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').