The Free Comic Book Day Committee has announced the lineup of Gold Sponsor comics for Free Comic Book Day 2009, which will be held on May 2, 2009. A complete listing of FCBD titles, including all Gold and Silver Sponsor comics, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors' PREVIEWS catalog, available on December 24th.
The Gold books are:
Archie Presents - The Mighty Archie Art Players
Publisher: Archie Comics
The "Mighty Archie Art Players" return.
In this special FCBD09 edition, the Mighty Archie Art Players have a rip-roaring good time in the Old West, put a modern-spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale, tell a "big fish" story — literally — with Betty as a mermaid, and cater to the whims of Veronica, transformed into the ancient Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.
Their curtain-raising performances will leave you laughing in the aisles.
32pgs, FCBongo Comics 2009 Free For All
Publisher: Bongo Comics
The comic company that brings you The Simpsons and Futurama in the fantastic four-color format joins with retailers to reel in new readers.
This special issue features a comic cornucopia of tantalizing tidbits and a spectacular sampling of the best in humor comics.
(W/A) Matt Groening
32pgs, FCDisney/Pixar's Cars
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Take a peek under the hood of BOOM! Studios' line of Cars comics, based on the hit Disney/Pixar movie!
This issue includes an exciting exerpt from Cars #1, revealing the plucky origin of Lightning McQueen.
In addition, readers will be treated to never-before-seen sketches, character designs and script pages.
(W) Alan J. Porter
(A) Albert Carreres
24pgs, FCStar Wars- The Clone Wars
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
A special issue featuring the greatest heroes of The Clone Wars.
Also in the spotlight are Emily the Strange, Usagi Yojimbo, and other all-ages favorites.
Packed with 28 pages of story, the book bears two covers, one with the Star Wars characters, the other celebrating Dark Horse's best all-ages characters.
28pgs, FCGreen Lantern: Blackest Night #0
Publisher: DC Comics
Across the universe the dead will rise. Prepare for the coming of "The Blackest Night" with this prelude to the biggest comic event of the year.
This special edition recaps the key moments from "Sinestro Corps War" and "Rage of the Red Lanterns" that led to "Blackest Night", and will give readers everything they need to know about the Green Lantern universe, their ongoing War of Light, and their dark days ahead.
(W) Geoff Johns
(A) Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver
32pgs, FCTransformers Animated/G.I. Joe
Publisher: IDW Publishing
G.I. Joe and the Transformers kick off IDW's FCBD09 promotional comic with three great stories.
First up is an 11-page Transformers Animated tale that features a young Optimus Prime in his days at the Autobot Academy.
Next is not one, but two great G.I. Joe stories — a six-page story written by the maestro behind-the-series today, and the second written by the maestro behind the series originally. Secrets are revealed and action abounds.
(W) Chuck Dixon, Larry Hama, Marty Isenberg
(A) Robert Atkins, Tom Feister, Dario Brizuela
32pgs, FCSavage Dragon #148
Publisher: Image Comics
All-new story and art from fan-favorite writer/artist Erik Larsen (Spider-Man, Wolverine).
There's a new vigilante in town: The Dynamic Daredevil. This recently resurrected hero from comics' Golden Age has made Chicago his new home and it pits him against Chicago's fin-headed finest.
Plus a mysterious assassin from Dragon's past is introduced as Dragon's battle against the notorious Vicious Circle heats up. It's the ultimate introductory issue and fit for readers young and old.
(W/A) Erik Larsen
32pgs, FCThe Avengers
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The mighty Thor and both the New and Dark Avengers join forces against the frost-giant Ymir in a battle that will have terrifying consequences for the Marvel Universe — and for these heroes — in the days to come.
Top-flight creators Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Cheung combine talents to bring you an absolutely essential all-new touchstone story for what's coming up in the Marvel Universe — and it's yours, absolutely FREE.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis
(A) Jim Cheung
32pgs, FCResurrection #0
Publisher: Oni Press
From the writer of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man comes a science fiction epic that explores the aftermath of Earth's most brutal conflict. For 10 years the alien invaders have laid waste to our planet, but now they've vanished, leaving the survivors with two questions: "Where did the 'bugs' go?" and "Where does humanity go from here?" Its existential questions, alien-fueled intrigue, and some of the biggest action in comics today. PLUS: A preview of Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen.
(W) Marc Guggenheim
(A) Justin Greenwood
32pgs, FCShonen Jump Presents - Ultimo
Publisher: Viz Media
The Shonen Jump FCBD09 edition features 32 action-packed pages of manga fresh from Japan, featuring a new chapter of Ultimo.
Ultimo is an exciting manga serial by legendary creators Stan "The Man" Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, creator of Shaman King!
(W) Stan Lee
(W/A) Hiroyuki Takei