Reminder from Diamond :Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2015) —On May 2nd the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

This year’s roster contains 50 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes, including Marvel’s Secret Wars, DC Comic’s Divergence, Bob’s Burgers, SpongeBob, Transformers, Pokemon, The Tick, Rabbids, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of the 50 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other fun activities to take part in.

“Free Comic Book Day is the ultimate comic book experience, giving those who may be new comics, those who enjoy the TV Shows and movies based off of comic books, and also devoted comic readers, the opportunity to get great titles for free,” says Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.

“Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best Free Comic Book Day experience. Their events help bring together like-minded fans who come to discover new stories, explore all the fun and trendy comic book and pop-culture related items available in comic shops while enjoying the biggest comic book day of the year with family and friends!”

To find a participating FCBD comic shop, view all 50 free titles, and see special FCBD messages from actors and comic book fans Mark Hamill and Robin Lord Taylor, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

Some of the videos Special FCBD Messages are here

http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD15_ComicBookMen

http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_JasonMewes

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_LawrenceGilliard

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_ChadColeman

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics

*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd

 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL

JAN150002 - FCBD 2015 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL (NET)

BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150003 - FCBD 2015 BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL (NET)

DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN

JAN150004 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN (NET) (M

DC COMICS| DIVERGENCE

JAN150005 - FCBD 2015 DC COMICS DIVERGENCE (NET)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS

JAN150006 - FCBD 2015 BOBS BURGERS (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0

JAN150007 - FCBD 2015 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0 (NET)

IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1

JAN150008 - FCBD 2015 SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY (NET)

MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS #0

JAN150009 - FCBD 2015 SECRET WARS #0 (Net)

TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL

JAN150010 - FCBD 2015 DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL (NET)

UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLES FUNNIES

JAN150011 - FCBD 2015 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (NET)

VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON

JAN150012 - FCBD 2015 PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON (NET)

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics

* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.  

 12 GAUGE COMICS| I.C.E.: BAYOU BLACKOUT

JAN150045 - FCBD 2015 ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT (NET)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT| GRONK AND FRIENDS\

JAN150013 - FCBD 2015 GRONK AND FRIENDS (NET)

ANTARTCTIC PRESS| STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS

JAN150014 - FCBD 2015 STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS (NET)

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

JAN150016 - FCBD 2015 WORLDS OF ASPEN (NET)

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

JAN150017 - FCBD 2015 HATTER M LOVE OF WONDER (NET)

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

JAN150018 - FCBD 2015 MERCURY HEAT DEBUT (NET) (MR)

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1

JAN150019 - FCBD 2015 COMICS FESTIVAL (NET)
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

JAN150020 - FCBD 2015 MARCH GRAND PRIX (NET)

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

JAN150021 - FCBD 2015 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS (NET)

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

JAN150022 - FCBD 2015 CAPTAIN CANUCK (NET)

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

JAN150023 - FCBD 2015 AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0 (NET) (MR)

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, BANDETTE

JAN150024 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE (NET)
DC COMICS| TEEN TITAN GO, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP

JAN150025 - FCBD 2015 TEEN TITANS GO SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP (NET)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

JAN150026 - FCBD 2015 SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO (N

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

JAN150027 - FCBD 2015 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 3-IN-1 FEATURING COSPLAYERS (N

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

JAN150028 - FCBD 2015 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (NET)
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

JAN150030 - FCBD 2015 PHANTOM SPECIAL (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE

JAN150031 - FCBD 2015 TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE (NET)
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0

JAN150032 - FCBD 2015 TALES OF HONOR (NET)
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

JAN150033 - FCBD 2015 KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150034 - FCBD 2015 LEGENDARY COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

JAN150035 - FCBD 2015 STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (NET)

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

JAN150036 - FCBD 2015 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS (Net)

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

JAN150037 - FCBD 2015 THE TICK (NET)

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

JAN150038 - FCBD 2015 TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 (NET)

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

JAN150039 - FCBD 2015 RABBIDS (NET)

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

JAN150040 - FCBD 2015 LADY JUSTICE (NET)

