Free Comic Book Day 2013’s Gold Sponsor Comic Books Announced

As we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, we just received word of another holiday that comic fans hold dear: Free Comic Book Day. Diamond Comic Distributors, the primary distributor of comic books to comic shops, announced today the Gold Sponsor comic books to be given away at next year’s Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4th.

This twelfth iteration of the popular one-day event will feature a bumper crop of 12 comic book offerings in their top Gold Sponsor tier. News on the Silver Sponsor tier books is scheduled to be announced on December 13, with the final batch being announced on January 2, 2013. Without further adieu, here are the titles and descriptions of the Gold Sponsor books  you can look forward to getting on May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day, as quoted from Diamon’s press release:


Kizoic Presents: Sesame Street/Strawberry Shortcake

Published by Ape Entertainment
Story by Georgia Ball, Jason M. Burns
Art and Cover by Amy Mebberson

On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It’s GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away! On side two, join Strawberry Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures!

Includes “The Blue Flu”, “The Hunt for Blackberry’s Treasure”, and “Blueberry’s Book Tour”.
It’s a bushel of fun!


The World of Archie Digest

Published by Archie Comics
Story and Art by Various
Cover by TBD

Archie! Betty! Veronica! Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest!

Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business! This is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!




Bongo Comics Free-For-All! FCBD 2013

Published by Bongo Comics
Story, Art, and Cover by Matt Groening & Various

Bongo rings in another Free Comic Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games.

First, Bart becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results.

Then, Jimbo and the gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights.

Stick around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li’l Homer and go in search of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie.





Kaboom! Summer Blast

Published by Boom! Studios/Kaboom!

An explosion of All-Ages awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day!

Sure to be one of the most popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48 pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today! Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!






Star Wars / Captain Midnight / Avatar

Published by Dark Horse Comics
Story by Joshua Williamson & Various
Art & Cover by Ryan Hill &  Various

All-Ages Adventure!

Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett!

Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series, Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on!

And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart…



FCBD 2013 Superman Special Edition

Published by DC Comics
Story, Art, and Cover by TBD

Sorry, but you’ll have to come back next month for full details!










TMNT New Animated Adventures

Published by IDW Publishing
Story and Art by Various
Cover by Dario Brizuela

Jumping from screen to page, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures!

This unique series captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages comic to get you seeing green!!







The Walking Dead FCBD 2013 Special

Published by Image Comics
Story by Robert Kirkman
Art & Cover by Charlie Adlard & Cliff Rathburn

This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyreese short story, a fan-favorite character who just made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3!

It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan.

This special issue is a must-have for fans of The Walking Dead — as none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!






Marvel FCBD 2013: Classified!

Published by Marvel Comics
Story, Art, and Cover by TBD

Prepare for an epic that is out of this world as the biggest and best Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe come together for something that will leave fans demanding more!

Marvel Comics has something special planned for Free Comic Book Day 2013… but for now it’s CLASSIFIED!

Keep checking back to for future updates!






The Smurfs

Published by NBM Publishing/Papercutz
Story and Art by Peyo, Various
Cover by Peyo

The Smurfs return to Free Comic Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the U.S.!

Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again, always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is forced to tangle with someone bigger than him — a nasty Ogre? Find out in “The Ogre and the Smurfs!”

Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz series, Annoying Orange and Ariol, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!






Spongebob Comics Freestyle Funnies

Published by United Plankton Pictures
Story by Derek Drymon & Maris Wicks
Art by Graham Annable & Various

United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013.

In “Paint Misbehavin'” Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically — but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life?

Then in “Day of the Free Comic” SpongeBob must foil Plankton’s latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a…giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same?

And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer’s SpongeBob superhero-themed annual!



It’s The Ugly Doll Comic & Other Stuff

Published by VIZ Media
Story by  David Horvath & Various
Art by James Kolchaka & Various

Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn’t for you. (Though being Ugly IS a super power — “ugly” means unique!)

Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book!

Join OX, Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat and all their friends in the Uglydolls’ first-ever comic book adventure! The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy!

And don’t miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!


  1. Already? Is Free Comic Book Day the new Christmas? If so, I’m going to get started on the War on Free Comic Book Day!

  2. I am genuinely excited that IDW is doing a comic based on the new TMNT cartoon. I can’t get enough of it!

  3. I’m a bit annoyed Matt Groening is listed for the Bongo comics as a contributor. He’s like an Executive Producer, he’s listed but offers no real contribution to it.

  4. So which is gonna be a bigger event? DC’s Top Secret vs Marvel’s Classified. Both sound fascinating.