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Title: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on October 20, 2010, 09:06:53 PM
As a sort of supplement to the "Comics for People Who Don't Read Comics" thread, I figure we could use a thread for linking free comics to give people a taste.

To start us off, a few of my current favorites:

The Walking Dead #1 (http://www.imagecomics.com/iconline.php?title=walking_dead_001&page=cover&resize=now)

You've probably heard of this one.  Less about zombies than about the survivors who have to deal with the collapse of civilization, it's coming to AMC this Halloween.

(Image, in fact, has numerous other free #1's (http://www.imagecomics.com/onlinecomics.php); I'll probably get to some of them later if somebody else doesn't first.)


Sweet Tooth #1 (http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=14587)

Another post-apocalyptic story, but instead of zombies, this one has furries.

Well, not really.  The plague that wipes out most of the human race coincides with children being born with animal attributes.  Our story begins years later, with our hero, Gus, a naive boy with antlers who's lived a sheltered life.  All that changes after his father's death, and he finds himself in the center of something much bigger than himself.


The Unwritten #1 (http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=13677)

Wilson Taylor wrote a bestselling series of children's novels about Tommy Taylor, the boy wizard.  And then he disappeared.

His son, Tom Taylor, makes a living doing the convention circuit, living off his namesake's fame and extremely bitter about it.

What Tom doesn't know is that he's actually a pawn in a big good-versus-evil game -- the Unwritten are a centuries-old sect that has manipulated the world through the power of stories, and he has the potential to be their greatest asset or their greatest enemy.  But if he's going to fight them, first he has to figure out what the hell is going on, exactly.


So, that's a few to start with.  Feel free to add your own links.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Lottel on October 20, 2010, 09:37:59 PM
A storytime thread on /co/ last night went wonderfully right when the artist showed up to put a stop to it and started talking to people.
He changed his stance on pirating comics, and decided to post the entire series of Underground online for free for everyone.

 Full story and comics here. (http://www.undergroundthecomic.com/2010/10/whole-book-for-free-or-learning-something-from-4chan/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Mongrel on October 21, 2010, 05:09:47 AM
Those guys are actually pretty good!
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Ziiro on October 21, 2010, 11:24:37 AM
The blog post following the one lottel posted with pictures about Sales & Hits is priceless.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Royal☭ on October 25, 2010, 04:59:48 AM
Bulletproof Coffin #1 (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=5540)

By Shaky Kane and David Hine

A sort of meta-fantasy story, in which a void contractor - he cleans out houses after people die, natch - named Steve Newman discovers never before seen prints of old, EC-style comics in the house of a recently deceased old man.  Digging into the comics, he soon realizes that they were printed after the company, Golden Nugget, was absorbed by Big 2 Comics and put out of business.  Eventually he discovers the costume of a masked hero called the Coffin Fly, and discovers the comics may have a sinister quality to them as he grapples with the horrors of reality crashing around him.

The mindfuck of a story also boasts truly gripping, pop-art inspired visuals from Shaky Kane, who's flat, 2D illustrations are brought to life with eye-searing colors and wonderful narration.   Each issue contains a bizarre, story-within-a-story that are clearly inspired by EC comics, but with this menacing, over the top edge.

Go out and read Bulletproof Coffin now.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on October 31, 2010, 07:09:07 PM
Beasts of Burden: Stray (http://www.darkhorse.com/Features/eComics/1090/Beasts-of-Burden)

I really quite like this book; it's about a group of talking dogs (and a couple cats) who investigate the paranormal.  It's a cute premise but it's a pretty dark horror book.  Dorkin's writing is good, and Thompson's painting is gorgeous.

And this week there was a one-shot where they teamed up with Hellboy.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on November 07, 2010, 09:40:28 PM
So I just remembered DC put up a bunch of freebies last year under the heading After Watchmen, What's Next? (http://www.dccomics.com/sites/watchmen/?action=after_watchmen)

There's plenty of great shit there, but I'm going to deal with a couple elephants in the room here, the two biggest breakout hits from the past decade or so at Vertigo.

Fables #1 (http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1606), by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina.
There's a secret community of fairytale characters hidden in the middle of Manhattan.  In this first story, Sheriff Bigby Wolf is called in to investigate the murder of Deputy Mayor Snow White's sister, Rose Red.  (For my money it's a good hook but the story gets much better in volume 2.)

