It’s only two more weeks until out 8th Annual Halloween ComicFest!

Halloween ComicFest is like a little Free Comic Book Day, with FREE comic created just for the day by all the major publishers!

The event runs from 10 am to 7 pm, and we have a photographer on hand to take pictures between 10 am and 3 pm. 

We also have candy! (We’re a big believer in healthy snacks but not so much on Halloween)

There are 28 books to choose from and we allow people in costume to take one of each if they like!

(People not in costume are also welcome to stop by and pick out five comics.)

Of these 28 books, 15 are rated ALL-AGES, 12 are rated TEEN, and only one is rated MATURE. (Which we keep up and away from the rest)

Full-size comic books include:

DCeased #1: A DC Universe Zombie story!

Miles Morales Spider-Man #0: The first appearance of Miles Morales as Spider-Man!

Star Wars Boba Fett #1: A stand-alone story and a great tie-in to Disney+’s The Mandalorian series premiering on November 12th! 

Sonic The Hedgehog #1: A special edition reprint of the first issue on the series!

Other full-size books include:

  • ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND DASTARDLY DIRK
  • ASPEN MASCOTS PORTALS OF DOOM
  • BAKEMONOGATARI SAMPLER
  • BATTLECATS HALLOWEEN COMICFEST SPECIAL
  • DOODLEVILLE ASTER & ACCIDENTAL MAGIC SAMPLER
  • GHOST RIDER KING OF HELL #1
  • HOUSE OF FEAR ATTACK OF KILLER SNOWMEN
  • IRON MAN ROAD TO IRON MAN 2020 #1
  • IYANU CHILD OF WONDER CHAPTER ONE
  • JUNIOR HIGH HORRORS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1
  • LADY MECHANIKA LA DAMA DE LA MUERTE
  • SECRET SPIRAL SWAMP KID BLACK CANARY IGNITE
  • TALES OF BERSERIA & OTHER GAME MANGA
  • VIZ DRIFTING CLASSROOM UMEZZ SMASHED ITO
  • DARK RED #1 (Mature)

We also have ‘mini’ sized comics and quite a few of them are really cool:

Pokemon: A Pokemon book for the fans!

DC Superhero Girls: A book featuring the new Power-Puff Girl inspired style!

Other ashcan books include:

  • ARCHIES MADHOUSE MAGIC
  • BLASTOSAURUS
  • JUST BEYOND HORROR (by R. L. Stine!)
  • LOUD HOUSE VERY LOUD
  • SPOOKHOUSE
  • UNDERDOG HIJINKS
  • USAGI YOJIMBO (!)

To view complete descriptions of all the books, check out the main event website at www.halloweencomicfest.com

We have LOTS of comics to give away, but just as with Free Comic Book Day, COME EARLY FOR THE BEST SELECTION!

Another HUGE part of the day is our FREE photography services from 10 am to 3 pm in the foyer next to the shop.  Laura Wimbels from the FacesOfCLE project will be around to perfectly capture your costume in front of our backdrop. Get a cool photo of your cosplay costume, your kid’s super cute costume, or group photos with family and friends! (We post these on Facebook after the event, so you’ll have them in time for your social media posts for Halloween!)

We will also have our Pop Fun Box outside for photo ops, as well as our T-Rex Skeleton. (Really, the whole store becomes a skeleton petting zoo thanks to Mrs. Dudas.

A lot of the fun comes from people in the shop taking pictures with each other as they see the common ground in their costumes. It’s a fun day all around for us. I have about as many costumes changes as Brittney Spears.

Here are some photo albums from previous years:

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

If you take any cool pictures at the event be sure to tag them #CNJCOMICS and #HCF2019 ! (We love to look at these tags post-event for stuff that we missed!)

Come on in and see why we won a national award for Best Halloween ComicsFest Event from Diamond Distributors! 

Lastly, even if you’re not into Halloween, we will be offering 50% OFF ALL BACK ISSUES ALL DAY!

You can also come in and see what kind of costume Ben got that stupid cat to wear this year as well.

See you all on the 26th!

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Halloween ComicFest 2019 is right around the corner, but we’ve got a couple more Wednesdays to get through first!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 16th, 2019!

Marvel Books

It’s a big week again, with the lead book being Jonathan Hickman’s new X-Men #1, the first book spinning out of the House and Powers of X books.

Cyclops’ lead team is just that, a group of mutant powerhouses. Whatever happens from here revolves around this book.

Thanks to everyone who came out for our book club btw, it went great! We will be doing this again quarterly, so look for it again in January.

You can check out the whole live-stream on our Facebook Page!

Marvel’s going 90’s (again) and we’ll be giving out ‘Cards of X’ sets with your purchase of the book.

