In its eigth year, Free Comic Book Day gives away thousands of comics to new and old readers alike, and this year, Archie Comics will have two titles to offer up to comic fans.
First up is the return of the Mighty Archie Art Players.Â The Mighty Archie Art Players were a mainstay of several Archie titles throughout the years including LAUGH and various digest comics.Â The concept was simple: present stories that exist in an â€œalternate universeâ€ separate from the continuity established in the mainline Archie titles.Â This was achieved by framing each story as a â€œplayâ€ put on by Archie and his friends.Â Each took on a character role to tell tales set in various times and places.Â In this special Free Comic Book Day edition, the Mighty Archie Art Players have a rip-roaring good time in the old west, put a modern-spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale, tell a â€œbig fishâ€ story â€“ literally â€“ with Betty as a mermaid, and cater to the whims of Veronica, transformed into the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra.Â Their curtain-raising performances will leave you laughing in the aisles!
Next, Sonic the Hedgehog speeds into action with a special Free Comic Book Day edition!Â Â In “Evolution of A Hero,” youâ€™ll get a look back at the long-running hit comic series that has been thrilling fans for over 15 years!Â Whatâ€™s the connection between Sonic and the Freedom Fighters?Â Who are Shadow the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna?Â Whatâ€™s the deal with that Robotnik guy, and whatâ€™s going on in the series now?Â You might even get a special sneak-peek into the world of Sonic after the epic issue #200.Â Whether youâ€™re a new reader getting up to speed or a veteran enjoying a trip down memory lane, this is one issue you just canâ€™t miss!Â Fan-favorites Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley! bring the fast-paced excitement to life.
Free Comic Book Day will be held May 2, 2009 this year. Check with your local retailer for how your local comic shop will be giving out the issues.