Butch Hartman is a multiple Emmy and ANNIE Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator, and actor, best known for creating the long-running series The Fairly OddParents, which debuted on Nickelodeon fifteen years ago. Hartman is also the creator of Nick's two other hugely popular series Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
"I'm super thrilled to have been asked to do this year's Free Comic Book Day T-Shirt! I love classic comic characters of all types and this year's piece is a loving homage to all the awesome superheroes I grew up with," said Hartman. "It's my hope that in this day and age where things are moving digital that people never stop actually holding physical comic books in their hands. Happy reading, everyone!"
Hartman's artwork for the FCBD 2017 Commemorative T-Shirt captures the spirit of both comics and comic book stores. As hubs of the comic book community, comic book stores are the perfect place for fans of all kinds to come together and enjoy a wide array of books. The art showcases that diversity with the fans and comic book heroes reading together in front of a Free Comic Book Day participating store.
The FCBD 2017 T-shirt will be available in black and red in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) and in youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99). Women's V-neck T-Shirts will also be available again this year in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99).
In addition to the FCBD 2017 T-shirt, Diamond Comic Distributors is proud to present a commemorative poster and bookmark. The poster is designed by acclaimed Marvel cover artist Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and the bookmark is designed by BOOM! Studios artist Rian Sygh (The Backstagers, Fionna and Cake). The poster is also available for pre-order at comic shops in January, while the bookmark will be available as promotional material. All proceeds go to support Free Comic Book Day's marketing and promotional efforts.
The commemorative Free Comic Book Day T-shirt and poster, plus the complete listing of the FCBD 2017 titles, will be available in the January issue of PREVIEWS, in comic shops 12/28.
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