It’s time for the 5th annual Halloween Comicfest at CNJComics, featuring FREE comics FREE candy And FREE photography services!


Halloween ComicFest is in it’s 5th year as both a national and in store event. It’s basically a tiny Free Comic Book Day based around the Halloween season. Publishers create special comic for us to give away to anyone stopping by the shop in costume. (and some to people who aren’t!) This year there are 19 full sized comics and 13 mini comics. People can costume can take one of each of any of the books that interest them that are age appropriate. (So yes, you can take one of each book if you’re so inclined.) People who are not in costume are welcome to take five books of their choice!

Here’s some of the full sized all ages offerings for this year:

spidey-1“Think you know everything about Peter Parker’s early days? Think again. It’s action, adventure and a rip-roaring romp in classic Marvel style featuring an adventures from the web-slinging younger years.”

darth-vader-1“When a Darth Vader needs help, who can he turn to? Meet Aphra, the galaxy’s foremost raider of weaponry along with her two murderous robots. Soon to be an ongoing series from Marvel!”

dc-superhero-girls“DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special Halloween Comic Fest issue features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel, DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths.”

mlp“Strange things are afoot in the Crystal Empire so Shining Armor calls in his sister Twilight to help find the source of the mysterious occurrences. When the trail leads to King Sombra’s dungeon, will the siblings find the culprit – or their doom?”

Other full sized all ages comics include:

  • Action Lab Presents
  • Adventures of the Aspen Universe
  • Disney’s Haunted Mansion
  • Kitaro Strange Fun For Everyone
  • Scooby Apocalypse Hanna Barbera Sampler
  • Three Stooges Halloween Hullaballoo
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Choose You Choose Story
  • Wraithborn


Don’t think it’s all just for kids! We’ve got some great Mature Readers comics that will be set aside so the kids can’t get into them!

Highlights include:

harrow-county“Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined. Don’t miss this first issue of smash hit from Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook.”

evil-dead“The Dark One returns with a goal of infecting the entire planet and raising the dead, as Dark Ones do. It’s up to Ash and Annie as they kick it up a notch in the French Quarter looking for an old Voodoo Priestess.”

Other Mature Reader titles are:

  • AfterLife With Archie Season Two
  • Black Eyes Kids
  • Junji Ito Tomie
  • Quilte
  • Zombie T- Dollfaced Witch Hunter


We’ve also got thirteen all ages ashcan comics, which are smaller sized preview comics.

grumpy-cat“It’s Halloween night, and children delightfully roam the streets, adorned in colorful costumes… but Grumpy Cat is unimpressed! While her brother Pokey celebrates All Hallow’s Eve with his usual wide-eyed wonder, Grumpy Cat is such a grouch that she even puts the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to shame.”

Other ashcans include:

  • Archie Madhouse
  • Boom Box Halloween
  • Carpenter’s Travellers Tale
  • Johnny Boo
  • Little Tails
  • Lunch Witch 2
  • Mickey’s Inferno
  • Mummy’s Always Right
  • Peach and the Isle of Monsters
  • Pokemon Pocket Comics
  • Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Manga
  • Zombie Camp

We have thousands of comics to give away, but as always we recommend coming early for the best selection!

It goes with out saying that we will have candy to supplement these comic books! (We’re a big believer in health snacks, but not so much on Halloween.)


A highlight of our event is providing an amazing photographer to capture a perfect picture of you and your family and friends in costume. We’ll have photographer Heather Campbell from 10am to 5pm taking studio pictures of everyone in costume in the foyer attached to out shop. Heather is a Cleveland based professional photographer specializing in portrait, food and product photography. Heather’s work has been featured in magazines such as LiveWell, Cleveland Magazine, and Inside Business. Pictures will be posted on our web-site and Facebook Page within two days, so everyone will get to see them by Halloween. Images can be downloaded to be used for your social media.

This is a great opportunity to get a professional picture of your cosplay costume, family photo as well as getting some free comic books and candy!

hulkwolvieHere’s a few of the galleries from previous years:

There is a national costume contest going on that you can enter by going to The Greatest Halloween Contest Ever! Upload your picture by November 7th. Winners will be announced on November 11th. If you want to enter be sure to ask Heather to take an additional picture of you holding one of the Halloween Comic Fest Comic Books. She will not do this unless asked. It is your responsibility to find and submit the your picture. People from the shop has won in the past!

We will also have 50% off all back issues on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as 75% off the already discounted graphic novel bins.

halloween-comicfest-2016As we said, we’ll have comics, candy and the photographer, all you’ve got to do is drag out your costume a few hours earlier and stop up to the shop! Be sure to bring your own camera, as sometimes some pretty cool costumes pairing spontaneously happen and need to be documented outside the photo area! We have actually won the Diamond Comics Best Practices Award for Best Halloween ComicFest Event in the past! Come join us and check it out!

Spider-Man starts a new storyline, Marvel NOW continues, some cool new Indies from Image, a solid Superman hardcover and the Lost Boys, all this week at CNJComics.

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 12 2016!

Spider-Man’s sporting a new storyline this week that begins in Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy #1 by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung.

clone-conspirancyFeaturing the return of classic Spidey villains the Lizard, Rhino, Electro and Doc Ock, as well as what looks to be the return of Gwen Stacey. The Jackal has the key to eternal life, and he’s regenerating the people closest to these villains to gain their allegiance. Dan Slott wrote the popular Spider-Verse, while Cheung has done some solid work in Young Avengers.

