Skottie Young to be Commemorative Artist for FCBD’s 20th Anniversary

by Charles LePage

Artist Skottie Young will explore the endless adventures of comics in his FCBD 2021 Commemorative Design.

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The press release follows:

Media Release — Diamond Comic Distributors is excited to reveal the commemorative artwork for Free Comic Book Day’s (FCBD) landmark 20th anniversary. Beloved artist and writer, Skottie Young, created a one-of-a-kind design emphasizing the power of imagination and the endless possibilities of comic storytelling. The design will serve as the commemorative t-shirt and poster for FCBD 2021.

Skottie Young illustrations are instantly recognizable. There’s a cartoonish exaggerated quality to his style that appeals to both the heart and the mind. For kids, it’s like seeing a Saturday morning cartoon on the page—full of energy and life, with humor bursting at the seams. To adults, there’s a depth of feeling, both passion and pathos. It’s little wonder, then, that Young has become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after artists of the last fifteen years. Winner of an Inkwell Award, Young is admired by both peers and fans alike. Whether illustrating Eric Shanower’s Oz adaptations for Marvel Comics, working on projects for Marvel such as Rocket Raccoon, illustrating unique, kid-friendly variant covers for Marvel’s biggest projects, unleashing his own twisted sense of humor in I Hate Fairyland from Image Comics, and writing stories such as Marvel’s Strange Academy and Image’s Bully Wars, a Skottie Young comic is always fun to read and beautiful to behold.

“Free Comic Book Day is a celebration of imagination and storytelling,” said Commemorative Artist, Skottie Young. “It’s a day of discovery for new and old readers and on the 20th anniversary, it is more important than it has ever been!”

Comic books can take readers anywhere, from the big city to the small town, from the depths of the ocean to the depths of space, from the fantastical past to the unimaginable future. Comics do this by engaging the reader’s imagination through their unique combination of engaging prose and evocative illustrations. Free Comic Book celebrates the rich legacy of comic books this year and its own 20th anniversary with a special Commemorative Artist T-Shirt featuring art from the incomparable Skottie Young.

The FCBD 2021 Commemorative T-shirt will be available in men’s sizes small through XXXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in heather gray and blue, in women’s sizes small through XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) in heather gray and blue, and in youth sizes small through large (MSRP: $11.99) in blue and white. The shirt, along with a complete listing of all the FCBD 2021 comic book titles and exclusive collectibles, can be found in the April issue of the PREVIEWS catalog, available in comic shops on March 24, 2021.

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY— Celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary in 2021, Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to customers. Traditionally held the first Saturday in May but adjusted to August 14 for 2021, Free Comic Book Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic shops. From superheroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

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