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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED; INCLUDING THE RETURN OF FURMAN & WILDMAN’S TRANSFORMERS
by Frankie Rodriguez
Free Comic book Day has become a huge lure to bring in new comic book fans. And after the critical success of the DC reboot and in 2012, it will have more titles than ever this year; according to FCBD spokesperson, Leslie Jackson:
We had a record amount of entries from publishers this year with more than forty-five different titles. Retailers on the committee had a tough time deciding on which titles to choose for Gold sponsorship, but we’re sure fans will be pleased with the line-up for next year.
With all the titles, it includes the previously announce, then denied but revised of the return of Transformers fan favorite creators Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman returning to Transformers as of issue #80.5; which is among the books free during Free Comic Book Day this May. The following are the Gold Books coming out in 2012.
Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and More HC Flip Book
Written by Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh and David Petersen
Illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen. Cover by David Petersen
This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6” x 9” full color hardcover original graphic novel featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award-nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!
Mega Man: Let the Games Begin
Script: Ian Flynn Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, John Workman, Matt Herms
“Let the Begin!” Part One: Don’t miss the first classic issue of the hit new MEGA MAN comic series! The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one – except Mega Man!
2012 Bongo Comics Free-For-All!
SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies
Bongo offers the best in humor comics with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. And Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his own past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. THEN, flip over the book for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series’ hard-to-find earliest issues. In “Squidward and the Golden Clarinet,” SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that go off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.
Author(s): Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Ryan North
Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Ron Zorman,Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Cover Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Two stories of two boys and their dogs — on one side, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, along with the entire Peanuts gang, come to Free Comic Book Day! On the other side — boy Finn and his dog Jake, along with the entire cast of the hot new Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, adventure in the Land of Ooo for Free Comic Book Day! Get your full KABOOM! dose of “Good Griefs” and “Algebraics” all in one book!
Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book
Zack Whedon (W), Davidé Fabbri (P), Fábio Moon (P/I), Christian Dalla Vecchia (I), Adam Hughes (Cover), and Daniel Dos Santos (Cover)
Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with a shady customer goes bad. When the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat! “Mal” Reynolds, captain of the outlaw vessel Serenity, is no stranger to jobs gone wrong. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on an amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew for help!
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 FCBD EDITION
(W) Various (A) Various
DC COMICS—THE NEW 52 took the industry by storm! Now get an exclusive look at what’s happening in 2012— written and illustrated by today’s top creators.
Simon Furman (w); Andrew Wildman (p), Stephen Baskerville (i); Wildman (c)
The wait is over–after a 20-year hiatus, IDW proudly returns to the original TRANSFORMERS comic book universe, picking up right where 1991’s TRANSFORMERS #80 left off! Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup, Hot Rod and all your favorite Generation One TRANSFORMERS characters charge into the future as fan-favorite writer Simon Furman and legendary Transformers artist Andrew Wildman present TRANSFORMERS #80.5! Reflecting back on the dizzying highs and the terrifying lows of the original run of Transformers comics, Optimus Prime watches over a Cybertron that hasn’t faced Megatron for decades. But that peace shudders to an end, as we dive headlong into July’s TRANSFORMERS #81!
Because the Fans demanded it! Thousands of TRANSFORMERS fans signed petitions urging us to make this book–and IDW listened!
An anthology featuring all-new stories with a mix of Image’s old and new best loved characters!
Writer(s): Jamie S. Rich, Kali Fontecchio, Frank Pittarese, Evan Dorkin, & Sarah Dyer
Artist Name(s): Michael Allred, Kali Fontecchio, Jarrett Williams, & Evan Dorkin, with Han Allred, Rico Renzi, & Sarah Dyer
From the hit Nickelodeon show! Come join your Gabba Land pals Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex, and of course DJ Lance Rock for a series of fun-filled adventures! Plus, an awesome Super Martian Robot Girl tale, too!
THE RETURN OF THE SCARLET SPIDER
by Frankie Rodriguez
During Spider-Island, the landmark story gave off a lot of story potential, which included the return of Spider Clone Kaine. And while Kaine played an instrumental role during the crossover, it lead to an opened question: what will he do next? And then NYCC hit with the news of a new Scarlet Spider ongoing series with Teasers and more.
Now it’s been been revealed that Kaine will be taking over the heroic identity as the new ongoing hits during the first week of the new year. Writer Christopher Yost and artist Ryan Stegman will be giving us a journey of the brand new Scarlet Spider, Kaine.
This Scarlet Spider has been described as a darker hero, moving him to Houston, Texas with a whole new supporting cast. And while Kaine will be taking place mostly in Houston, it won’t be the only place that he will see.
Christopher Yost says:
I think after Spider-Island, Scarlet Spider’s motivation is to generally get away from New York, to get out of all that insanity, and start heading south to get out of the country. It’s kind of the journey of Scarlet Spider to get away from it all. But as is want to happen, life kind of gets in the way, and a large portion of the story is going to be set in Houston, Texas.
And this all starts with a brand new villain make a debut that will cause the new Scarlet Spider swing into action. And from the looks of it, Houston will be having a look and feel that artist Ryan Stegman proclaims he’s gotten a hold of:
As for Houston, I’ve been doing a lot of research on what exactly the city looks like. I’m also trying to book a trip down there next month to check it out and get a feel for it. Because I’m a nerd for accuracy on stuff like that. New York has a specific feel to it that I’m very aware of because I’ve been there a lot and I’ve also seen a lot of renditions of it in comics. But Houston is a bit more open. So hopefully I can convey the difference.
Scarlet Spider is the first new #1 of the new year. Scarlet Spider # 1, written by Christopher Yost with art by Ryan Stegman will hit sleeves January 4th, 2012.
IMAGE COMICS BRINGS BACK NANCY TO RAISE HELL
Press Release from Image Comics
Berkeley, CA – 29 November 2011 — She’s already fought her way out of the depths of hell, armed only with a chainsaw and her badass attitude. Come January, the voluptuous Nancy will be topside again, but she’s about to find herself in Hell on Earth!
Spanish comics scribe El Torres has enlisted the intricately detailed artwork of Enrique Lopez Lorenzana and coloring of Fran Gamboa, to render even the beastliest citizens of Nancy’s Hell as breathtaking. This 4-issue Grindhouse inspired miniseries presents the follow up to last years’ NANCY IN HELL miniseries, a take-no-prisoners tale of one woman versus the greatest evil. Now with the Gates of Hades left wide open, not even the angels in heaven can save our world from the hordes!
“It’s not just because of the limitless special effects budget that the comics medium offers that we have big monsters, small monsters, tiny monsters, tentacled monsters, smelly monsters, and hot chicks,” explained El Torres. “It’s because I have great artists taking my words and transforming them into awesome pictures. I never believed I could visit Nancy again, but thanks to Enrique and Fran, here we are again!”
“To depict these hellish nightmares from El Torres’ mind pouring into San Diego city it’s both a challenge and a pleasure,” added Lorenzana. “Ryp did a wonderful job in the first miniseries, now it’s my turn, and I’m really happy to have the chance of design new monsters in almost every page!”
NANCY IN HELL (ON EARTH) #1 (NOV110371), a 32-page full-color horror comic book for $3.99, will be on sale in stores and on digital platforms on January 25, and will be available for order in the November issue of Previews. NANCY IN HELL, VOL. 1 TP (NOV1000433, ISBN: 978-1-60706-354-4) collects the entire first story arc and is available for reorder now.
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And that is the news for this week. See you all next week.