Last week, the folks at Free Comic Book Day announced the Gold Level comic books that they will be giving away for FCBD 2012. Today, the Silver Level books hit their site. This list is much larger than the Gold list, but because they’re Silver level and often smaller companies, the print runs on these will be smaller. So if you want any of the comics on this list, be sure to get to your local comic shop early when FCBD hits on May 5, 2012!
There are some good picks for Silver level this year. Grant Morrison takes a non-superhero turn on ‘Dinosaurs vs Aliens’ and Stan “The Man” Lee is assisting on writing duties for the ‘Graphic Elvis Preview’, both from Liquid Comics. If you’re a Voltron fan, be sure to check out ‘Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm’ from Viz. Plus, there’s the (hopefully) triumphant return of X-O Manowar and Valiant Comics. There’s enough on this list that nearly everyone can find something to enjoy. There’s Disney and Smurfs for the young ones (or the young at heart). There’s even more from the big guys at Marvel and DC for the superhero collector. 2012 is going to offer so many free comics to pick from this time around that I wish I could just get one of each!
Diary of a Zombie Kid
Written and illustrated by David Hutchinson and Fred Perry
Cover by David Hutchinson
All 6th-grader Bill Stokes wants is to get through middle school unnoticed so he can go on to become a big-time pro video-gamer. Then his mom comes home from her medical research volunteer job with a zombie virus. Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park! How’s he supposed to realize his dream when his life has become a festering, rotting, undead nightmare?
Arcana Presents: The Intrinsic #1
Written by Sean O’Reilly and Casey Jones
Art and Cover by Various
Horrors from different worlds have assembled to bring about a global threat known only as “The End”. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good — including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them… is Intrinsic. The Intrinsic is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundreds of titles beneath Arcana’s library, an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been attempted before!
Worlds of Aspen 2012
Written and illustrated by Various
Aspen’s Newest Hit Series Debuts Here! A special issue showcasing Aspen’s new and returning properties for 2012, showcasing Scott Lobdell and Oliver Nome’s new series, Homecoming, along with previews and story outtakes from Aspen’s hottest and newest titles: David Schwartz’s Idolized, Fathom: Kiani, Executive Assistant: Assassins, and returning favorites Fathom, Soulfire, Shrugged, andLady Mechanika! Plus: A preview of summer 2012′s big Soulfire event, “The Search for the Light”, and much more!
Sonic The Hedgehog: Two Steps Back…Special Edition
Burt Ward, Boy Wonder #1
Written by Jeffrey Renaud
Art and Cover by Ramon Salas
From the creators of the hit Misadventures of Adam West series, comes the out-of-this-world spin-off series featuring everyone’s favorite Boy Wonder, Burt Ward! After playing Robin in the classic ’60s Batman TV show, Burt still needs to be a hero. And along with a couple of friends, saves the world again and again!
Written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
Cover art by Rael Lyra
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times best-selling authors of the legendary science fiction series Dune, reunite once more, this time to adapt their work at BOOM!. This FCBD edition will serve as an introduction to the Dune universe for fans of the Frank Herbert classic and new readers who aren’t familiar with the rich Dune mythology; a must-have precursor to the epic launch of the adaptation of Dune books from BOOM! starting in July!
The Incredible Rockhead & Zinc Alloy 2-for-None
Written by Scott Nickel and Donald Lemke
Art by C.S. Jennings and Doug Holgate
Cover by Doug Holgate
Two awesome adventures for the price of… NONE! Meet the world’s newest superheroes in this limited-edition, super-spectacular! First, who’s mightier than marble? Who’s greater than granite? Who’s smarter than, uh… a rock…? It’s Chip Stone, a.k.a. The Incredible Rockhead! Then hitch a ride with young Zack Allen as he takes his Zinc Alloy super-suit for a wild and wacky test-drive!
Muqtatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology
Written and Illustrated by Various
Featuring the work of nearly a dozen different Middle Eastern artists, this anthology (meaning “pieces” in Arabic) created in conjunction with the Harvard University Center for Middle East Studies’ Outreach Center ranges from humorous insights into daily life in Beirut and Cairo, to responses to the occupation of the Palestinian territories, to personal reflections on life in Jordan. From the political to the fanciful, “the high brow to the raised brow.”