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL

JAN150041 - FCBD 2015 2000 AD SPECIAL (NET)

 

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS

JAN150042 - FCBD 2015 BODIE TROLL & FRIENDS (NET)
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

JAN150029 - FCBD 2015 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (NET)

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

JAN150043 - FCBD 2015 STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS (NET)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

JAN150044 - FCBD 2015 MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI (NET)

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

JAN150046 - FCBD 2015 STREET FIGHTER SUPER COMBO SPECIAL (NET)
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150047 - FCBD 2015 VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL (NET)

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

JAN150048 - FCBD 2015 VIZ JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE AND YU GI OH (NET)

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

JAN150049 - FCBD 2015 GFT WONDERLAND SPECIAL EDITION ONE SHOT (NET) (MR)

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

JAN150050 - FCBD 2015 ZENESCOPE JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 ONE SHOT (NET)

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

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Dark Horse – Free Comic Book Day features Avatar : The Last Airbender and Fight Club

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015: ALL AGES

All-ages action, fantasy, and humor! All-new stories that make great entry points to new worlds! Gene Luen Yang and Carla Speed McNeil deliver an Avatar: The Last Airbender adventure! Dr. Zomboss and Crazy Dave clash in a new Plants vs. Zombies battle! And the crafty Bandette stars in a tale of her own!

CREATORS

Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Paul Tobin
Penciller: Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Chan, Colleen Coover
Inker: Carla Speed McNeil, Ron Chan, Colleen Coover
Colorist: Jenn Manley Lee, Matthew J. Rainwater, Colleen Coover

Genre: Humor, Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Publication Date:
May 02, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; One-shot
Age range: 8
UPC: 7 61568 27244 4

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015: FIGHT CLUB

Dark Horse Comic’s most thrilling Free Comic Book Day to date . . . Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart premiere Fight Club! Eric Powell with all-new tragedy in The Goon! And Guillermo del Toro presents an all-new chapter from The Strain! Need we say more?

CREATORS

Writer: Chuck Palahniuk, Eric Powell, David Lapham
Penciller: Cameron Stewart, Eric Powell, Mike Huddleston
Colorist: Dave Stewart, Eric Powell, Dan Jackson
Publication Date: May 02, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; One-shot
Age range: 16
UPC: 7 6156

‘AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER—THE RIFT LIBRARY’ HITS #1 ON ‘NY TIMES’ BESTSELLER LIST!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Just like its paperback counterpart, Dark Horse Comics’Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition soared to the top of the New York Times bestseller list last week!

Written by Gene Luen Yang (author of the National Book Award–nominated American Born Chinese), Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is the official continuation of Airbender from its creators and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra!

Avatar Aang and friends honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years, but when cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen lead Aang to a refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders, they soon find themselves in peril as a dangerously powerful ancient spirit awakens with vengeance and destruction on its mind! Collects The Rift Parts 1–3.

Features annotations by Eisner Award–winning writer Gene Luen Yang, series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and artistic team Gurihiru—and a brand-new sketchbook section!

The library editions of Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise, The Search, and The Rift are must-have stories for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition is available in bookstores everywhere.

Also available:
Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-074-5

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-226-8

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift Library Edition HC
Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (W), Gurihiru (A)
$39.99, 978-1-61655-550-4

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world’s number-one TV-based licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visithttp://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

The Legend of Korra: Book 2 review

The legend of Korra book two review

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

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So, I finally sat down and watched the first three chapters of Book Two. I have to say that the hype is well worth it. Book One felt so “not” like the original series, that it was a bit off putting.

Coming into Book Two, we are finally getting to see where this series is going and how it will evolve into something unique and different.

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This new season has so much build up and yet still finds time to remind loyal fans why they loved the Last Airbender.
The silliness and room for jokes/comic relief fit in and is never forced.

This season finds our new Avatar, Korra, traveling back to her roots in the Southern Water tribe where we finally see more of her family and how differences in opinions fuel a civil war with the Northern Water tribe.

