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25 Days Until FCBD 2016 – Check Out What Indie Publishers Are Giving Away For Free On May 7th

Free Comic Book Day, the annual event held in numerous comic book stores nationwide, is on Saturday, May 7th this year. PopCultHQ took a look at what the independent comic book publishers are giving away and we consolidated it all for you in one easy place.

Here’s a breakdown of the independent comic book publishers and the books they are offering for FCBD 2016:

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2000 AD2000 AD SPECIAL FCBD 2016

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

(W) Paul Ens

Forty-eight pages of thrill-drenched Sci-Fi from Britain’s greatest comic! Including exclusive new stories, digital strips, and a downloadable song from MC-1’s favorite band! Creators include Alec Worley, Matt Smith, John Wagner, Alan Grant, Kek W, Barry Island, Hannah Berry, Peter Milligan, Eric Powell, Dani K, John Burns, Rufus Dayglo, Carlos Ezquerra, Henry Flint, Joëlle Jones, and Ron Smith.

Action Lab Awake

AWAKE #0 FCBD 2016

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Susan Beneville (A/CA) Brian Hess

In this prequel to the ongoing series, Awake, Regn learns to use her powers, and gets into trouble, with fellow cadet, Joppin, on the Dola training planet, Exterra, while Chay rescues young Picar from an angry mob!

 

American Mythology

THE PINK PANTHER #1 FCBD 2016

Publisher: AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS
(W/A/CA) S. L. Gallant
He’s been the coolest cat in all of cartoondom for over 50 years!  The Pink Panther is back in brand new adventures to tickle your funny bone and test the sanity of The Little Man.  Join all of Pink’s pals from the DePatie-Freleng stable including The Inspector and The Ant and the Aardvark as we welcome The Pink Panther to 21st Century comic books in style!  This special FCBD issue is chock full of fun with new and classic Pink Panther adventures including the hilarious antics of The Mighty Pan-Thor!  2016 is the year of the Pink Panther and it all starts here on Free Comic Book Day!

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ARCHIE #1 FCBD 2016 #1

Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Fiona Staples
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon in this special FCBD reprint of the best-selling first issue of Archie! Change has come to Riverdale in the can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun – but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. Is this a one-off, or a sign of bigger changes awaiting America’s favorite teens… and the entire town? Find out in this exciting, remarkable and critically acclaimed first issue!

Archie Sonic

SONIC SAMPLER FCBD 2016

Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W/A) Various (CA) Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin
Get the best of both worlds with the Sonic Sampler! Hot on the heels of the all-new epic Sonic comics event, “Panic in the Sky,” comes a supersonic sampling of stories for Free Comic Book Day! Join Sonic and friends as they band together to save the world from the evil ambitions of Dr. Eggman in these select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe! Plus, get a sneak peek of what’s to come with a special “Fast Forward Feature” that you’ll have to see to believe!

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WORLDS OF ASPEN FCBD 2016

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC
(W) J. T. Krul, Joshua Hale Fialkov (A/CA) Jordan Gunderson
The crossover event every Aspen fan has been waiting for has finally arrived! Aspen Matthews is a woman of two worlds, the one above and the one below. Now, both worlds face certain annihilation at the hands of a supreme being from another universe – the Soulfire Universe! Prepare to experience the Worlds of Aspen as you’ve never seen before as Michael Turner’s flagship creations, Fathom and Soulfire come crashing together for the first time ever! And the results will be nothing short of a new Aspen Universe altogether! This. Changes. Everything.

Black Mask

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME/YOUNG TERRORISTS FCBD

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS
(W) Matthew Rosenberg, Matt Pizzolo (A) Various (CA) Amancay Nahuelpan
Here’s what you’ll find on Black Mask’s “Mixtape” for FCBD 2016… SIDE A: We Can Never Go Home: “Dead Set On Destruction”-Madison is dangerous. And a little danger is all Morgan and Dale ever wanted. This story bridges the gap between WCNGH Vol. 1 and the upcoming new series. SIDE B: Young Terrorists: “Me Against The World”-Sera learns the hard way you can’t build an army without fighting a few (hundred) cops. Welcome to The Sovereign State of Greater Detroit!

