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Marvel’s Free Comic Book Launches its Next Great Stories

This Saturday, celebrate Free Comic Book Day by diving into some of the biggest stories to come in Marvel!

Readers can stop by their local comic shop for Free Comic Book Day 2021: Avengers/Hulk and Free Comic Book Day 2021: Spider-Man/Venom, featuring new stories that kick off the upcoming eras of fan-favorite heroes and lay the groundwork for major new storylines.

The new creative team behind Amazing Spider-Man is about to take the Spider-Man mythos beyond your wildest expectations! Get a first look at Ben Reilly as the new Spider-Man in a story by writer Zeb Wells and artist Patrick Gleason. Then, see what’s in store for Venom when Ram V., Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch take over in a glimpse that will show you just how twisted their upcoming run will be!

Writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Ottley’s epic plans for Hulk start here in a story that will reveal the incredible new direction the team will take Bruce Banner! And Jason Aaron teams up with Iban Coello to present the dangerous new threat that the Avengers will face in the next arc of his hit Avengers run!

Don’t miss the chance to pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive at local comic shops nationwide on August 14!

Silver Sprocket’s Free Comic Book Day Release is too Risqué for Coca-Cola

Silver Sprocket is participating in Free Comic Book Day  for the first time this Saturday, August 14th! Free Comic Book Day is the yearly event when big-time comic book publishers get special issues of their hot titles distributed for free at comic shops across the country.

You can pick up a free copy of Fungirl: Tales of a Grown Up Nothing by Elizabeth Pich at your local comic book shop this Saturday.

And Silver Sprocket has already made waves in its first year with an issue “too spicy” for the national sponsor Coca-Cola. They publisher had to stop the presses and remove Coca-Cola’s advertisement as the comic was going to print. It might have been the nudity. It might have been the part where Fungirl spears a pancake with a strap-on. Who knows…

Now you can read the most forbidden comic this FCBD! Thirty-two pages of hectic hijinks with the titular Fungirl!

If you don’t yet know Fungirl:

Fungirl is a hapless (hopeless) hot mess of a woman crashing through life, leaving chaos in her wake. Although her oblivious antics infuriate her roommate-slash-ex-girlfriend, terrify the teenage skaters she tries to impress, and threaten her every opportunity for employment, Fungirl remains charming, transgressive, and hilarious.

Elizabeth Pich’s cartoonish art is simple and quirky, with clean lines and bold colors. The art transforms potentially graphic scenes of sex and violence into adorably cute, almost sweet, vignettes. Pich renders Fungirl’s particular messiness deliciously palatable, like an inappropriate wedding cake.

If you like the Free Comic Book Day issue, there’s more where that came from!

Silver Sprocket is releasing a hardcover, deluxe edition of the fully collected Fungirl comics on October 13th. Over 250 pages of full-color comics, and Fungirl may actually learn a lesson by the end of the book. Be sure to preorder with your local shop!

Review: We Live: The Last Days (Free Comic Book Day)

Discover We Live with this Free Comic Book Day release! We Live: The Last Days is a great introduction to this series as we await the second volume We Live: The Age of Palladions!

Story: Inaki Miranda, Roy Miranda
Art: Inaki Miranda
Color: Eva De La Cruz
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Find a store participating in Free Comic Book Day by you and get a copy!


AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Titan announces Life is Strange: Settling Dust

Max finally believes that she has found a way to cross the timelines and return to the woman she loves, Chloe Price! Life is Strange: Settling Dust is the heart-wrenching conclusion to Max and Chloe’s epic comic journey.

Life is Strange: Settling Dust #1 comics to comic shops September 15 and written by Emma Vieceli with art by Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo. Covers are by Gabriel Picolo, Claudia Leonardi, Rob Cham, and Caspar Wijngaard.

The new game, Life is Strange: True Colors is out September 10, and look out for the Free Comic Book Day release that leads into the new comic arc.

Free Comic Book Day Gets Sponsorship Partnerships with Coca-Cola and Pullbox

Free Comic Book Day 2021

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), one of the comic book industry’s most beloved and anticipated annual events being held this year on August 14, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate, Diamond Comic Distributors has announced additional plans including a social media campaign and sponsorship partnerships with Coca-Cola and PREVIEWSworld PULLBOX.

Earlier this month, in celebration of Free Comic Book Day’s 20th anniversary, FCBD launched the #FindYourStory social campaign. The campaign encourages readers to explore new worlds, revisit their favorites, and discover new destinations in the pages of a comic book. The cornerstone of the campaign is exclusively designed, art deco style, virtual posters that highlight locales featured in some of the FCBD titles available on August 14. Fans are encouraged to share their all-time favorite and newly discovered comic book destinations on social media and use the hashtag, #FindYourStory.

