Here at Nerdist, we love celebrating great art and bringing it to you so that you can enjoy it with us. Though the current coronavirus situation might not immediately seem like it’s the best time to discover something new, artistic communities from around the world have been coming together online to share their work for people who are currently self-isolating or who are under quarantine.
The comic book community has been at the center of the digital response to the coronavirus, and over the past week, creators and publishers have been generously sharing their comics for free. So I’ve curated some of the best, brightest, and most exciting offerings for you right here in a collection that includes over 100 free stories you can read right now!
Newly added amazing free comics!
The comics community has continued to share their beautiful work with the internet over the last week so we’ve updated this piece with some of the new and brilliant free comics you can read right now.
Hello! We're releasing a swathe of our comics for free over the next few weeks to ease the tough time everyone's going through a little. First up: a stone-cold smash about murder & revenge, 'Beneath the Dead Oak Tree' by @emilyterrible. Download here > https://t.co/iRtawV7Giz pic.twitter.com/jY8MIxe2Q7— ShortBox (@Short_Box) March 23, 2020
Zainab Akhtar’s Short Box is one of the most exciting comics publishers in the industry. Not only do they send curated boxes of comics right to your door, they constantly put out stunning, surprising, and utterly unique work. They’re currently sharing some of that work for free beginning with Emily Carroll’s haunting comic Beneath the Dead Oak Tree.
Stuck inside? We feel you. Read #Omni, #BigbyBear, and Weapons of the #Metabaron for *free* right now! We'll be swapping in more free books in the coming days—stay tuned. https://t.co/JlMcVqU6Mw pic.twitter.com/KjOny79IDz— Humanoids (@humanoidsinc) March 17, 2020
Humanoids is also sharing free comics each week, and they have a solid selection. “From the streets of Phoenix to ancient depths, Carthago creators Christophe Bec and Eric Henninot unleash a sprawling ensemble about a mysterious corporation excavating ocean trenches…and releasing the prehistoric monsters trapped within. And for young readers, Gregory and the Gargoyles (Denis-Pierre Filippi, J Etienne, and Silvio Camboni) follows a young boy’s adventures as he time travels back to the 17th century, where a lush world of wonder and magic awaits.”
He’s been bringing the law to the streets of Mega-City One for four decades – but where do you begin if you want to get into reading Judge Dredd? Watch our roundup >> https://t.co/CivOtYy6LS— 2000 AD Comics (@2000AD) March 21, 2020
And don’t forget that you can now read Case Files #5 for free! https://t.co/OtDlR8vVWH
If you’ve ever wanted to get into the sprawling world of 2000AD then you’re in luck as the groundbreaking British publisher currently has 400 pages of classic Judge Dredd comics available to download right now! The searing political satire is the perfect read right now and also works as a brilliant introduction to the wider world of 2000AD’s satirical sci-fi!
Good morning ☀️— Luchie (@luchie_hm) March 18, 2020
Since we’re all stuck at home, I’ve decided to put Hot Milk, my 2018 diary comics compilation book for FREE on Gumroad !
I hope it’ll make you happy in these stressful times ✨
Feel free to RT and spread the word !https://t.co/eFRARvJX3N pic.twitter.com/hOghC8KtHx
Lucie Bryon is a talented cartoonist and illustrator. You’ve probably seen her gorgeous and super cute work online. If you’ve always wanted to know more about the creator behind the cute, check out Hot Milk. A collection of diary comics from the artist Hot Milk is available for free on Bryon’s Gumroad and is a total and utter joy!
We’re supposedly all stuck at home so let me interest you in a few short comics I made, all set in a weird island owned by a company selling processed Monkey Meat in a hyper capitalist universe. They’re all free on https://t.co/QJbXOSEqfD pic.twitter.com/0k05Q69hTM— Juni Ba (@juni_ba) March 24, 2020
This is the perfect time to discover new comics and cartoonist and illustrator Juni Ba is offering you the chance to do just that by making all of their work free on Gumroad. Perfect for reading on your tablet or phone, these awesome and experimental comics will delight and intrigue in equal measure!
I'm giving away a bunch of PDFs of my creator-owned books for free through https://t.co/oxHQFQVG7t for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Fellow comics creators/writers/artists, if you're giving away free digital downloads, please respond to this thread with links!— Greg Pak (@gregpak) March 17, 2020
Greg Pak is the man behind many of your favorite Marvel comics. From Planet Hulk to X-Treme X-Men, Pak has been one of the most innovative and interesting writers in comics, and now he’s sharing a ton of his creator owned comics for readers to enjoy!
