The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry's most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year's event taking place on May 5th, 2018.
The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved video game franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including DC Entertainment, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, :01 Second Books, Joe Books, Oni Press, Titan Comics, and VIZ Media.
"With 91 titles submitted from over 70 publishers, the FCBD Retailer Committee had to make some tough choices for this year's Free Comic Book Day," said FCBD spokesperson Dan Manser, "but we think retailers and fans alike will be thrilled with the sponsor titles chosen for 2018. Free Comic Book Day is the comics industry’s most important event—a day to celebrate comic books and comic shops, and to introduce family and friends to the comics medium we all know and love. It's important that the titles reflect the varied interests of people coming into stores these days—and we believe there’s a comic book for everyone this Free Comic Book Day!”
The full line-up of this year's comic books will be announced next week, when thirty-eight additional FCBD Silver titles will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th. A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles, as well as two education titles about the industry, will also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors' PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 27th, 2017.
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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018: GOLD COMICS (Covers seen here)
Archie Comics | RIVERDALE
BOOM! Studios | MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SPECIAL
Dark Horse Comics | OVERWATCH & BLACK HAMMER
DC Comics | DC COMICS TOP SECRET GOLD BOOK
:01 Second Books| COMICS FRIENDS FOREVER
IDW Publishing | TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON: THE DARKEST HOUR #0
Image Comics | BARRIER #1
Joe Books | DISNEY PRINCESS: ARIEL SPOTLIGHT
Marvel Comics | AVENGERS & CAPTAIN AMERICA
Oni Press | INVADER ZIM: FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY
Titan Comics | DOCTOR WHO 2018 #0
VIZ Media | POKEMON SUN & MOON & POKEMON HORIZON
Editor's Note: You can see each title's full solicitation text, along with cover and creators, here.