Y: The Last Man #1 (http://www.dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/?gn=1736), by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
A mysterious virus wipes out every male on the planet, except for a slacker named Yorick Brown and his monkey, Ampersand.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Royal☭ on November 24, 2010, 08:06:36 AM
Free Paul Chadwick comics (http://www.paulchadwick.net/comics_by_chadwick.html)

"Orange Glow" is the only one I've read, but it's mysterious, alluring and fantastic.  Also includes his Eisner-winning "Human Dilemma" and a story from The World Below, a trippy sci-fi story he did.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Royal☭ on November 24, 2010, 08:33:01 AM
More, more!

Sword #1 (http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=2758&page=6)

I was a big fan of the Luna Brother's first breakout book, Girls, so I've been interested in reading Sword.  This first issue is kind of average, though.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on November 30, 2010, 10:40:24 AM
Via io9 (http://io9.com/5702431/read-100%252B-pages-of-unpublished-comic-book-mutant-mayhem):

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James Stokoe, the author of the comic Orc Stain, has released 102 pages of his unpublished mutant wasteland comic Murderbullets for free online. The book's like Starship Troopers meets that scene in Akira in which Tetsuo becomes a giant tumor.

You can read the entire story on Sokoe's website (http://orcstain.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/murderbullets/) (slightly NSFW), and be sure to click on the massive poster (http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/8/2010/11/jamess.jpg) below. Incidentally, this 102-page story is just the prologue to the unwritten Murderbullets saga. The response to this preview will hopefully give Stokoe impetus to work further on this strange saga.

Can't access the site from here, but I friggin' love Orc Stain, so everybody go check it out.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Bongo Bill on November 30, 2010, 10:38:13 PM
...Starship Troopers the book or the movie? Sounds like the movie, but they're different enough that I still want to be sure.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on December 01, 2010, 08:15:16 AM
Haven't had a chance to read it yet but I'm going to assume movie too; I can't imagine he's playing his premise straight.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on December 06, 2010, 09:36:41 PM
I've mentioned before, but most of the original Eastman/Laird TMNT run is up at ninjaturtles.com (http://mail.ninjaturtles.com/html/comic.htm).  Nickelodeon runs the site now and has taken the links off the main page, so I don't know how long the content will still be up, but they're there for now.  Low-res scans, but still plenty of fun.  They've got #1-#17 (excluding #8, a Cerebus crossover) plus one-shots for each of the Turtles and the Fugitoid.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Royal☭ on December 06, 2010, 09:40:44 PM
Stokoe unleashes another comic bomb, this one he refers to as a sort of proto-Orc Stain: Nomad of the Domes (http://orcstain.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/nomad-of-the-domes/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on December 06, 2010, 10:16:52 PM
God that's pretty.  I sure wish I didn't hate sitting at the computer to read comics.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on January 15, 2011, 11:50:44 PM
digitalcomicmuseum.com (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com) (and its British site, goldenagecomics.co.uk (http://goldenagecomics.co.uk)) is like the comics equivalent of Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.org): shit-tons of public-domain books, free to download.  Unlike Gutenberg, it requires an account (or bugmenot), but there are no other hoops to jump through.  The mother lode of free, legal comics.

There's a hell of a lot there and I'm not familiar with most of it, so it's hard to say where to start, but here are a few classics:

Crime Does Not Pay (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=154) -- the most famous of the crime comics that set off the big scare of the 1950's.

Daredevil (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=110) -- the original 1940's version, who wielded sticks, fought Hitler, and is probably the most famous and frequently-used of the various public domain superheroes.  A lot of these are fiche, which means crummy quality, but there are some good-quality issues in there too.

Whiz Comics (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=23) -- SHAZAM!

Pep Comics (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=48), home of Archie

Young Romance (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=262), the original romance comic by Simon and Kirby

Plastic Man (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=57) -- I don't think I can overstress just how much I friggin' love these.  Some of the most fun, creative, gorgeous stuff I've ever seen.  Just fine, fine stuff.

Little Nemo (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=10), probably the greatest of all the broadsheet strips.

Terry and the Pirates (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=15), probably second only to Little Nemo.

The Spirit (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=663) -- there are a few different versions of these on the site (including reprints in Police Comics (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=32), which is also recommended for its original Plastic Man stories), but this particular link is to the original newspaper versions.

Anyway, this thing's a friggin' goldmine; please feel free to share your own finds.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on January 27, 2011, 02:38:23 PM
True Grit: The Comic (http://www.truegritmovie.com/intl/uk/novel/TRUE-GRIT_MEAN-BUSINESS.pdf)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on April 27, 2011, 02:36:08 PM
Shannon Wheeler's Eisner-nominated I Thought You Would Be Funnier (http://issuu.com/boomstudios/docs/ithoughtyouwouldbefunnier).  If you're into New Yorker cartoons.

Also, Free Comic Book Day is coming up on May 7.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on April 27, 2011, 06:18:58 PM
Also, Free Comic Book Day is coming up on May 7.