Boom Summer Blast

BOOM! STUDIOS SUMMER BLAST FCBD 2016

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS
(W/A) Box Brown & Various (CA) Kat Leyh
In the BOOM! Studios 2016 Summer Blast, read all-new, original short stories of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Plus, get sneak peeks of the upcoming new Adventure Time: Comicsseries, the Lumberjanes: Don’t Axe, Don’t Tale special, and this summer’s highly anticipated original graphic novel from Archaia, The Cloud. As a bonus, we’ve included preview pages from Goldie Vance, our newest BOOM! Box debut. There’s something in this Free Comic Book Day issue for everyone!

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DARK HORSE ALL-AGES SAMPLER FCBD 2016

Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Michael Dante Dimartino & Various (A) Brian Churilla
Avatars, Dragons, and Zombies? What could be more friendly for all-ages than original tales from these prime Dark Horse worlds? Nothing. For Free Comic Book Day 2016, take a journey with the Avatar fromThe Legend of Korra, the dragon riders from How to Train Your Dragon, and the fundead of Plants vs. Zombies!

Dark Horse Serenity

DARK HORSE SERENITY/HELLBOY/ALIENS FCBD 2015

Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mike Mignola & Various (A) Tristan Jones & Various (CA) Sean Cooke
Need a reason to pick up Dark Horse Comics’ 2016 Free Comic Book Day offering? Here’s three: From Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, a lesson from Hellboy’s past is shared. From Brian Wood, a peek into theAliens: Defiance series with an original tale. And from the world of Joss Whedon, a glimpse at the crew of the Serenity, following the film and the smash-hit series Leaves on the Wind!

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DEVIL`S DUE/1FIRST COMICS MIXTAPE FCBD 2016

Publisher: DEVILS DUE /1FIRST COMICS, LLC
In this collection of short stories, we introduce new, never before seen Squarriors characters, reveal an original story of Mercy Sparx’s youth from the world of Sheol as a prelude to Mercy Sparx: Year One, a short story featuring Badger vs. everyone’s favorite shirtless world leader, and wrap with the Public Relations short “How to Dragon Your Train,” where a train derailment PR disaster goes bad when a team of hungry dragons are sent to airlift out the victims.

Dynamite Bobs Burgers

BOB`S BURGERS FCBD 2016

Publisher: D. E.
(W/A) Various (CA) Sara Richard
The Belcher Family proudly celebrates this year’s Free Comic Book Day event with three wild and zany adventures featuring those lovable scamps Tina, Gene, and Louise, plus guest stars Bob, Linda, and all your favorites from Bob’s Burgers! It’s the official Bob’s Burgers comic book based on the fan-favorite (and Emmy Award-winning) Fox animated sitcom, jam-packed with the mouth-watering flavor that longtime fans and curious newcomers can enjoy!

IDW March

MARCH TRILOGY SAMPLER FCBD 2016

Publisher: IDW – TOP SHELF
(W) John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (A/CA) Nate Powell
Top Shelf celebrates Free Comic Book Day with 32 pages of excerpts from March Book One, Book Two, andBook Three (coming summer 2016). The first graphic novel from a sitting member of Congress, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and American icon. John Lewis rose from humble beginnings to become a national leader of the civil rights movement. This is his story, from an Alabama farm to the March on Washington and beyond, co-written by Andrew Aydin and brought to astonishing life by Nate Powell in a graphic novel trilogy.

