Who wants to get something free today?
May 4th is Free Comic Book Day, one of the coolest events in the comics industry! If you head on down to your local comic book store*, free comic books should be available. Some stores limit them to one per customer; others just have piles of comics on a table and you’re free to pick ‘n’ choose as you like. Be sure to take advantage of this promotion to check something new, especially if it’s been a while since you last stepped foot in a comic book store.
There’s a list of available titles here, but I don’t know if most participating stores get every title in. If they’re still available by the time I get to a comic book store after work, I hope to pick up the following:
DAMSELS: The Little Mermaid has been captured by a cruel wizard, who intends to keep her locked away forever. But help comes in the form of a valiant one-legged tin soldier whose heart is far bigger than he is. Can the Little Mermaid escape her vicious captor with nothing but a talking toy to guide her? Find out in this fairy tale for all ages written by Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, Doctor Who). Aw, fairy tale mash-ups – I can never resist those.
GRIMM: Discover the characters, creatures and inspiration behind the storyline of NBC's hit-series, Grimm! From the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Grimm features Portland homicide detective Nick Buckhardt, as he discovers he's descended from a long line of "Grimms," who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. …well, I just like the TV show.
STEAM ENGINES OF OZ: Get a special sneak peek at the upcoming re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens. Find out what happens 100 years AFTER the witch is dead. In an Oz ruled by a once revered hero, salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of Victoria Wright, who dares to question status quo and sparks a rebellion. Oz! Steampunk! Huzzah!
If you've already visited your comic book guy, what titles did you pick up? How was your Free Comic Book Day?
* Call ahead to confirm they are participating – not everyone does. Sorry, overseas friends - I believe this is North America only.
Peeking into the archives...today in:
2012: Fashionista Piranha on hiatus until May 24th...
2011: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith
2010: Bronte Sisters Action Figures
2009: Gilded Age Giveaway!