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Mad Cave and Papercutz Launches First Smurfs Augmented Reality Comic for Free Comic Book Day 2023

65 years ago, legendary Smurfs creator Peyo drew the first Smurf. On Free Comic Book Day 2023 (May 6, 2023), the Smurfs jump off the pages with a brand new Augmented Reality comic from Papercutz. This new comic book includes three original Smurfs stories by Peyo himself that are being published in English for the first time. Among these classic pages, readers will be welcomed to enjoy a new dynamic reading experience with pages that activate through a virtual environment where people are increasingly spending more time.

Papercutz, which was acquired by Mad Cave Studios in 2022, presents this augmented reality FCBD issue for fans to pick up at their local comic shops for free on May 6, 2023– where they’ll immediately be able to activate a digital Smurfette to pop up off the cover of the issue!

This Smurfs 65th anniversary special for Free Comic Book Day will showcase 65 years of evolution for the Smurfs franchise, and represent a major step for the brand. Combining the timelessness of the classic comic book experience with the exciting new frontier, this issue is an ode to the past and a vision for a smurftastic future.

The three stories included in the book were created by Peyo himself. They include:

  • “A Kiss for Smurfette” – Gargamel has hatched another dastardly plot to put an end to the Smurfs.  This time, he practices a dangerous potion on Smurfette, turning her into a frog.  Will Gargamel’s plan work?  Or will the Smurfs find a way to stop him and return Smurfette to her natural form? 
  • “The Smurf from Outer Space” – When Lazy Smurf gets lost at night, he meets a Venutian named Brtt.  After a brief conflict with Gargamel, Brtt’s ship is destroyed! Can the Smurfs fix the ship of their new friend, or will Gargamel have the upper hand and finally get his revenge on his sworn enemies?
  • “Smurfs and the Robot X-XIII” – Brtt returns with his fiancee, chased by a robot sent from Venus because their parents don’t approve of the union.  The Smurfs try to help their friend, but Gargamel catches them!  Will Papa Smurf and the Smurfs be able to save their friend, or will Gargamel finally destroy the Smurfs once and for all?!

With the recent return of The Smurfs TV show on Nickelodeon for Season 2, and November 2022 release of The Smurfs Kart, a new video game for Nintendo Switch, the Smurf’s 65th year is gearing up to be a landmark year for the Smurfs, and Papercutz is pleased to join in with this landmark augmented reality FCBD release.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Discover Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa’s Mech Cadets before the Netflix show!

For this year’s Free Comic Book Day, BOOM! Studios is giving you a chance to discover Mech Cadets Yu with the Mech Cadets 2023 FCBD Special. It’s a free special issue from highly acclaimed writer Greg Pak, artist Takeshi Miyazawa, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Simon Bowland, the exclusive free reprint of the very first Mech Cadet Yu issue, soon to be a television show on Netflix.   

Mech Cadets 2023 FCBD Special featuring a cover by series artist Miyazawa, arrives in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day, May 6, 2023.

Ahead of the highly anticipated premiere of the Netflix animated series, return to Sky Corps Academy in this exclusive reprint of the first issue of Mech Cadet Yu. Every year, giant sentient robots from outer space come to Earth and bond forever with a brand new crop of cadets at Sky Corps Academy to help keep the planet safe. But this year, instead of making a connection with a cadet, one of the mechs bonds with Stanford, a young kid working with his Mom as a janitor at Sky Corps. Stanford has the opportunity of a lifetime but he’ll first have to earn the trust of his classmates if he’s to defend the planet from the monstrous Sharg. It’s the perfect time to revisit this iconic story by bestselling writer Greg Pak and fan-favorite artist Takeshi Miyazawa!

The Mech Cadets 2023 FCBD Special will be accompanied by the release of Mech Cadets Book One on May 23, 2022. Mech Cadets Book One is the first complete collection of the original 12 issue Mech Cadet Yu run ahead of the Netflix 3D animated series that it inspired, coming to the streaming service in 2023. 

