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Preview: Goosebumps: Download & Die

Goosebumps: Download & Die

(W) Jen Vaughn (A/CA) Michelle Wong
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $12.99

The kid-friendly horror series returns to comics with all-new stories! The terrifying world of Goosebumps is just a click away!

When Mitra and her two besties find a phone with the latest and greatest technology and apps, they think they are dreaming. But when push (notifications) come to shove, they might be living a nightmare! With the phone turning them against each other, can Mitra do a hard reset before it’s too late?

Preview: Goosebumps: Download and Die! #3

Goosebumps: Download and Die! #3

Jen Vaughn (w & cover b) • Michelle Wong (a & cover a)

Power cords and lifelines get tangled as Mitra, Kyra, and Flips unravel the monsters’ mess. Is it too late to save their friend and their town from the curse of the haunted phone? Ring, ring—who’s calling? Your DOOM.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Goosebumps: Download and Die! #1

Goosebumps: Download and Die! #1

Story: Jen Vaughn
Art: Michelle Wong
Color: Triona Tree Farrell
Letterer: Christa Miesner
Editor: Sarah Gaydos
Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz

When Mitra and her two besties find a phone with the latest and greatest technology and apps, they think they are dreaming. But when push (notifications) come to shove, they might be living a nightmare!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 (of 3)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight #3 (of 3)

Jeremy Lambert (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

The sisters are safe and sound in their beds,

Their nightmares a folly, it’s all in their heads.

Now wait, I hear something, perhaps it’s a scream…

Oh, I’m so sorry, it’s not all a dream!

They cannot survive this, reader beware!

Unless I’m mistaken, you’re in for a scare!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

10 Spooky Comics for this Halloween

If you, like the rest of the internet, have been celebrating Halloween since before Labor Day, or have gotten swept up in the pumpkin spice frenzy, or are riding the high of those spooky seasonal vibes, hey. You’re not alone.

Though this year has been widely deemed a dumpster fire, 2017 has provided some excellent seasonal reads for readers who like their comics with a side of horror and mystery. Here are ten comics perfect for setting the Halloween mood.

Donny Cates, Garry Brown, and Mark Englert (AfterShock Comics)

Being a teenager can feel like hell. For pregnant sixteen year old Sadie, it might literally be hell. The first volume explores the strength of familial relationships, navigating the world as a teen mom, and how to deal when a powerful underground group of assassins tries to kill your baby, who is the antichrist.

Goldie Vance
Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes (BOOM! Studios)

Goldie Vance is a teenage detective story appropriate for all ages. Join Goldie as she takes on the mysteries at the Florida resort where she and her dad work. The series is no longer published as single issues and will instead be published in the future in a series of graphic novels, and each arc is an excellent jumping-on point for the series.

Goosebumps_01_CoverA copyGoosebumps: Monsters at Midnight
Jeremy Lambert and Chris Fenoglio (IDW Publishing)

Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight was released by IDW earlier this month. While it’s definitely geared toward a younger demographic, the first issue is full of references to the original books and stays true to their voice.

HellraiserOmnibus_v1_SC_PRESS_1Hellraiser Omnibus Volume 1
Clive Barker, Tom Garcia, various (BOOM! Studios)

The Hellraiser Omnibus isn’t for the squeamish. The book collects issues 1-20 of Clive Barker’s 2011-2012 Hellraiser series, as well as Hellraiser Annual #1. As part of Hellraiser canon, the comic explores the fate of Kirsty Cotton and the Cenobite realm–and changes them forever.

Mina Elwell, Eli Powell, and Tristan Elwell (Scout Comics)

The first issue of this Lovecraft-inspired horror comic from Scout Comics was released earlier this month. The story follows Sam, who is trying to save her town (and the people in it) from vicious monster attacks while keeping her grip on sanity.

Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina, and Jessica Kholine (AfterShock Comics)

The second collected volume of Insexts will be released in late November, but this comic is well worth reading. The first volume followed Lady Bertram and her lover Mariah as they come to grips with their insect powers and go up against the monsters terrorizing Victorian England. The second volume deals with the aftermath in the same beautiful, erotic, and horrific style as the first volume.