Too bad I'm going to be at an MTG pre-release.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 05, 2011, 09:32:21 PM
FCBD this Saturday.

Official site (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/index.asp) includes store locator (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/fcbd_locator.asp) and list of free comics (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.asp).

Comics Alliance (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/05/05/free-comic-book-day-2011-fcbd/) includes a list of Chris Sims's favorite titles.  You can tell it's Chris Sims because it includes the phrase "completely insane".  Chris Sims does not own a thesaurus.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Royal☭ on May 06, 2011, 03:28:36 PM
No his writing is just awesome.

Definitely picking up that Captain America and Thor though, because oh man.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 09, 2011, 08:29:33 PM
The FCBD Elric story. (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=8578)  It's way too chatty, but I like the multiverse stuff, with the exception of the last shot -- that shit's played.

Not sure if want.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Envy on May 09, 2011, 09:33:23 PM
Didn't have Captain and Thor at my store, picked up Judge Dredd, Atomic Robo, Spontaneous, Aspen, and Baltimore and The Tick.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 10, 2011, 04:07:45 PM
Apparently Dark Horse Digital (https://digital.darkhorse.com/) has its FCBD offerings available for free download, though it requires downloading their app.  Because obviously when you want to give people free stuff, you should erect a barrier to entry instead of just using a standard format.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 17, 2011, 11:04:28 PM
The complete ElfQuest. (http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics3.html)

Somebody tell Rootdown.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 20, 2011, 12:27:39 AM
The roughs for an unfinished Don Rosa Duck story. (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/05/19/donald-duck-don-rosa/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on June 18, 2011, 10:00:58 AM
A heartwarming Muppets/Thor crossover. (http://occasionalcomics.com/muppet-thor/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on July 06, 2011, 08:07:24 PM
Aki Alliance by Ryan Estrada. (http://www.ryanestrada.com/akialliance/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on July 09, 2011, 01:31:25 PM
We talked a bit about Orc Stain, Jame's Stokoe's gorgeous, off-beat fantasy comic, on page 1.

Well, now #1 is up free (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/07/08/orc-stain-preview/).

Seriously, go read this thing if you haven't already.  It's amazing.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on July 16, 2011, 09:26:06 AM
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (http://www.apescomics.com/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on August 09, 2011, 11:20:50 AM
They Crawl by Night (http://grantbridgestreet.blogspot.com/2011/08/they-crawl-by-night-by-dan-keyes-and.html?zx=8bff640279846480), by Basil Wolverton and Dan Keyes.

Wolverton is best known for his work on the early Mad, but his detailed style extends far beyond gross-out comedy.  His pulpy old SF stories are a joy to behold.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Ted Belmont on September 19, 2011, 04:03:42 AM
So uhh

(http://i.imgur.com/Dil7R.jpg)

Hybrid Bastards is pretty weird, y'all.

First issue is free on Comixology. (http://www.comixology.com/digital/series/6810)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on September 23, 2011, 01:25:41 PM
In honor of Minck Oosterveer, who died last weekend in a motorcycle accident, Boom is offering several of his comics for free (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/23/minck-oosterveers-unknown-mark-waid-free-digital-comics/) online.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on November 01, 2011, 10:53:43 AM
Boingboing has an excerpt of the new hardcover collection of Simon/Kirby crime comics: the story of Guy Fawkes (http://boingboing.net/2011/11/01/simon-and-kirby-crime-comic-anthology-exclusive-boing-boing-excerpt.html).
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on November 01, 2011, 02:49:07 PM
 :smile:
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on November 02, 2011, 11:24:09 AM
It's the Great Cthulhu, Charles Dexter! (http://baznetart.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-post_2294.html)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on January 23, 2012, 08:26:04 PM
Kirby Genesis concludes this week; Bleeding Cool is posting the earlier issues for free.

#0 and #1 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/19/free-kirby-genesis-1-by-kurt-busiek-alex-ross-jackson-herbert/)
#2 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/20/free-kirby-genesis-2-by-kurt-busiek-alex-ross-jack-herbert/)
#3 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/23/free-kirby-genesis-3-by-kurt-busiek-alex-ross-jack-herbert/)
#4 (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/24/free-kirby-genesis-4-by-kurt-busiek-alex-ross-jack-herbert/)

I've posted briefly about this mini before -- basically, it's...okay.  It's not Busiek and Ross's best work, and neither are Kirby's creator-owned characters his best, but it's decent, especially for free.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on February 01, 2012, 09:37:47 PM
http://english.bouletcorp.com/2012/02/01/darkness/ (http://english.bouletcorp.com/2012/02/01/darkness/)

^ This was a 24 Hour Comic created by some french dude.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Mongrel on February 01, 2012, 10:29:07 PM
Good stuff.

