Now in its third year, Doctor Who Comics Day, – back next Saturday, 9th July 2016 – is set to be bigger and better than ever with the launch of a new crossover event comic – Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen that includes a number of special variant covers.
Doctor Who Comics Day is inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comic books and will feature events, signings, contests, and fun activities – and while much of the promotional activity from Titan is centred on the US, we’re aware several UK comic shops are planning events, so check base with your local shop to see what’s occurring. (Scorch Comics in Eastbourne has lined up an appearance by artists Kev Hopgood and Brian Williamson, for example).
As we previously reported, the spectacular five-part, bi-weekly adventure, Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen, stars the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and is penned by best-selling comic authors George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors), Ivan Rodriguez (The Spider) and Nicola Righi (Eleventh Doctor). The story features one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes, the Cybermen, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
The series also features beloved companions including Rose (played by Billie Piper on screen) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman). Leading up to the release of Supremacy of the Cybermen, Titan will be releasing nine exclusive one-page teasers – featuring Doctors from up and down the timeline – in each of Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who stories.
Doctor Who signings will take place across the US on Doctor Who Comics Day with talent including Blair Shedd at Newbury Comics (Boston), Andrew Pepoy and Jason Millet at Graham Crackers (Chicago), Mark Wheatley at Beyond Comics (Frederick, MD), Todd Nauck at Big Red Comics (Orange, CA), Kelly Yates and Tony Shasteen at Borderlands (Greenville, SC), and Richard Starkings at Pulp Fiction (Long Beach, CA).
Titan’s Doctor Who story, from this year’s Free Comic Book Day event will also be available for free on digital devices. This Free Comic Book Day edition features four all-new short tales of the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors written and drawn by the creative teams from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who titles.
Titan continues the celebration by offering Doctor Who Comics Day t-shirts and mugs featuring art by Supremacy of the Cybermen artist Alessandro Vitti, and a limited edition Doctor Who Titans: “Army Of Ghosts” Cyberman 3-inch vinyl figure – only available at comic book stores.
Titan will also release multiple variant covers to collect, including Supremacy of the Cybermen variants by Alessandro Vitti, photo variant by Will Brooks, a cool Cyberman cover by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, a fun colouring variant, and exclusive retailer variants at Forbidden Planet and Books-A-Million.
There will be special variant covers across Titan’s comics line throughout July (see below!), including a cracking Fourth Doctor #4 variant by Andrew Pepoy and Jason Millet, Ninth Doctor #3 variant by Dan Boultwood, Tenth Doctor Year Two #12 variant by Blair Shedd, Eleventh Doctor Year Two #11 variant by Rod Reis, and Twelfth Doctor Year Two #7 variant by Todd Nauck & Hi-Fi.
For the first time this year Titan is also supplying Doctor Who fans with kits to host their own reading group events on the same day. Over 300 parties are planned across the globe to read and celebrate Doctor Who comics.
A Doctor Who Twitter marathon contest is planned for the day via Titan Comics’ Twitter page @ComicsTitan. Doctor Who comic creators Cavan Scott and George Mann will be answering fan questions at 11:00am EST that day via Titan Comics’ Twitter page. Fans can ask question using the hashtag #DWCD.
Titan is encouraging all fans to get creative and visit their local participating store on Doctor Who Comics Day in cosplay, then tweet pictures to @ComicsTitan.
• For more information about Doctor Who Comics Day visit: www.DoctorWhoComicsDay.com