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Free Comic Book Day 2019 Full List of Comic Books Announced, plus a 2000AD 99p Special!

Free Comic Book Day 2019 Promotional BannerFree Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2019 features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated annual event which happens Saturday 4th May 2019 at participating comic book shops worldwide. British publishers Rebellion and Titan Comics have offerings in the mix (and a 99p 2000AD Special will be on sale then, too) – and plenty of British creators feature in the titles across the board.

We reported last night in detail on Rebellion’s FCBD humour comics collection, The Treasury of British Comics Presents Funny Pages, featuring plenty of stars of yesteryear that hit will hopefully resonate with the young audience that, primarily, the annual event is aimed at, introducing kids to comics with titles that also include Go Fish!, Little Lulu, Minecraft and Pokemon freebies. But there’s plenty on offer for older readers too, including Buffy and Firefly, Doctor Who, Robotech and Stranger Things releases.

Plus, while there isn’t a FCBD 2000AD giveaway this year, the good news is that there will be a 99 pence/99 cent original one-shot out at the same time as Free Comic Book Day from Rebellion.

The 2000AD Villains Takeover Special will contain original work from writers Rob Williams and Pat Mills, and artists Henry Flint, Kyle Hotz, Kael Ngu, Henrik Sahlstrom and Chris Weston. More details on this below…

Comic shop retailers chose 51 titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: 12 Gold Sponsor comics and 39 Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres. This year’s announcement of Silver Sponsor comics includes titles such as Minecraft and Disney’s The Incredibles, Little Lulu, Bob’s Burgers, The Amazing Spider-Man, My Hero Academia, Star Wars Adventures and more.

“Each year, we continue to push ourselves to bring fans the very best Free Comic Book Day experience,” says Joe Field, originator of FCBD, and owner of Flying Colours Comics in Concord, CA.

“The calibre, strength and depth of this year’s comic book titles is fantastic and independent comic book shop retailers all over the world can’t wait to treat fans and customers to an incredible day of fun, discovery, and learning about comic books and comic book shops.”

A complete listing of all 51 FCBD titles, including the 12 Gold Sponsor and 39 Silver Sponsor comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at comic book shops on 28th December 2018 – and we’ve listed them all here…

GOLD SPONSORS

RIVERDALE SEASON 3 SPECIAL — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019RIVERDALE SEASON 3 SPECIAL — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Archie Comics
Writer: Micol Ostow Artist: Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz Cover Artist: Thomas Pitilli

See where it all begins in this brand-new story based on the smash-hit CW series, Riverdale! Micol Ostow (Riverdale: The Day Before) and Thomas Pitilli (Archie) bring fans into the world with a never-before-seen tale that presents all-new drama and intrigue set between episodes of the show! Plus, get a sneak peek at Scholastic’s original Riverdale novels coming soon to comic shops.

Rating: Teen

WELCOME TO THE WHEDONVERSE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019WELCOME TO THE WHEDONVERSE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
BOOM! Studios

The perfect jumping-on point for the Whedonverse with all new stories from the worlds of BOOM! Studios’ hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly!

First, Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his first mate Zoe Alleyne Washburne have a bond that was forged in blood during the war that shaped the ‘Verse, but when the awful secret at the core of that bond is finally revealed and they’re called to answer, the people who love them are left to pick up the pieces.

And, there’s something evil lurking under Sunnydale High School, namely a gateway to a hell dimension that’s been foretold to destroy the world as we know it. Buffy and the gang have mostly got it under control… as long as there are no twists, turns, or misunderstood prophecies. Easy peasy!

Rating: Teen

STRANGER THINGS & BLACK HAMMER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019STRANGER THINGS & BLACK HAMMER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Jeff Lemire & Various Artist: David Rubin, Ibrahim Moustafa Cover Artist: Chun Lo

Tales from two diverse worlds! In Stranger Things, Eleven and the Demogorgon have disappeared from Hawkins, Indiana. Steve and Nancy try to cheer Mike up, encouraging him to get the adventuring party back together again. Then, in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series, Madame Dragonfly takes the reader on an EC-style tour through her mysterious Cabin of Horrors to witness two groups of brand new heroes from the past!

