Some publishers tout their Free Comic Book Day offerings, and some don't. Find below the PR that's come into the Comics Cave so far for FCBD 2023.

Here's the official full lineup from Diamond Comic Distributors Inc.

 

DARK HORSE

DARK HORSE COMICS ANNOUNCES FREE COMIC BOOK DAY GOLD ISSUE 2023

Featuring new stories from “Umbrella Academy” and “The Witcher” 

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 29th, 2022)—Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce their Free Comic Book Day Gold offering: The Umbrella Academy/The Witcher, arriving May 6, 2023 at participating comic shops. 

Presenting fan-favorites for FCBD: a squad of superpowered siblings and the infamous monster hunter! 

In The Umbrella Academy: Safe,” Hargreeves and Abhijit embark on an interdimensional journey and find a cosmic horror that will have repercussions for our heroes and the universe. This short story is co-written by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, colored by Dave Stewart and lettering by Blambot’s Nate Piekos. The cover art for this issue is also provided by Bá and Stewart.

Then, in The Witcher: Frog Kiss, Geralt must uncover why the young women in Novigrad are turning into frogs! This short story is written by Bartosz Sztybor, illustrated by Fabio Violante, colored by Igor Monti and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Be sure to pick up this Free Comic Book Day issue in anticipation for the release of the final season of The Umbrella Academy and Season 3 of The Witcher, both coming to Netflix in 2023.

Free Comic Book Day 2023 takes place May 6, 2023. Check with your local comic shop to see if they are participating!

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free. Learn more at FreeComicBookDay.com.

 

TITAN

TITAN COMICS ANNOUNCE  RUNESCAPE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION!

(November 17, 2022) - Titan Comics is thrilled to be teaming up with leading game developer Jagex to bring their legendary fantasy video game IP, RuneScape, to comics - kicking off in May 2023 with a Free Comic Book Day 2023 edition which will lead directly into a brand-new four-part comic series called RuneScape: Untold Tales of the God Wars, in 2023.

The new FCBD comic is the first in a range of RuneScape releases from Titan’s partnership with Jagex, which includes graphic novels, original fiction, and coloring books. It will launch exclusively in comic shops on May 6th 2023, and will explore the rich and vibrant world of Gielinor - home to humans, elves, dwarves and dragonkin alike.

Since its release in 2001, over 300m RuneScape accounts have been created across PC, Steam and iOS and Android mobile platforms. Set in the medieval fantasy realm of Gielinor, both RuneScape and the retro styled Old School RuneScape take players on an open-ended adventure in a vast ever evolving world brimming with diverse races, guilds and ancient gods, challenging them to take on varied quests and a host of unique monsters.

Written by Ryan O’Sullivan (Fearscape, Void Trip), RuneScape Free Comic Book Day 2023 Edition is the perfect jumping-on point for fans of the game and newcomers alike.

RuneScape Free Comic Book Day 2023 Edition will arrive in stores on May 6, 2023. Fans will be able to pick up a copy from their local comic shop, which they can find by visiting www.comicshoplocator.com. Look out for more details about this new Free Comic Book Day release very soon.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN -  FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION REVEALED!

Global publisher Titan Comics and entertainment studio Heroic Signatures are delighted to reveal that the newest Conan the Barbarian comics will be debuting as part of Free Comic Book Day in 2023!  

This FCBD edition of Conan the Barbarian (available at comic book retailers on May 6, 2023) kicks off the brand-new ongoing comic, beginning July 2023. Conan the Barbarian, will be written by acclaimed and long-time Conan comic book scribe Jim Zub (Thunderbolts, Uncanny Avengers), and will feature the stunning art of Roberto De La Torre (King-Size Conan, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D) and colorist José Villarrubia (Promethea, Sweet Tooth, Cuba: My Revolution). 

Readers will experience the legendary Conan like never before in this comic shop exclusive primer. On the eve of his first major battle, young Conan of Cimmeria pictures a life beyond the borders of his homeland and yearns for a life undreamt of in his small village. Visions of future allies and unspeakable evils he will eventually encounter throughout his fabled career fill his mind as he takes his first fateful steps toward a life of great adventure in the Hyborian Age!

Writer Jim Zub says, “My life was shaped by sword & sorcery stories, especially the work of Robert E. Howard. Every chance I've had to contribute to the Hyborian Age has been a gift and this one, relaunching Conan the Barbarian with Heroic Signatures and Titan Comics with modern masters Rob De La Torre and José Villarrubia collaborating on epic artwork, is the biggest and best present I could imagine. On Free Comic Book Day we'll give readers and retailers a first look at a young Conan in the legendary Battle at Venarium as he decides to set forth and find the wider world and then, in summer 2023, we'll fully unleash epic high adventure in an age undreamed of. It's going to be big, bold and bloody and I can't wait for all of you to see it.”

To keep up with the latest news and developments on Titan and Heroic Signatures’ new comic books based on iconic Robert E. Howard properties, connect with Titan Comics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

ARCHIE

Enter the Cursed Library (if you dare) on Free Comic Book Day!

It’s never too early to start thinking about one of our all-time favorite holidays, Free Comic Book Day, so today we’re excited to share the cover of our Gold Sponsor 2023 FCBD title. Steel yourself for a trip to . . . THE CURSED LIBRARY!

