Just two more days to go until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015! It feels a lot like Christmas in summer… because that’s kind of what it is, really: free stuff on the day of an awesome celebration!
On the previous blog entries, we talked about titles targeted at new, young readers, as well as pop culture hits making their way to the printed, illustrated page. Now, we veer off the mainstream a tiny bit and talk about a few of the potential sleeper hits among the awesome books going up for grabs this #FCBD2015.
First up is Motorcycle Samurai, which has garnered enough acclaim to be called “the new benchmark for digital comics.” Now, it ventures off the digital screen and onto print for the first time!
Next up, Hip Hop Family Tree Three-in-One, a book rated for teenagers and older:
Featuring Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw’s Cosplayers! Piskor’s half features excerpts from all three existing HHFT volumes, plus the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation and exclusive pinups by R Crumb, Scottie Young, Jim Rugg, Ben Marra, and more…! Shaw’s side delivers an all-new, 24-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers. Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With exclusive wraparound cover by Piskor. (Taken from freecomicbookday.com)
The Stuff of Legend is a New York Times best-selling title; and though not widely known outside the world occupied by graphic novel aficionados, it has the makings of potential brilliance: a period-setting beginning in a child’s Brooklyn bedroom, but descending into the realms darkness. Toy Story noir? See for yourselves! Learn more about this compelling tale on the Th3rd World comics website!
Drawn and Quarterly celebrates 25 years with Super Mutant Magic Academy, by two of the most well-known women in the world of comics:
Kate Beaton is back with Step Aside, Pops! her 2015 follow-up to her bestselling debut, Hark! A Vagrant, with more irreverent and hilarious comics on history and literature. Sharing the billing is Jillian Tamaki, best known for co-creating Skim and This One Summer – moody and atmospheric award winners. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which Jillian has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor. (Taken from freecomicbookday.com)
So let’s say you line up for #FCBD2015 but unfortunately don’t get the comics you had your eye set on–consider one of these four great titles! You may even raise an eyebrow at your out-of-the-know friends–but only briefly, because sharing is what FCBD is all about anyway, isn’t it? Isn’t it?