Rating: Teen

DC ENTERTAINMENT TOP SECRET GOLD TITLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DC ENTERTAINMENT TOP SECRET GOLD TITLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
DC Comics

A special, top secret project too big to announce! Stay tuned in the months to come for exciting announcements about DC Entertainment’s Gold title in the February PREVIEWS and on freecomicbookday.com!

Rating: Teen

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: CASUALTY OF WAR — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: CASUALTY OF WAR — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
IDW Publishing

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman Artist: Dave Wachter Cover Artist: Dave Wachter

The road to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 100th issue begins! New York City has just erupted into war as Splinter battles Karai for control of the Foot Clan with the Turtles caught in the middle! Find out how the Turtles got to this point as they battle some of their fiercest foes in this special FCBD offering!

Rating: Teen

DEADLY CLASS: KILLER SET ONE-SHOT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DEADLY CLASS: KILLER SET ONE-SHOT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Image Comics
Writer: Rick Remender (A/CA) Wes Craig

It’s not Summer Break yet! FCBD fans will be treated with a special one-shot standalone Deadly Class story. Readers of the ongoing comic series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, viewers excited about SYFY channel’s adaptation from Executive Producers the Russo Brothers (directors of Avengers: Infinity War), and new readers alike, will enjoy entering the world of King’s Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Rating: Mature

AVENGERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019AVENGERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Marvel Comics

Don’t miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles from Marvel, each featuring two 10-page stories that set the stage for upcoming game-changers in the Marvel Universe. Plus, a can’t-miss special guest!

Rating: Teen

DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Titan Comics
Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Rachael Stott, Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean Cover Artist: Enrica Eren Angiolini

Jump aboard the TARDIS with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and her companions on Free Comic Book Day! A perfect introduction to the hit new series from Eisner-nominated comics writer Jody Houser, where readers leap through time and space in fun, fast-paced adventures!

Rating: All-Ages

DISNEY DESCENDANTS: DIZZY’S NEW FORTUNE CHAPTER 1 PREVIEW — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DISNEY DESCENDANTS: DIZZY’S NEW FORTUNE CHAPTER 1 PREVIEW — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Tokyopop
Writer: Jason Muell (A/CA) Natsuki Minami

A full-colour, manga-style graphic novel telling a brand-new story in the world of Disney Descendants, starring Dizzy, the granddaughter of Lady Tremaine, and featuring a host of Villain Kids from the Isle of the Lost! This is the first chapter of Disney Descendants: Dizzy’s New Fortune.

Rating: All-Ages

 

BLOODSHOT SPECIAL — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019BLOODSHOT SPECIAL — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Valiant Entertainment

Writer: Tim Seeley, Brian Hurtt Artist: Tomás Giorello, Juan José Ryp

Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019!

Before Sony’s live-action Bloodshot blockbuster film takes movie theatres around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army from superstar writer Tim Seeley (Nightwing, Batman Eternal) and groundbreaking artist Tomás Giorello (X-O Manowar)!

Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to Fallen World, a shocking new event series starring Rai — the formidable protector of a future Earth — by acclaimed comic creator Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Britannia) that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day!

Rating: Teen

 

INTERCEPTOR 01 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019INTERCEPTOR 01 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Vault Comics
Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Dylan Burnett Cover Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Interceptor tells the tale of Poli and Weep, two freedom fighters on a planet populated exclusively by blood-sucking vampires. A planet called Earth. From Donny Cates (Buzzkill, Ghost Fleet, The Paybacks) and Dylan Burnett comes a neon-drenched, blood-soaked vision of vampires like you’ve never seen before!

