Free Comic Book Day
So DC's Free Comic Book Day title this year is 20 pages of superheroes getting killed.
That's not a joke. That's actually what they're putting out as an enticement for readers who are going into comic book stores, looking to find out more about these characters at a time when superheroes are the most popular thing in the world, is a full-color comic promoting their new crossover, where characters are just murdered and mutilated for twenty solid pages. Oh, and someone gets an arm cut off, because if they didn't, how would you know it was a DC Comic from 2014?
Feast your eyes on Friday's links after the jump.
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a crossover that sells it self, but the downside of that is that it's been done often enough that it can be difficult to get excited about the next version. Unless, of course, you tell me that it's going to be co-written, drawn, and lettered by Tom Scioli, the man who wrote the line "Robot Dracula is an efficient torturer" and rendered all other comics obsolete. If you do that, you have my attention, and that's exactly what they did when they announced that Scioli and John Barber were kicking off an ongoing series about the two teams, set to launch with #0 on Free Comic Book Day.
To find out more about how the project came together, I spoke to Scioli and Barber about how the project came together, Scioli's massive pitch document, and how their life-long and relatively recent love of the comics influenced their storytelling. Believe it or not, I don't think we talk about Destro at all.
Last week, Diamond Comic Distributors unveiled the 12 comic titles that are in its "gold level" Free Comic Book Day offerings for this year. Today, it has released solicitations for the 48 other books, the "silver sponsor comics," that will be available for free on May 3, 2014.
Check out all of those listings, which include comics featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, The Tick, The Smurfs and more, after the jump!
From the looks of what Diamond Comic Distributors has release so far, Free Comic Book Day 2014 on May 3, will once again be a most family-friendly affair.
Diamond unveiled what it's calling its "gold-level title" list today, 12 books from publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Archie, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Bongo Comics, Boom! Studios and Fantagraphics. The fare is almost all kid-friendly stuff, with Hello Kitty, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Uncle Scrooge comics all on tap.
Upcoming: Marvel has released a closer look at its Free Comic Book Day 2013 lead-in by Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung to its Thanos-centric Infinity miniseries launching in August.
Movies: In the proud tradition of Transmorphers and Transmorphers: Fall of Man, The Asylum is planning on an... Atlantic Rim release. Will the main difference from Pacific Rim be that the kaiju will prefer yachting to surfing?
Toys: Diamond Select Toys and Ar
Free Comic Book Day has become an important annual awareness event and comic shop sales opportunity since its inception back in 2002, but this year's is already shaping up to be its biggest yet. Diamond Comics Distribution is reporting that more than 4.6 million comics have been ordered in antic