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Halloween ComicFest 2016 (10/29): Everything You Need To Know – Preview the Free Comics & Find a Participating Store

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Celebrating its fifth year, Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

a3The event takes place on Saturday, October 29th and 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. From zombies, vampires, monsters and aliens to costumes and more, comic shops have it all when it comes to Halloween fun!

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.”

q3During 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.

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.


Halloween ComicFest announces this year’s comic book lineup – featuring 19 new full-sized and 13 mini comics! See the FREE comics you can get on October 29th at your local comic shop!

Here’s your look at the individual comics being made available for Halloween ComicFest 2016:

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Find A Comic Shop For Halloween ComicFest

The Halloween ComicFest 2016 Store Locator is now live! Use this tool to find which local comic shops in your area are participating in this event and if they have event details unique to their store. We’re excited that Halloween ComicFest is almost here and we can’t wait for you to enjoy the FREE COMICS available and Halloween fun to be had on October 29th!


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*** images and info courtesy of Halloween ComicFest
Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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