Rating: Teen

 

POKÉMON: I CHOSE YOU & POKÉMON ADVENTURES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019POKÉMON: I CHOSE YOU & POKÉMON ADVENTURES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
VIZ Media

Writer: Ryo Takamisaki, Hidenori Kusaka Artist: Ryo Takamisaki, Mato Cover Artist: Mato, Ryo Takamisaki

Two tales from the world of Pokémon! Pokémon: I Choose You!: When Ash Ketchum oversleeps on his 10th birthday, he ends up with a stubborn Pikachu instead of the first partner Pokémon he wanted! But after a rocky start, Ash and Pikachu become close friends and true partners-and when they catch a rare glimpse of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh in flight, they make plans to seek it out together. Pokémon Adventures: Red doesn’t just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won’t be so easy to win over!

Rating: All-Ages

SILVER SPONSORS

 

ANIMOSITY TALES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019ANIMOSITY TALES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
AfterShock Comics
Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Rafael De Latorre, Ornella Savarese, Elton Thomasi Cover Artist: Rafael De Latorre

A tale from the world of Animosity… On the day known as the Wake, the Animals rose up — they began thinking, talking, and taking revenge. This Free Comic Book Day, we bring you the intertwined tales of three lives and a date with destiny amid a black comedy apocalypse…

Rating: Teen

 

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Ahoy Comics
Writer: Tom Peyer, Stuart Moore, Hunt Emerson Artist: Russ Braun, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Hunt Emerson Cover Artist: Jamal Igle

All new! From the hit series The Wrong Earth: On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo! Plus, a tale of space hero Captain Ginger when he was a kitten! And Edgar Allan Poe battles the Black Cat!

Rating: Teen

 

GRUMBLE VS. THE GOON — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019GRUMBLE VS. THE GOON — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Albatross Funnybooks
Writer: Eric Powell, Rafer Roberts Artist: Eric Powell, Mike Norton Cover Artist: Eric Powell

From the pages of Grumble, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass!

Rating: Teen

 

CASPER'S SPOOKSVILLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019CASPER’S SPOOKSVILLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
American Mythology Productions

Casper the friendly ghost, the friendliest ghost you know! Join Casper, Hot Stuff, Wendy, the Ghostly Trio, Spooky, Nightmare, and more as this all-star cast of characters tackle magical adventures and tickle your funny bone. Casper’s Spooksville FCBD Edition is the perfect introduction for fans of all ages to the entire Casper cast and leads directly to the first official issue of the new monthly series in stores this April! Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Shanower beautifully illustrates the new series and takes you on a voyage to discover the joy of Casper with brand new stories and classic tales that celebrate the Harvey heritage!

Rating: All-Ages

 

PUNCHLINE #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019PUNCHLINE #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Antarctic Press
Writer: Bill Williams Artist: Matthew Weldon

Mel was a cloaked super-powered representative of a superhuman group entrusted with protecting all Mankind. After being forced to retire, Mel meets Jessie, who agrees to take her place as a costumed heroine. Mel becomes a mentor to the new cape in town as Jessie joyously engages the role of heroine, meeting the other super-types in the big city of Seaholm and beyond.

Rating: Teen

 

GO FISH! — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019GO FISH! — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Arcana Studio
Writer: Sean O’Reilly Artist: Beto

Alex the Parrotfish is off to the undersea city of New Corralton in search of fame and fortune (or at least a decent job). Before he’s through, he’ll face down hungry sharks, rude bureaucrat fish, and a shocking threat to the whole reef! How will Alex make it out in one piece? Find out in this all-new comic of Go Fish!

Rating: All-Ages

LADY MECHANIKA — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019

LADY MECHANIKA — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Benitez Productions
Writer / Artist/ Cover Artist: Joe Benitez Writer: M. M. Chen

Introduce new readers to this steampunk bestseller, which has been remarkably successful with female readers, art enthusiasts, and customers who are new to comics. Includes the original 14-page one-shot introducing Lady Mechanika, a young woman in Victorian England with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them, searching desperately for the secrets to her past, plus excerpts from available or upcoming Lady Mechanika comics.

