Official Press Release
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of comic book stores will distribute millions of comic books to their customers free of charge when Free Comic Book Day returns on Saturday, May 5th, 2007!
On that day, comic book shops worldwide will join with comic publishers to celebrate the comic book community and their stores. With 44 titles to choose from, the selection of books offered on May 5th will include comics for all ages.
“In the last six years, Free Comic Book Day has become a highly anticipated event,” says Elissa Lynch, Public Relations Associate for Diamond Comic Distributors. “Not only will customers receive special edition comics but stores create a party-like atmosphere with creator signings, costume characters, coupons and more. Also, Sony Picture’s Spiderman 3 hits the big screen the day before Free Comic Book Day, making the first week in May the biggest week of the year for comic fans.”
Free Comic Book Day benefits everyone involved: customers get free books and, maybe, their first exposure to comics; publishers get broad exposure; and retailers get a chance to show off their stores and attract new customers.
“Free Comic Book Day is a total industry effort to bring more readers to comics, so it’s important for all corners of the comics’ industry to be a part of the event. Publishers put their best foot forward with FCBD comics that will be attractive to a wide audience in encouraging that audience to visit comic shops on May 5,” says Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and the originator of the Free Comic Book Day promotion.
Publishers sponsor Free Comic Book Day on two levels: Gold and Silver. This year’s Gold Sponsor publishers, and their Free Comic Book Day Editions – available at all participating Free Comic Book Day stores – include:
GOLD SPONSOR TITLE
Archie Comics Archie Comics Little Archie 2007
Bongo Comics Bongo’s Free for All 2007
Dark Horse Comics Umbrella Academy Zero Killer Pantheon City 2007
DC Comics Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century 2007
Dynamite Entertainment The Lone Ranger / New Battlestar Galactica Flip Book
Gemstone Publishing Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse 2007
IDW Transformers the Movie Prequel # 1 2007
Image Comics Astounding Wolf-Man # 1 2007
Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man Swing Shift 2007
TOKYOPOP TOKYOPOP Choose Your Weapon 2007
Additionally, the following publishers have signed on as Silver Sponsors and will provide the following books for this year’s event. Please Note: Availability of Silver Sponsor titles may vary between participating stores. Please check with your retailer.
SILVER SPONSOR TITLE
Antarctic Press Pirates vs. Ninjas # 1 2007
Ape Entertainment Ape Entertainment’s Comic Spectacular 2007
Arcana Studio Arcana Studio Presents 2007
Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog 2007
Aspen MLT Worlds of Aspen 2007
Blatant Comics Last Blood # 1
Boom! Studios Hunter’s Moon / Salvador Flip Book 2007
CastleRain Entertainment Jack the Lantern: Ghosts 2007
Comic Genesis Comic Genesis 2007
Comic Shop News, Inc Comic Shop News 2007
DC Comics Justice League of America # 0 2007
Devil’s Due Publishing Family Guy / Hack / Slash Flip Book
Digital Webbing Digital Webbing Jam # 1 2007
Drawn and Quarterly Lynda Barry Sampler 2007
Fantagraphics Books The Unseen Peanuts 2007
First Second Books The Train Was Bang On Time 2007
Heroic Publishing Liberty Comics # 0 2007
Impact Books Impact University Volume 3 2007
Keenspot Entertainment Keenspot Spotlight 2007
Legion of Evil Press Comics Festival 2007
Maerkle Press Love and Capes # 4 2007
Marvel Comics Marvel Adventures Three-In-One 2007
Oni Press Whiteout # 1 2007
Renaissance Press Amelia Rules! Hangin’ Out 2007
Rude Dude Productions Nexus Special 2007
Sky-Dog Press Buzzboy / Royboy Red: The Buzz & The ‘Bot 2007
Too Hip Gotta Go Wahoo Morris # 1 2007
Top Shelf Productions Owly & Korgi 2007
TwoMorrow Publishing Comics 101: How to & History Lessons from the Pros
Viper Comics Viper Comics Presents: Josh Howard’s Sasquatch 2007
Virgin Comics Ramayan 3392AD 2007
Wildcard Ink Gumby Special 2007
Wizard Entertainment Wizard’s “How to Draw” Sampler
Zenscope Entertainment Dyno-Force # 0
More than comics will be on tap for visitors on Free Comic Book Day: WizKids LLC is creating a Batman HeroClix Figure for players of its popular Collectible Miniatures Game. Please Note: Available at select stores. Please check with your retailer.
Readers can show their support for, and raise awareness of, Free Comic Book Day with apparel offered in the January 2007 Previews catalog, including Baseball Caps, T-shirts, Baby Doll and Polo Shirts. Plus, fans can send word of the big day anywhere with Free Comic Book Day Postage Stamps and Wrist Bands! Fans can order these great promotional items at their local comics shop. (Those who are looking for a store in their area can call the Comic Shop Locator Service toll-free at 888-COMIC-BOOK, or log on to www.comicshoplocator.com.)
You can also promote Free Comic Book Day by linking to the Free Comic Book Day page (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/), sending out e-mails, working with local schools and libraries and most importantly spreading the word to neighbors, friends and friends of friends.
More information and updates about Free Comic Book Day 2007 can be found online at http://www.freecomicbookday.com. Retailers can order their copies of this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles from the February Previews Retailer Order Form. Free Comic Book Day promotional items can be ordered from the January and February Previews.