IDW Rom

ROM #0 FCBD 2016

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Christos N. Gage, Chris Ryall (A) David Messina, Paolo Villanelli (CA) Zach Howard
He strikes from outer space… hurtling Earthward on his dead mission of cosmic vengeance! Rom is back for the first time in decades, and nothing can stop him! This introductory story re-introduces the character and leads into July’s all-new, ongoing series! Plus, in an exclusive prologue to June’s debut issue, the U.K.’s greatest weapon is on the warpath-and the fate of the world is in Action Man’s hands… as usual.

IDW Strawberry

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE #0 FCBD 2016

Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Georgia Ball (A/CA) Amy Mebberson
Strawberry Shortcake returns to comics! It’s a berry special re-introduction to Strawberry Shortcake and all her pals and – maybe – a certain not-so-nice purple someone as well?!

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CAMP MIDNIGHT #1 FCBD 2016

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Steven T. Seagle (A/CA) Jason Adam Katzenstein
Add a touch of spooky to your Free Comic Book Day this year with the first chapter of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight! Not wanting to please her “step monster,” reluctant Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. But when she’s accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp – Camp Midnight, where everyone attending is a full-fledged monster – Skye realizes that not fitting in will be the very least of her challenges! Camp Midnightis the perfect book for readers who love Raina Telgemeier’s Smile but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs in the lunch scenes.

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ODDLY NORMAL CHAPTER ONE FCBD 2016

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Otis Frampton
Explore the magical land of Fignation this Free Comic Book Day with Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair – a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that being a little different doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school! On her 10th birthday, Oddly blows out her cake’s candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, she must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents’ disappearance. Join beloved cartoonist Otis Frampton and the delightful Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through this vibrant world!

Oni Junior

JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE FCBD 2016

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Greg Smith, Michael Tanner (A/CA) Zach Lehner

The Junior Braves Free Comic Book Day edition features a 24-page excerpt from Book 1 of the hit Oni Press survival horror Young Adult series! Perfect for readers who are a little too young for The Walking Dead, this zombie apocalypse epic follows a plucky band of scouts as they navigate the end of the world with only their combined smarts, teamwork, and good old fashioned camping skills at their disposal. And even then, they’ve still got other survivors to contend with! Will Tribe 65 make it out alive?

Titan Assassin

ASSASSIN`S CREED FCBD 2016

Publisher: TITAN COMICS
(W) Anthony Del & Various (A) Wellington Alves & Various
Enter the shadowy world of the Assassins and Templars, two feuding factions who have battled over the centuries to decide the course of humanity! Two all-new short stories, written and illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, highlight a shocking event in the life of new Assassin Charlotte de la Cruz, and reveal the true extent of the mysterious Templar Black
Cross’s terrifying skills! New readers or experienced fans: strap on your hidden blades, don your cowls, and blend into the crowd to discover secrets you won’t read anywhere else!

Titan Dr. Who

DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS SPECIAL FCBD 2016

Publisher: TITAN COMICS
(W) Nick Abadzis & Various (A) Eleonora Carlini & Various
Jump on board the TARDIS with FOUR all-new short tales of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Whether you’re a whizz with a Sonic Screwdriver or completely new to Who, this is the perfect Free Comic Book Day adventure for SF fans of all ages! Written and illustrated by the creative teams of the regular comics, this is the ideal place to start reading!

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VALIANT 4001 A.D. SPECIAL FCBD 2016

Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Matt Kindt & Various (A) Clayton Crain & Various (CA) Clayton Crain
The most ambitious Valiant event yet starts right here on Free Comic Book Day with a shocking new vision of the future in 4001 A.D.! The war for the fate of the 41st century begins here with an exclusive, never-before-seen prelude to the blockbuster comics event of the summer by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Geomancer!Armstrong! And more! The future of the Valiant Universe begins here! Plus: An all-new look inside Valiant’s next hit ongoing series, A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong, from Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente; Divinity II from Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine; plus an all-new slate of top-secret teasers, special features, surprises, and a newly added excerpt from the series that has everyone talking – the one and only Faith!

FCBD Store Locator

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Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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