Rating: Teen

 

LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
BOOM! Studios
Writer: Lilah Sturges Artist: polterink Cover Artist: Alexa Sharpe

When the Lumberjanes discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas, they think they’ve found new friends. But what they don’t know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they’ve found the perfect way to join the outside world… by impersonating the ‘Janes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the ‘Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are… and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.

Rating: All-Ages

 

CAPTAIN CANUCK: EQUILIBRIUM SHIFT #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019CAPTAIN CANUCK: EQUILIBRIUM SHIFT #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Chapterhouse Publishing
Writer: Keith Morris, Various Artist: Various Cover Artist: Rob Brunette

The world was saved as its hero fell. Who will pick up the pieces? Michael Evans, the charismatic and genius leader of Equilibrium, has tasked himself to protect the world and rebuild it in the wake of the global attack from the Borealis. But without the aid of his brother Tom, whose heroic sacrifice saved the world, is Michael in any condition to handle the weight of the world on his own? Enter a new Captain Canuck, but just who is behind the mask? Find out in this FCBD issue of Captain Canuck! The perfect jumping-on point to the adventures taking place in Captain Canuck Season 5: Equilibrium Shift!

Rating: All Ages

 

THE INCREDIBLES 2 & MINECRAFT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019THE INCREDIBLES 2 & MINECRAFT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Cavan Scott, Hope Larson Artist: Kawaii Creative Studio, Meredith Gran Cover Artist: Cassie Anderson

Presenting two stories that are fun for all ages, are you ready? First, in the world of Minecraft a heartless Griefer runs rampant, but she discovers her actions end up having real world consequences. Then, in Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are ready for a date night, but when someone is up to no good, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are determined that this villain will not ruin their parents’ night off!

Rating: All Ages

 

DC ENTERTAINMENT TOP SECRET SILVER TITLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DC ENTERTAINMENT TOP SECRET SILVER TITLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
DC Comics

A special, top secret project too big to announce! Stay tuned in the months to come for exciting announcements about DC Entertainment’s Silver title in the February PREVIEWS and on freecomicbookday.com!

Rating: Teen

 

LITTLE LULU IN THE WORLD'S BEST COMIC BOOK — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019LITTLE LULU IN THE WORLD’S BEST COMIC BOOK — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Drawn & Quarterly
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: John Stanley

This FCBD give your customers one of the best comics in the history of the medium, Marge’s Little Lulu by John Stanley and created by Majorie Henderson Buell. Lulu Moppet is an outspoken and brazen young girl who doesn’t follow any rules-a protofeminist who is more relevant than ever.

Generations of comics readers have adored Stanley’s timeless, hilarious cartooning and new readers of all ages will be won over by this full-colour issue that will kick off D+Q’s landmark hardcover reissue series!

Rating: All-Ages

BOB'S BURGERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019BOB’S BURGERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Bobs Burgers

Join the Belcher family for the 2019 Free Comic Book Day Bob’s Burger comic book! Brought to you by the producers and animators of the hit TV show and features all your favourite characters — Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene & Louise!

Rating: All-Ages

VAMPIRELLA #0 50TH-ANNIVERSARY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019VAMPIRELLA #0 50TH-ANNIVERSARY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Christopher Preist, Forrest J. Ackerman, Various Artist: Various

July 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Vampirella, and to celebrate, Dynamite is relaunching the title that very month, with a very special preview to come in this year’s FCBD special, Vampirella #0! Featuring work by legendary Vampirella creator Forrest J. Ackerman along with legends in the own right, Mark Texiera, Ty Templeton, and Bruce Timm, Vampirella #0 will also unveil our lights-out new creative team as they present the prologue to a story so big, we had to hold it for Vampi’s birthday!

Rating: Teen

ZAGOR: THE ALIEN SAGA — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019ZAGOR: THE ALIEN SAGA — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Epicenter Comics
Writer: Guido Nolitta Artist: Gallieno Ferri Cover Artist: Michele Rubini

When Zagor’s archnemesis, professor Hellingen mysteriously disappears from a scientific military base Skylab, Zagor is bracing himself for a crisis of colossal magnitude. Still, nothing prepares him for what comes next.