PULLBOX and Coca-Cola have also joined FCBD’s anniversary celebrations this year as sponsors. Coca-Cola will serve as the Presenting Sponsor and be featured on printed promotional materials and branded merchandise distributed to local comic shops in advance of the event. PULLBOX, which launched earlier this month, is a new service that allows comic shop customers to easily manage their preorders and subscriptions online in partnership with their local comic book shop.

Previously announced plans for the anniversary celebration include a specially designed anniversary logo and commemorative artwork from fan-favorite creator, Skottie Young. Young has created a one-of-a-kind design emphasizing the power of imagination and the endless possibilities of comic storytelling. The design will serve as the commemorative t-shirt and poster for FCBD 2021 and will be available for purchase at participating local comics shops.

With fifty comic book titles that range from superheroes to movies and video games, to beloved franchises, and all-ages favorites, Free Comic Book Day 2021 is poised to attract readers and fans of all tastes to participating local comic shops on August 14.

Ninjak Takes the Spotlight in the Valiant 2021 FCBD Special

 Valiant’s stealthy superspy steps into the spotlight this August 14th for Free Comic Book Day 2021…

Featuring new cover art by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto, the VALIANT 2021 FCBD SPECIAL puts NINJAK front and center. In addition to the new cover art, the free issue also contains a five-page preview which offers a spoiler-free look ahead at Ringo Award-winning writer Jeff Parker and acclaimed storyteller Javier Pulido’s NINJAK series. Check out the pages below.

Before the VALIANT 2021 FCBD SPECIAL arrives on August 14th in comic shops, NINJAK #1 will go on sale July 14th. The last day for fans to pre-order the debut issue is this Monday, June 21st.

VALIANT 2021 FCBD SPECIAL

DC Unveils its 2021 Free Comic Book Day Line-Up

DC is celebrating Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2021 in a big way with books for readers of every age! Fans will get their first look at Jace Fox, the new Dark Knight in the 32-page Batman FCBD Special Edition as well as a sneak peek of the world’s deadliest villains in the 32-page Suicide Squad FCBD Special Edition. Plus, DC will be offering fans an extended preview of the upcoming young adult graphic novel, Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven while Middle-Grade readers can enjoy flipbook previews of Batman & Robin And Howard and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld.

All four of DC’s FCBD specials will be available at participating retailers on Saturday, August 14, 2021. For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit the website at www.freecomicbookday.com.

Books for Adults

BATMAN FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

The Batman creative team of GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and Jorge Jimenez (Justice League) take their epic run to the next level. Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path as the danger level to Batman and his allies reach a fever pitch. The Magistrate now has full support from the mayor to handle high-level law enforcement in Gotham and branded the Dark Knight as Public Enemy #1. Plus, the Scarecrow has his own terrifying agenda as he launches his master plan in the chaos. This is the first look at the epic Fear State event that will run across Batman titles beginning this Fall.

The new Dark Knight, Jace Fox, has arrived in this sneak peek of the upcoming I Am Batman series written by Oscar® winner John Ridley (The Other History of the DC Universe) with stunning art by Travel Foreman (The Next Batman: Second Son). Fans will get a taste of this blockbuster storyline starring the newest Caped Crusader in this 32-page FCBD special edition.

BATMAN FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

SUICIDE SQUAD FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

Just in time for The Suicide Squad movie written and directed by James Gunn, releasing in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, with this incredible special edition that features the world’s deadliest villains.

Discover more about the breakout character from Task Force X in an original Suicide Squad: King Shark story written by New York Times bestselling author Tim Seeley (Nightwing) and illustrated by award-winning artist Scott Kolins (The Flash).

This 32-page issue also includes a preview of the sensational Suicide Squad: Get Joker! limited series by writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Alex Maleev (Checkmate). An incarcerated and angry Red Hood receives a chance at freedom from Amanda Waller. All the former Boy Wonder needs to do to gain his freedom is lead the Suicide Squad on a mission to terminate The Joker. Paired up with Harley Quinn and Gotham City killers such as Firefly and Killer Croc, he doesn’t care if any of them come back alive, as long as The Joker dies!

SUICIDE SQUAD FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

Books for Teens

TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY LOVES RAVEN SPECIAL EDITION

The writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling Teen Titans: Raven, Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, continue the Teen Titans series and give readers the romantic meet-up they’ve all been waiting for!

