12:08pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic Stores Celebrate Halloween With Second Free Comic Day
For those who enjoyed this May's Free Comic Book Day event, in which comic stores opened their doors to offer special issues to both faithful fans and curious newcomers gratis, get ready: It's going to happen again this Halloween.
Diamond Comic Distributors yesterday announced the sixteen publishers taking part in this year's Halloween ComicFest, a two-day event in which participating comic stores will have 22 mostly-seasonally-themed comics to share with adults and kids looking for a few more four-color scares in their lives.
Taking place across the weekend before Halloween - That's October 26 and 27, for those without a calendar to hand - stores are also being encouraged to set-up their own special displays and activities (such as costume contests) to draw in new business in the run-up to the year-end holiday season.
Both Marvel and DC are offering two titles apiece as part of the promotion, although all four freebies are reprints (Marvel offers the entirely un-Halloween-y Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1 and Thor: God of Thunder #1, while DC gets in the mood with Batman: Li'l Gotham #1 and Batman: The Long Halloween #1).
California-based indie IDW Publishing also offers two books, both animated tie-ins. The Cartoon Network Super Sampler focuses on the publisher's new CN licenses with stories from Ben 10, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls, while the My Little Pony: Halloween Edition promises to be much sought-after by the many brionies out there.
A full list of titles to be offered during the two-day event can be found here.