This Month in Comics
Free Comic Book Day 2016 Gold Sponsor Titles Announced
It's still nearly six months away, but we now know the Gold Sponsor titles for next year's Free Comic Book Day. The FCBD Committee and Diamond Comic Distribution announced the titles last week, some of which include Archie and Avengers. There will be a total of 12 Gold Sponsor titles released during Free Comic Book Day, as well as several Silver Sponsor titles as well (see below for a complete list of Gold Sponsor titles for 2016 Free Comic Book Day).
Held annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a widely recognized event that seeks to attract new readers and boost sales for independent comic book stores. Diamond Comic Distributors created the event, with the first FCBD starting back in 2002. Publishers are encouraged to produce special edition comic books for this event, with titles ranging from traditional Marvel superheros to other, more unusual comics.
Here's a fun fact: more than 2,000 retail comic book shops that participated in Free Comic Book Day in its first six years have given away more than 12 million special edition comic books! Some of these comic books are even autographed by the creator.
List of Gold Sponsor Titles for Free Comic Book Day.
- Archie No. 1 FCBD 2016 Edition
- Bongo Comics Free-For-All FCBD 2016 Edition
- Boom! Studios Summer Blast FCBD 2016 Edition
- Dark Horse: Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens FCBD 2016 Edition
- DC Comics Untitled Gold Book FCBD 2016 Edition
- Bob's Burgers FCBD 2016 Edition
- Rom The Space Knight No. 0 FCBD 2016 Edition
- Camp Midnight FCBD 2016 Edition
- Avengers No. 0 FCBD 2016 Edition
- Doctor Who: Four Doctors FCBD 2016 Edition
- Valiant 4001 A.D. FCBD 2016 Edition
- Perfect Square Presents: Pokémon Pocket Comics FCBD 2016 Edition
DC Comics Looking for Batman Writer and Artist
The original Batman is arguably one of the most iconic and influential comic book series of all time. The Caped Crusader made his debut appearance in Detective Comics #27 back in 1939, receiving his own self-titled series just a year later in the spring of 1940. Since then, Batman has gone through dozens of different changes, including the transition to a new writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, both of whom have been working on the series for 52 issues.
According to an article published by BleedingCool, however, it appears that DC Comics is searching for a new artist and writer. Greg Capullo is leaving the Batman series to begin work on a new "creator-owned" comic book alongside Mark Millar. And Scott Snyder has a new project lined up for a "Batbook," which could mean that he too is leaving the iconic Batman comic series.
So, who is DC going to hire as the new artist and writer for Batman? Your guess is as good as mine, because the company has yet to even confirm this rumor. In any case, it's safe to assume that some major changes are coming to the Batman series.
Get a Free Month of Marvel Unlimited
Coming just in time for the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Marvel Unlimited is launching a special promotion through December during which new and returning subscribers can receive their 1st month FREE.
In case this is your first time hearing about Marvel Unlimited, let me explain: this digital subscription service grants members access to tens of thousands of digital comic books, including more than 900 issues of Star Wars Legends. That alone makes it worth the subscription. And with Marvel's one-month-for-free promotion, there's no better time than now to subscriber. Keep in mind, however, that it costs $9.99/month after the promotion is up.
*Offer valid from 12/11/15 12:00pm EST to 12/31/15 11:59pm EST. First month free; subsequent months billed at then-current monthly subscription fee (currently $9.99/month) unless and until cancelled. Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled) Marvel Unlimited members. Offer not valid on gift subscriptions, Annual or Annual Plus memberships. Valid payment card required to redeem offer. Cancel anytime through My Account following registration
Top Comics for November Revealed
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the top-selling comic books for November 2015. Not surprisingly, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 trumped the list, selling more units than any other comic book. Published by DC Entertainment, it's the long-awaited revival of the highly popular Dark Knight series.
But DC Entertainment wasn't the top-selling publisher for November. This title belongs to Marvel Comics, which captured a 43.20% dollar share along with a 47.65% unit share, which is pretty impressive to say the least. Diamond Comic Distributors found Marvel Comics to have nine of the top ten best-selling comics of November, some of which include Star Wars: Vadar Down #1, Deadpoool #1, All-New Wolverine #1, and Fight Club 2 #7.
For a complete list of the top-selling comic books for November, check out http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/content/top-ten-comics-november-2015.