Hidden beneath the fold of the Free Comic Book Day 2010 announcements was that Ape Entertainment has signed a deal to publish Dreamwork licensed Shrek and Penguins Of Madagascar comics based on the films and is using FCBD to debut stories with these characters as part of its child-focussed KiZoic imprint.
They join the likes of the Archaia Fraggle Rock and Boom! Muppets/Pixar/Disney titles in a new "boom" of media-licensed child targeted work around the industry.
And naturally they are represented in Free Comic Book Day as well. Here are the "Gold" titles that should be available in all participating stores next year including a potentially litigious book from Dark Horse!
KIZOIC PRESENTS: SHREK & THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
Featuring four stories by the artists and writers of the upcoming Shrek and Penguins of Madagascar comic books!
MOUSE GUARD/FRAGGLE ROCK
Two amazing all-new stories in one fantastic flip-book!
ARCHIE'S SUMMER SPLASH! #1"Whose BEACH is it Anyway?": Sun, sand, swimsuits and cool rockin' tunes — no, it's not a cinematic "beach party" blast from the past, but a whole new summer splash from Archie and his friends!
With Toy Story 3 hitting theaters this summer, don't miss this opportunity to get a FREE issue from the ongoing Toy Story series from BOOM Kids!
Dark Horse Comics
The dawn of a new age of superhero excitement begins as Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the return of two of the most legendary characters in the annals of comics: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and Magnus, Robot Fighter — re-imagined for the 21st century by comics legend, writer Jim Shooter! All new content and storylines for this free issue!
WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #0
A war is coming, and all that stands between Earth and 100,000 vengeful supermen is one Superman! Special #0 issue featuring all-new material previews the conflicts to come!
Drawn & Quarterly
YOW! THE JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY
D+Q delivers another wholly original and boisterous FCBD issue that will entertain readers of all ages—from the world's greatest all-ages cartoonist, John Stanley, in a beautiful package designed by Seth.
G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #155½This is what you really want! Larry Hama continues his original and ground-breaking G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero saga with the VERY NEXT ISSUE (but, you know, 15 years later).
This special FCBD title offers a small taste of the new hardcover anthology from Silverline Books due later in the year. An all-star cast of writers and artists have been assembled to turn familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes on their ear to make kids LAUGH!
IRON MAN/THOR FCBD 2010 EDITION
Two of Marvel's heaviest hitters like you've never seen them before! A major new direction for the Marvel Universe kicks off HERE – on Free Comic Book Day!