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Image @ FCBD 2011

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Every year on the first Saturday in May, publishers and local comic shops join forces in an event like no other: Free Comic Book Day! In an effort to introduce comic books to new readers and give established fans incentive to try something new or different, they are given free comics!

Image Comics is well known for introducing new titles in a variety of styles and genres to readers, so it's only natural that the publisher has been reaching out to new readers by participating in FCBD since it began in 2002. With two new Image Comics FCBD titles at comic book shops across the country and an impressively extensive list of our best creators participating at signings, this year is no exception!


Of all the free comics available on FCBD, kids young and old won't want to miss the SUPER DINOSAUR ORIGIN SPECIAL, the first new series published under Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint. This colorful all ages story is about a young boy genius and his best friend, a genetically-modified Tyrannosaurus Rex. For more information about Kirkman and artist Jason Howard's SUPER DINOSAUR series and a link to download a preview of SUPER DINOSAUR #1 through comiXology's Image Comics app, visit 
www.superdinosaur.com.

Our other free comic this year is wholly different from the light-hearted all ages title. DARKNESS II: CONFESSION is a prequel to the upcoming 2K game, Darkness II, which is based on Top Cow Productions' long-running THE DARKNESS series. With art by both Michael Broussard and Romano Molenaar, this comic will give readers a glimpse into the tortured life of Jackie, the Darkness bearer. For more information about The Darkness II video game, visit www.embracethedarkness.com. For more information about THE DARKNESS, as well as many more Top Cow Productions comics, visit www.topcow.com.

Image Comics would also like to help spread the word about all the events that retailers have scheduled with our talented writers and artists on FCBD. We have compiled a list so that you might locate and visit all the comic shops in your area that are hosting your favorite comic creators.