Yet there is one more new element added to this series and that is of the Spirits. This is so inspired by Miyazaki and the themes in Princess Mononoke, there is no way that it is not intentional, at all.20130923-185026.jpg

This new factor makes this season stand on its own two legs. I still have issues with the lead, Korra, though.  Her mood swings are so sharp that I find myself not wanting to cheer for her. I know she is a teenager, a young lady coming into her own.

Maybe that is the issue? There could be a better balance of teenage angst and her duty as the current Avatar? Her supporting characters are so well thought out that they seem to be the main focus to me. I hope all this teen rage turns out to reinforce Korra into the best Avatar we have ever seen.

I give the first three chapters of Book two a solid 3/5. Watch it every week on Nickelodeon.

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Review:The Legend of Korra: Book One, Air (The Art of the Animated Series)

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

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As far as animation goes, Avatar the Last Airbender was probably one of the greatest TV series created in the last decade. It would be no surprise that a follow up to the series would be made: The Legend of Korra.

This art book collects some of the most impressive art and concept drawings from the series. It makes me wish I had liked the new show better. The art is just as breathtaking as the Last Airbender, yet you can see the subtle differences.

If you are a fan of the new series or just a collector of art books, this is a solid 4/5 and after reading this book, I am going to watch season two when it starts up in the fall.

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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER—THE PROMISE PART 1 TOPS BOOKSCAN AT #1!

In an amazing show of demand for Dark Horse’s newest graphic novel, Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Part 1 soared to the top of the Bookscan charts last week!

Written by Gene Luen Yang, author of the National Book Award-nominated American Born Chinese, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 marks the continuation of Airbender and the link to its upcoming sequel, Legend of Korra!

Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, its millions of fans have been hungry for more–and it’s finally here!  This series rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a faceoff against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang’s powers and ingenuity!

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Part 1 is a must-have for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Part 1 is on sale now!

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Part 2 is on sale May 30th

Review – Avatar – The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 1

By Bill Liston

The wait is almost over!  In less than a month (Jan 25th, 2012) The Last Airbender Series continues. Picking up where the TV show left off and  will link up with the upcoming series Legend of Korra!  

“The Promise” storyline is expected to be released as three trade paperbacks and will tell the story of how Aang & Fire Lord Zuko expect to unite all Kingdoms under the “Harmony Restoration Movement”.  Unfortunately, merging all the nations together is easier said than done and there a few bumps in the road that need to be overcome.

All the characters from the series are back in this series from Aang, Zuko, Katara, Toph, Sokka and a cameo by the Kiyoshi Warriors.  The book also introduces some new characters which are introduced and appear to have a big impact on the rest of the series.  

I have to say that the character introductions are done in such a way that you almost automatically are drawn into the stories of these “Secondary” characters where it is easy to become invested in them.

While I can’t get into what the Promise in the title refers to it is suffice to say that it is huge and will likely be the main driver of this series.

This book is so good on so many levels.  First, even if you are not familiar with the series I highly  recommend this book in that the first few pages give you everything you need to know about the world of the Avatar.  It quickly gets you up to speed on everything that happened in the TV Series. 

However, if you need a quick primer before this book is released you can read up on the series here http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Avatar:_The_Last_Airbender Or you can buy the dvd boxsets.

The book also has a great visual style.  The action and fight scenes are dynamic and jump off the page. The cartoon’s feel is shown on each and every panel. All four bending styles are well represented here, so no dynamic style is left out.  Additionally, there are a few shots of Aang meditating in the Avatar State that simply are breath taking.

The last thing this book does right is that the “attitude” of the series is spot on.  The writing hits the nail on the head and is really top notch.This  is evident by the charm of Aang & Katara, the hotheadedness of Zoku and the comic relief of Sokka and Toph which just comes off perfectly.

Lastly, Book 1 ends with a great cliffhanger which is pulled off to near perfection. This is the must buy for 2012, especially for Avatar Fans.This is the comic fans have been looking forward to since the cartoon series wrapped up.

One word of warning, once you pick this comic up you will be marking your calendar for book two on May 30, 2012.  For me, May can’t get here quick enough.