Winston’s got his Halloween sweater on, so that can only mean we’re only days away from this years Halloween ComicFest 2018!


The new Pop Fun Box is ready for Saturday! Taller! Bigger! There’s artwork on all sides! The box was actually too big to fit in my cargo van and I had to UHaul it to the shop. 

The Box will be in the foyer all day long to take pictures in, from 10 am to 7 pm. We will have a photographer taking pictures from 10 am to 3 pm. These pictures will be put up on Facebook before Halloween. You are also welcome to take your own pictures or have our photographer take another picture with your camera/phone. Feel free to work to get the angle you want, especially with artwork on all sides!

Please be careful getting in and out of the box! Parents help the kiddos! Seconds after taking this picture my daughter tripped over the front and damaged it, and I had to replace it. Whomp Whomp. 

I printed out an extra front in case it happens again but hopefully, we won’t have to. 

One quick reminder before I repeat last week’s info, BACK ISSUES ARE 50% OFF ALL DAY! With the resurgence in popularity of old comics, this is a great time to dip in and go through all the new stuff we’ve bought. The next time this will happen is on Black Friday weekend!

Get that costume ready, it’s time for our 7th annual Halloween ComicFest on Saturday, October 27th, 2018!

Halloween ComicFest is our yearly event featuring FREE comics FREE candy and FREE photography services running from 10am to 7pm.

The day is basically a miniature Free Comic Book Day, with publishers creating special books just for the day to be given away for FREE. This year there are 22 full size comics and twelve mini comics. People in costume are welcome to take one of every book they are interested in that are age appropriate. (So yes, you could walk out with 34 comics)  We also let customers not in costume to pick 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, so we’ll work with you on that one.  ðŸ™‚

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s full size comics:

The Superior Spider-Man #1: Doctor Octopus claims the ultimate victory over Spider-Man! After years of defeats at the wall-crawler’s hands, Otto Octavius achieves the unthinkable-putting his mind in the body of Peter Parker! As one Amazing era ends, a new one begins for a smarter, stronger, Superior Spider-Man!

Thor Road to War of the Realms #1: Featuring the bloody return of one of Thor’s greatest enemies, Malekith the Accursed! Once the former lord of the Dark Elves is freed from his otherworldly prison, the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him and end his vengeful reign of terror!

John Constantine The Hellblazer #1: Celebrate 30 years of John Constantine, one of Vertigo’s most enduring and controversial characters with one of  his  most memorable  tales written by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by his longtime artistic collaborator Dave McKean.  A dead homeless man is wandering around London but John Constantine has his own problems. Don’t miss this unforgettable haunting story of fear and loneliness. (T)

Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 Phantom Hand and Kelpie #1: Hellboy’s first experiences with Bruttenholm in England involve the phantom hand of a murderer and a demonic water spirit in stories reminiscent of the early Mignola masterpiece “The Corpse.”

Other full sized comics include:

  • Aposimz Sampler
  • Aspen Comics Presents Aspen Mascots #1
  • Battle Angel Alita Homecoming
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Genesis
  • Franken Junji Ito
  • Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1
  • Hilo Boy Who Crashed to Earth Sampler
  • Howard Lovecraft Kingdom of Madness
  • Jughead The Hunger
  • Lady Mechanika La Mama De La Muerte #1
  • Monstrous Three Monsters and a Baby One Shot
  • Ms Marvel #1 (Yeah! Go Marvel Rising!)
  • Princeless Raven Pirate Princess
  • Shibuya Goldfish
  • Windmaker Birth of a King
  • Witch Halloween #1
  • A Walk Through Hell #1 (Mature) (A really great new horror comic from Garth Ennis by Aftershock Comics)
  • Danger Dolls Amalgama Lives (Mature)
    (Don’t worry mom and dad, the two mature readers titles 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:

  • TMNT Rise of the TMNT
  • Archie’s Madhouse Mayhem
  • Ghost Friends Forever
  • Hollow Fields Sampler
  • Johnny Boo and the Spooky Tree
  • Nancy Drew
  • Over The Garden Wall
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Splatoon
  • Spookhouse Sampler
  • Vamplets Undead Pet Society
  • Zo Zo Zombie

To view complete descriptions of all the books as well as images for you to go over with your family, check here:

Our best advice is the same as on Free Comic Book Day. Come early for the best selection. We have thousands of comics 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.)

Another HUGE part of the day is our FREE photography services from 10am to 3pm in the foyer next to the shop.  Laura Wimbels from the FacesOfCLE project will be around to perfectly capture your costume in our new custom Pop Fun Box 2.0. We’re building it bigger and better than last time so you can have a cool photo of your cosplay costume, your kids super cute costume, or a group photos with family and friends!

In case you never saw the old one, it looked like this:

Again, bigger and better this time. More sides.

Here are some galleries of pictures from previous years for you to check out for fun:

2014   –   2015   –   2016   –   2017

You do not need to buy anything to engage the event and get your free comics and whatnot, but it sure helps us out of you do! To help that along we’ll be offering 50% off all back issues all day long. (This is the last time we’ll offer this discount until Black Friday.)

