The best comic book day of the year is here again! Saturday, May 4 (tomorrow!) is the annual Free Comic Book Day, and boy, do we have a lot of comics to give away this year. The publishers have sent us around 50 titles to hand out this year, and we ordered THOUSANDS of comics, but we ran out of some of them pretty quick last year, so don't delay too long this year. Free Comic Book Day has really been getting bigger every year, so I hope you can make it!
We are also proud to present EIGHT local comics creators as our guests this year!
Vienna store - S. G. Artley (Exiles of Nod) Michael Cowgill (Lil' P.I.) Matt Dembicki (XOC)
U Street store - Andrew Cohen (A Mutual Feeling) Evan Keeling (Codename: Fifinella)
Bethesda store - Art Hondros (Notes from the Cave Walls) John Gallagher (Buzzboy)
We had a great time at AwesomeCon and will definitely be back next year (when they said the floor space will be as big as Baltimore Comicon!). It was great to see so many Big Planet regulars there (and some of you in some amazing costumes!)
TERRORPIN! POWERPACHYDERM! BRASS MONKEY! CYBERIAN TIGER! SUPERCOBRA! MAUL BUNNY! Can struggling superheroine Empowered foil a mass carjacking by these animal-armored criminal mecha at the 21st annual Alternate Timeline Superhero Auto Show? Can one exceedingly flimsy "supersuit" overcome 14 hostile tons of heavy metal? This action-packed new Empowered one-shot says: "MAYBE!"
Our very own John Staton will be appearing to sign copies of the new issue of Empowered that he did the main story for, Empowered: Animal Style!
"I should further note that Guest Artist John Staton went way, way above and beyond the call of duty in his design work for the story, which I wrote specifically for his tech-savvy skill set. He cranked out a quite frankly insane total of 40-odd pages of designs for the one-shot's mecha and superhero vehicles" – Adam Warren, Empowered creator
Nathan Edmondson will be appearing to sign copies of his new series, The Dream Merchant, as well as his comics The Activity, Who is Jake Ellis?, Ultimate Iron Man, Grifter, The Light, Olympus and more!
The Dream Merchant: Haunted by recurring dreams, a boy named Winslow is hunted by mysterious beings and protected by an old traveler. Soon Winslow will realize that what is in his dreams is what the rest of the world has been made to forget–and what strange entities will stop at nothing to erase from his mind.
A team of visionaries in 1932 discover a source to make them superheroes. But in 2013, their kids are decadent popstar "heroes" without much direction. A new superhero epic that contrasts these two worlds, even as the first generation begins to split along the lines of what their mission should be! Amazing Quitely art, and surprisingly toned down Millar. Reviewed on our podcast 79!
The Adventures of Jodelle
by Pierre Bartier, Guy Peellaert
A true pop art masterpiece from the heyday of the '60s! Jodelle investigates a conspiracy to overthrow the Emperor of a strangely modern ancient Rome, all tinged with an Italian sexuality and bizarre plot directions. Plus the book also has an overview of Peellaert's work outside of comics. Amazing!
A magical unicorn is cursed by a goddess to travel through time without his memory, yet in each adventure he attempts to help the new friends he makes as his powers return. Another amazing masterpiece from Tezuka, and this time it is in full color! Get one before it goes out of print!
For a family man who happens to be a cop in a world where there are more supervillains than heroes, and the cops are horribly outgunned, how far will he go to stop them? Especially if all the new superpowers seem to be coming from one source. A dark new take!
This week, Kevin, Nick, and Jared interview Joe Harris, writer of Great Pacific and the upcoming X-Files, and review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!
Rogues #1 – El Torres, Juan Jose Ryp, Ruben Rojas Ten Grand #1 – J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith The Movement #1 – Gail Simone, Freddie Williams II Mini Kus! #6: Killman/Killmens – Box Brown Suicide Risk #1 – Mike Carey, Elena Casagrande By This Shall You Know Him – Jesse Jacobs Jupiter's Legacy #1 – Mark Millar, Frank Quitely