Super Cool Publisher Collections
Image Comics, Todd McFarlane
Vault Comics is highlighting their free first issues collection, which includes great number ones from series like Submerged, Friendo, and Fearscape. The publisher has also promised that they’ll be adding more comics to this collection, so keep your eyes peeled!
Read #1 issues for free! Like what you read? Contact your local comic shop to order the rest of the series: https://t.co/QOQ0ycXGXz— Image Comics (@ImageComics) March 14, 2020
Image Comics has long been at the forefront of groundbreaking change in the comics industry; this week, they’ve opened up their first issue vault and have put them all online for free. You can read more comics than you can shake a cat at here, including massive hits like Descender, Bitch Planet, Monstress, and The Walking Dead. It’s also the perfect time to try out some lesser known gems like Angelic, Olympia, and Crowded.
Stuck inside? Here's some free comics we made for you! JINXWORLD SAMPLER love you all! https://t.co/3ppkjITx0c— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) March 12, 2020
Brian Michael Bendis’ publishing imprint Jinx World currently lives at DC Comics. If you’re excited to try out his non-superhero stories, then make sure to check out this 81-page Jinxworld sampler, which showcases some of the rad work that Bendis and co are doing.
To our amazing comics family, friends, and fans: please enjoy some new free downloadable comics! This thread will be regularly updated with #1 issues, fun reads, & even full trade volumes!— Valiant Comics (@ValiantComics) March 13, 2020
This is a challenging time, & we hope free comics help a little!#StayValiant #FreeComics pic.twitter.com/AiJKVdqpii
The sprawling superhero publisher Valiant Comics has so much more to offer than just Bloodshot. In solidarity with those stuck at home at the moment, the publisher is sharing a new free comic or trade collection each day starting with issue one of The Valiant. From Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Paulo and Joe Rivera, the series is great for fans who want to learn more about heroes like Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and the wider Valiant universe.
Top Cow Comics is the home of heroes like Witchblade and The Darkness, as well as amazing series like Sunstone and Blood Stain. Luckily, for comic fans everywhere the publisher has not only made some of their first issues free but also some of their trade collections too!
Spectacular Sci-fi and Horror Comics
As many folx are enacting self-isolation procedures, if you're looking for something dope to read, check out CONTACT HIGH. @JoshEck11 & I made a queer sci-fi comic about outlawed human contact and the importance of connection, and it's FREE right now.https://t.co/IULGAKwJUm— just james (@chuckspear) March 14, 2020
Contact High is the Eisner-nominated sci-fi love story that you never knew you needed. In a world where human contact is illegal, two people come together against incredible odds. James F. Wright and Josh Eckert’s beautiful creation will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Public Service Announcement. If you're stuck indoors and need something to read, then it's a good time to remind you that @TillieWalden has the whole of On A Sunbeam still up for free on the original webcomic's site. #comics https://t.co/8GSJRTtgVv pic.twitter.com/gOy73gvD72— Avery Hill (@AveryHillPubl) March 15, 2020
On a Sunbeam is a sequential storytelling masterpiece. Award-winning cartoonist Tillie Walden brings her unique and beautiful talents to the wilds of space in this epic story of love, loss, and finding the future.
Old City Blues is the creative baby of Giannis Milonogiannis and the neo-noir story takes place in a desperate but not so distant future where mech-smugglers and drug dealers run rampant. When a high-powered cybernetically enhanced CEO is found dead, the New Athens Special Police will have to unravel the strange and horrifying mystery at the heart of their city.
Hey everyone,— 👁Zac Thompson👁 (@ZacBeThompson) March 13, 2020
Here's COME INTO ME #1 from @blackmaskstudio. A body-horror comic about self image, memories and two minds trapped in one body.
Written by me & @LonnieNadler. Art by @KowalskiPiotr, colors by @IamNikoGuardia & letters by @ryanwriter https://t.co/FZswjVCJEV
Come into Me takes the horror comic to the next level with a body-horror-drenched take on fear. Full disclosure: I donated a super cool essay to be part of the back matter of Come into Me issue three, but that was just because I was such a big fan of what Zack Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, and Piotr Kowalski were doing. Check this rad series out now!
The real world is scary right now. Take a break by diving into a fictional world (that’s also scary).— 𝙻𝚘𝚗𝚗𝚒𝚎 𝙽𝚊𝚍𝚕𝚎𝚛 (@LonnieNadler) March 12, 2020
Here is the first full issue of THE DREGS for free to help you through that social isolation.https://t.co/XqdT1UKOz3 pic.twitter.com/f9IQhKC1iO
The Dregs sees Nadler and Thompson turn their eye to noir as a homeless mystery enthusiast dons a detective cap to solve a series of crimes in a six-block area known as the Dregs. This meta mystery is as dark as it comes and is quite unlike anything else you’ve read.
