Just like last year, Free Comic Book Day 2016 will have fifty titles to be given away on the first Saturday in May.
Well, someone who didn't make the cut isn't stopping them. Ryan Browne, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley and Luke Smarto of Four Star Studios are making their own Free Comic Book Day title, and publishing it out of the Challengers Comics + Conversation comic book store in Chicago, called 3D Cowboy's Cosmic Convict Challenge(rs).
Not only are they using all of their own characters from Revival, Hack/Slash, Battlepug, God Hates Astronauts, but they have permission to use Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon, Lovebunny & Mr. Hell, Colt Noble and the Megalords, Roberto Fantasma, Nameless, Officer Downe, Clumsy, , the Wretch, Mythic, BroBots, Molly Danger, Hamster Rage and… Jeffrey Brown.
And as you can see, Hellboy and Savage Dragon crossover rather literally together…
3D Cowboy's Cosmic Convict Challenge(rs) features an epic space prison battle between all of their own characters and several other very familiar faces… like, lawsuit-possible familiar. It's 24-page, black and white comic only be available on May 7, 2016 and only at Challengers Comics + Conversation. And then, presumably, on eBay.
Browne, Seeley and Smarto will be signing at Challengers on FCBD, along with Zach Lehrner from Oni Press' Junior Braves of the Apocalypse.
"When Challengers asked us to do this last May, I said "yes" immediately, hoping they'd forget in a year's time. They didn't," remarked Ryan Browne.
Tim Seeley echoed Browne's reluctance, "I just started writing "New Suicide Squad" and now they want me to write AND draw pages for them? I mean, I like those guys and everything, but it's not like Challengers has a movie coming out this summer."
Perhaps the best summation of this experience was from Luke Smarto, "I've been a Chicago-based comic creator and reader for most of my life, and I buy new comics every week. When Challengers asked me to be involved, I asked, "Who are you?" But when they told me I'd be working alongside the Four Star crew, I immediately doubled my asking price."
Mike Norton was less forthcoming when asked to comment on this project, "Shut up! I have deadlines, fool! Get this camera outta my face!" There was no camera.
Well there was for this…