A special presentation from Archie Horror, THE CURSED LIBRARY is a one-shot anthology including new short stories from some of our favorite masters of the macabre, delving into the history of why this version of Riverdale is as haunted as it is. And best of all: it's free!

 

LEV GLEASON-COMIC HOUSE

CRIMEBUSTER #1 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023 EDITION

Chuck Chandler grew up under the wings of his loving parents. His father was an amazing investigator, and his mother an equally brilliant chemical engineer. While Chuck didn't have as much time with his father as he would have hoped, the skills he learned, coupled with a keen eye for mystery have become a part of his very DNA. That's why when the Borealis attacked earth and his mother was declared missing, something just didn't sit right with him. Now, with the help of some young allies, Chuck Chandler plans to unravel the mystery by pulling on every thread, let's just hope everything doesn't unravel before he solves it!

ALSO FEATURING THE GOLDEN AGE APPEARANCE OF CRIMEBUSTER

Read the digitally restored 1942 13-page story 'Welcome Crimebuster' by Charles Biro from Boy Comics #3

 

MARVEL

Next year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, Marvel Comics will have something for every fan, offering four separate titles packed with exciting entry points into the Marvel Comics mythos! In addition to lead-in stories to the biggest comic book sagas of 2023 including FALL OF X and SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES, 2023’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY titles will also spotlight creators and characters from different cultures, communities, and identities and provide the perfect first comic for new readers!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: AVENGERS/X-MEN #1

Cover by JAVIER GARRON

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: AVENGERS/X-MEN #1 features a pair of all-new stories that set the stage for the next evolution in mutant adventures, FALL OF X, and introduces an uncanny new lineup for a new team book launching next year. Plus a preview of Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti’s upcoming mystery project.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1

Cover by PATRICK GLEASON

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 will web-sling readers into the exciting developments currently taking place in Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr.’s hit run of Amazing Spider-Man and lay the groundwork for the SUMMER OF SYMBIOTES. Plus a preview of new Marvel epic just on the horizon.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: MARVEL’S VOICES #1

Cover by CHRIS ALLEN

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: MARVEL’S VOICES #1 invites readers to the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Marvel's Voices series, which spotlights creators and characters across Marvel’s diverse and ever-evolving universe. The book will include a range of stories from previous Marvel’s Voices issues as well a brand-new one!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: SPIDEY & FRIENDS #1

And last but certainly not least, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2023: SPIDEY & FRIENDS #1 is back! Swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider, and Miles as they face off against Green Goblin, Doc Ock and more in this spectacular special. Filled with easy-to-read comic stories based on the hit Disney Junior show, this book is perfect for the youngest readers aged 5-7. Young fans will even be able to test their wall-crawling skills with thrilling interactive activity pages! Kids will love this not-to-be-missed comic: the perfect primer for the newest generation of Spider-Fans!

Check with your local comic shop regarding availability and don’t miss the chance to pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive in May! Check out the covers now and stay tuned for more information, including creative team info, artwork, and more! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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Here's a little rain on the parade in today's mailbox:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRINCELESS CREATORS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ACTION LAB FREE COMIC BOOK DAY OFFERING

12/12/2022

It has come to our attention through the excitement of our fans that there is “brand new” Princeless material being offered by Action Lab Comics for Free Comic Book Day. To say that this is a surprise to us is perhaps an understatement.

The creators of Princeless (Jeremy and Emily) are currently in a protracted legal battle with Action Lab regarding a number of issues that we feel should have voided our publishing contract with Action Lab. As detailed in the original complaint, these issues range from non-payment of royalties, late payment of artists, late delivery of books to the distributor, and Action Lab completely shutting down business and payments for a large chunk of 2020 without informing us or other creators. Jeremy and Emily have currently stopped working on Princeless and have not received any request to approve or finalize comics pages for a Free Comic Book Day release, nor have they approved any new work to be published in a format such as this which would not offer royalties or recompense to the creative team.

This is the latest in Action Lab’s continued policy of putting their personal profits before creators and we strongly disapprove.

Perhaps even more worrying is Action Lab’s claim in their Previews solicitation that this is meant to “kick off the tenth volume.” Not only was this done without our approval, but the team has only finished the first issue of the volume and the implication that the rest of this volume is coming soon is misleading to retailers, consumers, and the distributor. Those books have not been drawn and Action Lab has not attempted to settle our current legal issues in any meaningful way. The only possible explanations are that either Action Lab is trying to force the creative team into feeling pressured by the expectations of our fans and community or that Action Lab means to continue the book without us. We are not okay with either of these instances and we do not think the fans of Princeless will be either.

Princeless was never a cash cow, but that was never what it was about. It was about creating an important comic with a message that we could be proud of and the stories we wanted young comic fans to read. It is also important to create the book under ethical work practices where freelancers can expect the pay they are promised in a timely and uncomplicated fashion. Until this legal issue is settled, we would ask that Princeless fans not support this Free Comic Book Day book and that they make their voices heard to Action Lab, their retailers, and their distributors.

 

Thank you and we look forward to bringing this book to you in the future under better circumstances,

The Princeless Creative Team

Jeremy Whitley and Emily C Martin

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