It's a big weekend in the wonderful world of comics, as Saturday, May 5 is Free Comic Book Day. You can find your nearest participating comic book shop here, and, if you need any suggestions for what to pick up, Chris Sims has a few here. And, because it's a weekend during convention season, there's also a big comic book convention this weekend, the Toronto Comics Art Festival, for which we've got a guide right here.


Oh, and I think there might be a movie of some interest to some comic readers in theaters this weekend...?

Reviews:

-Lauren Davis on Digger

-Chris Sims on Batman Family #1

-Lauren Davis on Overside

-Andrew Wheeler continues his titanic struggle against Avengers Vs. X-Men, which has reached its third issue

Previews:



-Boom's 2012 Free Comic Book Day offering: Adventure Time

-Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4

-Marvel's Avengers "Art Appreciation" variant covers

-The Comic Book History of Comics

-Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic of Musical Greatness

-Power Rangers Super Samurai Vol. 1

-BPRD Hell on Earth: Return of the Master

-Jim Lee's gatefold cover for DC Comics-The New 52 FCBD Edition, featuring Leaguer-on-Leaguer violence

Conventions:

-Anna Goellner has a gallery of photos of creators from last weekend's Stumptown Comics Fest... although based on sharp Batton Lash (above) is dressed, I think maybe this belongs below in the "Fashion" category instead of up here under "Conventions"



-There's going to be a MorrisonCon in Las Vegas this fall, and the first five of the nine guests who aren't going to be Grant Morrison have been announced





Film:

-David Uzumeri and Sims team up to discuss Superman/Richard Pryor team-up, Superman III

-Avengers co-founder Janet Van Dyne, better known as the winsome Wasp, obviously didn't make the cut for the movie line-up...but she was certainly a contender at one point

-Here's the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises

-Here's one pretty good idea for not feeling like a big jerk when you go see The Avengers this weekend

-Here's the latest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man ...and here are some stills

-Sam Jackson is unhappy-Fury-ious, even-that long-time New York Times film critic A.O. Scott didn't love The Avengers sufficiently



TV:

-Ellen DeGeneres, Agent of SHIELD...?

-Animal Man returns to DC Nation

Videogames:

-Here are some more images of Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes characters, including images of The Joker, Lex Luthor and Hal Jordan caught in the middle of...dancing? Or posing? Or...?



Toys:

-Mattel's San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, which include Tiny Titans, Death of the Endless and Polly Pockets dressed as Gotham City Sirens

-Take a look at some of the Spider-Men from Hasbro's Amazing Spider-Man tie-in line

-Hot Toys keeps rolling out disturbingly accurate-looking 1/6 scale toys based on The Avengers movies. This time? Chris Hemsworth's Thor, who looks like he could use a shave.



Fashion:

-This week's Avengers-themed Best Cosplay Ever (This Week)

-Romance Was Born's Marvel-sponsored designs for Australian Fashion Week are awesome... and kinda terrifying. They're terrifysome!



Real life:

-Michigan's Bee Sting was charged with assault after reportedly pulling a gun on a perp

-Phoenix Jones was accused of pepper-spraying people at the May Day protests in Seattle, Washington; he contends there was a second pepper-sprayer

-Someone calling himself Rex Velvet taunts Phoenix Jones, on YouTube



Art:

-Madeleine Flores takes Batman to the park, wonders what's under his cowl and more

-Des Taylor's lovely superhero art

-Chris Haley's alternate Avengers movie posters, include a 1980s version and one featuring female equivalents of the characters in the movie

-The only thing better than Wolverine meeting Freddie Mercury, is Wolverine meeting Freddie Mercury over and over and over and...

-This week's Best Art Ever (This Week)