Fans of comics, Halloween, and free stuff will want to check out this year’s Halloween ComicFest (HCF) which will feature 34 free comic book titles. The 8th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at participating comic stores across the nation.
According to the official press release “Of the 34 titles available, 22 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 27th. The Mini Comics will also 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 spokesperson Ashton Greenwood stated that “The comics available this year reflect a broad range of tastes. The All-Ages Mini Comics feature popular characters like Rocky & Bullwinkle, Archie, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while the Full-Size Comics feature well-known properties like Hellblazer, Spider-Man, and Goosebumps! Halloween ComicFest is the perfect time to introduce friends and families to the wonders of comic shops, and experience them as premiere destinations for Halloween fun!”
Other titles of note include: Jughead: The Hunger (Archie Comics), Garth Ennis and Goran Zudzuka’s new title A Walk Through Hell (AfterShock Comics), Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection Sampler (Viz Media), Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Phantom Hand and the Kelpie (Dark Horse), and Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight (IDW) among others.
Goon artist extraordinaire, Eric Powell, provided the official artwork for the t-shirt for the event and he stated that “It was a pleasure to design this year’s Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt! Monsters, zombies, and vampires all live in the pages of comic books and that makes comics and comic book shops a critical part of the Halloween experience. I wanted my t-shirt design to reflect comic shops as both a staple of the community and a destination for spooky Halloween fun.” Eric Powell’s mini-version of his horror anthology Spook House will also be available at the event.
Remember that not all of the titles may be available at your local store (although the major companies are always represented by participating stores, as a rule of thumb, the bigger stores usually carry a more diverse selection of titles). You may want to call ahead if there is a certain free comic that you are interested in. Find a participating store in your area at the official HCF website.