Visit Your Local Comic Shop For Free "Avatar" or "Dragon Ball"

Mai, Goku and Kenshin available for free on May 4th

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 in the May 4 event with Dragon Ball & Rurouni Kenshin Restoration preview and It's An Ugly Doll Comic & Other Stuff. Dark Horse's offering includes a Mai Avatar: The Last Airbender story.



All-ages adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbenderfollows Mai as she deals with her broken heart . . .



Josh Williamson, Brian Wood, Gene Luen Yang
Ryan Hill, Victor Ibáñez, Ryan Odagawa, Roger Robinson
Ryan Hill, Ego
Cover Artist:
Ryan Hill, Douglas Wheatley



Jeremy Barlow, Peter M. Lenkov, Shaun Simon, Gerard Way, Mac Walters
Garry Brown, Tony Parker, Becky Cloonan
Michael Atiyeh, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart
Cover Artist:
Garry Brown, Becky Cloonan



The VIZ Kids Free Comic Book Day sampler (rated ‘A’ for All Ages) includes an excerpt from GOIN’ PLACES!, the first volume of the forthcoming UGLYDOLLS graphic novel series,. Featuring the work of Uglydoll creators Sun-Min Kim and David Horvath, artists Ian McGinty and Phillip Jacobson, and writer Travis Nichols, among others. UGLYDOLL Vol. 1 will debut on July 2nd under the VIZ Kids imprint, with an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN.


VIZ Media’s all-ages Free Comic Book Day sampler will also include a HELLO KITTY short written and illustrated by Jacob Chabot from HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!, an excerpt from MAMESHIBA: ENCHANTED, written by James Turner and illustrated by Jorge Monlongo, and an excerpt from the forthcoming POKÉMON POCKET COMICS. HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO! is scheduled for release in October 2013, MAMESHIBA:ENCHANTED will be available SEPTEMBER 2013 and POKÉMON POCKET COMICS will be released in October 2013.



The VIZ Media Free Comic Book Day manga sampler is aimed at teen and older readers and will offer excerpts from RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION and DRAGON BALL. The sampler also includes an exclusive RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION poster.


RUROUNI KENSHIN: RESTORATION (rated ‘T’ for Teens) is the new samurai action adventure from creator Nobuhiro Watsuki that debuts on June 4 th. During the violent upheaval of Japan’s 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 wandering samurai 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!


DRAGON BALL is the classic fantasy adventure series created by Akira Toriyama. 

To celebrate the launch of a new DRAGON BALL 3-in-1 omnibus (rated ‘T’ for Teens) on June 4th, an excerpt in the VIZ Media FREE Comic Book Day manga sampler will showcase the seminal series. DRAGON BALL is a wry update on the Chinese "Monkey King" myth, and introduces readers 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.


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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