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Eisner Award-Winning Artist Francesco Francavilla Designs Halloween ComicFest 2017 T-Shirt

Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed the artwork created by Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla for the sixth annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) 2017 on Saturday, October 28. The T-Shirt is featured in the July issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and is available for pre-order at comic shops throughout July.

Known for his pulp and retro-inspired style, Francavilla’s artwork is unmistakeable and dares readers to dive into a world gone by. Celebrating six years of Halloween ComicFest, his art for the 2017 HCF Commemorative T-Shirt brings to life the spookiest monsters in history as they ride off to give comics to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The HCF 2017 T-Shirt will be available in black in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99), youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99), and Women’s V-Neck in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99). The commemorative HCF T-Shirt, plus the complete listing of the HCF 2017 titles, will be available in the July issue of PREVIEWS in comic shops 6/28.

Halloween ComicFest Gets an Exclusive White Queen Funko POP!

Marvel‘s Hellfire Club returns as Halloween ComicFest is proud to announce the release of the new Emma Frost Diamond Form PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Funko POP! Figure, available only during the event on Saturday, October 28th.

When the Sentinels attacked Genosha, X-Men’s Emma Frost found herself caught in the crossfire. When the X-Men cleared away the wreckage, they found her unharmed, a second mutation turned her body into an indestructible diamond form. In addition to being one of the world’s most powerful telepaths, she was the first to develop a secondary mutation.

This PREVIEWS Exclusive figure carries a suggested retail price of $11.99 and will only be available on Saturday, October 28th on Halloween ComicFest in extremely limited quantities.

Halloween ComicFest 2017 Full Line-Up of Comic Books Announced

This year, Halloween ComicFest (HCF) features a whole new selection of 30 comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated fall event taking place Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at participating comic shops worldwide.

Of the 30 titles overall, 18 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free on Saturday, October 28th and the Mini Comics will be available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October, which are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Halloween ComicFest 2017 Full Size Comics
Action Lab – Danger Zone | Black Betty One-Shot
Aftershock Comics | Babyteeth #1
Archie Comics | The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season Two
Aspen MLT | Choose Your Own Aspen Adventure
Benitez Productions | Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
Dark Horse Comics | Hellboy and the BPRD 1953
IDW Publishing | Ghostbusters: Dia de los Muertos
DC Comics | Batman: Night of the Monster Men
DC Comics | DC Super Hero Girls
Marvel Comics | Runaways #1
Marvel Comics | Darth Maul #1
Marvel Comics | Thor by Walt Simonson #1
Kodansha Comics | Battle Angel Alita/Sailor Moon Eternal Preview
New England Comics | The Tick #1
VIZ Media | Junji Ito’s Shiver
Yen Press | The Mortal Instruments
YouNeek Studios | Malika: The Dragon Trials
Zenescope Entertainment | Gimm Tales of Terror

Halloween ComicFest 2017 Mini Comics
American Mythology | Casper the Friendly Ghost
Arcana Studio | Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom
Archie Comics | Archie’s Madhouse
BOOM! Studios | BOOM! Box’s One En-Haunted Evening
IDW Publishing | Donald Duck’s Halloween Scream #2
Lion Forge | Wrapped Up
Papercutz | Hotel Transylvania
Papercutz | Stitched
Graphix | The Witch Boy
Space Goat Publishing | Moonlighters #1
VIZ Media | Pokemon: Omega Red and Alpha Sapphire

Tomorrow is ComicFest 2016! Head to Your Local Comic Shop!

Halloween ComicFest 2016 happens on Saturday, October 29th! Use the store locator to find a comic shop near you! FREE Comics and Halloween fun for all!

Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away Halloween-themed comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many reasons why comic shops are a great destination for Halloween-themed comic books, products, and merchandise.

Diamond Announces 2 Million Comics to be Given Away for Halloween ComicFest 2016

In its fifth year, Halloween ComicFest 2016 is set to be the largest fall event yet for comic book shops. Comic book and Halloween fans of all ages can go to over 1,900 participating locations, which will give away more than 2 million free Halloween-themed full-size and mini-comics during the annual Halloween event taking place Saturday, October 29th.

During Halloween ComicFest (HCF), participating retailers will give out 32 free comics, including 19 full-sized comics and 13 mini-comics, ranging from Marvel Comics’ Darth Vader: Doctor Aphra #1, Spidey #1; DC Comics’ DC Super Hero Girls #1 and Scooby Apocalypse/Hanna-Barbera Sampler; Dark Horse Comics’ Harrow County #1; and IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: The Haunted Dungeon among other great titles for comic readers of all ages.

Retailer pre-orders for the HCF mini-comics totaled over 1.5 million copies (50% increase from last year), while full-sized titles reached over 825,000 (10% increase from last year) in pre-orders in 2016.

Individual stores will host their own special events during the day with activities such as costume contests, appearances by local artists and costumed characters, trick-or-treating, games, giveaways, and more for the whole family to enjoy. Comic shops will also have the HCF mini-comic polypacks available for purchase starting September 28th, containing 25 mini-comics which are great for passing out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

In addition to hosting their own costume contests, stores will also promote “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” taking place on the HalloweenComicFest.com website. Anyone who takes a picture in costume holding their free designated HCF comics can enter to win a $500 or $100 shopping spree to their local comic shop plus other great prizes for categories winners.  More details will be announced in late September.