Awesome Creator-Owned Comic Collections
One of my all-time favorite cartoonists, Michael Sweater, has put over a thousand pages of his brilliant work online for free this month. Sweater’s “Comics Quarantine Megapack” includes Please Destroy the Internet alongside a bunch of his other best work, and he also added the hilarious Please Keep Warm to his Gumroad!
For all those stuck at home and who enjoy comics, I have a Gumroad where you can read a number of my comics / zines. https://t.co/VuwwuVWY4r A few of them are free, such as my comic about anxiety. Might be helpful to you or a friend who is dealing with a lot of anxiety lately pic.twitter.com/9BEI2TIi3q— Neon Jennesis EvanJennion (@jenn_woodall) March 14, 2020
Jenn Woodall is one of the most exhilarating creators working in comics today and her Gumroad page includes a few of her rad comics for you to read completely free. Marie + Worrywart is a particularly timely read, as the 32-page collection works as a thoughtful meditation on the pervasiveness of anxiety.
With so many people at home in the weeks or months ahead, we're all going to be looking for extra entertainment.— Jim Zub (@JimZub) March 13, 2020
Here, free and with no strings attached, are two full volumes of my comics:https://t.co/BqYrmQNUNS
Read, enjoy, *share*.
Be good to each other.#coronavirus #COVID pic.twitter.com/LNyTMoOuFR
Jim Zub has written comics including Conan the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons, and Samurai Jack. During this trying time, he’s sharing two full volumes of his comics, Wayward and Skull Kicker. The former is an awesome female-led supernatural romp and the latter centers on two monster-killing mercenaries! Basically a whole bunch of free fun to be had!
Since people are trying to stay home more and some people just need a good distraction, I thought I'd give you all some free comics to read online. pic.twitter.com/bQ9cypaICc— Matthew Rosenberg (@AshcanPress) March 13, 2020
Matthew Rosenberg might be better known for his work on X-Men, but he made his name at Black Mask with comics like We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Go into a Bank. You can now read the first issue of both of those series thanks to Rosenberg sharing them this week!
We’ve been experiencing appalling delays in getting our first issue from digital to print, and that will be made up to print-tier backers somehow. But while the pandemic is on, BUN&TEA #1 is free in digital https://t.co/ZZqfUoe2fi— Clownhunter (@illusClaire) March 15, 2020
Bun and Tea takes on the classic magazine format that we grew up on and turns it on its head. Crafting something exciting and unique, collecting comics from a number of creators including Priya Huq, Nola Pfau, Lindsey Richter, and more. (Plus it includes a cool quiz by me!)
Cute Comics for Younger Readers
Oni Press, Lionforge
Yes, it's the middle of the night, but if you find yourself at home for awhile with nothing to read, check out NUTMEG by us (@pollensalta, @chuckspear, & @JoshEck11).— Nutmeg Comic (@NutmegComic) March 14, 2020
It's a YA series about teen girl criminal bakers!
And here's the first issue for free!https://t.co/pZNtaMB1wy
Nutmeg is basically Breaking Bad but with baking (in other words, Baking Bad). When a crew of middle school kids discover a super addictive new ingredient, they begin a school-wide baking racket that will change all of their lives forever. Nutmeg is perfect for readers of all ages and is a cute, cheerful, and utterly unique crime comic from James F. Wright and Jackie Crofts.
Stuck inside? Looking for something to do? Have kids? I'm giving away free PDFs of my all ages middle grade comic book series Wrapped Up for FREE!— Dave Scheidt (@DaveScheidt) March 15, 2020
Volume One: https://t.co/tvMHWfBiyZ
Volume Two: https://t.co/bN1eKwFfzu #kidlit #comics #kids pic.twitter.com/FMocLQ5nrd
Wrapped Up is the perfect pick-up if you or your little ones need a magical distraction this month. Milo is just a normal 12-year-old boy… except for the fact that his parents are mummies, his best friend is a gnarly old wizard, and his babysitters are witches! Dave Schiedt, Scott SCOOT McMahon, and Sean K. Dove deliver this super cute and spooky kids comic.
We hope these rad reads keep you inspired, entertained, and engaged whilst you’re staying safe! Plus remember if you have a library card you can access services like Hoopla which include hundreds more comics and graphic novels for you to enjoy. And if you get the digital comics bug then make sure to check out the amazing webcomics community and check out sites like Webtoon where creators make brilliant free comics all year round!
Feature Image: Image Comics, Black Mask, Avery Hill