Rating: Teen

OUR FAVOURITE THING IS MY FAVOURITE THING IS MONSTERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019OUR FAVOURITE THING IS MY FAVOURITE THING IS MONSTERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Fantagraphics Books
Writer, Artist and Cover Artist: Emil Ferris

Spotlighting Emil Ferris’s best-selling and award-winning graphic novel, My Favourite Thing Is Monsters. Featuring an excerpt of the forthcoming second and final book, My Favourite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 2 (coming Fall 2019), as well as an exclusive five-page “How To Draw a Monster” strip and a six-page autobiographical “Making of” strip, “The Bite That Changed My Life!,” both by Ferris!

Rating: Mature

BLASTOSAURUS ANNUAL #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019BLASTOSAURUS ANNUAL #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Golden Apple Books
Writer: Richard Fairgray, Paul Eiding Artist/ Cover Artist: Richard Fairgray

One year since his arrival in Freak Out City, Blasto has touched the lives of the weirdos, mutants and misfits who reside there in too many ways to count. Now, they gather to honour his Dinoversary and tell tales of their encounters with their 6-foot Triceratops hero. From stopping vampires trying to knock over a blood bank, to the great circus train robbery of 2019, Blasto’s seen it all. Three new stories from the Blastosaurus mythology that are sure to delight kids all around the world.

Rating: All-Ages

CRISTIANO RONALDO'S STRIKER FORCE 7 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019CRISTIANO RONALDO’S STRIKER FORCE 7 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Graphic India
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Graphic Pop

The world’s biggest superstar is now becoming the world’s next big superhero! Cristiano Ronaldo stars in his first superhero project based on the animated series in production. Led by Cristiano, a motley crew of super-powered agents from around the world must protect the Earth from annihilation, provided Cristiano can teach them how to work as a team! They’re here to save the Earth — but who’s going to save them from each other?

Rating: All-Ages

WOLFIE MONSTER AND THE BIG BAD PIZZA BATTLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019WOLFIE MONSTER AND THE BIG BAD PIZZA BATTLE — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Graphix
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Joey Ellis

Three monster brothers get into trouble in a wacky adventure to save their failing pizza parlour!

Monster brothers Wolfie, Jackson, and Roy are in for some serious competition when the gigantic corporation, Happy Leaf, moves into their hometown of Oak Hollow and wants to buy their pizza parlor. But not all is on the up-and-up when they discover the villainous CEO, Lord Mudpant, wants more than to just sell people his addictive products. Can the boys set aside their squabbles long enough to thwart Mudpant’s nefarious plans?!

Rating: All-Ages

H1 IGNITION — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019H1 IGNITION — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Humanoids
Writer: Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajefyo, Carla Speed McNeil Artist: Philippe Briones Cover Artist: Yanick Paquette

The new Humanoids H1 Universe starts here! Don’t miss the introduction to this exciting imprint with an original story brought to you by Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajefyo, Yanick Paquette, Carla Speed McNeil and Phil Briones. Plus: a sneak peek at the first six original series: Ignited, Omni, Strangelands, The Big Country, Meyer, and Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen. Explosive cover by Yanick Paquette!

Rating: All-Ages

STAR WARS ADVENTURES: DROID HUNTERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019STAR WARS ADVENTURES: DROID HUNTERS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
IDW Publishing
Writer: Cavan Scott Artist/ Cover Artist: Derek Charm

The stars have aligned: This year, Free Comic Book Day coincides with Star Wars Day! Han and Chewie race against pirates in a search for one of three identical droids that contain the location of a legendary treasure. But what our favourite smugglers don’t know is the other two droids are booby trapped! Trickery and double-crosses abound in this original story set before A New Hope! May the Fourth be with you!

