Despite being one of the annual highlights of Free Comic Book Day, it has been announced that next year’s event will not be including an edition of 2000AD.
In what can only be described as a baffling move, FCBD have decided not to invite the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic to participate in the upcoming event.
2000AD have released a statement confirming the rumours and addressing what will happen to the planned issue, which was to feature work by creators such as Eric Powell, Joelle Jones, and Laura and Mike Allred.
“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.
“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 AD FCBD 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 Writer of this piece was: Jules Boyle
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