Marvel also has a second week of Marvel NOW titles, including Mosaic #1, Solo #1, Uncanny Avengers #15 and for us Midwesterners, the Great Lakes Avengers #1.

great-lakes-avengers-1After an incredible run on Batman, Greg Capullo slides over to Image Comics for a new series with Mark Millar. Reborn #1 hits the table this week!

reborn-1“Where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you- both the good and the bad.”

kill-or-be-killed-3Image also has new issues for two other series this week that have been garnering praise both in and out of the shop, Black Monday Murders #3 by Johnathon Hickman and Kill or Be Killed #3 by Brubacker and Phillips. Both series will have reprints of issues #1 and #2 coming out to allow you to catch up. Hickman’s cerebral Black Monday Murders takes a look at the illuminati controling the stock market, while Kill or Be Killed is a deconstruction of the vigilante myth, as we see someone’s life ruined by their ‘heroic’ decisions. Both worth following monthly.

The Superman American Alien Hardcover is worth the trip into the shop alone.

superman-american-alien-hcWritten by Max Landis, this collection of stand alone stories features key developmental moments from Clark’s early history. Each story is drawn by a different artist giving it a slightly different tone. JOCK and Jae Lee top that list, with Max and JOCk having been nominated for a Eisner in the past for their work on a Superman/Joker story. (Check that out in the Adventures of Superman Volume Three Graphic Novel.) We’ll be recommending American Alien for years to come. A really realistic look at Superman while also maintaining a comic book feel.

Lastly this week, we return to 1987 and the world of the Lost Boys.

lost-boys-1Set after the first movie and featuring Sam, Michael and most importantly, the Frog Brothers. Written by Hack Slash’s Tim Seeley!

lost-imageOn a side note, the legendary owner of Atlantis Fantasyworld, Joe Ferrara, is the person responsible for Marvel Prostate Cancer Awareness Variants this month. Joe is one of the people I highly look up to in the industry, and his shop was used in the filming of Lost Boys. Check out this article for his reasons for the covers.

Here’s a couple cool trailers out of New York Comicon to finish up:

Power Rangers, which looks pretty sweet.

Iron Fist which I’m not totally sold on. (Mostly because I have a lot personally invested in the character.)

Unrelated, but Great Wall looks pretty cool too.

Have a great week everyone!

We’re looking at the most exciting week of the second half of 2016. The return of Marvel NOW, some incredible mash-ups’ and a few new independents too.


Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 5th, 2016.

Historically Marvel have dominated the month of October since 2012 with the releases of it’s Marvel NOW titles. This year they’re going head to head with DC’s successful Rebirth titles, so the pressure is on them to deliver. Marvel’s next wave of new #1’s start this week!

The lead book is Champions, with the millennial heroes from the Avengers branching off into their own team after the fall out of Civil War II. Avengers writer Mark Waid will be writing this book as well, with art by Humberto Ramos.

now-champions-1It just gets better with Bendis returning to Jessica Jones in her first ongoing since the release of the Netflix series. Original artist Michael Gaydos will be returning as well.

now-jessica-jones-1Want more? How about a return to Luke Cage’s 70’s roots with a story by Genndy Tartakovsky the award-winning creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Hotel Transylvania!  Looking at this book, I know I screwed up and didn’t order enough. I mean Cage even came out this week.

now-cage-1Other Marvel NOW titles include Deadpool and the Merc’s for Money #4 and Doctor Strange #12, both starting points for new storylines.


This week we’ve got a bunch of mash-ups of characters that would never meet if it wasn’t for the amazing world of comic books!

The spotlight grabber is the Archie Meets Ramones One Shot.

archie-ramonesArchie’s band tanks at the battle of the bands, so they’re spirited into the past to learn how to rock from arguably the greatest rock band of all time. (The Ramones were the second concert I ever went to in my life, when I was eleven years old.)

Jack Burton meets Snake Plissken in Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York #1.

big-trouble-escapeYou’ll get double the mullets and double the Russell in this six issue mini series completely approved by John Carpenter.

Get your action figures out, the Masters of the Universe meet the Thundercats in the new He-man / Thundercats mini-series from DC Comics.

he-man-thundercats-1Ash even meets Xena this week in Army Of Darkness / Xena Forever and a Day #1.


On the indie side, we’ve got some great new series coming out by some of the top talent in the industry.

Image Comics’ Moonshine #1 reunites Brain Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, the creative team behind the epic 100 Bullets from Vertigo.

moonshine-1New York City gangsters, back woods moonshiners and a little bit of the supernatural. Frank Miller even gave his blessing to the title by doing a variant cover.

I’m really looking forward to the first Image title by Max Landis, writer of the super successful Superman American Alien mini series.

green-valley-1The title concerns a disgraced group of four knights, once close friends, which is given one last shot at redemption: kill a wizard, and slay his dragons. But there’s no such thing as wizards, dragons don’t exist, and nothing is as it seems in the town of Green Valley.

Aftershock’s Comics has Warren Ellis on Shipwreck #1.

shipwreck-1Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn’t know where he is. Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who holds the key to his salvation — or doom.

Other cool indies this week include Black #1 from Black Mask Comics and Shade the Changing Girl #1 from DC’s Young Animal line. (sure it’s DC, but Doom Patrol was a great indie start to this imprint.)

As always thank for tuning in! We’ll see you this week at the shop!

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