Rating: Teen

SPAWN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019SPAWN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Image Comics
Writer/ Artist: Todd McFarlane Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina

Relive the historical launch of one of the most successful comic book series of all-time this FCBD with a reprint of Spawn #1 featuring a new, exclusive cover by Francesco Mattina. Longtime readers of this record-breaking, iconic series following anti-hero Al Simmons will enjoy a nostalgic look back at the issue that started it all. And new readers will have a chance to embark on the Spawn adventure in time for the release of the film adaptation starring Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner, and directed by Todd McFarlane himself!

Rating: Teen

KODANSHA COMICS ALL-AGES MANGA SAMPLER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019KODANSHA COMICS ALL-AGES MANGA SAMPLER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Kodansha Comics
Writers/Artists: Various Cover Artist: Clamp

This all-ages sampler features a much-anticipated preview of the classic Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition by CLAMP, plus the US premiere of Witch Hat Atelier, by renowned Marvel and DC variant cover illustrator Kamome Shirahama, and the adventure about the “magic” of reading, Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi!

Rating: All-Ages

A SHEETS STORY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019A SHEETS STORY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Lion Forge
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Brenna Thummler

An all new original story that takes place after the events of Sheets by Brenna Thummler. When Marjorie Glatt goes to her grand mother’s to celebrate Mother’s Day, Marjorie can think only of getting her ears pierced. All the girls in seventh grade have their ears pierced. But Wendell, Marjorie’s ghost friend who roams the human world as a sheet, doesn’t want Marjorie to change herself just to fit in.

Rating: All-Ages

SPIDER-MAN — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019SPIDER-MAN — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Marvel Comics

Don’t miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles from Marvel, each featuring two 10-page stories that set the stage for upcoming game-changers in the Marvel Universe. Get ready for a surprise!

Rating: Teen

THE TICK — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019THE TICK — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
New England Comics
Writer/ Artist: Ian Nichols

The Tick is back for his 10th Free Comic Book Day featuring an all-new story by Ian Nichols! The Tick has always been one of the most popular FCBD comics! Dave has the largest collection of Tick & Arthur memorabilia in the world — except the most rarest “items” of all — The Tick and Arthur themselves! Featuring the return of the fan-favourite Tick Cycle with its legendary “unnecessary rockets”! SPOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Rating: All-Ages

GHOST HOG #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019GHOST HOG #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Oni Press
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Joey Weiser

A new graphic novel from the Eisner Award-nominated creator of MERMIN that deftly navigates loss, vengeance, and acceptance!

Rating: Mature

GILLBERT FCBD — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019GILLBERT FCBD — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Papercutz
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Art Baltazar

Young Gillbert is the prince of the underwater world of Atlanticus. Together with his best friend Sherbert and mysterious new friend Anne Phibian, Gillbert is curious to find out where all the messages in a bottle are coming from! Created by Tiny Titans’ Art Baltazar.

Rating: All-Ages

LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL: BIG AND BOULDER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL: BIG AND BOULDER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Random House Books For Young Readers
Writer/ Artist/ Cover Artist: Jeffrey Brown

When a meteor hits nearby, Lucy & Andy can’t help but go investigate, and chaos ensues once the kids realize that it definitely has magical powers. Enjoy this Free Comic Book Day exclusive story full of pranks, animal hijinks, and tons of jokes, and then prepare to meet some other amazing graphic novel characters as well!

Rating: All-Ages

TREASURY OF BRITISH COMICS PRESENTS: FUNNY PAGES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019TREASURY OF BRITISH COMICS PRESENTS: FUNNY PAGES — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Rebellion/2000 AD
Writers and Artists: Ken Reid & Various

It’s time to put the funny back in funny pages! This Free Comic Book Day, the Treasury of British Comics presents a stack of silliness in a folio of frivolous foolishness with a trove of classic cartoon characters! Infant delinquent Sweeney Toddler commits crimes from the crib! Just when you thought it was safe to parody Steven Spielberg shark films, along comes the terror from the depths, GUMS! Martha’s Monster Make-Up and Faceache strips are both a scream! The egg-straordinary adventures of super-zeroes Birdman and Chicken are sure to get you clucking; You can count on Deadley Hedley The Vampire Detective to be up to your neck in laughs when he joins a stake-out at a monster Christmas Party! A bounty of belly-laughs for kids of all ages!