That's weird, I was trying to save the images but even though they're .png, they're unreadable. Doesn't seem like he has some kind of protection script. Huh.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on March 06, 2012, 01:57:05 PM
Marvel Avengers Comic Teaches Mad Money Skills (http://practicalmoneyskills.com/avengers/)

Via Sims (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/03/06/avengers-money/):

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At first glance, it struck me as a little odd that Spider-Man, a certified genius who built web-shooters in his basement, would be completely unfamiliar with the very concept of banking. When you think about it, though, it makes perfect sense: Thanks to J. Jonah Jameson's legendary skinflintery, Peter Parker's never really had enough money to necessitate a bank. Seriously, in the '60s, "pawning his microscope" was only behind "swinging around on webs" and "being sad about Uncle Ben" on the list of things Spider-Man did most often.

What's interesting, though, is who he goes to for financial advice:

A billionaire who's gone bankrupt three times, a Norse God with an infinite supply of magic dwarven gold (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draupnir), and an actual communist.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on April 29, 2012, 12:59:15 PM
Free Comic Book Day (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992) is coming up this Saturday.  Why not go down to your local comic shop (http://www.comicshoplocator.com/Home/1/1/57/575) and see what they've got?
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Kayma on April 29, 2012, 06:47:01 PM
Free Comic Book Day is the best day. Make sure you grab the Adventure Time Comic!
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Zach on May 05, 2012, 05:01:25 PM
I did!

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b167/unhelpful/zero_dollars.jpg)

The Dreaming had a deal they like to call "pick 20 comics from these longboxes and take them." There were some interesting titles in there.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Smiler on May 05, 2012, 05:58:42 PM
Wait what how the fuck did you find Sledge Hammer. Son of a fuck.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Disposable Ninja on May 05, 2012, 06:05:09 PM
waitaminute

FUCK I FORGOT IT WAS FREE COMIC DAY
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Lady on May 06, 2012, 12:56:51 PM
of the three places having FCBD here this year, two had lines out the door and around the block and the third had only shitty ones I wasn't interested in and nothing worth buying inside anyway :|  but they did have cupcakes...


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Aside from showing off our new flyer for Free Comic Book Day we want to announce a new contest we are having. Whatever school sends the most students to Free Comic Book Day at Geoffrey's Comics will receive a $400 pile of graphic novels from Geoffrey's Comics. So if you are a teacher - share this with other teachers. If you are a student, share it on your wall with your other students. Just get the word out that Geoffrey's Comics wants to give away $400 in graphic novels to schools. If you our your teachers have any questions, please feel free to contact us here on facebook.
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The BIGGEST Free Comic Book Day the Comic Bug has ever thrown. It's bordering on a mini-con with booths by Arcana Studios, JustJenn Designs, Long Beach Comic-Con, The Hero Initiative, Aspen Studios and MUCH MORE!


Guests include:

Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN)
Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER)
David Wohl (EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS)
JT Krul (CAPTAIN ATOM, WAR THAT TIME FORGOT)
Peter Steigerwald (FATHOM)
David Schwartz (IDOLIZED)
Jeff Stokely (FRAGGLE ROCK)
Robbi Rodriguez (MAINTENANCE)
Robert Napton HN CARTER WARRIORS OF MARS)
Karl Altstaetter (ME 2)
B. Alex Thomson (INTRINSIC)
Michael Asadpour (INTRINSIC)
Matthew Adams (INTRINSIC)
Ralph Miranda (MAN FIGHTING STREET)
Chris Kawagiwa (THE SUNLESS CIRCUS)
Luis Calderon (SPACE JOHNY)
Lord Mesa (CHIBI art-styled prints)
Chris Patton (TOTALLY TRUE PRINCESS STORY)
Robb Fulcher (THE SNAKE THAT WOULD NOT BEND)
Juan-Manuel Rocha (COMICS ON COMICS)
Rikki Niehaus (THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X)
Chris Brandt (director, COMIC BOOK INDEPENDENTS)
Don Schmidt (STEAMFUNK)
Just Jenn (JUSTJENN DESIGNS)
David Horvath (UGLYDOLLS)
Kevin Altieri (Batman The Animated Series)
Scott Koblish (OMAC)

and more to be announced soon!