If you take any cool pictures at the event be sure to tag them #CNJCOMICS and #HCF2018 !

I’m hoping Mrs. Dudas will let me steal the giant T-Rex Skeleton off of our lawn for the day to put outside.

Come on in and see why we won a national award for Best Halloween ComicsFest Event from Diamond Distributors! We put a lot of work into this one and I hope it shows!

We’re getting ready for another Halloween Comicfest, this Saturday is Walking Dead Day, but first we’ve gotta get through the featured new releases for Wednesday, October 10th, 2018!


Spider-Geddon is here, and with a lot of covers too!

Dan Slott brought all the Spiders together in Spider-Verse, and now he’s teaming up with Christopher Gage to tear them all down. Expect some new spiders in this five issue mini series.

If you haven’t seen the ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ trailer yet, it’s one of the most exciting looking things out there right now.

Mixed reviews on Venom, but I can tell you one thing, the comics by Donny Cates are great! A new storyline starts this week in Venom #7, “The Abyss!”

Ah heck, let’s watch it one more time. It’s very 90’s, which is appropriate.


DC continues it’s foil variants for the month of October this week. It looks like they toned down the color pallet to give them all a uniform look. Metallic, I’d say. This week’s include:

  • Catwoman #4
  • Detective #990
  • Flash #56
  • Hawkman #5
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #27
  • Suicide Squad #47
  • Superman #4
  • Titans #27
  • Wonder Woman #56
  • and this standout cover on Supergirl #23 by Stanley Lau.

The whole staff are huge fans of the crime noir work of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Together these two have created SLEEPER, CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT, FATALE, and INCOGNITO. This week they release their first original hardcover, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies. We went long on this $16.99 book, and even signed up to get autographed book plates for everyone who buys one.

“Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts. The tragic, artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be, she’ll find another, more dangerous romance… and find out how easily drugs and murder go hand-in-hand.”

Oh hey, stop in this week, ask at the counter and we’ll give you a free copy of the new DC Essentials Graphic Novel Guide. We’ve got lots, so don’t be shy about asking. It’s a great tool to help you expand your library.


As we mentioned, Saturday the 13th is “The Walking Dead Day” nationally, which means we have a free book to give away that contains four short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor, Morgan and Tyrese. (Isn’t this a previous year’s FCBD book with an additional story?)

Anyway, they are also releasing 15 different important classic issues in blind bags featuring new cover art. According to Skybound: “You might find a colored version of the art, a sketch version, a virgin version (with no title) or something else entirely.”

(Didn’t DC do this a few years back for Batman Vs Superman?)

We’ll also have a new reprint of #1 with a cover by Charlie Adlard (To piss of Tony Moore I guess) We’ll also have other giveaways like masks and buttons while supplies last.

Here’s all the info from Skybound with links to even more info!

Blind Bags are always fun, and if we have any left over, you’ll be able to buy them at this year’s HALLOWEEN COMICFEST 2018 on Saturday, October 27th! (was that a lazy segway? It kind of was.)

Halloween ComicFest is always awesome, and this year we’ve got lots of FREE books for you.

Here’s all the books that will be available…

When you come by in costume, you can take one of everything that interests you. We know some people don’t like to dress up, so those people can pick three.

Cool stuff like this Thor Comic!

We will also have Laura Wimbels taking pictures of people in costume from 10am to 3pm in our new, larger, Pop Fun Box 2.0!

I promise, I’ll have it built by then, and it will fit multiple people this time! Labor of love!

We’ll also have candy, and hopefully a T-rex skeleton if the wife lets me borrow it from our front lawn.

Expect a full email on that coming soon!

Whew, big email this week. (Because it is a pretty big week!)

See you soon!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, September 26th, 2018!

The first book is a big one that we’ve been waiting a while for. Heroes in Crisis #1, the new seven issue mini series that deals with Post Traumatic Stress in the DC Universe. 

Written by Tom King, and telling the story of Sanctuary, the mental crisis center Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman set up together for heroes dealing with PTSD. Staffed occasionally by Booster Gold and Harley Quinn, this is the perfect subject for the writer of Omega Men, Mister Miracle and Batman. 

We also wanted to give another shout out to Doomsday Clock, with issue #7 coming out. This has been a great read, merging the DC and Watchmen universes. Great cover this week too. I’ve been waiting 30 years for that punch. 

Spider-Geddon sort of starts this week, this a #0 issue featuring the first appearance of the Spider-Man from the new Playstation game. 

The fourth issue of Edge of Spider-Geddon also features the first appearance a world where Norman Osborn became Spider-Man instead of Peter. This character is the catalyst for the new Spider-Geddon series.

Stranger Things gets its own comic this week, and shows what happened to Will Byers when he first entered the upside down.

The animated universes of Star Trek and Transformers go head to head this week in IDW’s Star Trek Vs. Transformers. (notice the VS!)

Finally, we’ve got a new volume of Saga, which is going to have to hold you over for some time. Vaughan and Staples are taking a one year hiatus from the book.

Other than that mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest 2018 on Saturday, October 27th! You can check out all the free comics that will be available here! 

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