The Censored Howard Cruse
Written and Illustrated by Howard Cruse
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, in association with BOOM! Town presents The Censored Howard Cruse! He’s known for his gay comix, but that’s not all that’s been on Howard Cruse’s mind! He’s also written and drawn about freedom of speech, civil rights, and drugs, as well as interesting uses for toothpaste. Now you can get a special sneak-peek at this summer’s upcoming graphic novel, The Other Sides of Howard Cruse — with just a few tastefully-placed black boxes! (You’ll have to get the OGN for the uncensored version.)
Dark Horse Comics
Buffy the Vampire Slayer / The Guild Flip-Book
Written by Andrew Chambliss and Felicia Day
Art by Georges Jeanty, Jonathan Case and Dexter Vines
Cover by Georges Jeanty and Adam Rex
Buffy has never so badly needed a vacation as she does now — with the world overrun with “zompires” and other fallout from Season 8. Luckily, Spike has got the perfect solution: a “spacecation”! Then, having lost their regular real-life meeting place, the Guildies are having a little trouble finding a new location which they can all agree upon. It all comes down to a little in-game battle to decide the new meeting place… and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!
DC Nation Super Sampler / Superman Family Adventures Flip-Book
Written by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Various
Arty by Dario Brizuela, Art Baltazar, and Various
This super sampler is the place to check out Green Lantern Adventures and Young Justice, two sensational new comic series from the DC Kids line based on Warner Bros. Animation’s popular Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, featured on the upcoming DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network in 2012. The sampler includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy. Plus, get a sneak-peek at the brand-new Superman Family Adventures monthly series from the Tiny Titans creative team!
Drawn & Quarterly
Marble Season Preview
Written and Illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez
D+Q continues its FCBD tradition of offering the best free comics in the industry with this exclusive excerpt from its lead Fall 2012 book by Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets fame! Marble Season is a semi-autobiographical epic about a group of kids growing up in the 1960′s seen through the eyes of a young boy. Comics and popular culture of the day will dominate the proceedings and tell the untold story of one of the medium’s greatest and most respected artists. This preview depicts no nudity or objectionable language and serves as a great introduction for what will be one of D+Q’s lead titles for 2012!
Drawn & Quarterly
Moomin Color Special
Written and Illustrated by Tove Jansson
For the first time, Drawn & Quarterly offers a second FCBD title this year, featuring one of their most beloved and popular characters, Moomin! The Moomin Color Special will offer a sneak-peak at the brand new Moomin books — in color for the first time! Created by Tove Jansson, the Moomin characters have developed a dedicated fan base of both children and adults for over six decades. Originally published in black-and-white, these stories have now been re-colored! As a special bonus, this issue will also feature a preview of the new D+Q book, Anna & Froga, by Anouk Ricard!
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Family Comics
Written and Illustrated by Carl Barks
Three amazingly adventurous, thrillingly stupendous, wonderfully wondrous comics by one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, Carl Barks! CARL BARKS! The biggest name in cartoons, second to only Walt Disney! Find out what happens to Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose, and the Nephews in these extremely entertaining and wonderfully told full-color comics!
Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Sampler
Written and Illustrated by Crockett Johnson
Before Harold and the Purple Crayon there was Barnaby. Created by Crockett Johnson, Barnaby ran in newspapers for over ten years (1942-52). Its subtle ironies and playful allusions won many passionate readers as they followed the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his cigar-chomping fairy godfather, Jackeen J. O’Malley.
Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace 2012
Written by Robert M. Overstreet and J. C. Vaughn
Cover by Vincent Spencer
The Walking Dead. Tales From The Crypt. Tomb of Dracula. Swamp Thing. Horror stories have been giving comic book fans the creeps for decades, yet they often fail to get their due. What defines horror? What’s new in the genre? Now the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide takes an insightful look at the worlds of horror in this new CBM special. Great articles, interviews, and market snapshots focus on what makes reading and collecting horror comics so cool. Cover by Zombie-Proof artist, Vincent Spencer.