That's not all! There will be costumed characters for you to take a photo with (so bring a camera)! And did we mention THOUSANDS of free comics!

no goddamn wonder..
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Zach on May 07, 2012, 03:47:32 PM
Wait what how the fuck did you find Sledge Hammer. Son of a fuck.
There are cheap copies of the entire run on Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/sch/Comics-/63/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=sledge+hammer), although it's not quite the same as digging them from a musty box of Dr. Strange comics.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Kayma on May 07, 2012, 07:20:37 PM
Our store had its highest-grossing day in its 36 year history. Free comics indeed!
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 08, 2012, 10:22:23 AM
If you missed them, Dark Horse's freebies are available for free through the end of the month.  You have to sign up for an account.

Buffy/Alabaster Wolves/The Guild (https://digital.darkhorse.com/accounts/login/?next=/read/2068/) -- The Guild is friggin' hilarious; Day wrote it herself.  And the Buffy sequence has her in space fighting a capital-A Alien.

Star Wars/Alabaster Wolves/Serenity (https://digital.darkhorse.com/accounts/login/?next=/read/2069/) -- Haven't read this one yet, but I thumbed through it and the Serenity story didn't have that problem where everyone looks too much like the actor.  So that's a good sign.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 09, 2012, 09:08:15 PM
The Star Wars/Serenity one is a fascinating concept: it's two versions of the same story.  One features Han and Chewie and the other features Mal and the crew, but they both have essentially the same premise and arc, and both are written by Zack Whedon.  (There's even a line of dialogue in common: both stories have someone offer to buy the ship; both Mal and Han respond with "Not for sale.  Not now, not ever.")  I think it's really quite a neat idea, taking two different licensed SF universes and showing how the same premise plays out in each.

The Serenity one is better.  Partly it's because of the dialogue: Whedon, as you'd expect, knows the characters' voices, and it feels like an episode of the show.  (Well, a very short one.  But still.)  The Star Wars story, rather by necessity, is mostly just Han talking, and isn't very interesting for it.

But partly it's because of the art.  Fabio Moon puts in strong work on Serenity, and the colors are sharp too; the Star Wars story has decent enough pencils but it's got that digital-inking thing going that I don't care much for, and the colors are drab and brown.

Anyway.  It's free.  I personally wouldn't go to the hassle of signing up for a free Dark Horse digital comics account just to get it, but YMMV.

Some other publishers have put their freebies up online, too -- I'll try and get some links up later on.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on June 12, 2012, 10:58:51 AM
Jim Lawson (best known as the primary artist on TMNT for most of its run) has begun posting his dinosaur comic Paleo (http://www.paleo.jimlawsonart.com/?cat=8) online.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on September 13, 2012, 07:41:38 AM
Better than free:

Read Blackburn Burrow (http://studios.amazon.com/blackburnburrowsurvey) by Ron Marz and Matthew Dow Smith, fill out a survey, get a $5 Amazon gift card.

Via The Beat (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2012/09/12/amazon-launches-its-first-graphic-novel/).
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on September 13, 2012, 10:41:47 AM
You lie! The survey's closed.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on September 13, 2012, 11:18:21 AM
Wull dang.

Comic's still free though, right?
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on September 13, 2012, 12:32:48 PM
I want my five bucks.

/me pouts angrily
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on November 05, 2012, 09:38:28 AM
Quantum and Woody #1 (http://www.comixology.com/Quantum-and-Woody-1/digital-comic/ICO004413), by Christopher Priest and Mark Bright.  (And #2-#14, plus the Goat Special, are $2 a pop, with more to come -- including previously unpublished issues!)

This is one of my all-time favorite series.  If you read Priest's Black Panther series...well, then you're not People Who Don't Read Comics, but this is a lot like that.

It's a buddy comedy about two estranged former best friends thrown together by circumstance after their fathers' deaths in a lab accident.  (They are not a couple.)  It's narrated out of sequence, it frequently breaks the fourth wall, and it manages the wonderful tightrope walk of deconstructing and mocking superhero/buddy cop tropes while simultaneously embracing and celebrating them.  And it's quite possibly the funniest comic I've ever read.

Seriously, I love this thing.  Read #1 for free and see what you think.  Then buy the rest.  There are persistent rumors that the series is coming back, and lots of people buying back issues wouldn't hurt the odds.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on December 30, 2012, 10:52:23 AM
Saga reminds me, cursorily, of New Gods.  Because it's a space opera about a war between two planets that features obvious biblical symbolism, and because there is some fucking crazy shit going on.

That's really where the similarity ends.  This isn't a superhero book, and it's not like Kirby in writing, pacing, or art.  (Maybe in the themes and Big Ideas.)  And yes it goes without saying that only Jack Kirby was Jack Kirby.

But so far I quite like it.  I think, in the span of 32 pages(? they're not numbered and I didn't count, but it FELT like 32 pages -- for only $2.99!), Vaughan and Staples managed to create a neat, weird universe, and fill my head with questions that I legitimately hope go unanswered.

