Just a reminder for all of you Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and just comic book fans in general: This Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day, and one of the books available to comic book shops is a two-sided Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog flipbook which acts as a prelude to the "Worlds Collide" crossover. With new cover art by Ben Bates, each tale looks back to the final moments of each cerulean superhero's respective ongoing tales before the two doctors hatch their skull-cracking scheme.
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com. You can also find out the full array of titles and goodies up for grabs, as well as which shops are participating, at FreeComicBookDay.com, though selection may vary from comic shop to comic shop.
Read on for previews of what's in store from Archie for the big day:
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG / MEGA MAN FLIPBOOK (W) Ian Flynn (A) Ryan Jampole & Various (CA) Ben Bates “Worlds Collide: PRELUDE” – It’s TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Collide,” comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to finally meet each other – 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 2013 – as video game icons Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man meet for the very first time anywhere – featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man comic book fame!
And just because it was in the same e-mail/.rar that Archie sent our way, here's what Archie Andrews and his friends are up to in their FCBD special:
WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST 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 a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business, this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!
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In addition to the nearly 100 pages of free content available ("the most FREE content you can get on Free Comic Book Day!"), some of the company's creative talent are doing signings. Ben Bates, Craig Boldman, Steven Butler, Bill Galvan, Matt Herms, Ryan Jampole, Batton Lash, Dan Parent, Jamal Peppers, Fernando Ruiz, Jeff Shultz, Alex Simmons, and Tracy Yardley will be doing the honors this year, and you can find out where and when for each one here.