Rating: All-Ages – More information here

THE DARK AGE/AFTERBURN ONE-SHOT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019THE DARK AGE/AFTERBURN ONE-SHOT — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Red 5 Comics
Writer: Don Handfield, Scott Chitwood Artist: Rod Thornton, Leonardo Rodrigues

In 2019, a grey haze descends on planet earth and reduces every known metal to worthless piles of rust. With no technology remaining, humanity reverts to a violent feudal system ruled by knights of wood, stone and plastic, this is the new Dark Age. Also included is the return of Afterburn, soon to be a major motion picture! After a solar flare wipes out half the earth, Jake and his treasure hunters raid what’s left behind. Post-apocalyptic mayhem is unleashed in Russia in this original short story.

Rating: Teen

SCOUT COMICS PRESENTS: MIDNIGHT SKY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019SCOUT COMICS PRESENTS: MIDNIGHT SKY — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Scout Comics
Writer: James Pruett Writer/ Artist: Scott Van Domelen

What would you do if you discover your son isn’t really your son? He may look like him, act like him, but deep down in your soul you just know…that he’s been replaced. Then your worst fears are realised when the light hits his face just right and you accidentally see his true appearance for yourself.

But he isn’t the only one, you discover; your neighbour, your friend, even your husband. Do you scream? Do you run? Or do you fight back? And how can your daughter be the best and, perhaps, last hope for mankind? Enter the dystopian world of the Midnight Sky.

Also: a special prequel to Long Live Pro Wrestling, an original story of Gutt Ghost, and previews of four upcoming 2019 Scout Comics titles: Devilreaux, Red Winter, Dust, and Snow White Zombie Apocalypse.

Rating: Teen

HOPE #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019HOPE #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Source Point Press
Writer: Dirk Manning Artist: K. Lynn Smith

Unbeknownst to her husband and daughter, Julie Lavelle secretly moonlights as a beloved costumed “ultra” known to the public as Hope. However, when a family outing takes an unexpected turn, she quickly learns how everything can change in an instant. Acclaimed creators Dirk Manning (Nightmare World) and K. Lynn Smith (Plume) present the full first issue of a new superhero series unlike any other.

Rating: Teen

STARBURNS PRESENTS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019STARBURNS PRESENTS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Starburns Industries Press
Writer: Ed Kuehnel & Various Artist: Dan Schkade & Various Cover Artist: Kelly Williams

Starburns sure has some strangeness on the horizon! Is that a beer-swilling Sasquatch behind the wheel of a vintage Corvette, burning rubber on the dusty highway? And are those lights in the sky actually war-mongering aliens from Planet Wrestletopia itching for a grudge match against the people of Earth?

No! To the left of those other lights, see? It’s the Starship Gryffen, fleeing a galactic Federation promising a Utopia enforced by clandestine fascism.

And that spark of fire in the distance? Don’t mind that, it’s just Cherry, the devil’s prankster granddaughter. And because it isn’t really a sneak peak of Starburns Industries Press without some quirky comedy, Josh Fadem of 30 Rock fame offers a sneak-peek of his humor tome, A Whole New Set of Problems!

Rating: Teen

ROBOTECH — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019ROBOTECH — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Titan Comics
Writer: Simon Furman, Brenden Fletcher Artist/ Cover Artist: Hendry Prasetya

The radical reimagining of beloved sci-fi anime Robotech gears up for a brand-new event, and bestselling writer Brenden Fletcher joins the superstar creative team alongside Simon Furman (Transformers) and artist Hendry Prasetya (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)! Free Comic Book Day is the perfect place to jump aboard the SDF-1!

