Free Comic Book Day: Horror Comics – May 7, 2016
By Stephanie Shamblin Gray
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is the first Saturday in May each year when participating comic shops give away a selection of free comics. That’s right, FREE Comics! As usual, there are a few horror titles in the mix, so make sure to visit your local comic shop and support!
Most of the titles available for FCBD are all-ages and many are specifically for children. This is a good opportunity to get the next generation of horror fiends started. A complete list of titles can be found here: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981. Many publishers have something to appeal to horror fans so see the list of horror titles and their synopsis from Previews below to prepare. Visit the FCBD site to read more about the event and find a comics retailer near you: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992. At many local shops the FCBD festivities are almost becoming a mini-comic-con with cosplayers, local artist and creator signings, and food trucks, so don’t miss out!
DARK HORSE SERENITY/HELLBOY/ALIENS FCBD 2015 EDITION
Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mike Mignola & Various (A) Tristan Jones & Various (CA) Sean Cooke
Need a reason to pick up Dark Horse Comics’ 2016 Free Comic Book Day offering? Here’s three: From Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, a lesson from Hellboy’s past is shared. From Brian Wood, a peek into the Aliens: Defiance series with an original tale. And from the world of Joss Whedon, a glimpse at the crew of the Serenity, following the film and the smash-hit series Leaves on the Wind!
STAN LEE`S THE UNKNOWNS/HOWARD LOVECRAFT FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: ARCANA STUDIO
(W) Sean Patrick O’Reilly
Comic book legend Stan Lee’s newest creation, The Unknowns, makes it’s world debut on Free Comic Book Day! Two average teens help alien protectors disguise themselves as a touring rock group in order to take out undercover cells of invaders! Also included is the next chapter in the Howard Lovecraft series (just in time for the animated feature film, Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom), as everyone’s favorite Cthulhu teams up with young H.P. Lovecraft in Howard Lovecraft & The Squid Kids! 32 pages of all-ages animated fun!
CAMP MIDNIGHT #1 FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Steven T. Seagle (A/CA) Jason Adam Katzenstein
Add a touch of spooky to your Free Comic Book Day this year with the first chapter of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight! Not wanting to please her “step monster,” reluctant Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. But when she’s accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp – Camp Midnight, where everyone attending is a full-fledged monster – Skye realizes that not fitting in will be the very least of her challenges! Camp Midnight is the perfect book for readers who love Raina Telgemeier’s Smile but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs in the lunch scenes.
SPACE GOAT PRESENTS: DARK LILY & FRIENDS FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: SPACE GOAT PRODUCTIONS
(W) Georgia Ball & Various (A) George Kambadais & Various
Fun for all ages from Space Goat Publishing for Free Comic Book Day! This title features the first appearance of Dark Lily, a character destined for her own title in 2016. Meet the fun loving characters of Monster Elementary as they make their direct-market debut (coming to comic stores in 2016). The Monster Elementary graphic novel won the Independent Book Award’s First Place Gold Medal for “Best Humor Graphic Novel”. Plus, young readers get a free glimpse at both Rocket Queen & The Wrench and Mage, Inc., already in stores.
JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Greg Smith, Michael Tanner (A/CA) Zach Lehner
The Junior Braves Free Comic Book Day edition features a 24-page excerpt from Book 1 of the hit Oni Press survival horror Young Adult series! Perfect for readers who are a little too young for The Walking Dead, this zombie apocalypse epic follows a plucky band of scouts as they navigate the end of the world with only their combined smarts, teamwork, and good old fashioned camping skills at their disposal. And even then, they’ve still got other survivors to contend with! Will Tribe 65 make it out alive?
DEVIL`S DUE/1FIRST COMICS MIXTAPE FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: DEVILS DUE /1FIRST COMICS, LLC
In this collection of short stories, we introduce new, never before seen Squarriors characters, reveal an original story of Mercy Sparx’s youth from the world of Sheol as a prelude to Mercy Sparx: Year One, a short story featuring Badger vs. everyone’s favorite shirtless world leader, and wrap with the Public Relations short “How to Dragon Your Train,” where a train derailment PR disaster goes bad when a team of hungry dragons are sent to airlift out the victims.
THE STUFF OF LEGEND PREVIEW FCBD 2016 EDITION
Publisher: TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS
(W) Mike Raicht, Brian Smith (A/CA) Charles Paul Wilson
Th3rd World Studios is proud to announce the return of the New York Times best-selling series, The Stuff of Legend, with this sneak peek into the much anticipated Volume 5, launching May 11th. In “A Call to Arms”, our band of toys have been left scattered across the Dark in the aftermath of the Boogeyman’s deceit, and they must pull themselves together or risk losing their boy forever. Also included is the original The Stuff of Legend story that started it all – allowing new readers a glimpse of the adventure that awaits our brave toys as they venture through their boy’s closet…
About: Stephanie Shamblin Gray is a staff journalist for ComicMonsters.com and HorrorNewsNetwork.net. You can follow her on Twitter @UndeadStephanie. And stay up on all the latest news @HorrorNews.