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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!

HALLOWEEN COMICFEST

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
  • Moonlighters
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha
  • Stitched
  • 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:

2014    –    2015    –    2016 

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!)

HEROES UNITED

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. 

Here is a great read on why his work on Thor is so important!

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!

This is it! Marvel Legacy #1 comes out this Wednesday, September 27th, 2017! This is the beginning of Marvel’s new direction and their answer to DC’s Rebirth last year. 

MARVEL LEGACY

This issue features the return of the first of many classic Marvel characters. (I know who it is, and it is a big deal. The reveal made me breathe a big sigh of relief.)

This issue also introduces the Avengers of one million BC, whose roster includes many of Marvel’s iconic characters who pass their mantle on over the generations, such as Doctor Strange, Phoenix, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Odin and Starbrand.

Here’s a brief video from Marvel explaining the focus of their initiative:

VARIANT COVERS

We will be carrying 15 different covers for this book, but we’re proud to say that we will be selling the main cover for $2.99 instead of the listed $5.99. We qualified for a deal from Marvel and we’re passing that savings on to you. We want to get this book into as many hand as possible.!You will also receive a free copy of FOOM! magazine, a throwback to Marvel’s fanzine from the 70’s. (I own a near full collection, missing only issue #10, which is ‘considered’ the first appearance of the New X-Men. The magazine was full of worthless information that expanded on the culture of the Marvel Bullpen. Stuff like photo’s from their company baseball games, weird layouts from Sterenko, etc. I Love it. )

You will also get a free Marvel Legacy Previews book with your purchase. That’s a lot of stuff for only a $2.99 buy in!

<insert Marvel Previews>This is also the final week for the Marvel Generation One shots, and It looks like they saved the best for last, as Miles Morales gets to meet geeky Peter Parker written by Brian Bendis, and Sam Wilson gets to see Steve Rogers in his prime during World War II by Nick Spencer. (For the record, Secret Empire Omega was one of the best Captain America issues I’ve read in years. I great dissection of the character, America, and Marvel Comics itself. The book made me optimistic for Marvel’s future.) 

We will also be displaying the previous Generations one shots in case you missed any of them. They’re all light-<insert Generations Captain America><insert Generations Captain America>hearted fun, with a couple surprises and foreshadowing thrown in. (Who knew Odin and the Phoenix Force had a thing back in the day?)

Wondering about all those other covers and how much they’ll cost? Here’s the breakdown on what we’ll have. We’re not holding any of them, they will be first come first serve starting tomorrow at noonPlease be advised that file discounts do not apply to these books. We are well below the aftermarket sale price, so please shop around. Also, please do not pick up the variants and carry them around tomorrow if you are not 100% buying it. We’ve had trouble with this in the past. 

  • Marvel Legacy #1 Regular Cover ($2.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Alex Ross Variant 1:50 ($25)
  • Marvel Legacy Brooks Wraparound Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Christopher Trading Card Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Deodato Wraparound Variant 1:500 ($100)
  • Marvel Legacy Dodson Party Sketch Variant (One per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Land Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Party Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada BW Variant 1:500 ($100)VARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERSVARIANT COVERS
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada Lenticular Variant ($5.99)
  • Marvel Legacy Quesada Premier Variant (2 per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Reeder Woman of Marvel Variant (1:25) ($10)
  • Marvel Legacy Ross BW Variant (1:100) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Schiti Retailer Variant (One per store) ($40)
  • Marvel Legacy Young Variant ($5.99)

We love our variant chasers, but our primary goal is to get this book into as many hands as possible to READ. 

Alright! Get ready to sit down and read a pretty darn good comic book, and MAKE MINE MARVEL!

FURTHER READING

If you enjoy Marvel Legacy and want to read further after that, here’s a checklist for all the new storylines beginning in October. 

You can print this out and turn it in or just email back with the books you’d like to get. 

We’re recommending Captain Marvel #125, Despicable Deadpool #287 and #288, Falcon #1, Incredible Hulk #709, Invincible Iron Man #593 and especially Mighty Thor #700. These books all spin directly out of the contents of Legacy #1!

For the record, as many of you have asked, we’re only getting the Lenticular covers for four books, and they will be cover price: America #8, Cable #150, Defenders #6 and Uncanny Avengers #28 (which is a Beast/Wonder Man story, which I’m all about.)

Generations continues, Venomverse begins, the countdown to the Last Jedi starts, Bombshells begins anew and some pretty swell Omnibuses dot this weeks new release landscape. 

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

FEATURED RELEASES

We’ve got another month of Generations One Shots until Legacy #1 on September 27th. This week’s team up is classic Iron Man (hopefully drunk, but I think Riri has already experienced that) with Iron Heart by Brian Bendis. It looks like Infamous Iron Man (which I really like, being a Doom fan and all) and Invincible Iron Man will combine after the events of Legacy #1, as we’ll find out who really gets to carry the mantle. 

FEATURED RELEASESIf there’s one thing people can never get enough of it’s Venom and Thanos. Marvel gets it right when they pull these dream ideas out of our childhood, like a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid, or in this case a rag tag team of Venomized superheroes led by the original Venom. 

This five issue mini will also be supplemented by Venomverse War Stories, with this week’s issue featured a Venom Punisher and a Venom Rocket Raccoon. (See what I mean?)

STAR WARS

Marvel and IDW are staring to ramp up their Star Wars titles in anticipation of The Last Jedi on December 15th.

In addition to a new issue of Darth Vader and a Darth Maul Graphic Novel, we’ve also got a new Captain Phasma mini series which bridges the gap for the character between Force Awakes and Last Jedi. Phasma was meant to be their new Boba Fett, with the helmet never coming off, but I think she was a bit mishandled. 

I’m not a conspiracy guy, but I got my daughter all excited that there was a woman under that armor, and when I tried to prove it by taking the helmet off the lego figure all I found was a blank grey head. How’s that for keeping women out of the boys toys. Oh well. 

Marvel has allowed IDW to publish their new all ages title, Star Wars Adventures, and we say it’s about time. 

Each issue will feature two short stories, this issue with one of Rey from her Jakku days, and one featuring Obi-Wan. Enough to keep everyone happy. 

OMNIBUSES AND KIRBY

There will also be a $100 Omnibus collecting all the Marvel UK stuff from the 70’s and 80’s, Quite a price tag but this stuff is super rare for completists. 

For fans of burlesque, DC’s war era pin up title Bombshells United picks up where the previous one left off, this time with a focus on Wonder Woman and her proteges.

Written monthly by Marguerite Bennett, who pens my favorite indie, Animosity.  

For some reason both of the big two put one some $100 Omnibuses this week, and the material is all worth the format. 

First is Planet Hulk! While Thor Ragnarok will likely only pull from this story conceptually, it was still a true epic and arguably the best Hulk story of all time. 

Other Omnibuses this week include the aforementioned Star Wars UK, Punisher Back To War (all the stuff leading up to and including the first mini series. Great stuff where the Punisher is an actual villain who shoots Jay Walkers.), Punisher by Garth Ennis (All the Marvel Knights material) and the Harley Quinn by Conner and Palmiotti (all the Amanda Conner material!!)

Lastly, here’s a link to our Jack Kirby Centennial event on Saturday, September 16th. We’ll be raising funds for the Kirby4Heroes Initiative while giving away some great free and exclusive stuff, as well as bringing out the Rust Belt Monster Collective to paint a new shop mural. Back issues will be 50% off on the day to give you another good reason to show up! 

That’s it, and we hope to see you soon at the shop!

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