Nancy-Hardy-001-Cov-A-DaltonNancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie
Anthony Del Col, Werther Dell’Edera (Dynamite Entertainment)

Fans of the original series or previous Drew-Hardy team-ups will likely appreciate this series, which brings the gang back together to figure out who killed Fenton Hardy. This is something of a dark departure from the original series (which never featured murder) but is an interesting update appropriate for teens and adults alike.

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Though Monstress is currently on hiatus, this comic remains one of the most visually and narratively interesting comics published this year. The second volume, released in July, develops each character as they process the consequences of the Monstrum living inside main character Maika.

anc_lit-my_favorite_thing_is_monsters-900My Favorite Thing is Monsters
Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)

My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a gorgeous book with an incredible amount of narrative depth. Though the fact that the main character, Karen Reyes, believes herself a monster makes this read Halloween-appropriate, readers will likely find plenty to relate to in Karen’s interests and search for identity.

My-Pretty-Vampire-coverMy Pretty Vampire
Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics)

Katie Skelly’s My Pretty Vampire combines comics with vintage horror in a gorgeous and compelling color palette. The book follows vampire Clover, who escapes from an oppressive ruled by her brother. Clover’s newfound freedom leads her on a town-wide murder spree, with a shadowy organization not far behind.

IDW Publishing Announces More Goosebumps Comics Coming in 2018

IDW Publishing, in association with Scholastic, is releasing the second three-issue arc in R.L Stine’s Goosebumps comic series. “Download and Die!” is a brand-new self-contained story set in the Goosebumps universe from the talented duo of writer Jen Vaughn and artist Michelle Wong.

In the tradition of the classic “Say Cheese and Die!” story, this spiritual successor takes that concept and puts a digital spin on it for the iPhone generation. Today’s kids will now have to contend with a smartphone app that snaps filtered pictures which depict nightmarish outcomes. In true Goosebumps fashion, the danger is real!

“Download and Die!” will follow on the horrifying heels of the highly anticipated debut series, Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight, from writer Jeremy Lambert and artist Chris Fenoglio, launching on 10/25, just in time for Halloween!

Comic readers, beware, you’re in for a scare when “Download and Die!” launches in February.

R.L. Stine’s Spine-tingling Series Goosebumps Heading to Comics

Comic readers, beware, you’re in for a scare! New comic book adventures will beckon young readers into the world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling Goosebumps series. IDW Publishing will bring funny scares to the next generation of Goosebumps readers this October.

This year, the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic celebrates 25 years of giving readers… well, goosebumps, and IDW is thrilled to add to the chills with original stories that re-visit some familiar and frightening faces. Fearsome monsters will populate the Goosebumps comics, and our spunky heroes will need to work together to get out of some truly bumpy spots.

The first Goosebumps storyline, “Monsters at Midnight,” will kick off with writer Jeremy Lambert and artist Chris Fenoglio, who will transport readers to a hauntingly familiar setting called Horrorland—a world of terrifying possibilities originally introduced in the Goosebumps novels. Mia and Ginny were planning on spending a thoroughly dull summer at Grandma’s house with nothing but mothballs to entertain them. Enter a spooky, old bookshop and a door left slightly ajar, and soon these sisters find themselves trapped in a Horrorland drastically different from the sleepy, suburban town they left behind.

Each three-issue arc will feature a brand-new, self-contained story with rotating creative teams. And good news for monster collectors—each single issue will have creep-tastic variant covers by artists such as Derek Charm, Drew Rausch, CP Wilson III, Cat Farris, and more!

Box Office Bounces Back with Bond and Peanuts

Spectre PosterAfter two disappointing weeks in a row, the weekend box office rebounded with a strong weekend due to two films in particular. The weekend was led by SPECTRE which earned an estimated $73 million in its first week. It was followed by The Peanuts Movie which earned an estimated $45 million.

That helped boost the weekend by 6% compared to the same weekend last year, and a 148% increase from last weekend.

SPECTRE was the second highest opening for a Bond film. 2012’s Skyfall was the top one and earned $15.3 million more. So far, the film has earned $296.1 million worldwide.

