11:06am PT by Graeme McMillan
Free Comic Book Day 2015 Titles Announced
It’s still almost six months away, but Diamond Comic Distributors announced Thursday the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for 2015’s Free Comic Book Day, to be held May 2 in comic stores around the world.
The titles 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,” according to Diamond, with publishers represented including Marvel, DC and Image Comics. Diamond’s Deborah Moreland said in a statement that the FCBD Selection Committee was “extremely excited about the quality and diversity” of the chosen 12.
Present amongst the selected titles are previews of Marvel’s Secret Wars event, launching later that month, and Chuck Palahniuk’s follow-up to Fight Club, illustrated by Cameron Stewart. Details of DC Entertainment’s offering are being kept under wraps until February, interestingly enough, suggesting a story that might spoil current storylines in the publisher’s line.
Additional “Silver Sponsor”-level titles will be announced Dec. 17, making up the 50 titles that will be available for free on next year’s incarnation of the annual promotional event. More information about Free Comic Book Day can be found on the event’s official website.
The full list of the 2015 Gold Sponsor titles is:
Archie Comic Publications
Dark Circle Comics Preview
(W) Duane Swierczynski, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, Various (A) Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla
THE BLACK HOOD! THE FOX! THE SHIELD! Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series — all held together by an eye-popping cover from Afterlife with Archie artist, Francesco Francavilla!
Bongo Comics Free-for-All!
(W/A) Matt Groening, Various
Get in line for the foremost Free Comic Book Day four-color giveaway of the year! When Bart brings one of Professor Frink’s recent discoveries to school, it leads to some hair-raising hilarity! Then, Lisa finds a doorway to an ancient past, Comic Book Guy gets a hip new girlfriend, and Homer tries his hand at some home improvement... and much more!
BOOM! Studios Tenth Anniversary Special
(W/A) Various (CA) TBD
2015 is BOOM! Studios’ Tenth Anniversary year, and to help us celebrate we’ve gathered short stories from several current and new all-ages titles for Free Comic Book Day. From Archaia’s Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, and new title Iscariot; KaBOOM!’s Garfield, Peanuts, Regular Show, and a new Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake story; and BOOM! Box’s Lumberjanes, Munchkin, and Help Us! Great Warrior, there’s something in this free, 48-page issue for everyone!
Dark Horse Comics
Fight Club/The Goon/The Strain
(W) Chuck Palahniuk, Eric Powell, David Lapham (A) Cameron Stewart, Eric Powell, Mike Huddleston (CA) David Mack
Dark Horse Comic’s most thrilling FCBD to date! Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart premiere Fight Club! Eric Powell serves up an all-new tragedy in The Goon! And Guillermo del Toro presents an all-new chapter from The Strain! Need we say more?
DC Comics Gold Book [Not Final Title]
A special, Top Secret project too big to announce! Please check back in the February issue of PREVIEWS and at freecomicbookday.com for future updates!
(W) Mike Olsen, Justin Hook, Chad Brewster (A) Brad Rader, Tony Gennaro, Hector Reynoso, Frank Forte (CA) Frank Forte
Bob's Burgers, the hit TV show created by Loren Bouchard, is now a comic book! The Belcher family — parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise — appear in this special Free Comic Book Day edition that collects the "Best Of" in-canon stories from Dynamite's first-ever Bob's Burgers comic book series. Thrill to Tina's “Friend Fiction”, Louise's “Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities”, “Gene Belcher Presents: The Musical”, and more! It's an all-ages extravaganza that captures the feel of Bob's Burgers perfectly — because it's a comic 100% created by show writers and animators!
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0
(W) John Barber, Tom Scioli (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Scioli (CA) Priscilla Tramontano
Optimus Prime is gone — and Decepticons are on the loose! It’s up to Bumblebee and an elite crew of Autobots to track them down before their rampage spreads across Earth! Transformers Comics have never been hotter, and the excitement spreads to this all-original comic inspired by the all-new animated series! Plus: previews of IDW and Hasbro unbelievable publishing slate for 2015, including an exclusive Transformers vs. G.I. Joe strip!
Savage Dragon: Legacy #1
(W/A/CA) Erik Larsen
The generational saga of Savage Dragon reaches a new milestone as Malcolm Dragon graduates high school and follows his father’s footsteps to the Chicago Police Department. Every young new officer has a lot to live up to, but for the son of a world famous figure as renowned as he is reviled, navigating the world of law enforcement is especially challenging. The cost of failure is high in a city becoming more dangerous by the day: Can Malcolm step out of his father’s shadow and become the hero Chicago needs, or is he doomed to make the same mistakes?
Secret Wars #1
Prepare yourself for the final days of the Marvel Universe as you know it as the march to the biggest comic event of the year continues! From the ashes of a decimated cosmos rises… Battleworld! Amid the strange, patchwork realm, refugees from thousands of obliterated universes struggle for survival. Even if they can endure the horrors of Battleworld — the home they knew has been destroyed! Time has run out, and the opening salvo of Secret Wars has been fired. But can anything restore the Marvel Universe that once was?
Doctor Who Special
(W) Nick Abadzis, Al Ewing, Various (A) Various
Take a blistering trip through time and space with three stunning all-new short stories featuring the Tenth Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor and the brand-new Twelfth Doctor, written and drawn by the ongoing Doctor Who Comics creative teams. PLUS: A sneak peek of the Top Secret Summer 2015 event! Be the first to get a hint of the epic that will shake the Doctor to his very core! It's a must-read for fans, and the perfect primer for anyone looking to jump on board the TARDIS!
United Plankton Pictures
Spongebob Freestyle Funnies
(W/A) Graham Anable, Various (CA) Gregg Schigiel, Rick Neilsen
This year's SpongeBob Comics FCBD offering features a 22-page story by Boxtrolls director and Grickle cartoonist, Graham Annable! In "Tangy!" Plankton's new special sauce made from jellyfish jelly has strange effects on SpongeBob and the rest of Bikini Bottom's residents. The only one unaffected, the only one who can save them all, is a very reluctant Squidward! Plus, more undersea sequential stories by James Kochalka, Maris Wicks, Gregg Schigiel. and other awesome aquatic artists!
VIZ Media/Perfect Square
Perfect Square Presents: Pokémon
(W) Hidenori Kusaka (A) Various
All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen and onto the pages of this action-packed Free Comic Book Day edition comic! Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal ‘s battle against each other is destroying Vaniville Town. Can X and Y save the town in Pokémon X*Y?! Bonus Feature: More action in Pokémon Adventures and Pokémon Adventures Black and White!