Monday, March 24, 2008

Free Comic Book Day

I thought I'd piggyback off yesterday's excellent Gyro Grearloose post over at 2719 Hyperion and offer up some fun news concerning the Duckburg inventor. Walt Disney's Gyro Gearloose will be one of the featured titles on this year's Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3. If you can't figure it out from the name, Free Comic Book Day is a day where you can go to your local comic book store and pick up free specially produced issues of tons of different comic books. It's a great way for new people to discover the world of comics and for seasoned comic readers to try out some new titles. This years offering includes this Gyro book with stories by Carl Barks and Don Rosa. The official word on the book:
Scrooge and Launchpad join their gadget-man pal for a book full of inventive adventure! Gyro creates a super cheese in Carl Barks’ and Don Rosa’s “Pied Piper of Duckburg”; a money rescue system in “Cave of the Winds”; and several awesome — but not quite uncrashable — planes in William Van Horn’s “All Quacked Up!”

This exciting Disney freebie is known as a Silver Book, meaning that every store participating in Free Comic Book Day is not going to have it. Last year they announced a Mickey Mouse book as part of the offerings. When I showed up at my local comic shop they had not only the Mickey but also a Donald Duck book and an Uncle Scrooge title. So, it's worth the trip out just to see what they might have.

Other free comic books to be available on May 3 include The Simpsons, Transformers, Jughead, Gumby, and Superman among many others plus mini-figures from the world of Star Wars and Iron Man. Happy Comic Hunting!

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