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The first ever Halloween ComicFest is event is happening at Alter Ego Comics and throughout downtown Lima on Saturday, October 25th from Noon-4pm. It’s a national event that we’ve decided to participate in, kind of like a mini Free Comic Book Day.
We’ll be giving out trick or treat bags filled with comics: one for all ages and one for teens/adults. Here are some highlights from the all ages bags:
No tricks here, just treats as BOOM! Studios imprints KaBOOM! and Archaia offer up spooky tales from Adventure Time, Peanuts, and Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock in this mini-comic collection arriving in time for Halloween!
When Professor Pig mistakenly electrifies all the pigs in the graveyard, he unwittingly creates Zigs… zombie pigs with only one need – Eggs! Can Red and the rest of the Angry Birds stop this ghoulish grab at their precious unborn flock? An all-new, all-ages Angry Birds Comics tale just in time for Halloween!
Experience the ground-breaking 1984 classic again – or for the very first time! Under the watchful eye of an all-powerful being, the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes and vilest villains are transported away to a mysterious planet known only as “Battleworld.” The only way to escape? Destroy their enemies! Now, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine and more must battle to the death against Ultron, Galactus, Kang, Doctor Doom and many more! Don’t miss the first issue in the genre-defining crossover that changed the Marvel Universe forever!
The Cutie Mark Crusaders go to the one creature that might just be crazy enough to help them get their cutie marks… Discord! Is he up to the task? Find out in this madcap adventure, perfect for all ages!
Available for FREE* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.
And here are some from the teen/adult bags:
Celebrate the most frightening day of the year with the most horrifying tale Archie has ever told! “Escape From Riverdale”: This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie,Archie meets Glee) and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Batman, Black Beetle) take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before – to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this reprint of the award-winning, sold-out first issue! But be warned, kiddies, this one’s not for the faint of heart! For TEEN+ readers.
Just in time for Halloween, fans can get this FREE excerpt from the first chapter of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, Batman: Haunted Knight, which features dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight Detective confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
Halloween marks the return of a modern classic, Rachel Rising #1! Rachel wakes up dead in a shallow grave and climbs out to hunt for her killer. Seeking the help of Aunt Johnny and BFF Jet, Rachel encounters a mysterious woman and the scariest little girl in comics! This special reprint is just for Halloween Comicfest 2014 and features a unique cover variation to mark the occasion!
Best-selling author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) takes the zombie genre to a whole new level with Extinction Parade, featuring the art of superstar Raulo Caceres (Crossed). As humans wage a losing fight against the hordes of the subdead, a frightening realization sets in with the secretive Vampire race: their “food” is dying off. This is the story of the Vampires’ decent into all-out war with the mindless hungry hordes of the zombie outbreak, with humanity caught in the middle. Extinction Parade introduces the “Vampires vs. Zombies” sub-genre with three species in mortal conflict. This is how a species dies…
This year, we’re welcoming comic book writer, Mark L. Miller, to Halloween ComicFest to sign copies of his new horror comic book, Pirouette. Mark is a 1991 graduate of Lima Senior, now living in Chicago. Pirouette is about a young girl from a family of carnival clowns who dreams of being an acrobat. But her corrupt family, and the corruption of the carnival itself, are crushing her dreams. Until she discovers that there may be more to her story than the life that she has known. Questions will be answered in the next town that the carnival pulls into – Lima, Ohio!
You’ll also find another creepy comic with a cover that you’ll only find at Alter Ego Comics: Sabrina #1, part of the Afterlife with Archie universe. Limited to just 300 copies, grab your Alter Ego exclusive Sabrina during Halloween ComicFest.
But wait! There’s more!
Childers Media Group is holding their Trunk or Treat event across the street from Alter Ego in the Hoefeller, Hiatt and Clark parking lot. Dozens of area businesses will be giving away freebies for the kids.
The Lima Area Zombie Walk will be part of Halloween ComicFest. Zombies and spectators should gather on the square by 2pm to walk up Main Street to Alter Ego. Bring a donation for Happy Tails Pet Partners, too.
Then, participate in a costume contest and ‘Spooky Pooch Parade’ at 2:30pm in front of Alter Ego. Again, we’re asking for donations for Happy Tails Pet Partners to participate in the Pooch Parade.
Finally, many of our downtown Lima neighbors are giving out candy and holding special events, including ArtSpace Lima, The Lima Public Library, and Beauty by Jill.
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Well, it’s official. Summer’s over. We’re into September and both DC and Marvel will have exciting new books on the stands this week.
DC Comics is celebrating the third year of the New 52, with Futures End one-shots, complete with 3D lenticular covers. Will these be as hot as the Villains Month one-shots from last September? Don’t wait to find out. Grab the ones that you want on Wednesday:
- Action Comics Futures End #1
- Aquaman Futures End #1
- Batwing Futures End #1
- Detective Comics Futures End #1
- Earth 2 Futures End #1
- Grayson Futures End #1
- Green Arrow Futures End #1
- Green Lantern Futures End #1
- Swamp Thing Futures End #1
- Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger Futures End #1
Over on the Marvel Comics side, the book of the week is going to be The Death of Wolverine #1. Is this really the end of everyone’s favorite feral mutant? Sure looks like it. Writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven kicks things off with a very strong first issue, full of bonus features. Trust me, it’s good (I’ve read it already).
One of the most satisfying Marvel event books in recent memory, Original Sin, wraps up with issue #8 this week. Customers at Alter Ego Comics will get a free Watcher eyeball with the purchase of any Original Sin comic, while supplies last.
Also, Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0 is out this week and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s written by regular Deadpool scribe, Gerry Dugan.
Plus, look for Ex Con and Alice Cooper from Dynamite Entertainment and Cloaks from Boom Studios.
It’s gonna be a great week. Hope to see you soon at Alter Ego Comics.