Sponsoring companies and their free comics have been announced for Free Comic Book Day, the huge comic store promotional event scheduled for May 7th. Free comics from Gold Sponsor companies will be in every participating store. They are:
Archie: Betty and Veroninca
Beckett: Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai #1
Bongo: Bongo Comics FCBD Gimme! Gimme! Giveaway
Dark Horse: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
DC: Batman Strikes #1
Devil's Due: Devil's Due Special Edition
Gemstone: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge
Image: Flight Primer
Impact: Impact University
Marvel: Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four
Silver Sponsors, which will have new or reprint giveaway books in some comic stores, are AdHouse, Alternative, Arcana, Caption Box, Comics Festival, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, G.T. Labs, Heroic Publishing, Jetpack Press, Keenspot, Oni, Renaissance, Serve Man Press, Sky Dog Press, Top Shelf, and Wizard.
A Fine Line and Tokyopop have donated previously published books to the event and will be Bronze Sponsors.
The May 7th date returns the event to the first weekend in May, when it was held the first two years, as the result of a retailer plebiscite (see 'May Wins Hands Down').