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2000AD Gets Snubbed At Free Comic Book Day 2016 Selection

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2000AD won’t be offering a comic for Free Comic Book Day in 2016 after not being selected to participate in the event by the FCBD retailer committee.

Rebellion Publishing has issued the following statement:

2000 AD is very proud of the success of our FCBD issue, which saw orders grow in huge jumps every single year, exceeding 60,000 units in 2015. We value FCBD, and the effort Diamond and the retailers put into making the day so successful, for the opportunity to support comic book stores, reach out to new audiences both within and beyond the UK, and to give something extra to readers. As such, we have proudly and routinely commissioned original content from top flight talent for our FCBD issues and increased the page count to a hefty 48 pages.

“It is therefore very disappointing to not be taking part in the 2016 event, particularly since we were so excited about including work by such huge talents as Eric Powell, Joelle Jones, and Laura and Mike Allred.”

It sounds like the news was a surprise to Rebellion publishing who were already at work on the comic for FCBD and will be releasing the content regardless:

“We don’t want to keep that from our readers, so we have therefore taken the decision to still bring this amazing work out in May 2016 in a new Summer Special issue, full details of which will be forthcoming.

“Meanwhile we hope readers and retailers who are disappointed not to be able to pick up a 2000 ADFCBD issue next year will give their support to us and the Summer Special. We very much hope to be back in FCBD in 2017 and will be working hard for that to happen.”

The 2000AD comic is always one of the fastest to go at my local comic shops so there’s definitely an appetite for the content, hopefully Rebellion don’t miss out on any potential new readers by not being able to offer a comic on FCBD and can turn this situation around with their Summer Special.

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About Paul Lightfoot

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