Press Release

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day across North America and the world – a day where participating comic shops give away comic books to anyone coming into their stores.

Archie Comics – a Gold Sponsor of the event – will have two offerings: FCBD DARK CIRCLE COMICS and FCBD SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE, giving readers a look into this year’s critically acclaimed new superhero line and kicking things off for the biggest Archie Action crossover event ever!


THE BLACK HOOD! THE FOX! THE SHIELD! Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series – all held together by an eye-popping cover from AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE artist Francesco Francavilla!

Script: Duane Swierczynski, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and more
Art: Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, David Williams, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick, John Workman, Jose Villarubia and more
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Ryan Jampole, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Gary Martin, John Workman, Evan Stanley and Matt Herms
Cover: Evan Stanley, Jamal Peppers, Gary Martin and Ben Hunzeker
“Worlds Unite: PRELUDE” – It’s TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the ALL-NEW epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Unite,” comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! The road to “Unite” began in the history-making “Worlds Collide” storyline, continued in 2013’s “DAWN OF X” storyline, and once again our heroes must meet—Mega Man’s journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic the Hedgehog’s on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2015—as two video game icons must come together… or risk dying alone! Featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man comic book fame!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Archie Comics writers and artists will be visiting comic book shops across the country! Check out the list below for the details and to see if there’s a signing near you!

  • Rick Bryant (SONIC BOOM) – The Gamer’s Edge Comics and Games in Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania
  • Paul Castiglia (ARCHIE, BETTY AND VERONICA) – East Side Mags in Montclair, NJ (12pm-4pm)
  • Rachel Deering (THE BLACK HOOD) – Collector’s Corner in Baltimore, MD (9am-9pm)
  • Bill Galvan (ARCHIE) – Dragons Keep in Lehi, UT (10am-12pm) and Provo, UT (1pm-4pm)
  • Dean Haspiel (THE FOX) – The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Matt Herms (SONIC THE HEDGEHOG) – WatchTower Comics & Cards in Houston, TX (11am-4pm)
  • Ben Hunzeker (MEGA MAN, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG) – Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL
  • Rich Koslowski (ARCHIE) – Art Supplies, Ink. in Aptos, CA
  • Paul Kupperberg (LIFE WITH ARCHIE) – Heroes Comics & Cards in Norwalk, CT (11am-1pm)
  • Batton Lash (ARCHIE) – Southern California Comics in San Diego, CA (Starting at 9am)
  • David Mack (THE BLACK HOOD) – Comic Book World in Florence, KY
  • Mike Norton (ARCHIE) – Johnny Cee Cards in Schofield, Wisconsin
  • Dan Parent (ARCHIE, KEVIN KELLER) – Comics on the Green in Scranton, PA (12pm-3pm)
  • Andrew Pepoy (AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, BETTY AND VERONICA) – New England Comics in Brockton, MA (11am-6pm)
  • Fernando Ruiz (ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR) – Dewey’s Comic City in Madison, NJ (1pm)
  • Mark Waid (ARCHIE, THE FOX) – Cards, Comics, and Collectibles in Reisterstown, MD
  • Tracy Yardley (SONIC THE HEDGEHOG) – Galactic Quest in Lawrenceville, GA (9am) and Buford, GA (3pm)

Find a participating comic book store near you using the Comic Shop Locator Service.


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