(Vaughan's good at that.  It's easy to give readers an explanation for the Big Mysteries -- and just as easy to let them down with an anticlimax that is not anywhere near as interesting as the mystery itself was.  What killed all the men in Y?  YOU NEVER FIND OUT.  And that may seem, to the untrained eye, like it's lazy or a copout -- but it's just the opposite.  It's very good instinct and remarkable self-control on Vaughan's part.)

Really good start, and I can see why it seems to be the New Hotness and is purportedly selling out everywhere.  If you can still find a copy at cover price, I definitely recommend getting it; if not, I suspect there'll be a second printing, the way things are going.

#1 is free but you have to jump through some hoops -- the Image site (https://comics.imagecomics.com/#/issue/22207/Saga-1) makes you sign up for an account and assure them you're at least 17, while the Comixology version (http://www.comixology.com/Saga-1/digital-comic/JAN120485) is a Comixology version.  Well worth it, though.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on December 31, 2012, 10:26:30 AM
$2 off anything at digital.darkhorse.com (http://) with the code "DHNYE2013".  Expires tomorrow.  Use it for something that costs $2 and you got yourself a free comic.

Some choices on available $2 comics:

47 Ronin (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/322/)
Abe Sapien (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/25/)
Alabaster (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/196/)
Aliens (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/104/) (also has an FCBD issue that's free without the coupon)
Axe Cop (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/43/)
Beasts of Burden (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/15/)
BPRD (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1/) (#1 is free without the coupon if you want a taste first)
Concrete (https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/2211.concrete-three-uneasy-pieces-one-shot/)
Busiek/Nord Conan (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/2/) (#0 is free without the coupon)
Wood/Cloonan Conan (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/187/) (I'll be honest, I quit reading when it switched artists)
Poe's The Conqueror Worm, adapted by Corben (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/332/)
The Creep (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/265/)
Creepy (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/208/) (#1 free on its own)
Dr. Horrible (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/24/)
Fatima (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/213/)
Groo (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/125/)
The Guild (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/13/)
Hellboy (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/29/) (Seed of Destruction #1 free on its own)
The Incredible Adventures of Dog Mendonca and Pizza Boy (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/239/)
Little Lulu (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/45/)
Lobster Johnson (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/148/)
The Massive (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/215/)
Reset (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/198/)
Resident Alien (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/199/)
Serenity (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/5/) (Float Out is good; haven't read Shepherd's Tale or Downtime.  Didn't care for the art in the two minis.  Don't know why they don't have the FCBD issue -- maybe because it's incomplete without the Star Wars flipside that is the exact same story but with Han and Chewie.)
Speak of the Devil (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/229/)
Usagi Yojimbo (https://digital.darkhorse.com/browse/12/)

...oof.  This is going to be harder than I thought.

Anyway, limited time offer on most of these, but note the ones I highlighted as being free tasters; they'll still be good in a couple days.

(And these are mostly books I've already read and recommend, with a few I haven't read but was already interested in; I'm sure there are plenty more good ones that I'm not familiar with.  Share your own recommendations.)


(EDIT: Settled on 47 Ronin for myself.)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on January 02, 2013, 01:24:36 PM
Now that I've got a tablet, I finally hit up Thrillbent (http://www.thrillbent.com/) to see what Mark Waid's been up to with this whole digital comics initiative of his.

The result: 777 words about why I am in love with Insufferable (http://www.corporate-sellout.com/index.php/2013/01/02/insufferable-is-awesome/), the main Thrillbent book, which is written by Waid and drawn by Peter Krause.

This is a legitimately great comic; it combines classic, tested comic book storytelling with innovations that are particular to the digital format and that, for the most part, work and work really well.  And it's all available for free, as CBZ or PDF, with no DRM.

The high concept, basically, is "What if Nightwing was a douchebag?"  It's the story of an aging superhero and his former sidekick, who's grown up to be an insecure publicity hound.

I've been enjoying it on a tablet, but if you're into reading comics on desktop/laptop/phone screens, it should work just fine on those, too.  It's designed for landscape reading.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on January 25, 2013, 08:04:43 PM
Kyle Baker has put most of his creator-owned catalog (http://qualityjollity.com/Properties.html) up for free.

They're posted as Picasa galleries, so you can't (easily) download them, but still, good for him.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Mongrel on January 25, 2013, 08:31:19 PM
Kyle Baker has put most of his creator-owned catalog (http://qualityjollity.com/Properties.html) up for free.

They're posted as Picasa galleries, so you can't (easily) download them, but still, good for him.

