The annual celebration of comic book nerdery that is Free Comic Book Day is (again) tomorrow, and if I know anything about comic books, it's that I know virtually nothing about comic books. We've been going for 3, maybe 4, years now, but that's usually my only visit every year. (The store we visit tends to offer one free book per person, more if you buy other comics, which is what we usually do.)
So as I planned my visit with Miss Mary Mack and Little Boy Blue to our local participating comic book store, I realized that I needed some expert guidance.
And once I compiled that guidance, I thought that maybe it'd be of interest to you.
First, what I'm writing below is just a compilation of roundups from the following sites; if you have time to just read one, I'd read Glen Weldon's annual roundup for NPR:
But I'll just state the obvious -- you should go read those links to get a better sense of the titles.
The links below are to the Free Comic Book Day page for the book. I've noted recommendations from the links above, though I should note that the Bleeding Cool (BC) recommendations are my interpretations of their comments -- they don't specifically recommend titles. I've marked titles that appear to be appropriate for kids -- at least those under 13 -- with a (K). And not every title will be available at every store (and, even if it is, it might not be by the time you get there...).
Enjoy, and have fun!
2000 AD SPECIAL - BC, Wired, io9, LC
ADV OF JELLABY (K) - NPR, USAT, BC, GM, Wired
ALL ROCKET RACCOON (K) - NPR, USAT, BC, GM, IGN, LC
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL TERRA FORMARS - Nerdist, BC
ARCHIE DIGEST #1 (K)
ARMOR HUNTERS SPECIAL - IGN
ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS - NPR, BC, LC someone else I forget so many lists...
BONGO FREE-FOR-ALL (K) - NPR, Nerdist, GM
BUCK ROGERS (K) - NPR, BC, LC
CBLDF PRESENTS RAISING A READER (K) - NPR, BC, io9
COURTNEY CRUMRIN #1 (K) - NPR, BC, Wired
DEFEND COMICS - NPR, Wired, io9, LC
DC THE NEW 52 FUTURES END SPEC ED - USAT, io9, IGN
DH AVATAR HELLBOY JUICE SQUEEZERS (K) - NPR, BC, Wired, io9
DH PROJECT BLACK SKY (NET) (MR) - NPR, BC, Wired, io9
ENTROPY - USAT
EPIC #0 (K?) - NPR, USAT
FINDING GOSSAMYR WAY O/T BLADESLINGER (K?) - BC, io9
FUBAR ACE OF SPADES (NET) (MR) - USAT, BC
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY - USAT, Nerdist, BC, GM, io9, IGN
HATTER M FAR FROM WONDER (K?) - NPR, USAT
HELLO KITTY SURPRISE (K) - BC, GM, IGN
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE TWO-IN-ONE (Net) (MR) - NPR, Nerdist, BC, Wired, io9, LC (non-fiction)
INTRINSIC VOL 2 - USAT
KABOOM SUMMER BLAST (K) - NPR, Nerdist, BC, GM, IGN, LC Adventure Time!
LES MISERABLES FALL OF FANTINE (K?) - GM
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS (K) - GM
MOUSE GUARD LABYRINTH RUST HC - BC, Wired
RISE OF THE MAGI (K) - NPR, BC, io9
SCRATCH 9 (K) - USAT
SHERWOOD TX BOONDOCK SAINTS DOUBLE FEAT - USAT, BC
SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN - NPR, Nerdist, BC, io9 (non-fiction)
SKYWARD & MIDNIGHT TIGER (K) - GM
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN FLIPBOOK #1 (K) - GM, IGN
SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (K) - BC, GM, Wired
STEAM WARS - NPR, BC
STREET FIGHTER #0 (K) - BC
TEEN TITANS GO #1 SPEC ED (K) - NPR, BC, GM, LC
THE SMURFS (K) - GM
THE TICK (K) - NPR, BC, GM, LC
TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB (K) - NPR, BC, GM, io9
TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE (K) - USAT, Wired, io9, IGN
UBER THE FIRST CYCLE (NET) (MR) - USAT, io9