Mech Cadets 2023 FCBD Special

Free Comic Book Day 2023: BOOM! Studios Announces Ranger Academy

BOOM! Studios has announced today Ranger Academy, a MORPHINOMINAL new series for fans of all ages in the highly acclaimed and beloved Power Rangers comic book universe, written by author Maria Ingrande Mora, illustrated by artist Jo Mi-Gyeong, and debuting with a free extended first look in a Free Comic Book Day special issue in May 2023.

Power Rangers fans, get ready to enroll in an exciting new adventure in Ranger Academy, a brand new Power Rangers comic book series set to launch in 2023. Ranger Academy 2023 FCBD Special will feature a special sneak peek at the upcoming series with a first look at some brand new characters and familiar faces… 

Ranger Academy 2023 FCBD Special, featuring cover art by fan-favorite artist Miguel Mercado, arrives in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day, May 6, 2023.

Ranger Academy

Free Comic Book Day 2023 Gold Titles Revealed!

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the thirteen Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event: Free Comic Book Day. FCBD is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

The participating titles were curated by 20+ comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee. This year’s comic book lineup features something for everyone: from superheroes to movies and video games, beloved franchises and favorites for all-ages. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers including AfterShock Comics, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Graphix, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Kodansha Comics, Marvel, Titan Comics, and VIZ Media.

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be released on Thursday, November 17, when thirty-one additional FCBD Silver Sponsor titles are announced. A complete listing of all forty-four FCBD titles can also be found in the December 2022 issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 23. 

AfterShock Comics | SEISMIC STORIES

Get a first look at the all new original graphic novel that explores what happens when a ragtag group of teens accidentally release an unknown darkness from an abandoned house.

AfterShock Comics | SEISMIC STORIES


This Free Comic Book Day special aims to get to the bottom of why and how Riverdale has been such a hotbed of cruel monsters, unusual events, and terrifying tales.



This bold new take on the Power Rangers mythology is the start of an epic saga perfect for longtime Rangers fans and new readers!



In The Umbrella Academy, the superpowered siblings must stave off a universe-shattering cosmic horror. In The Witcher, Geralt set outs to uncover why women are turning into frogs.


Dynamite Entertainment | RED SONJA: SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD #0

Dynamite is celebrating Red Sonja’s landmark 50th anniversary on Free Comic Book Day with an exclusive, brand new Red Sonja adventure.

Dynamite Entertainment | RED SONJA: SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD #0


Celebrate 25 ½ years of all ages hijinks with Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters Dog Man, Captain Underpants, Petey the Cat, and more!


IDW Publishing | STAR TREK

This Free Comic Book Day special serves as the exclusive prelude to IDW’s very first Star Trek summer crossover event.

IDW Publishing | STAR TREK

Image Comics | FISHFLIES #1

The newest series from Eisner Award-winning creator Jeff Lemire. When a child running away from home befriends a monster, she sets off a chain of strange events and bad omens.

Image Comics | FISHFLIES #1


Get a sneak preview of the manga adaptation of a worldwide Netflix hit, which will be announced at AnimeNYC, plus a back up story of the adorable, all-ages manga, Lovely Muco!



With the dangerous Meridius readying for war, the stage is set for catastrophe, and this year’s Free Comic Book Day will mark the beginning and end of the symbiotes.



This issue features a pair of all-new stories that set the stage for the next evolution in mutant adventures, Fall of X. It also introduces an uncanny new lineup for a new team book launching next year.



This Free Comic Book Day special focuses on a young Conan, as he dreams of a life of adventures and envisions all of the future journeys that he will eventually encounter throughout his fabled career.



In Choujin X, two inseparable best friends are attacked by a superhuman mutant, leaving one of them to transform into a Choujin. In Rooster Fighter, a determined rooster fights to save humanity from roaming monsters.


Marvel reveals its 2023 Free Comic Book Day titles!

Next year’s Free Comic Book Day, Marvel will have something for every fan, offering four separate titles packed with exciting entry points into the Marvel Comics mythos! In addition to lead-in stories to the biggest comic book sagas of 2023 including Fall of X and Summer of Symbiotes, 2023’s Free Comic Book Day titles will also spotlight creators and characters from different cultures, communities, and identities and provide the perfect first comic for new readers!

