While DC Comics were first out the gate to declare their signature release for next year's annual Free Comic Book Day promotion with "War of the Supermen" #0, today Diamond Distributors announced its Gold Sponsor offerings for the event. Coordinated each year as an outreach to new readers, Free Comic Book Day sees North American publishers dolling out sample issues of their line for potential new readers and dedicated fans alike. The Gold Sponsors are selected in part by a committee of retailers selected by Diamond.
Diamond's FCBD site revealed that this year's Gold Sponsors include the following comics listed by publisher:
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Ape Entertainment - KIZOIC PRESENTS: SHREK & THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCARFeaturing four stories by the artists and writers of the upcoming Shrek and Penguins of Madagascar comic books!
Archaia Entertainment - MOUSE GUARD/FRAGGLE ROCKTwo amazing all-new stories in one fantastic flip-book!
Archie Comics - ARCHIE'S SUMMER SPLASH! #1"Whose BEACH is it Anyway?": Sun, sand, swimsuits and cool rockin' tunes - no, it's not a cinematic "beach party" blast from the past, but a whole new summer splash from Archie and his friends!
BOOM! Studios - TOY STORYWith Toy Story 3 hitting theaters this summer, don't miss this opportunity to get a FREE issue from the ongoing Toy Story series from BOOM Kids!
Dark Horse Comics - DOCTOR SOLAR/MAGNUSThe dawn of a new age of superhero excitement begins as Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the return of two of the most legendary characters in the annals of comics: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and Magnus, Robot Fighter - re-imagined for the 21st century by comics legend, writer Jim Shooter! All new content and storylines!
DC Comics - WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #0A war is coming, and all that stands between Earth and 100,000 vengeful supermen is one Superman! Special #0 issue featuring all-new material previews the conflicts to come!
Drawn & Quarterly - YOW! THE JOHN STANLEY LIBRARYD+Q delivers another wholly original and boisterous FCBD issue that will entertain readers of all ages-from the world's greatest all-ages cartoonist, John Stanley, in a beautiful package designed by Seth.
IDW Publishing - G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #155Â½This is what you really want! Larry Hama continues his original and ground-breaking G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero saga with the VERY NEXT ISSUE (but, you know, 15 years later).
Image Comics - FRACTURED FABLESThis special FCBD title offers a small taste of the new hardcover anthology from Silverline Books due later in the year. An all-star cast of writers and artists have been assembled to turn familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes on their ear to make kids LAUGH!
Marvel Comics - IRON MAN/THOR FCBD 2010 EDITIONTwo of Marvel's heaviest hitters like you've never seen them before! A major new direction for the Marvel Universe kicks off HERE - on Free Comic Book Day!
While some of the titles are obvious extensions of current publishing plans, many new project announcements are inherent in the list including an IDW continuation of Larry Hama's original "G.I. Joe" continuity from the end of the Marvel series, the first official offering in Dark Horse and Jim Shooter's anticipated reboot of the Gold Key superheroes and Ape Entertainment offering a "Shrek" series of comics.
Check back to CBR for more info on Free Comic Book Day 2010 and all the titles set to ship this May!