The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the thirteen Gold and thirty-one Silver comic book titles – though none of them from DC Comics – for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on Saturday, May 6, 2023. DC Comics’ absence is because they are only distributed by Diamond in the UK, exclusive in the US with Lunar. While Marvel and IDW have left Diamond for PRH, with Dark Horse to follow, they allow Diamond to subdistribute from PRH. DC Comics will not. The participating titles were curated by 20+ comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee.
We had the Gold Free Comic Book Day 2023 titles previously (reproduced at the bottom), and now we have the Silver titles as well, including the launch of the Frank Frazettaverse from Opus Comics, and the Stan Lee graphic biography I Am Stan from Ten Cent Press. Here are the full listings we have so far.
ABLAZE | ANIMAL CASTLE FCBD EDITION
Action Lab | PRINCELESS
American Mythology Productions | TOM HOLLAND’S FRIGHT NIGHT
Arcana Comics | KOTTO KOTORRA
BOOM! Studios | MECH CADETS FCBD SPECIAL
Dark Horse Comics | STAR WARS/ AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
Dial Books | MEXIKID
Dynamite Entertainment | MADBALLS VS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS
Fantagraphics Books | THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS
First Second Books | INVESTIGATORS: ALL TIDE UP
Gemstone Publishing | THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING COMICS
Graphix | BABY-SITTERS LITTLE SISTER: KAREN’S HAIRCUT
IDW Publishing | TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Image Comics | THE SACRIFICERS #1 FCBD 2023 PREVIEW EDITION
Kodansha Comics | SHAMAN KING FLOWERS & WELCOME TO DEMON SCHOOL IRUMA-KUN
Lev Gleason Publications – Comichouse | CRIMEBUSTER SEASON 1 ISSUE 1
Marvel Comics | MARVEL VOICES #1
Marvel Comics | SPIDEY AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1
Oni Press | PUNCH UP! PREVIEW
OPUS Comics | FRAZETTAVERSE #0
Papercutz | SMURFS 65TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL
Random House Children’s Books | SWEET VALLEY TWINS: TEACHER’S PET
Rebellion | 2000 AD REGENED PRESENTS: THE BEST COMIC EVER
Ten Speed Press | I AM STAN
Titan Comics | RUNESCAPE: UNTOLD TALES OF THE GOD WARS
Writer(s): Ryan O’Sullivan
FC, 24pp, On sale: May 6, 2023
COVER ARTIST: DAVID BARKER
After more than 21 years of setting world records (300M+ accounts and counting!), Jagex and Titan Comics are bringing out a brand new comic series; the first to be set in the iconic medieval fantasy realm of Gielinor, which is home to humans, elves, dwarves and dragonkin alike. Filled with vibrant characters, daring adventure and mysterious magicks, the series will kick off in an epic Free Comic Book Day issue you won’t want to miss.
TOKYOPOP | THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE BATTLE FOR PUMPKIN KING #1
UDON Entertainment | STREET FIGHTER 6 #0
Valiant Entertainment | SHADOWMAN DARK LEGACY FCBD SPECIAL
Vault Comics | WEST OF SUNDOWN #1
Viking Books | THE LAST COMICS ON EARTH
VIZ Media | ANIMAL CROSSING/ KIRBY MANGA MANIA
Free Comic Book Day Gold Titles
Gold titles are those that retailers have to order to be part of Free Comic Book Day, Silver titles are just optional for participating comic book stores.
AfterShock Comics | SEISMIC STORIES
Get a first look at the all new original graphic novel that explores what happens when a ragtag group of teens accidentally release an unknown darkness from an abandoned house.
Archie Comics | ARCHIE HORROR PRESENTS: THE CURSED LIBRARY
This Free Comic Book Day special aims to get to the bottom of why and how Riverdale has been such a hotbed of cruel monsters, unusual events, and terrifying tales.
BOOM! Studios | RANGER ACADEMY
This bold new take on the Power Rangers mythology is the start of an epic saga perfect for longtime Rangers fans and new readers!
Dark Horse Comics | THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY/ THE WITCHER
In The Umbrella Academy, the superpowered siblings must stave off a universe-shattering cosmic horror. In The Witcher, Geralt set outs to uncover why women are turning into frogs.
Dynamite Entertainment | RED SONJA: SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD #0
Dynamite is celebrating Red Sonja’s landmark 50th anniversary on Free Comic Book Day with an exclusive, brand new Red Sonja adventure.
Graphix | DOG MAN AND THE LEAGUE OF MISFITS
Celebrate 25 ½ years of all ages hijinks with Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters Dog Man, Captain Underpants, Petey the Cat, and more!
IDW Publishing | STAR TREK
This Free Comic Book Day special serves as the exclusive prelude to IDW’s very first Star Trek summer crossover event.
Image Comics | FISHFLIES #1
The newest series from Eisner Award-winning creator Jeff Lemire. When a child running away from home befriends a monster, she sets off a chain of strange events and bad omens.
Kodansha Comics | ALL AGES GOLD SAMPLER
Get a sneak preview of the manga adaptation of a worldwide Netflix hit, which will be announced at AnimeNYC, plus a back up story of the adorable, all-ages manga, Lovely Muco!
Marvel | AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/ VENOM
With the dangerous Meridius readying for war, the stage is set for catastrophe, and this year’s Free Comic Book Day will mark the beginning and end of the symbiotes.
Marvel | AVENGERS/ X-MEN
This issue features a pair of all-new stories that set the stage for the next evolution in mutant adventures, Fall of X. It also introduces an uncanny new lineup for a new team book launching next year.
Titan Comics | CONAN THE BARBARIAN
This Free Comic Book Day special focuses on a young Conan, as he dreams of a life of adventures and envisions all of the future journeys that he will eventually encounter throughout his fabled career.
VIZ Media | CHOUJIN X/ ROOSTER FIGHTER
In Choujin X, two inseparable best friends are attacked by a superhuman mutant, leaving one of them to transform into a Choujin. In Rooster Fighter, a determined rooster fights to save humanity from roaming monsters.