Yesterday, the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Selection Committee revealed the 50 free comic books that will be available during the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, taking place Saturday, May 2nd at participating comic book shops worldwide.
The 2015 event marks the fourteenth year Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated by new and devoted comic book, gaming, and pop-culture fans of all ages. FCBD was created to be an industry-wide outreach event to introduce the world of printed comics to a generation who have grown up with the characters in movies, cartoons, video games and TV shows, allowing fans discover characters’ origins from the stories they discover at their local comic shop. In addition to receiving free comics, fans can also participate in each comic shop’s additional activities, such as raffles and door prizes, meet-and-greets with professional comic creators, local artists and cosplayers and more, to make their FCBD experience unforgettable.
Comic book store retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose these 50 titles to provide fans with a wide range of stories to choose from. They ae being produced exclusively for FCBD by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and 36 other publishers. Titles for the FCBD 2015 comics include Marvel’s Secret Wars, Fight Club written by Chuck Palahniuk, Transformers, Doctor Who, SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rabbids, and more.
“We are extremely excited about the quality and diversity of all 50 free comics that will provide comic book fans a great opportunity to discover original and revamped stories for free, which can open up a diverse world of comics to them as they enjoy these stories for the first time,” said FCBD Spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “The titles offered this year are great for adults and children, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We are sure that fans and retailers will be pleased with the line-up and will look forward to this year’s Free Comic Book Day as much as we do!”
Below is a list of all 50 comics that will be available on Free Comic Book Day 2015.
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE” FLIP-BOOK
ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015
AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1
AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT
BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX
CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS
CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK
COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0
DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, BANDETTE
DC COMICS| TBA
DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS
GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL
IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER
LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW
LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”
MARVEL| AVENGERS #1
NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK
ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1
PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1
REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL\
RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE
TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI
UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH
ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT
ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5
For more information about Free Comic Book Day, please visit www.freecomicbookday.com. Fans will be able to find a participating comic shop near them in April 2015 using the FCBD store locator. Also check for updates and enter giveaways on the FCBD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/freecomicbook.
The holiday season’s upon us, and with all the toys and games out there, it can certainly be tricky to sort through all the products and pick out a good present. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for kids’ gifts in 2014 (and be sure to check out our gift guides for boys and girls as well!)
Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet, $119.00
Looking for a durable and dependable tablet for your kids this holiday season? Check out the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet! It’s got the technical specs covered– featuring a quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Audio– and it also comes with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee from Amazon, as well as a year of Amazon FreeTime! The Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet includes a sturdy, lightweight “kid-proof” case so you don’t have to worry about your little ones breaking it… and with a free year of Amazon FreeTime, they’ll have tons of fun with unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost! The Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet is a great tablet for you to give your kids without having to worry about damage, add-ons, or accessories.
Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack, $54.99
For the first time ever, the full Skylanders console video gameplay experience is available on your tablet device! Now kids can bring the Skylanders to life, defeat villains and trap them wherever you go using the ALL NEW Wireless Traptanium Portal and Wireless Game Controller that comes with the Tablet Starter Pack. In Skylanders: Trap Team, Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison, freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, your kids have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight on the good side! As always with Skylanders, it’s a fantastic game and a holiday favorite with kids!
Minecraft– Core Player Survival Pack, $16.99
Everybody loves Minecraft, and with Jazwares’ new toys based on the game, your kids can bring their favorite elements of Minecraft into the real world! The Core Player Survival Pack includes Steve (the game’s main character) in his basic leather armor, as well as the game’s iconic Pick axe, Sword, Workbench, Bed, Chest (that opens to hold items!), and Torch. It’s got everything a Minecraft player could want to start their real-life Minecraft play!
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Starter Pack, $59.96
Though its big draw is the addition of the new Marvel Super Heroes (like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man) there’s plenty of Disney fun for everyone to enjoy in the new Disney Infinity 2.0! Featuring new characters like princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Aladdin and Jasmine, and more, Disney Infinity 2.0 is a great choice for all the kids on your list this year! Kids will love the game’s myriad opportunities to explore and build worlds based on their favorite Disney and Marvel movies and tv shows!
Boom Boom Balloon Board Game, $15.26
What’s the hottest board game this holiday season? It’s SpinMaster’s Boom Boom Balloon, the crazy game where you take turns keeping the balloon from popping! Roll the die, and carefully push in a stick until it clicks. Watch as the balloon changes shape – will the next click make it pop? It’s the ultimate game of anticipation where you never know when the balloon will go BOOM! Pick one up and share some fun with your family by playing it after your holiday dinner– what a treat!