Image Comics' Creators     Store     City     State     Start time     End time     Additional Merchandise/Events/Sales
Jimmie Robinson (BOMB QUEEN)     The Escapist     Berkeley     CA     1:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     Bomb Queen comics available and FREE sketches!
Matt Hawkins (DARKNESS, Top Cow Productions President)     Golden Apple Comics     Los Angeles     CA     10:00 a.m.     12:00 p.m.     Signing copies of Top Cow's Free Comic Book Day offering - The Darkness II: Confession
Michael Broussard (DARKNESS)     Earth-2 Comics     Northridge     CA     10:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.     Signing Top Cow FCBD offering The Darkness II: Confession, also Artifacts and The Darkness
Filip Sablik (LAST MORTAL, DARKNESS, Top Cow Productions Publisher)     Brave New World     Newhall     CA     11:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.     Signing Top Cow FCBD offering The Darkness II: Confession. Last Mortal and Pilot Season: Asset, as well as sketches
Mark Sable (GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES)     Collector's Paradise Pasadena     Pasadena     CA     11:00 a.m.     2:00 p.m.     Free preview copies of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES
Rick Basaldua (RISING STARS, PILOT SEASON)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Pasadena     CA     11:00 a.m.     2:00 p.m.     Signing The Dakness as well as sketches for attendees
Sheldon Mitchell (DARKNESS)     Collector's Paradise Pasadena     Pasadena     CA     11:00 a.m.     2:00 p.m.     Signing The Dakness as well as sketches for attendees
Derek McCulloch (PUG)     The Escapist     Berkeley     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     Signed copies of Pug will be available.
Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)     The Comic Bug     Manhattan Beach     CA     12:00 p.m.     5:00 p.m.     IMAGE FIRSTS ELEPHANTMEN #1 available
Tomm Coker (UNDYING LOVE)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     Signing and Sketching
Whilce Portacio (Image Comics founder, IMAGE UNITED, ARTIFACTS, SPAWN)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     Artists will be on hand to do sketches for attendees, with proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative.
Chris Moreno (SIDEKICK, OUTLAW TERRITORY, 24 SEVEN)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     "Sketches for HERO Initiative" fundraiser
Daniel Freedman (UNDYING LOVE)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     Signing and Sketching
Joshua Hale Fialkov (CYBLADE, ALIBI, ECHOES)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     "Sketches for HERO Initiative" fundraiser
Kody Chamberlain (SWEETS)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     "Sketches for HERO Initiative" fundraiser
Tone Rodriguez (MAYHEM, SHADOWHAWK)     Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery     Canoga Park     CA     12:00 p.m.     3:00 p.m.     "Sketches for HERO Initiative" fundraiser
Viktor Kalvachev (BLUE ESTATE)     Fantastic Comics     Berkeley     CA     12:30 p.m.         
Jason Howard (ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, SUPER DINOSAUR)     Golden Apple Comics     Los Angeles     CA     2:00 p.m.     4:00 p.m.     FCBD - SUPER DINOSAUR: ORIGIN SPECIAL
Owen Wiseman (SAMURAI'S BLOOD)     Meltdown Comics     Los Angeles     CA     2:00 p.m.     3:30 p.m.     
Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, SUPER DINOSAUR)     Golden Apple Comics     Los Angeles     CA     2:00 p.m.     4:00 p.m.     FCBD - SUPER DINOSAUR: ORIGIN SPECIAL
Joshua Hale Fialkov (CYBLADE, ALIBI, ECHOES)     Meltdown Comics     Los Angeles     CA     4:00 p.m.         
Kody Chamberlain (SWEETS)     Meltdown Comics     Los Angeles     CA     4:00 p.m.         
Chris Houghton (REED GUNTHER)     Meltdown Comics     Los Angeles     CA             
Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON, SPIDERMAN)     Fantastic Comics     Berkeley     CA             
Jeff Cahn (RED SPIKE)     Meltdown Comics     Los Angeles     CA             
Scott Kowalchuk (INTREPIDS)     Another Dimension Comics     Calgary     CANADA     10:00 a.m.     6:00 p.m.     Selling prints and Original prints
Riley Rossmo (PROOF, GREEN WAKE, COWBOY NINJA VIKING)     Another Dimension Comics     Calgary     CANADA     11:00 a.m.     6:00 p.m.     Signing books and selling original art
Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)     Toronto Comic Arts Festival     Toronto     CANADA     9:00 a.m.     5:00 p.m.     Selling Skullkickers trades and convention-only sketchbooks
Greg Horn (THE ART OF GREG HORN)     Yancy Street Comics     Port Richey     FL             
Nathan Edmondson (THE LIGHT, WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?)     Criminal Records     Atlanta     GA             
Phil Hester (DARKNESS, FIREBREATHER)     Daydreams Comics     Iowa City     IA     12:00 p.m.     5:00 p.m.     
Phil Hester (DARKNESS, FIREBREATHER)     Cup O' Kryptonite (May 6th)     Des Moines     IA     9:00 p.m.     12:00 a.m.     FCBD after dark Pre-Party!
Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE)     Dark Tower Comics     Chicago     IL             
Jonathan Hickman (NIGHTLY NEWS, RED WING)     Comic Vault     Chicago     IL             
Alex Grecian (PROOF)     Elite Comics     Kansas City     KS     11:00 a.m.     4:00 p.m.     Signing copies of Proof
Lee Leslie (SCREAMLAND)     B Bop South     Prairie Village     KS             
Frank Cho (50 GIRLS 50)     Cards, Comics and Collectibles     Reisterstown     MD             
Jeremy Haun (ARTIFACTS, DARKNESS)     Hurley's Heroes     Joplin     MO     12:00 p.m.     8:00 p.m.     
Chris Giarrusso (G-MAN)     Acme Comics     Greensboro     NC     1:00 p.m.     7:00 p.m.     G-Man: Cape Crisis #2 Acme Comics variant edition | G-Man vs Acme Bat T-Shirt
Ron Marz (ARTIFACTS, SHINKU)     Comic Depot     Saratoga Springs     NY     11:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.     Limited copies of FCBD Silver Scorpion (Liquid Comics)
Ron Marz (ARTIFACTS, SHINKU)     Excellent Adventures     Ballston Spa     NY     2:00 p.m.     4:00 p.m.     Limited copies of FCBD Silver Scorpion (Liquid Comics)
Dirk Manning (NIGHTMARE WORLD)     Packrat Comics     Hilliard     OH     10:00 a.m.     10:00 p.m.     2-for-1 Sale: NIGHTMARE WORLD Vol 1 GN and NIGHTMARE WORLD Vol 2 GN
Steve Lieber (UNDERGROUND)     Things From Another World     Portland     OR     2:00 p.m.     5:00 p.m.     Anyone who buys a copy of Underground gets a free drawing in it!
David Hahn (ALL NIGHTER)     Things From Another World     Portland     OR     4:00 p.m.     7:00 p.m.     
Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE, SEA BEAR & GRIZZLY SHARK)     Nightflight Comics     Salt Lake City     UT     2:30 p.m.     6:00 p.m.     FREE sketches!
Mike Oeming (POWERS, MICE TEMPLAR)     Comics Dungeon     Seattle     WA     1:00 p.m.     4:00 p.m.     
Nate Simpson (NONPLAYER)     Arcane Comics     Seattle     WA     12:00 p.m.     4:00 p.m.     Selling posters and signing comics/posters
Micah Farritor (FEAR AGENT, STRANGE GIRL)     Westfield Comics (East Side)     Madison     WI     10:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.     Artists will be on hand to do sketches for attendees, with proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative.
Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist Tim Seeley’s HACK/SLASH, Jane Wiedlin’s LADY ROBOTIKA)     Westfield Comics (East Side)     Madison     WI     10:00 a.m.     1:00 p.m.     Artists will be on hand to do sketches for attendees, with proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative.


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