Monday, April 28, 2014

Free Comic Book Day

The first weekend of May is upon us and that means Free Comic Book Day (FCBD).   This doesn't mean that all single issue comics at your local shop are suddenly free.  No, that's an alternate universe.  The one we mere mortals experience has a small selection of comics prepared by participating publishers that are yours for the taking without expense. 

Some of this year's comics that are up for grabs are:

Teen Titans Go! #1
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artist (s): Ben Bates & Jorge Corona

This is one to check out because it's based on the TV series that used to air on Cartoon Network (i.e. the show I used to watch and love) and because it sounds like so much fun.  The Teen Titans always get into some hilarious situations and judging by the cover? This one involves a giant and delicious pizza monster.   If you feel like I've spoiled you, then I should tell you that this issue contains two stories and the second is a complete mystery to me.

The New 52 Futures End
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Ethan Van

This issue is pretty interesting for two reasons: 1. this will be the debut of Terry McGinnis in the New 52 as Batman Beyond and 2. cyborgs.  It sounds pretty cool to me.

This one has Avatar: The Last Airbender, Itty Bitty Hellboy & Juice Squeezers all in one little issue.
Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Faith Erin Hicks & others

Avatar: The Last Airbender has a story that involves Sokka and Suki helping out a little girl in need.  Itty Bitty Hellboy features Hellboy on a mission to annoy his ultimate nemesis, Rasputin.  And Juice Squeezers shows the giant bug battling crew taking on a bully.  This seems like a really cute item all around but that's just me.

SHOWA: A History of Japan
Writer & Artist: Shigeru Mizuki

I am sort of amazed by this one because I have the first volume SHOWA 1926-1939: A History of Japan at home on my "to be read" pile and I assumed it was a one volume thing.  But actually, it is a series of four volumes that will be released throughout 2014 to early 2015.

This item for Free Comic Book Day contains a small portion of the story relating to World War II.  It's a great opportunity to read something about the second world war Japanese experience from a Japanese perspective.

Here's the full list of items to expect for this upcoming event.  Not every comic book store is participating in this so please use the FCBD website's store locator to see if your local shop is listed and involved.

And if I didn't explain what Free Comic Book Day is to your satisfaction then check out the video below for more information.

Lastly, check out what is happening in your neighborhood, discover something new and have fun.

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