My Favorite Martian Special Edition
Art by Dan Spiegle
Uncle Martin (our favorite Martian) is a stowaway on a rocket to Mars in this excerpt from Hermes Press’ complete reprinting of the classic My Favorite Martian comics from the’60s. Featuring original art by Silver Age great Dan Spiegle along with supplementary artwork by Mike Arens, plus photographs from the original 1963-66 TV series starring Ray Walston and “David Banner” himself, Bill Bixby!
Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Diego Bernard and Fred Benes
Cover by John Tyler Christopher
Since the events of Artifacts, Sara Pezzini’s entire life has been altered… living in a new city, and working at a new career. But one thing remains constant: the Witchblade, a mysterious, ancient artifact in the form of a powerful gauntlet, which serves as a magnet for all things supernatural. This FCBD edition gives fans an advanced look at “Unbalanced Pieces,” the full-length story from the new creative team of Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Diego Bernard (The Man with No Name).
FCBD 2012 Dinosaurs versus Aliens
Written by Grant Morrison and Barry Sonnenfeld
Art and Cover by Mukesh Singh
From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black) and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles), comes Dinosaurs Versus Aliens! When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts… which are much more intelligent than we ever imagined! Featuring artwork from acclaimed artist, Mukesh Singh (Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper).
Graphic Elvis Preview
Written by Stan Lee and Various
Art by John Cassaday and Various
Cover by Mukesh Singh
This FCBD Preview of the Graphic Elvis collector’s book features selected stories and excerpts from the deluxe hardcover edition! An illustrated homage to Elvis’ lifelong appreciation of comic books, Graphic Elvis also commemorates the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 2012. In the same way comic books inspired Elvis, this book allowed today’s premiere comic book creators to find inspiration from Elvis’ treasured archives at Graceland, creating a unique visual experience for his millions of fans.
Spider-Man: Season One
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Neil Edwards
Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
It’s the Year of the Spider with Spidey’s 50th anniversary, the debut of the blockbuster film Amazing Spider-Man, and the all new original Spider-Man Season One Graphic Novel! Do not miss out. Get the first chapter of the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Season One graphic novel from Cullen Bunn and Neil Edwards!
Bad Medicine #1
Written by Nunzio DeFillipis and Christina Weir
Art and Cover by Christopher Mitten
Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringe-medicine-eccentric Dr. Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a tragic research lab accident that’s left one man dead… and inexplicably headless. With the help of a distrusting NYPD detective, Horne must diagnose whether this strange case was truly a random act of misfortune, or the first calculated move by an invisible, psychotic murderer.
Papercutz / NBM Publishing
The Smurfs / Disney Fairies Featuring Tinker Bell Flip-Book
Written and Illustrated by Various
This special flip-comic book highlights kid-friendly, world famous characters such as Tinker Bell and Smurfette, as well as new titles from Papercutz such as Dance Class featuring dance students and best friends, Julie, Lucy, and Alia; and Ernest & Rebecca, which features a six-and-a-half-year-old Rebecca and her best friend, Ernest… who is a germ.
Under the Faerie Moon Preview
Written by Terry Rossio
Art by Various
Cover by Ryohei Hase
From the co-writer of Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek comes an epic adventure set in the hidden land of Faerie. When the young faerie Weaver falls helplessly in love, she sets forth to prove her worth by recovering the lost Thrallstone of the Elves. But when Weaver sets free an imprisoned Wraith onthe promise he will help, has she unwittingly triggered the second Great Faerie War?
2000AD Judge Dredd Special
Written by Rob Williams and Various
Art by Dom Reardon and Various
The UK’s leading SF anthology comic, 2000AD, is back for its second year as a sponsor of FCBD, bringing you a fresh batch of Thrill-Powered strips from the biggest and best creators in the industry: Ichabod Azrael by Rob Williams & Dom Reardon; Zombo: The Day the Zombo Died by Al Ewing & Henry Flint; a classic Ro-Busters tale by Alan Moore and Steve Dillon, and a superhero-themed ‘Future Shock’ tale, Whatever Happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm? by Chris Weston! All this, plus an all-new Judge Dredd tale from John Wagner and a surprise guest artist!