The Martian dropped to third, and earned $9.3 million, and Goosebumps moved to fourth and earned $7 million.

In other geeky movies, Minions earned $190,680 and Ant-Man added $185,000 to its total. Jurassic World is out in Blu-ray, but still added $112,590.


  1. Jurassic World – $652.05 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.92 million
  4. Furious 7 – $352.79 million
  5. Minions – $335.24 million


  1. Jurassic World – $1.6661 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5148 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1565 billion
  5. Inside Out – $850.2 million

Box-Office Sees Two Flop Weekends in a Row

The MartianLast weekend saw a string of new releases under perform in a very weak weekend, and this past weekend’s box-office is not much better. Only one debuting film wound up in the top five and two debuting films were in the top ten. All of this added up for the worst weekend of 2015 so far.

The Martian topped the box office again in its fifth week earning an additional $11.4 million at the domestic box-office. Goosebumps was second with $10.2 million and Bridge of Spies was third with $8.1 million.

In new films, Burnt earned just $5 million and Our Brand Is Crisis earned $3.4 million. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse earned $1.8 million. The other three releases were in very limited releases with a total of 45 theaters between the three of them.

In other geeky news, Jem and the Holograms continues to tank adding just $290,000 in its second week. Inside Out earned $155,000 as it nears the end of its run. Ant-Man also added $148,000 in its sixteenth week.

In a little bit better news, the latest James Bond film, Spectre, opened in six territories and earned $80.4 million so far. That includes record-breaking numbers in the UK, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and on IMAX screens.


  1. Jurassic World – $651.77 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.56 million
  4. Furious 7 – $352.79 million
  5. Minions – $334.85 million


  1. Jurassic World – $1.6658 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5148 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1544 billion
  5. Inside Out – $842.5 million

A Weekend Flop at the Box Office

Jem-and-the-holograms-movie-cast-550x850It was a brutal weekend at the box office with four new films barely mustering $20 million between them and none breaking in to the top three spots. With that, The Martian regained the top spot in its fourth week earning an estimated $15.9 million and bringing its domestic total to $166.4 million. The film bumped the previous week’s leader Goosebumps into second place. That film earned $15.5 million to bring its domestic total to $43.7 million after two weeks. In third was Bridge of Spies which earned $11.4 million to bring its domestic total to $32.6 million after two weeks.

Now, on to the stinkers from the weekend.

The Last Witch Hunter showed that actor Vin Diesel may have issues drawing an audience when cars aren’t involved. The film came in fourth and earned just $10.8 million. A disappointment no matter how it’s spun. The Paranormal Activity franchise opened a new film that earned $8.2 million. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth film in the series and while the first film opened to much less, the newest film opened with over a $10 million difference between it and the other films of the franchise. Now, it also opened in half the theaters because the film will go to video on demand sooner than other films in a deal set up, and with a budget in the teens for millions, the film easily make its money back. Rock the Kasbah was brutalized in reviews with some of the lowest percentages of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. The film earned just $1.5 million at the box office which comes to $750 per theater.

That $750 per theater isn’t the worst performance though. Jem and the Holograms earned just $1.32 million which comes out to $547 per theater. The film has a reported budget of just $5 million, so it will likely make a profit, but that’s a brutal opening for what I’m sure was hoped to be a franchise. I had noticed advertising for the film was rather weak building up to it, which led me to believe that confidence wasn’t there. The film has the fourth worst opening in very wide releases, and 15th in per-theater averages adjusted. It was the worst opening for a film opening in more than 2,400 theaters. Still with a $5 million budget, it’s not all that bad and can easily be spun. The most likely scenario is decision makers will walk away with the wrong lessons from the film’s performance.

In other geeky films, Inside Out continues to earn adding $270,000 to its total, Ant-Man also earned $230,000.


  1. Jurassic World – $651.52 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $459.01 million
  3. Inside Out – $355.32 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.03 million
  5. Minions – $334.60 million


  1. Jurassic World – $1.6655 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4028 billion
  4. Minions – $1.1540 billion
  5. Inside Out – $842.2 million
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