Check out the covers for the comics being released this year.

Full Size Comics

Mini Comics

Trick-or- Treat with Mini-Comics This Halloween

Be the coolest house on the block this Halloween by handing out comic books to trick-or-treaters with the Halloween ComicFest mini-comic packs. Each pack contains 25 mini-comics appropriate for readers of all ages and is available to pre-order exclusively from your local comic book shop. Mini-comic packs will be available for pick-up and purchase starting September 28th and throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween.

Give kids an extra treat in their Halloween goodie bags with 13 great mini-comic titles to choose from, including Archie’s Madhouse, The BoooOOOoooM! Box Halloween Special, Grumpy Cat, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Manga, Pokémon X&Y, and more. Each pack carries a retail price of $4.99 and contains 25 copies each of a single kid-friendly mini-comic title. Parents, educators, comic book fans—and of course, dentists!—can feel at ease knowing they are providing kids with a healthier alternative to candy while giving kids a fun surprise on Halloween.

For an easier ordering process, fans are encouraged to download the Mini-Comic Order Sheet to fill out and place orders at their local comic shop.

Halloween ComicFest 2016 is a Go!

halloween comicfest 2016Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the return of a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the fifth annual Halloween ComicFest! 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!

Sunday Roundtable: Does Free Comic Book Day and Halloween Comicfest really bring in new readers?

JLA Roundtable fcbdSunday’s are known for talking heads sitting around tables on television pontificating about the hottest topics of the week. Well, the Graphic Policy team is no exception, and each week we tackle a topic as a team.

This week’s topic?

Does Free Comic Book Day and Halloween Comicfest really bring in new readers?

Brett: I know none of us work in shops, at least none of us that I know of, but in your observations as shoppers, what do you think?

Daphne: To be honest, if it wasn’t something I’m already reading, FCBD doesn’t really do much for me. I don’t know if it’s because the comics are shorter (are they? they always seem shorter to me) or just not the A material because they’re free, but they never feel as strong or as compelling as the monthly stuff. I can’t think of a comic I ever started reading because of Free Comic Book Day, honestly. So I can say for myself that they really don’t, at least where this one reader is concerned.

free comic book dayBrett: Do you all go to either day at your shop? And if you do, what’s the crowd usually like? It seems to be a mix of regulars and parents with kids by me. I have noticed a lot of parents with kids, and the parents don’t know what to get, which makes me think they’re not regulars.

Daphne: I tend to grab whatever’s released digitally for FCBD. I haven’t been to a comic book store since I moved to Portland a couple years ago. I remember the crowd being mostly dads who wanted to get their sons into comics using the free comics, more than anything else.

Sarah: I don’t know if it brings new readers, but FCBD helped me choose a store when I moved to Chicago. It was a good way to see how well they were managed and how the staff treated people who weren’t the stereotypical comics readers.

Alex: I’ve started one series because of FCBD (The Fox from Dark Circle), but by and large I don’t think either day is as effective at attracting new readers as they could be, rather the effectiveness of those days lays in enticing existing fans to new series.

Brett: The stores around me are usually packed for FCBD, but I’m not sure how much long term it helps. I’d love to know if there’s been studies about that, but doubt there have been.

Elana: I wish there were studies. Like so much in the comics industry nothing is scientific, even when it could be.

I do think I see more kids in the shop that date.

I wasn’t aware of the Halloween event.

HalloweenComicFest-2015Alex: The Halloween one is a smaller event, but there are still some cool comics available.

Brett: Is it mostly kids you all see at your local events?

Elana: Kids with their parents plus the hardcore fans. The time I spent Free Comic Book Day in the Long Island burbs that was the case at least. I gave the free kids comics to my nieces and nephews. The second to worst big 2 comic I’ve ever seen was the DC FCBD book the year that the Green Lantern movie came out. It was dumb. Dumb. Dumb. The best free comic book day book was the Avatar the Last Airbender comic a few years back though all of their’s are great.

Alex: I usually head down relatively late in the day and by that point there are few people in the shop that I don’t recognize (and fewer comics left, too), but I usually see more adults and teenagers than kids.

Brett: Does anyone actually plan on going to the Halloween Comicfest this year? I’m doing a day trip, so can’t it this year.

Elana: I’d never heard of it till now. And I go to my LCS every week.

Brett: Do you know if any of your shops plan on doing anything special?

Alex: I’m pretty are my shop will have a few comics in (they did last year), so I’ll head down for it. If nothing else I’ll probably grab a few comics for some non comic reading friends

Brett: Well, that wraps up this week’s chat. For our readers out there, how is FCBD and Halloween Fest at your local shops? Sound off below in the comments.

Preview: Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie


Written by Vince Hernandez
Pencils/Colors by Agnes Garbowska

A completely brand new and unexpected Fathom tale for fans of all ages! Join none other than Fathom’s Ernie the Seahorse as the playful ocean dweller finds himself wrapped up in a magical Aspen-universes-spanning adventure that will test his limits! For the first time ever, Aspen Comics’ is excited to offer fans and readers a unique comic and coloring book that includes a crafted full length story geared for children to color, plus added puzzles, mazes and other fun-filled activities for kids of all ages! It’s the perfect treat for the Halloween holiday!

Available for FREE* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.


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