I own paper copies of You Are Here and Nat Turner and I think I've read a couple more (The Bakers, one or two others). A lot of those are pretty great books and Nat Turner is flat out excellent.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on February 10, 2013, 09:35:06 PM
http://english.bouletcorp.com/2012/02/01/darkness/ (http://english.bouletcorp.com/2012/02/01/darkness/)

^ This was a 24 Hour Comic created by some french dude.

http://english.bouletcorp.com/2013/02/04/paola-4/ (http://english.bouletcorp.com/2013/02/04/paola-4/)

He's at it again!
Title: Re: Funnybooks
Post by: Royal☭ on March 02, 2013, 10:53:21 AM
Mark Andrew Smith puts the first two issues of Sullivan's Sluggers online for free, advertises it on Pirate Bay (http://http://markandrewsmith.tumblr.com/post/44287305907/sullivans-sluggers-on-the-promo-bay)

It's got art by James Stokoe, so I really shouldn't need to add anything more to this convince you. But if you didn't get a grab at it when it was on Kickstarter, or aren't familiar with it, now is your chance.
Title: Re: Re: Funnybooks
Post by: Lottel on March 02, 2013, 11:09:39 AM
As someone who kickstarted it and was promised it be a KS exclusive before he said he'd sell it in shops after it was quite a bit after everyone already paid, I'm torn.

On one hand, I like the internet friendly approach.  On the other, really dude?
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on March 11, 2013, 12:51:52 PM
Marvel's giving away free issue #1's (http://marvel.com/news/story/20260/sxsw_2013_marvel_1) of 700 different comics.

Or they were, until the traffic took down both the Marvel store and Comixology.  We'll see if they extend the length of the deal, seeing as how most people haven't actually been able to access it.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Ted Belmont on March 11, 2013, 01:42:39 PM
Marvel's giving away free issue #1's (http://marvel.com/news/story/20260/sxsw_2013_marvel_1) of 700 different comics.

Or they were, until the traffic took down both the Marvel store and Comixology.  We'll see if they extend the length of the deal, seeing as how most people haven't actually been able to access it.

Pirates, as always, are unaffected.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on March 12, 2013, 06:55:55 AM
Yep.

And what consistently mystifies me about stories like this?  They could have just distributed the files with BitTorrent!  BT is not only immune to outages based on high demand, it actually works BEST in situations of high demand.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Classic on March 12, 2013, 11:45:05 AM
What's the difference between having a DD site and a server set as a dedicated seed? From a performance standpoint, I mean. Cycles wasted on the tracker?
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Brentai on March 12, 2013, 11:48:06 AM
An order of magnitude fewer direct connections (and less bandwidth, but that's not as important for the purposes of stability).
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Classic on March 12, 2013, 11:57:06 AM
That's the Torrent's Worst Case?
Where the seed serves one peer, which does not seed itself and is replaced by another equivalent peer?

I'm sorry if I'm mis-using my terms here. I haven't read up on torrents.
Setting the wiki entry aside for now. I should be productive again.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Brentai on March 12, 2013, 12:16:51 PM
I guess the worst case is where you only have one seed and no sharers.

...which is what you have with direct download, all the time, by default.

I may be missing something technical here but I don't think there's a real drawback to the original seed.  There may be a drawback to the recipient if there are no other seeds and the original never anticipated a DD level of load.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: BŁge on March 12, 2013, 02:35:03 PM
Marvel's giving away free issue #1's (http://marvel.com/news/story/20260/sxsw_2013_marvel_1) of 700 different comics.

I just learned that Comixology also started up a new service recently called "Comixology Submit" (http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/03/comixology-submit/) where independent publishers can sell their comics on the platform. I don't think it's any coincidence that the two happened so close to each other.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on March 25, 2013, 04:07:12 PM
Steve Niles sale at Comixology (http://www.comixology.com/Steve-Niles-Sale/comics-collection/1044?app=1&tid=E130323001&utm_source=comiXology+Digital+Comics+Newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=E130323001_SteveNiles_Sale); lots of freebies and 99-cent issues.

This appears to be the last day of the sale; I'd have mentioned it sooner if I'd heard about it sooner.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on March 25, 2013, 08:26:08 PM
Also: Bleeding Cool has compiled a list of 525 free comics on Comixology (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/24/five-hundred-and-twenty-five-free-digital-comics-from-comixology/).  I don't know if that's all of them but it's a pretty good list.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on April 17, 2013, 04:18:25 PM
Bandette #1 (http://www.comixology.com/Bandette-1/digital-comic/DIG001623), celebrating its Eisner nomination.

I haven't read it yet but it's drawn by Colleen Coover and published by Monkeybrain, Chris Roberson and Allison Baker's company, and looks like plenty of fun.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on April 22, 2013, 01:26:50 AM
What time is it?

