In it’s fifth year, Halloween ComicFest 2016 is expected to give away more than two million full-size and mini-comics at 1,900 locations around the country.
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.
“We’re ecstatic about the 33% increase in total comics ordered from last year, which signals to us that Halloween ComicFest continues to grow as one the industry’s major annual events,” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Michael Moccio. “What’s especially exciting is that the mini-comics increased almost 50% from last year. As an industry, turning the next generation into comic book fans is paramount and we’re happy we can contribute to that initiative by distributing the all-ages mini-comics that are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters. No doubt, this year’s increase in mini-comics orders is due to all the great properties featured, such as Archie Comics, Dynamite’s Grumpy Cat, VIZ Media’s Pokémon X&Y Pocket Comics and more.”
The Halloween ComicFest has become the fall equivalent to Free Comic Book Day, and there are many retailers around the country who are doing more than just free comics. If you want to be the coolest house on the block, you can even order packs of 25 mini-comics to give out to trick-or-treaters instead of candy. I did this one year, and it seemed to be a huge success.