Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Viz is participating this year with a Dragon Ball & Rurouni Kenshin Restoration preview and It's An Ugly Doll Comic & Other Stuff.
See their promo below...
VIZ Media is thrilled to introduce you to the fantastic creators included in our 2013 Free Comic Book Day comic book. Meet Uglydoll co-creator David Horvath, Uglydoll comic artists Ian McGinty and Phillip Jacobson, Uglydoll comic writer Travis Nichols, Hello Kitty artist and writer Jacob Chabot, and Mameshiba artist Jorge Monlongo.
A seminal series from a legendary creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and to get them she needs the help of a certain super-strong boy... During the violent upheaval of the Bakumatsu era, Hitokiri Battosai was a feared and ruthless assassin. But now that the Meiji Restoration has begun to heal the wounds of civil war, Battosai has taken up a new name...and a new calling! He is now Himura Kenshin , a rurouni wanderer who has vowed to only draw his sword to protect those in need. But not everyone is pleased with Kenshin's new direction, and enemies from his dark past have vowed to bring him down!
(W) David Horvath & Various (A) James Kolchaka & Various
Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn't for you. (Though being Ugly is a super power - "ugly" means unique!) Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book! Join OX™, Wage™, Babo™, Ice-Bat™ and all their friends in the Uglydolls' first ever comic book adventure. The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy! And don't miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!
It's An Uglydoll Comic will also feature samples of the upcoming Pokemon Pocket Comics [coming Fall 2013] which are a collection of full color, self contained, fun and funny comic strips featuring pokemon from Pokemon Black and White. Also featured are samples of the upcoming Hello Kitty graphic novels [October 2013] which are full color original stories by American artists such as Jacob Chabot [Mighty Skullboy Army]. The last property to be included is Mameshiba, the strange, unique, and absolutely adorable combination of a bean and a dog put together.