 happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on May 5th, 2018.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved video game franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including:

  • DC Entertainment (TBA)
  • Marvel Comics (MARVEL AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA)
  • Dark Horse Comics (OVERWATCH/BLACK HAMMER)
  • IDW Publishing (TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON: THE DARKEST HOUR #0)
  • Image Comics (BARRIER #1)
  • Archie Comics (RIVERDALE)
  • BOOM! Studios (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SPECIAL)
  • First Second Books (COMICS FRIENDS FOREVER)
  • Joe Books (DISNEY PRINCESS: ARIEL SPOTLIGHT)
  • Oni Press (INVADER ZIM: FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY)
  • Titan Comics (DOCTOR WHO #0)
  • VIZ Media (POKÉMON: SUN AND MOON / POKÉMON: HORIZON).

“With 91 titles submitted from over 70 publishers, the FCBD Retailer Committee had to make some tough choices for this year’s Free Comic Book Day,” said FCBD spokesperson Dan Manser, “but we think retailers and fans alike will be thrilled with the sponsor titles chosen for 2018. Free Comic Book Day is the comics industry’s most important event—a day to celebrate comic books and comic shops, and to introduce family and friends to the comics medium we all know and love. It’s important that the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming into stores these days—and we believe there’s a comic book for everyone this Free Comic Book Day!”

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be announced next week, when thirty-eight additional FCBD Silver titles will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, as well as two education titles about the industry, will also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 27th, 2017.

CA – The Best We Could Do Signing

Thi Bui appear at on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM to sign The Best We Could Do.

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

Barnes & Noble – Mira Mesa MarketCenter
10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126
858-684-3166

NC – FCBD: Acme Comics Signing

Acme Comics hosts several comic creators on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

  • Jacob Chabot
  • Mike Henderson
  • Stephen Green
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris Giarrusso
  • Amanda Rachels
  • Gregg Schigiel
  • Brian Smith
  • Randall Trang
  • Warren Wucinich

As always, sketches and signatures are FREE, just like the official FCBD titles, but we encourage you to check out the procedures listed at AcmeComics.com!

Other on-site events will include photo opportunities with costumed heroes, face-painting provided my Munchie & Me, exclusive apparel and much, much more!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

MD – FCBD: Cards Comics & Collectibles Signing

Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day 2017 is this Saturday at Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Baltimore County’s Premiere Comic Book Store and the Official News Source of the Baltimore Comic-Con! You don’t want to miss our amazing guests, giveaways, events, and FREE COMICS!

The full-day event kicks off with an awesome line-up of creators appearing at the store! Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Steve Conley, and Rich Woodall will be all signing autographs at the store throughout the day. In addition, Cards, Comics & Collectibles is featuring a store-exclusive cover for DC’s FCBD SuperHero Girls issue!

Craig Rousseau has spent his career as an artist working on numerous noteworthy titles and runs. He has spent time on DC Comics’ Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, and Impulse, Marvel’s Captain America & the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2, and Iron Man & the Iron Wars, and he can be seen lately working on DC Comics’ Batman ’66, Image Comics’ Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder: Goblins!

Comics writer Todd Dezago has been a noteworthy contributor to Image, DC, and Marvel Comics. In addition to working on such titles as Sensational Spider-Man, Super Hero Squad, and Marvel Adventures at Marvel Comics and Impulse, Teen Titans, and Young Justice at DC Comics, Dezago’s creator-owned titles Tellos and Perhapanauts, both published through Image Comics, have garnered much attention and kudos.

Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and online. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His creator-owned Bloop, is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can read his webcomic, The Middle Age, on his website.

Rich Woodall, also an Artist Alley Comics contributor, is known for his creator-owned titles, Johnny Raygun, the Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology, and Kyrra Alien Jungle Girl. He has also worked on Image Comics’ Savage Dragon, The Perhapanauts, and more recently worked on a variant cover for IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“Free Comic Book Day is a wonderful event,” said Marc Nathan, owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles. “We get to see old friends, make new ones, and show people new to the hobby why comics is such a fantastic medium for storytelling.”

Besides giving away free comic books, the store will have free Baltimore Comic-Con t-shirts to give away (while supplies last!), and will offer 50% off modern back issue bins, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and manga*.

Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as events kick off at 10:00am with store signings and, of course, FREE COMICS!

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Cards Comics and Collectibles
100 A Chartley Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410-526-7410

NH – FCBD: Merrymac Games & Comics Signing

Sean Gordon Murphy, Corin Howell, Andrew MacLean, Elias Chatzoudis, Chris Campana, Chris Uminga, and Chrissie Zullo sign at Merrymac Games & Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Merrymac Games and Comics
550 DW Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 420-8161

OH – FCBD: Up Up & Away Comics Signing

Comic creators Chris Sprouse (Black Panther, Tom Strong) and Craig Boldman (Archie Comics, Looney Tunes) appear at Up Up & Away Comics on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in honor of Free Comic Book Day!

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Up Up & Away Comics
5885 Pfeiffer Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242
513-936-6300

MA – FCBD: Christopher Golden Signing

Author Christopher Golden speaks and signs at the Billerica Public Library at 3:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Christopher Golden is a New York Times bestselling author of horror, fantasy, and suspense novels for adults and teens, as well as a writer of comic books and video games.

A lifelong fan of the ‘team-up,’ Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. He co-wrote the illustrated novel Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of multiple novels, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent and The Sisterhood, both currently in development as feature films. With actress Amber Benson, Golden co-created the online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name. He has also partnered with author Charlaine Harris and artist Don Kramer to create the Cemetery Girl graphic novels.

Golden is known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and videogames in the worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Angel, and X-Men, among others. He is also writing a series of Sons of Anarchy novels.

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Billerica Public Library
15 Concord Road, Billerica, MA 01821
(978) 671-0948

NYC – FCBD: JHU Comics Signing

Press Release:

JHU Comic Books celebrates Free Comic Book Day 2017 and our 4th Birthday in a big way on Saturday May 6th! Come out and get your free comics and also take part in our huge FCBD Buy 2 Get One Free Sale!

Our Special Guests will be signing with ILYA for Image’s Kid Savage at 11:30am and Joe Illidge and Will Rosado for Catalyst Prime from Lion Forge at 2pm! These great talents are coming from far and wide to joine us, so you won’t want to miss them!

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JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
(212) 268-7088

SC – Captain’s Comics Signing

Alex Smith, Princeless and Captain’s Comic Expo Artist, will be on hand sketching, selling, and signing at Captain’s Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Captain’s Comics and Toys
1209 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 766-6611

PA – FCBD: Amalgam Comics Signing

Joshua Toritto, Auriel Glanville, and William Jones appear at Amalgam Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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