Rating: Teen

STREET FIGHTER: SAKURA VS. KARIN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019STREET FIGHTER: SAKURA VS. KARIN #1 — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Udon Entertainment
Writer: Ken Siu-Chong Artist/ Cover Artist: Omar Dogan

They’ve been adversaries since high school, but now Sakura and Karin’s rivalry enters a new arena – the arcade! Martial arts meets e-sports as two of Street Fighter’s fan-favourite femmes battle it out through both jabs and joysticks! It’s all-new action in UDON’s newest Free Comic Book Day adventure!

Rating: Teen

KINO'S JOURNEY: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD SAMPLER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019KINO’S JOURNEY: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD SAMPLER — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Vertical Comics
Writer: Keiichi Sigsawa Cover Artist: Iruka Shiomiya

Kino’s Journey is about a character named Kino who travels around the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people. Kino’s policy is to only stay three days in every town without exception, saying it’s enough time to learn about the each place and moving on to explore the next new place.

Rating: Teen

MY HERO ACADEMIA/THE PROMISED NEVERLAND — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019MY HERO ACADEMIA/THE PROMISED NEVERLAND — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
VIZ Media
Writer: Kaiu Shirai & Various Artist: Kaiu Shirai, Kouhei Horikoshi Cover Artist: Kouhei Horikoshi, Kaiu Shirai

My Hero Academia: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? The Promised Neverland: Life at Grace Field House is good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious food and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…

Rating: Teen

MALIKA: FIRE & FROST — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019MALIKA: FIRE & FROST — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
YouNeek Studios
Writer: Roye Okupe Artist: Sunkanmi Akinboye, Raphael Kazeem Cover Artist: Sunkanmi Akinboye

Following years of moving in the shadows, Malika’s past forces her out of hiding. After receiving a mysterious vision, Malika journeys to Egypt, where she must simultaneously do battle with the past and the presents as she tries to retrieve the FireFrost stone, a relic that holds the combined power of two ancient dragons, from the hands of an absolute evil!

Rating: Teen

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT MATERIALS

DEFEND COMICS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019DEFEND COMICS — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Writer: Nathan Hale, Various Artist: Various Cover Artist: Derek Charm

From the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this anthology features previews of some of 2019’s most anticipated graphic novels from Abrams Comic Arts, Boom Studios, and Oni Press! Includes new work by superstar author Nathan Hale!

Rating: All-Ages

THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING — FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019
Gemstone Publishing
Writer: J. C. Vaughn Artist: Brendon Fraim, Brian Fraim Cover Artist: Billy Tucci

The team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide brings you a comic book about collecting, packed with all sorts of “how to” information including care of your collectibles, grading and more — and it’s not only about comics! Get sneak peek at The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 and the countdown to Overstreet #50! Our “That’s never going to happen!” crossover cover features Billy Tucci’s Shi and Tom Mason’s Dinosaurs for Hire.

Rating: All-Ages

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2000AD Villains Takeover! – 99 cente/ 99p Special

Finally, here’s the solicitation for the 2000AD 99 cent/ 99 pence “Villains Take Over” one-shot, reported initially on Bleeding Cool…

2000AD Villains Take Over One Shot Special

In time for Free Comic Book Day the bad guys take over the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic with a nefarious new special full of criminal capers and villainous ventures – the 2000AD Villains Takeover! At the low, low price point of 99 cents, this is the ideal shelf-stuffer to tempt roguish readers into the world of 2000AD!

In this improper issue we have the very best forbidden felons and outlandish outlaws – the lawman of the future faces a familiar rictus grin in “JUDGE DEATH: THE JUDGE WHO LAUGHS” by Rob Williams and Henrik Sahlstrom; there’s fiendish fantasy with “LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG: LORD OF THE HUNT” by Pat Mills and Kyle Hotz; there’s chem-wreathed criminality in the world of Rogue Trooper in “BRASS AND BLAND: THE PROFESSIONALS” by Karl Stock and Kael Ngu; there’s the malefactory mutant-bounty hunters-turned-bad-guys, The Stix, from Strontium Dog in STIX: SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Matt Smith and Chris Weston; and all rounded off by “TERROR TALE: LAST OF THE HELLPHIBIANS” by that master of the mendacious Henry Flint!

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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