For the past 11 years, the first Saturday of May has marked a special day for comic book fans and prospective fans alike: Free Comic Book Day. For the twelfth FCBD on Saturday May 4, 2013 comic book publishers are once again bringing their “A” game with original material, major releases, and free teases to enter their most popular comics and universes.
Diamond Comics Distributors released a press release Thursday morning with the “Gold” sponsors, twelve in total (perhaps to celebrate the corresponding anniversary?), up from ten last year. There’s Superman, Star Wars, Smurfs, Spongebob, and Sesame Street, and even some non-S title books coming at you at FCBD 2013. Marvel and DC remain teases as they're hiding what's actually coming in their books, while Image gives you The Walking Dead with a brand new story, plus short stories that have never been collected!
Remember, these are just the gold books, too; there are 41 Silver books coming as well, which will be announced Thursday, December 13, 2012. Check out the full list of FCBD 2013 Gold titles and descriptions (plus cover images) below.Free Comic Book Day 2013: Gold Comics
KIZOIC PRESENTS: SESAME STREET/STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
(W) Georgia Ball, Jason M. Burns (A/CA) Amy Mebberson
On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It's GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away! On side two, join Strawberry Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures! Includes "The Blue Flu", "The Hunt for Blackberry's Treasure", and "Blueberry's Book Tour".
It's a bushel of fun!
THE WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST
(W/A) Various (CA) TBD
Archie! Betty! Veronica! Jughead! The world's most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business! This is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!
BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL! FCBD 2013
(W/A/CA) Matt Groening, Various
Bongo rings in another Free Comic Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games. First, Bart becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results. Then, Jimbo and the gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights. Stick around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li'l Homer and go in search of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie. (STK525407)
BOOM! STUDIOS: KABOOM!
KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST
An explosion of All-Ages awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day! Sure to be one of the most popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48 pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today! Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!
DARK HORSE COMICS
STAR WARS/CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/AVATAR
(W) Joshua Williamson, Various (A/CA) Ryan Hill, Various
All-Ages Adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series, Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart...
FCBD 2013 SUPERMAN SPECIAL EDITION
Sorry, but you’ll have to come back next month for full details!
TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES
(W/A) Various (CA) Dario Brizuela
Jumping from screen to page, it's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures! This unique series captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages comic to get you seeing green!!
THE WALKING DEAD FCBD 2013 SPECIAL
(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyreese short story, a fan-favorite character who just made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for fans of The Walking Dead — as none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!
MARVEL FCBD 2013: CLASSIFIED!
Prepare for an epic that is out of this world as the biggest and best Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe come together for something that will leave fans demanding more? Marvel Comics has something special planned for Free Comic Book Day 2013… but for now it’s CLASSIFIED! Keep checking back to freecomicbookday.com for future updates!
(W/A) Peyo, Various (CA) Peyo
The Smurfs return to Free Comic Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the U.S.! Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again, always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is forced to tangle with someone bigger than him — a nasty Ogre? Find out in "The Ogre and the Smurfs!" Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz series, Annoying Orange and Ariol, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!
UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES
SPONGEBOB COMICS FREESTYLE FUNNIES
(W) Derek Drymon, Maris Wicks (A) Graham Annable, Various
United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In "Paint Misbehavin'" Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically — but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life? Then in "Day of the Free Comic" SpongeBob must foil Plankton's latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a...giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer's SpongeBob superhero-themed annual!
IT’S THE UGLY DOLL COMIC & OTHER STUFF
(W) David Horvath & Various (A) James Kolchaka & Various
Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn't for you. (Though being Ugly IS a super power — "ugly" means unique!) Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book! Join OX, Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat and all their friends in the Uglydolls’ first-ever comic book adventure! The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy! And don't miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!