Red Five Comics
Atomic Robo & Friends 2012
Written by Brian Clevinger
Art and Cover by Scott Wagner
Unanimously heralded by fans, creators, retailers and critics as the perfect first comic to give to a non-comic-reader, Atomic Robo is back to delight all audiences with the ultimate equation: Atomic Robo + Dr. Dinosaur = Team-Up!
Th3rd World ProductionsFinding Gossamyr & The Stuff Of Legend IV
Written by David Rodriguez and Various
Art and Cover by Sarah Ellerton and Charles Paul Wilson
When a brilliant young boy named Denny solves the most perplexing puzzle in the history of mankind, he and his caretaker sister, Jenna, are transported to the fantastic land of Gossamyr, where math is magic and the boy’s unique condition gives him incredible power. Finding Gossamyr is written by game designer/writer David A. Rodriguez and beautifully illustrated by talented newcomer Sarah Ellerton. Also in this issue: a special preview of The Stuff of Legend Volume 4!
Top Shelf Comics
Top Shelf Kids Club 2012
Written and Illustrated by Andy Runton and Various
Cover by Chris Eliopoulos
Top Shelf is proud to join the 2012 FCBD celebration with not one, but SIX all-ages tales! In this edition, we present adventures from our kid-favorite titles: Owly by Andy Runton, Johnny Boo by James Kochalka, Korgi by Christian Slade, Okie Dokie Donuts by Chris Eliopoulos, Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen, and Upside Down by Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family, with a great cover by Ray Friesen this time around to boot!
Anti #1 Preview
Written by Peter Calloway and Nathan Edmondson
Art by Daniel Hillyard
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens, The Walking Dead) teams with 12-Gauge Comics to present the tale of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the reality that he’s the savior of the world. Chased by demons that have infiltrated earth disguised as humans, while grudgingly protected by demon-hunter Jordan, the journey for knowledge, survival and more begins here!Plus: The Ride returns from writer Nathan Edmondson, teasing the all-new series!
Valiant Comics 2012 Preview
Cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
The Valiant Universe returns! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Harbinger! Some of the best-selling heroes of all time are back in a groundbreaking new beginning, helmed by an all-star roster of comic book superstars and visionaries. Journey through the heart of the Valiant Universe with brand new stories, character redesigns, and an exclusive first look into Valiant’s bold first year. This FREE preview — featuring content you won’t find anywhere else — hits the stands just as Valiant’s best-selling titles return to stores worldwide.
Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm
Written by Brian Smith
Art and Cover by Jacob Chabot
After a mysterious disappearance, the mighty Voltron is back! Now the original Voltron pilots — Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Allura and Commander Keith — are training three new cadets: Daniel, Larmina and Vince. Each cadet brings something special to the team, and as they train, the depths of their gifts are revealed. And with King Lotor and his villainous minion Maahox out to destroy Voltron once and for all, the day that these new cadets must step up may be sooner than expected!
The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
Written by Cassandra Clare
Art and Cover by Hye-Kyung Baek
A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, the #1 New York Times best-selling The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends — including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…
Animal Planet Presents: The World Most Dangerous Animals 2012
Written by Joe Brusha
Art by Various
This Free Comic Book Day edition of Silver Dragon Books’ first Animal Planet graphic novel gives a sneak peak at terrifying encounters between man and beast, illustrating what happens when humans interact with the World’s Most Dangerous Animals!
Jurassic Strikeforce 5 Preview
Written by Joe Brusha
Art by J.L. Giles-Rivera
Cover by Mike Capprotti
Kept on ice for millions of years, the Earth’s first team of heroes is back to protect the planet from the threat of the evil alien overlord Zalex and his band of mutated DinoSoldiers! In this Free Comic Book Day edition Jurassic StrikeForce 5′s leader, Rex, tests his skills in a training session that gets out of control and that threatens to make the hero extinct!
Check out the Official FCBD website for more details.