Disney Frozen Snow Cone Maker Olaf, $26.99
This holiday season, your little one can enjoy the magic of transforming ice cubes into tasty treats with the Disney Frozen Snow Cone Maker based on the loveable snowman Olaf. First, simply add the flavor powder and water to the flavor bottle to make a delicious, sugar-free syrup. Add ice cubes to the snow cone maker and crank the handle to make “snow,” to which your child can then add as much flavor as he or she wants. Ideal for making Frozen treats in summer or any time of the year, the snow cone maker is styled to look like Olaf from the hit Disney film for a toy that will melt hearts. It’ll surely become a year-round staple in your house if you’ve got kids who love Frozen (and who doesn’t?)
Razor PowerRider 360, $159.99
Your young rider will love the 360° electrical ride of the Razor PowerRider 360 Electric Three-Wheeler, which features dual inclined rear caster wheels for great drifting and 360° spinning action. The hand-operated front brake provides sure stopping, and the high-impact front wheel gives stability and power. Your young one can ride for up to 30 minutes per charge at speeds of up to 9 mph for three-wheeling fun– if you pick one of these up this holiday season, your child will be itching for the second the warmer weather hits so they can test it out!
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dune Racer, $249.99
Another great ride-on to check out this holiday season, the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dune Racer is designed for up to two riders and designed with two forward speeds and a reverse speed. This battery-powered ride-on is built with safety concerns in mind, and features a Power-Lock brake system and metal sidebars for your child to hold onto for support. The racer’s Monster Traction system allows the car to safely travel across wet and rough terrain, providing for an excellent and fun ride no matter where your child is driving it. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphics and colors, along with the faux chrome wheels and grille, help your little one drive in style!
Crayola Light Designers– See-Thru Light Designer, $14.98
This holiday season, splurge on your child’s creativity– with the Crayola See-Thru Light Designer! The Light Designer provides a fun, interactive creative experience that lets children add real-life objects to their art! The two reusable transparent panels provide plenty of space to draw and doodle light-up art. To take the fun to the next level, your child can place objects, pictures, or even family and friends behind the panels to combine their art with real life. A great choice for ages six and up, the See-Thru Light Designer takes three AA batteries (sold separately) and comes with four markers.
Ever wanted a good quality camera that’s easy for kids to control and can withstand the treatment they’d give it? Bemo to the rescue! This camera is designed to fit in the palm of your hand and shoot with a single touch.
Each camera is rugged, water-resistant, wonderfully portable and comes in three fun-loving colors: Moroccan Red, Manhattan Black, and Mykonos Blue. Whether you clip it on, keep it close with the lanyard, or slip it easily into your pocket, Bemo lets you capture the everyday, the epic, and everything in between. Get one for your kids this holiday season (or buy one for yourself too– we won’t judge!)
MiP RC Robot, $89.99
Any kid would love a robot as a present, and this holiday season, WowWee’s RC Robot MiP is just the robot for the job! MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes. With his unique dual wheel balancing, MiP is able to navigate his surroundings, follow hand gestures, and even follow objects around! Unique dual-wheel balancing, fast speeds, on the dime turning, and hand gesture command recognition makes MiP a fantastic robotic friend for all! Also included is a tray accessory that can be plugged in so you can watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still. MiP has multiple robotic modes including Roam, Stacking, Dance, and Programming.
The holiday season’s upon us, and with all the toys and games out there, it can certainly be tricky to sort through all the products and pick out a good present. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for boys’ gifts in 2014:
Moustache Smash, $9.88
Spin Master Games’s Moustache Smash is the matching game that is speedy, silly-looking fun! Each player keeps a moustache held up to their face. As each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your ‘stache in either color or shape. See a match, then smash it fast! Be the first to smash the ‘stache card and your moustache’s suction cup will pick it up and you score a point. But don’t smash the wrong card, or you’ll pay a penalty and lose two of your cards into the pot. Collect the most moustache cards and you win!
Big Hero 6 Deluxe Flying Baymax, $29.99
Based on the beloved robot Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero 6, this massive figure is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features to save the day, just like in the movie. Comes with accessory figure of boy genius Hiro, which unlocks additional special features when connected with Baymax. Boys will have tons of fun re-creating their favorite scenes from Big Hero 6 with this great toy!
Avengers Assemble Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists, $10.00
As anyone with boys in their life knows, superheroes are ALWAYS a big hit. With the Avengers Assemble Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists, your child can become the Hulk like never before! The fists will fit over anyone’s hands, from kids to adults. They’re awesome fun for anyone who’s a fan of the Avengers, and especially anyone who’s ever wanted to wield the unlimited strength of the Incredible Hulk and adventure alongside the other Avengers as their most powerful member!
Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit, $72.99
Has your child ever wanted to be a spy? Help him start up a career in espionage with the Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit! Featuring four high-tech pieces of Spy Gear, the Mission Alpha Kit covers all the fundamental needs of secret agents. Inside you’ll discover Field Agent Walkie Talkies, a Micro Agent Listener, a Micro Agent Motion Alarm and a multi-functional Field Agent Spy Watch. Each tool helps your child complete secret mission as he listens, watches, and communicates with superior stealth. Start your spy game right with the four-in-one Mission Alpha Kit!
Zoomer Dino, $99.92
If you’re an avid reader of DaDaRocks, you’ve heard of Zoomer Dino before, and there’s no time like the present to grab one of these super cool remote-controlled dinos for your little boy! With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. And just like a real dinosaur, Boomer can get angry, spin around, chomp his massive reptile jaws, and roar! Boomer the Zoomer Dino is sure to be a hit this holiday season!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colossal 48 Inch Michelangelo Figure, $79.99
Fans of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this one’s for you! With nine points of articulation, your favorite ninjutsu-practicing, nunchuck-wielding turtle stands 48″ tall and is ready to foil the Foot Clan no matter what they have planned. He has storage space to hold all of your ninja secrets in a hidden compartment in his shell. With the giant-sized Michelangelo at your side, you can take down Shredder once and for all!
Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock, $69.00
Based on last summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, there’s never been a more powerful Transformers team-up than the Autobot leader Optimus Prime riding into battle on the back of the Dinobot leader Grimlock. With this Stomp and Chomp Grimlock figure, you can re-create that epic alliance. Place the included Optimus Prime figure on the dino’s back to activate sounds, light-up eyes, and pop-out weapons. The battle-activation feature works with other Age of Extinction figures as well, and Stomp and Chomp Grimlock recognizes whether the figure on its back is an Autobot or Decepticon character and will activate different lights, sounds, and weapons depending on which side you choose! Collect your favorite characters, choose your side, and join the battle against extinction.
Lego Star Wars Milennium Falcon (7965), $149.99
Kids from ages 9 to 14 will be happy the old man got the tractor beam out of commission when they blast off with the Millennium Falcon LEGO Star Wars Set. Straight from the Death Star escape scene of Episode IV: A New Hope, kids can craft this replica of Han Solo’s iconic starship from more than 1,200 LEGO pieces for a detailed, articulating display. With twin flick missiles, rotating laser cannons, and detachable cockpit cover, this Millennium Falcon set’s got more than a few surprises left in it for you and your child to discover this holiday season!
Star Wars Command Sets, $4.99-$29.99
Kids can re-create their favorite battles from the Star Wars franchise (and create more of their own!) with the Star Wars Command sets by Hasbro! A great and affordable choice for this holiday season, Star Wars Command sets (which come in a variety of different sizes) help your son command the force like never before. They’re bound to fly off the shelves for the holidays– they’ve already made a splash in our house!
Air Z-Curve Bow, $19.99
Using safe, soft long range arrows that can soar 100 feet, Zing’s Air Z-Curve Bow is the ultimate foam arrow shooter for high tech archery! The Air Z-Curve Bow fires an array of different arrows, including the long range RedX foam tip arrow that will bounce back off of targets and walls, the Foamtek so’ foam suction cup tip arrow that will stick to almost anything, and the So’ek suction cup arrow (all included!) Set includes bow, two long range arrows, and a stick anywhere Zartz tip dart for accurate target practice, as well as a Zip Clip holder for arrows.
On Tuesday morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.
The announced films are as follows:
- 5/1/15 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
- 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
- 5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
- 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
- 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
- 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
- 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
- 5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
- 7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
- 11/2/18 – INHUMANS
- 5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II
Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.
Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.
Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYcrossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.
For full coverage of the event, visit marvel.com.
With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes Edition less than a week away, it’s certainly exciting that some of the mysteries of the new game are finally becoming clearer, with new figures and features finally coming to light. The latest reveal in regard to the game is the release of a full list of the 82 new Power Discs that will be available for the game! For those of you not in the know, Disney Infinity‘s Power Discs (which are sold separately from the game and figures in random 2-packs) give players access to unique abilities vehicles, weapons, ground textures, backgrounds, and (new for 2.0) special costumes and team-ups. Of the 82 newly-announced Power Discs, 40 will draw from the Marvel Super Heroes end of things, while the other 42 will come from the Disney Originals (animated classics, Disney Channel shows, and so forth). All Marvel Power Discs will be available at the game’s launch next week, and the Disney Power Discs will be available beginning on November 4.
You can click on the pictures below for a look at the Disney and Marvel Power Discs, respectively, and check out our gallery at the bottom of the post for a glimpse at the Power Discs in action! Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Edition will be available on September 23, 2014 on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, WiiU, 3DS, Playstation Vita, Microsoft Windows, and iOS.