Break out your costume, it’s time for our 6th annual Halloween Comicfest on Saturday, October 28th from 10am to 7pm!
Halloween Comicsfest features FREE comics FREE candy and FREE photography services!
The day is essentially a miniature Free Comic Book Day, with many publishers creating special books exclusive to the day to be given away for free! This year is a nice representation of many different genres so everyone should walk away pretty content. This year there are 18 full size comics and 12 mini comics, and people stopping by in costume are welcome to take one of every book they are interested in! (So yes, you may take all 30 books if you are so inclined.) We also allow customers not in costume to pick out five books for themselves. What constitutes a costume? Our typical answer is, “If you have to ask us if you’re wearing a costume you probably aren’t.” However, we are committed to making everyone happy that day and we’ll work with you on that one. 😉
Here’s are some of the full size highlights:
Batman Night of the Monster Men Special Edition: Doctor Hugo Strange has unleashed a swarm of monsters upon Gotham City for Batman and Company to deal with!
Thor by Simonson Special Edition: With Thor Ragnarok right around the corner, check out this classic battle between Thor and Hela, as well as Hela’s first appearance by Jack Kirby!
Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 Special: Halloween is a great time to dip into the monstrous world of Hellboy in these two short stories!
DC Superhero Girls Special Edition: It seems DC has one of these for every event. This one has the opening chapter of the new upcoming graphic novel. (So yes, it’s new material.)
Runaways Special Edition: This Marvel comic was written by Saga’s Brain K Vaughan and is a real treat if you’re unfamiliar with the characters. The perfect ‘tween’ books that can also completely be enjoyed by adults. A TV show is even coming on Hulu next month.
Other full size comics include:
- Battle Angel Alita Sailor Moon Eternal
- Choose Your Own Aspen Adventure
- Darth Maul
- Ghostbusters Dia Del Los Muertos
- Junji Ito Shiver
- Lady Mechanika La Dama De La Muerte
- Malika Dragon Trials
- Mortal Instruments
- The Tick
- BabyTeeth (Mature Readers)
- Black Betty (Mature Readers)
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season Two (Mature Readers)
- Grimm Tales of Terror (Mature Readers)
(Don’t worry mom and dad, the mature readers comics will be kept up and away from the other books.)
In addition, there will be 12 mini comics, all of which are rated “All Ages” including:
- Hotel Transylvania: Huge property pretty much year round at our house.
- Archie Madhouse
- Boom Haunted Evening
- Casper the Friendly Ghost
- Donald Duck
- Gao Mini Comic
- Lovecraft Undersea Kingdom
- Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha
- Witch Boy
- Wrapped up
To view complete descriptions of the books as well as images for you to look over with your family, check here!
But wait, that’s not all! We’ve also got left over copies of all three books from Batman Day 2017, so you’ll also be able to grab a different Batman Special Edition, a Harley Quinn Special edition, and another DC Superhero Girls comic if you didn’t make it in on that day!
Our best advice is the same as on Free Comic Book Day “COME EARLY FOR THE BEST SELECTION!” We have thousands and thousand of books to give away but there is a finite number of them.
It goes without saying that we will have candy to go with those comics. (We’re a big believer in healthy snacks but not so much on Halloween.)
BUT WAIT… PHOTOS!
Another huge part of the success of our day is the FREE photography services from Heather Linn Young. From 10am to 3pm Heather will be taking studio pictures of everyone in the foyer attached to our shop. Heather has done work for Cleveland Magazine a specializes in portraits, so this is a great opportunity to capture your cosplay costume, your kids super cute costume, as well as group pictures with family and friends.
Photo’s are made available in a Facebook gallery the day after so that you’ll have a great images for your social media sites for Halloween. Here’s a few of the previous years galleries:
There is also a national costume contest going on associated with the event, and you can find the details of that here.
(Big tip, if you want you picture from Heather to be used for the contest be sure you’re holding one of the HCF2017 books in the picture!)
We’re also trying something new this year with a couple cool new people, the crew over at Heroes United for Kids. <http://heroesunited4kids.com/
From 4pm to 6pm they’ll be setting up their green screen photo booth, so that you can take pictures in front of a background of your choice including:
Space Planet – Exploding City – Taco Truck – Sewer for Turtles – Ben 10ish Green Border – Castle with Dragon – X-men type background – Batman type background – Avengers type background – Justice League type background – Hoth type location – and just plain “Space.”
This service will also be free and they’ll have the pictures up on their website the next day as well. They’ve even have people in costume to take pictures with! How cool is that?!
SPENDING STIMULUS !
You do not need to buy anything to engage the event and get your free comics and whatnot, but man it sure helps us out! To help that along we’ll be offering 50% off all back issues all day long.
We’ve also got 50 copies of an exclusive Walking Dead #1 cover that Wizard World gave us, and we’ll be giving those away FREE with any purchase!
As mentioned above, Thor Ragnarok is only a few weeks away, so we’ve also secured copies of the first and third volumes of Walt Simonson’s Thor Graphic Novel to give away with any purchase. (You can choose either a graphic novel or a Walking Dead Comic Book when you check out.)
Walt’s five volume run on Thor is legendary, and it’s the perfect material to get you ready for the movie.
Seriously, read this article. Why did we pick volumes one AND three? Because three has Thor frog in it.
The only other thing to mention is that the tv show Stranger Things 2 is sponsoring Halloween Comic Fest this year. (The full season will be available the day before Halloween Comics Fest on Netflix.) We’ll have free stuff to give away early in the day, as well as this really cool photo op display where you pop your head into it and your number eleven. It’s huge and we’ll put it out side the shop for you to take your own pictures. The first season was probably an all around top five pop culture pic of last year for me, so this sponsorship is a pretty cool bonus. Also, if you take any cool pictures at the event, be sure to tag them #CNJCOMICS (the official shop hashtag) and #HCF2017 .
Whew, that’s it! Come out and see why we won Diamond’s Best Practices award for Best Halloween Comic Fest Event! We put a lot of work into it some come out and enjoy! I personally change costumes about as many times as Britney Spears!