Free Adventure Time! (http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/04/adventure-time-comic-book-free/)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on April 30, 2013, 04:31:32 PM
You guys know what Saturday is, right?

Free Comic Book Day! (http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992)
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Kayma on May 01, 2013, 08:44:38 AM
Best day of the year. If anyone finds themselves in Central Pennsylvania, I'll be slinging free pulp at the Comic Swap at Penn State.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 05, 2013, 04:43:16 AM
The free Tick is pretty great but makes a basic storytelling mistake in not introducing the supporting cast.  I know who Tick and Arthur are, but Bumbling Bee and Rubber Ducky aren't referred to by name until pages 12 and 13, and they NEVER say Cod's full name, unless Cod IS his full name.

I know there's a general backlash against techniques like the 1960's era of characters all addressing each other by name on the first couple of pages, and the 1990's method of just having each character's name appear in a caption when they first appear, but there are still ways to integrate it organically in the story.  Arthur addresses Bumbling Bee as "Bee" several times in the first few pages, and she later tells Cod she wants to "meet up with Ducky".  Those could trivially be changed to the characters' full names without seeming out-of-place.

And again, Cod is referred to as "Cod" exactly once in the story, and I assume that's one more shortened name.

For all that it's still a perfectly fun Tick comic.  Arthur gets a vacation, Tick gets an undersea adventure, there are hijinx with the other heroes, and eventually Arthur gets to save the day.  It's enjoyable.  I would buy more Tick comics if they didn't charge seven bucks for 20 pages.  And I heartily recommend the Complete Edlund collection, even though it IS really pricey for its quality of materials.  ($35 for B&W on newsprint -- but you will definitely get $35 worth of enjoyment out of it.  I keep meaning to do a full-writeup of it.)

Haven't read the backup stories or the prose sections yet.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 05, 2013, 05:38:39 AM
DC, of course, has spent the past two years on a big relaunch, where its continuity is fundamentally changed and all the characters are redesigned.

And so, for the Free Comic Book Day issue of Superman, which is likely the first Superman comic many people have picked up in years, if not ever...

...they reprint the Donner/Johns/Kubert issue from, what, 2006, 2007, that introduces Chris Kent.

Lois still knows Superman is Clark Kent.  They're still married.  His costume still has red trunks on it.  And the story is best-known for the introduction of a character who was written out pretty soon after, who nobody really remembers, and who sure as hell doesn't exist in the New 52.





But we can't have Stephanie Brown appear in Smallville, because that might confuse people.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Kayma on May 06, 2013, 12:24:59 AM
I didn't even bother picking Superman up. Also, Hulk agents of Smash is the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

We didn't have The Tick :(
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on May 06, 2013, 12:26:05 PM
I didn't even bother picking Superman up.

I didn't either (hell, I already bought it once!), but one of my cousins did.

Anyhow, for those who missed FCBD, Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/05/06/free-comics-if-you-missed-free-comic-book-day-damsels-grimm-killjoys-star-wars-aspen-aphrodite-xi-steam-engines-of-oz-molly-danger-and-more/) has a list of freebies available at Comixology.  No Tick, sadly, but I thought Star Wars was pretty great and will probably post about that in a little while.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on June 05, 2013, 04:17:48 PM
And speaking of today's excellent Astro City #1, 1995's excellent Astro City #1 (http://www.comixology.com/Astro-City-1995-1996-1/digital-comic/DIG004541) is free on Comixology.

This thing is seriously one of my favorite single issues of anything ever.  If you've never read it, you owe it to yourself to rectify the situation.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on June 20, 2013, 03:35:03 PM
You now have Steve Bissette's express written consent (http://srbissette.com/?p=17889) to freely redistribute the portions of 1963 which he owns, so long as you attach his copyright and trademark notice to them.

That covers The Fury, Hypernaut, and N-Man, but NOT Mystery Incorporated, USA, Johnny Beyond, Horus, or the Tomorrow Syndicate.  In other words, the entirety of issue #2 and half each of #3 and #4.

He's still planning a relaunch with his 1963 characters, though he doesn't own the "1963" name or metafiction and will instead be publishing them under the banner "Naut Comics".

Anyhow, 1963 is flippin' great.  It's well worth checking out the old stuff, and I look forward to the new stuff even without Moore and Veitch involved.
Title: Re: Hey kids! Free comics!
Post by: Thad on July 27, 2013, 03:42:27 PM
Monkeybrain celebrates Bandette's Eisner win with another edition of Bandette: Urchin Stories (http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/2013/07/24/bandette-urchin-stories-7/).