It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories; trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet; and had her heart broken for the first time. Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has powers that allow him to change into different animals, but the price of knowing that his parents kept this secret hidden from him just feels too high.

Both are seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson. When their paths converge in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they both try to hide. It will take a great amount of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts, but can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love?

This 32-page special edition features a chapter from the upcoming original graphic novel. The full graphic novel will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on September 28, 2021.

TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY LOVES RAVEN SPECIAL EDITION

Books for Middle-Grade Readers

BATMAN & ROBIN AND HOWARD / AMETHYST: PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD SPECIAL EDITION FLIPBOOK

This flipbook style sampler features first looks at two upcoming all-ages original graphic novels, Batman & Robin And Howard by bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy) and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld by New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Hale (Princess Academy and The Goose Girl) and Dean Hale (Rapunzel’s Revenge, Coauthor) with art by Asiah Fulmore.

To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne–a.k.a. Batman–decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine. Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard–the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce…and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class.

Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her…to Earth! They hope a whole week in the mundane world will teach her that magic is a privilege…and maybe washing dishes by hand will help her realize the palace servants should be respected. Three years later, Amy has settled into middle school and ordinary life. She doesn’t remember any other life. So, when a prince of the realm brings her home and restores her magical destiny, how will she cope?

Both Batman & Robin And Howard and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on November 9, 2021.

Gloomhaven: A Hole in the Wall Comes to Free Comic Book Day

The world of Gloomhaven continues to expand with the Free Comic Book Day exclusive, Gloomhaven: A Hole in the Wall, coming from Source Point Press and Cephalofair Games on August 14, 2021.

Citizens of Gloomhaven are going missing, and the Jaws of the Lion are on the job. How far out of the city will Tiber the Valrath, Diamartia the Voidwarden, Dok the Inox, and Powder the Quatryl have to journey to bring the local blacksmith back home? Will they succeed, or become victims themselves?

Writer Travis McIntire and artist Tyler Sowles, the pair behind the Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion, are re-teaming for the FCBD exclusive.

Gloomhaven is a fantasy-themed, campaign-based tactical board game for 1 to 4 players designed by Isaac Childres and published by Cephalofair Games in 2017. Gloomhaven: A Hole in the Wall is the follow-up to the official comic book adaptation Gloomhaven: Fallen Lion. In this second installment, the creative team delves deeper into the group dynamics of the Jaws.

Find a participating comic shop near you at ComicShopLocator.com.

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Gloomhaven: A Hole in the Wall

BOOM! Reveals the Werther Dell’Edera Cover for Enter the House of Slaughter 2021 FCBD Special

BOOM! Studios has revealed cover art by acclaimed artist Werther Dell’Edera for Enter the House of Slaughter 2021 FCBD Special, a free special issue set in the world of Something is Killing the Children, the highly acclaimed bestselling series by award-winning writer James Tynion IV, artist Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, arriving in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day, August 14, 2021.

ARE YOU READY TO ENTER THE HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER? In 2019, Tynion IV and Dell’Edera introduced the world to Erica Slaughter, the iconic monster hunter who came to Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin to save the town’s children from the monsters only she can see. But Erica is not the only member of the House of Slaughter . . . with nearly half a million copies sold, Something is Killing the Children has become a true comic phenomenon, and this Free Comic Book Day you are invited to enter the House of Slaughter… if you dare.

Enter the House of Slaughter 2021 FCBD Special

Marvel Reveals its Free Comic Book Day Releases

Free Comic Book Day 2021 will be celebrated at your local comic shop on August 14th, and this year Marvel will release two comics, each containing two separate stories. These exciting tales will provide perfect entry points for new readers to the thrilling ongoing sagas of the Avengers, Spider-Man, Venom, and the Hulk and give comic fans their first glimpse at the exciting new eras for their favorite characters. These issues will shape the Marvel Universe as we know it with direct connections to the year’s biggest upcoming storylines.

Crafted by some of Marvel Universe’s chief architects including Jason Aaron and Chip Zdarsky and many more surprises and featuring art by superstars like Marvel’s Stormbreaker Iban Coello and Greg Smallwood, Free Comic Book Day 2021: Avengers/Hulk and Free Comic Book Day 2021: Spider-Man/Venom will be must-have for fans. They feature covers by Ryan Ottley and Patrick Gleason. Don’t miss your chance to pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive at your local comic shop on August 14th. Check out both covers below and stay tuned for more information, including full creative teams.

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