Preview: Free Comic Book Day 2012

It's getting closer and closer to Free Comic Book Day … in that there's only three and a bit months to go.  But it's a lot closer to the point when retailers hand in their orders to take part in the annual promotion that sees stores give out hundreds of free comics to their customers and to the curious. And some are even putting out previews of the free comics to entice you even further…

IMAGE 20 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Chris Giarrusso and… others.

Image Comics presents its 20th anniversary anthology with six, all-new original stories promoting upcoming Image Comics titles! Look for "Revival" by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton, G-Man by Chris Giarrusso and additional stories to be announced later.

FINDING GOSSAMYR/STUFF OF LEGEND by David Rodriguez, Sarah Ellerton, Charles Paul Wilson and more from Th3rd World Studios.

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When a brilliant young boy named Denny solves the most perplexing puzzle in the history of mankind, he and his caretaker sister, Jenna, are transported to the fantastic land of Gossamyr, where math is magic and the boy's unique condition gives him incredible power. Finding Gossamyr is written by game designer/writer David A. Rodriguez and beautifully illustrated by talented newcomer Sarah Ellerton. Also in this issue: a special preview of The Stuff of Legend Volume 4!

MOUSE GUARD LABYRINTH & MORE HC by Jeremy Bastian, David Peterson, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh, David Petersen, Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey and Janet Lee, Royden Lepp for Archaia.

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 original anthology hardcover 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) present 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?!

YO GABBA GABBA FREE COMIC BOOK TIME Jamie S. Rich & Various, Mike Allred, Parker Jacobs and more, from Oni Press.

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!

BAD MEDICINE #1 by Nunzio DeFillipis, Christina Weir and Christopher Mitten from Oni Press.

Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringe-medicine-eccentric Dr. Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a tragic research lab accident that's left one man dead… and inexplicably headless. With the help of a distrusting NYPD detective, Horne must diagnose whether this strange case was truly a random act of misfortune, or the first calculated move by an invisible, psychotic murderer.

MY FAVORITE MARTIAN SPECIAL EDITION by Dan Spiegel from Hermes Press

Uncle Martin (our favorite Martian) is a stow away on a rocket to Mars! Art by Silver Age great Dan Spiegle; supplementary artwork by Mike Arens; photographs from the original 1963-66 TV show.

VOLTRON FORCE SHELTER FROM THE STORM by Brian Smith and Jacob Chabot

After a mysterious disappearance, the mighty Voltron is back! Now the original Voltron pilots – Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Allura and Commander Keith – are training three new cadets: Daniel, Larmina and Vince. Each cadet brings something special to the team, and as they train, the depths of their gifts are revealed. And with King Lotor and his villainous minion Maahox out to destroy Voltron once and for all, the day that these new cadets must step up may be sooner than expected!

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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