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Avengers/X-Men #1 features a pair of all-new stories that set the stage for the next evolution in mutant adventures, Fall of X, and introduces an uncanny new lineup for a new team book launching next year. Plus a preview of Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti’s upcoming mystery project. With a cover by Javier Garron.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Avengers/X-Men #1

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spider-Man/Venom #1 will web-sling readers into the exciting developments currently taking place in Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.’s hit run of Amazing Spider-Man and lay the groundwork for the Summer of Symbiotes. Plus a preview of new Marvel epic just on the horizon. With a cover by Patrick Gleason.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spider-Man/Venom #1

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Marvel’s Voices #1 invites readers to the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Marvel’s Voices series, which spotlights creators and characters across Marvel’s diverse and ever-evolving universe. The book will include a range of stories from previous Marvel’s Voices issues as well a brand-new one! Featuring a cover by Chris Allen.

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Marvel's Voices #1

And last but certainly not least, Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spidey & Friends #1 is back! Swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider, and Miles as they face off against Green Goblin, Doc Ock and more in this spectacular special. Filled with easy-to-read comic stories based on the hit Disney Junior show, this book is perfect for the youngest readers aged 5-7. Young fans will even be able to test their wall-crawling skills with thrilling interactive activity pages! Kids will love this not-to-be-missed comic: the perfect primer for the newest generation of Spider-Fans!

Free Comic Book Day 2023: Spidey & Friends #1 

Check with your local comic shop regarding availability and don’t miss the chance to pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive in May!

Laura Braga is the FCBD 2023 Commemorative Artist

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the commemorative artwork for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2023. Fan-favorite artist Laura Braga has created a one-of-a-kind design emphasizing the power, imagination, and friendship that come from exploring the pages of a comic book. The design will serve as the commemorative t-shirt and poster for FCBD 2023.

Laura Braga is an Italian comic book artist who began her career in 1999 as storyboard artist for Italian TV commercials. In 2002, she moved into the comic book industry, working for an Italian publisher as an inker and background assistant. In 2012, Braga broke into the American comic book scene when she caught the eye of Top Cow Studios and became the regular artist on Witchblade. Since then, she has fulfilled her dream of working in superhero comics with her work on Marvel’s Superior Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and The Punisher, as well as contributing art to other beloved characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn. Braga’s work can also be seen in Dynamite Comics, as well as throughout the Archie Horror title, Blossoms 666. Braga brings dynamic wonder and passion to her artwork, and both qualities come through with her commemorative art piece for Free Comic Book Day 2023.

The FCBD 2023 Commemorative T-shirt will be available in adult sizes small through XXXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) and in youth sizes small through large (MSRP: $11.99). The Commemorative Poster will be 22” x 28” on a white background (MSRP: $11.99). The shirt and poster, along with a complete listing of all the FCBD 2023 comic book titles and exclusive collectibles, can be found in the December issue of the PREVIEWS catalog, available in comic shops on November 23, 2022.

Free Comic Book Day 2023

Around the Tubes


It’s a new week and we have a lot coming at you! We’re kicking things off with some news and reviews you might have missed this weekend from around the web!

The Beat – The trouble with Free Comic Book Day – Agree? Disagree?

Kotaku – RIP Fantasy Artist Ken Kelly, 1946-2022 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

Kotaku – Gotham Knights Game Distances Itself From Gotham Knights TV Show – Yeah, we’ve been wondering how this would play out.


Atomic Junk Shop – Crude
Atomic Junk Shop – The Parakeet
Atomic Junk Shop – Red Winter

This FCBD Nottingham’s Andrea Mutti Signing at Yancy’s Comics!

Mad Cave Studios has announced, this Free Comic Book Day, artist Andrea Mutti will be signing the Nottingham FCBD 2022 Special issue from 10am – 4pm EST at Yancy Street Comics (13944 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL)!  Fans won’t want to miss what takes place during Christmas 1192, between Nottingham Volumes 1 and 2.

A very Merry Christmas—All eyes are on Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, when his predecessor is murdered in cold blood. It’s business as usual for Ev, with Hood and the Merry Men pulling the strings and a terrible choice to make as the lives of Alan Dale’s wife and son hang in the balance.

Nottingham FCBD
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