Now I’ve been lauding the overall awesomeness that is “Free Comic Book Day” here on the website for a few years now as I am a BIG fan of the medium and the worlds of creativity that it exposes the reader to but this one was new to me. Apparently, there is also a “Halloween Comicfest” and that day is today and it’s been running since 2011 per research. Check out the copy below and then I will return with some added thoughts.
The Official Scoop:
Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the fifth annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) store event! Pop-culture fans are encouraged to participate in the special Halloween events by going to their local comic shop to receive free comics and enter “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest” on Saturday, October 29th.
During HCF, adults and children alike can go to local participating comic shops to receive free Halloween and horror-theme comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. This year, there are 32 titles—19 full-sized comics and 13 mini-comics—available, including select titles from Marvel Comics (Darth Vader: Doctor Aphra #1, Spidey #1, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: You Choose the Story #1, and The Haunted Mansion #1), DC Comics (DC Superhero Girls #1 and Scooby Apocalypse/Hanna-Barbera Sampler), Dark Horse Comics (Harrow County #1), and IDW Publishing (My Little Pony: The Haunted Dungeon) among other spooktacular tales.
Retailers will also have HCF Mini-Comic Polypacks of 25 copies available for fans to purchase and pass out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters, party-goers, at school events and more. A great way to give out entertaining stories to kids, HCF Mini-Comics also provide an alternative to Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters! The HCF Mini-Comic Polypacks will be available in stores on September 28th and can currently be pre-ordered from comic shops. Fans are encouraged to pre-order specific titles and the number of packs they want to prepare for their Halloween activities.
“This year, Halloween ComicFest gets to kick off Halloween weekend festivities with its one-of-a-kind events at local comic shops,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson, Michael Moccio. “We’re excited for pop-culture fans and comic book enthusiasts alike to enjoy the free comics and HCF Mini-Comic Polypacks and participate in ‘The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest.’ Each year, we’ve seen larger participation from retailers and fans and we’re looking forward to seeing that trend continue with Halloween ComicFest 2016.”
Designed to celebrate comic shops as unique community businesses and reach new customers, Halloween ComicFest helps retailers and the entire comics industry springboard into the end of the year holiday selling season. Comic fans are encouraged to check out www.halloweencomicfest.com over the coming months for more information on the event and local retailer activities. Also, visit Halloween ComicFest on social media on Facebook www.facebook.com/halloweencomicfests, Pinterest www.pinterest.com/halloweencf, Twitter @halloweencomic and Instagram @halloweencomicfest.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I love the FCBD and so do my friends kids since they often get some of the “loot” that I obtain during that awesome day. That said I love the idea of this being done in conjunction with Halloween as well since it’s a definite treat if you hold back on the tricks. It’s also the kind of treat that doesn’t make the cavities come in faster and instead helps expand your mind and creative thinking. There is nothing wrong with that at all. So remember that this will be at participating retailers only and not all of them and only while supplies last. So check your area store and bring the little ones along. Click the website link below to see what is coming out for this day. I’ve also added in a little bit of the Marvel Comics press release about the day which you can see below along with some cover art.
From Marvel Comics:
Marvel Brings Four Free Titles to Halloween ComicFest 2016!
Your local comic shop is the place to be this Saturday, October 29th to get your hands on 4 exciting FREE titles from the House of Ideas! Don’t know where your nearest comic shop is? Don’t worry! Head over to comicshoplocator.com to find a participating store near you! Head to your local comic shop this Saturday to get your hands on free copies of SPIDEY #1 HCF EDITION, THE HAUNTED MANSION #1 HCF EDITION, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 HCF EDITION and THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: YOU CHOOSE THE STORY #1 HCF EDITION while supplies last!
Want to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? What about relive the thrilling first appearance of Doctor Aphra? Are you ready to enter the Haunted Mansion? This Halloween, celebrate at your local comic shop by with free comics and fun activities.
Official Website: http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/