Each set has seven cards and we have enough to give a set away with every copy of the book. Buy three copies, get three card sets.

What else is going on at Marvel? Oh yeah, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE!

The issue before the last is always the “penultimate chapter”. Well, this is it. As always, great stuff here.

Other Absolute Carnage tie-ins this week include:

  • Absolute Carnage Scream #3
  • Absolute Carnage Vs Deadpool #3.
  • …and one I’m really looking forward too, the Absolute Carnage Avengers One-Shot.

DC Comics

Over at DC, Superman Smashes the Klan!

Part one of a three-part series set in post World War II America and inspired by a story from the old radio serials. Written by Gene Luen Yang.

DC will be doing some ‘Dark Multiverse” one-shots set during key moments in DC history. This week Scott Snyder recalls Knightfall and the breaking of Batman’s back by Bane.

“Thirty years after Bruce Wayne was broken and failed to take back the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul Valley, now known as Saint Batman, has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams. In his new order, killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear all in the name of justice. But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham City rises… the son of Bane!”

Small Press, Baycon, and Comicfest

Only one issue has been out so far, but I’m a big fan of “Something is Killing the Children” by BOOM! Studios. This one lived up to the hype, just like Once and Future. (which I also recommend.) Issue #2 of “Something…” is out this week.

This Sunday is BAY-CON at BAYarts, and you’ll see lots of familiar shop regulars out there. We’ll be sending Ben to hand out some free stuff and work a photo booth.

It’s a mini-con for kids, to get them interested in the culture and to help some of the younger artists to present their work.

Both of my daughters have taken and are currently taking preschool classes there, so we’re happy to help out.

We already sent out an email with all the details about this year’s Halloween ComicFest, but you can check all that out here too!

It’s a spectacular week of new releases, with DC finally shining with some titles to tie into the release of the Joker this past weekend. 

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.

Out first book is a Joker Year of the Villain one-shot written by legendary director John Carpenter! (The Thing, Halloween, Escape From New York)

This is likely our number one stand-alone pick for people looking for a quick Joker story. 

If you’re in it for the long haul, Joker and Harley Criminal Insanity is a new nine-issue Black Label mini-series.

“Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy.” Fun.

The dream team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch also kick off a twelve-issue Batman maxi-series with Batman’s Grave #1.

Batman tries to inhabit the mind of a corpse to solve a crime. It’s a simple description, but these two creators have given us some pretty epic tales over the years. 

DC Superhero Girls is nothing new, but they have recently been revamped and the new format is akin to the tempo of Power Puff Girls. It’s a lot more modern and fun. This week is the first original graphic novel in that format. 

Over at Marvel, Absolute Carnage continues with two new crossovers, Amazing Spider-Man #31 and Absolute Carnage Miles Morales #3.

Doctor Doom finally gets his own ongoing title. 

Indie writer Christopher Cantwell strips Doom down, removing his country, his allies, and putting him on the run as the world’s most wanted villain. 

This week is also the finale of Powers of X, which is also the finale of his whole House and Powers storyline. It’s a red highlighted book on Hickman’s map, which means it’ll be an important issue to the overall storyline. This has been a phenomenal run. 

Want to know more about what went on? Stop into our book club this Thursday at 8:15 pm and I’ll be reviewing the entire run with co-host Valentino Luca Zullo, as well as asking some questions to the audience like…

  1. Where do allies fall in this new mutant utopia? (Should all humans be completely excluded from this new vision?)
  2. Whose voice rings true and whose does not? (Lots of mutants are in-character, but some don’t sound quite right.)
  3. Does any of this new history have major conflicts with established continuity?
  4. What the heck is going on in X3, 1,000 years in the future?
  5. How do the visions of Magneto and Apocalypse vary in this new utopia?
  6. Do you have a favorite scene or moment that we may not have covered?
  7. What are the ethics of the data collection going on on both sides?

We’ll try to get through as many as we can before shutting down at 9:30. 

We’ll also have a raffle for some cool x-prizes at the end. 

This is our first book club and if it goes well we’ll be looking at doing some more! Stop in and watch me babble like a kid about comic books.

In the world of small press, Todd McFarlane is milking Spawn even more by getting the Guinness World Record for longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book with Spawn #301. He’ll be writing, penciling and inking the book with others. Lots of covers too.

If you’re a Buffy fan, BOOM! Studios is doing their first Buffy/Angel crossover with Hellmouth #1 this week. 

The story will jump back and forth between both titles and this mini-series. It’ll be good to see these two characters actually together again. 

Finally, mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest this year on Saturday, October 26th.

Free Comics, Candy, and we’ve confirmed Laura Wimbels will be coming out and taking free pictures again this year. (expect some other surprises too!)

That’s it! See you this week at the shop!

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