Media Release — On Saturday May 5, 2012, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be returning for its tenth year running, and Oni Press is proud to have been a participant since its inception. This year, Oni Press is pleased to have been selected as both a Gold and Silver sponsor. Oni will be continuing its tradition of launching a brand new series with an issue #1, and with bringing family friendly comics to kids of all ages!
In keeping with their tradition of launching a brand new series on FCBD, Oni Press is giving away issue #1 of their new ongoing series Bad Medicine. Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (New X-Men: Academy X, Batman Confidential) and artist Christopher Mitten (Wasteland, Criminal Macabre), Bad Medicine is a full color comic book about a doctor working on the fringes of the medical industry. When unexplainable illnesses strike and regular medical procedures can’t handle the treatment, Dr. Randal Horne is called in to take over.
Oni Press will be releasing issue #1 as a freebie for Free Comic Book Day, and then offering the second issue of the monthly series—alongside a retail version of #1— the following month. Both will go on sale June 13.
“This is not a zero issue, it’s not a preview or an advanced look, this is the actual issue #1 of Bad Medicine. This follows the model that we used to launch The Sixth Gun two years ago and Spontaneous last year,” Oni marketing director Cory Casoni explained. “At Oni Press, we believe that Free Comic Book Day is about Free Comics! By launching a brand new series on FCBD, we’re creating a no-risk situation for new readers to try out a new monthly comic book, and the best part is, they only have to wait a few weeks to read the next installment! For those who miss Bad Medicine #1 on Free Comic Book Day but hear from their friends how awesome the series is, they get a second chance to start from the beginning when we issue a re-release of Bad Medicine #1 on the same day Bad Medicine #2 is released in June!”
For the next generation of comic readers and the kids at heart, Oni Press is pleased to present a younger reader title, suitable for all ages, with Yo Gabba Gabba! Based on the popular Nickelodeon television show created by W!ldbrain, this 32-page, full-color comic book offers a sample of stories featured in the Oni Press hardcover anthology Yo Gabba Gabba! Comic Book Time. Oni will also be offering discounted pricing on the anthology so that retailers and fans who really love the Yo Gabba Gabba Free Comic Book Day sampler can take pickup the Yo Gabba Gabba! Comic Book Time hardcover!
Creators featured in this sample include: Michael Allred, Jamie S. Rich, Jarrett Williams, Kali Fontecchio, Frank Pittarese, Evan Dorkin, and Sarah Dyer. The entire Gabbaland gang is featured: Muno, Brobee, Foofa, Toodee, Plex, and the ever-awesome DJ Lance Rock. There is also an extra-special Super Martian Robot Girl adventure by Dorkin and Dyer.
Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the select “Gold Titles” being offered for Free Comic Book Day. The Gold Titles are the most widely distributed of the giveaways and appear in every participating comic book shop world wide.
Fans can read previews of both comics at the Free Comic Book Day Website:
Yo Gabba Gabba! – http://www.freecomicbookday.com/CatalogImages/STK_IMAGES_PDF/STK440001-460000/STK459877.pdf
Bad Medicine #1 – http://www.freecomicbookday.com/CatalogImages/STK_IMAGES_PDF/STK440001-460000/STK459883.pdf
Free Comic Book Day is an international happening in which comic book and specialty shops around the world give away select comic books at no cost to any customer, new or old, that comes through their doors. Every major publisher has titles available on Free Comic Book Day, making for a massive celebration of the sequential art form. Past entries from Oni Press have included Scott Pilgrim, Hopeless Savages, and The Sixth Gun.
Retailers interested in Free Comic Book Day can order all available titles through Diamond Comics Distributors. For more information on the event itself, visit http://freecomicbookday.com.