Over 2 Million Comics to be Given Away at Halloween ComicFest 2016

More than 2 million comics will be given away during Halloween ComicFest 2016, including a new story from John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 2, as well as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Evil Dead 2, The Haunted Mansion, Scooby Apocalypse, and Darth Vader, among many other seasonal titles you are going to want to add to your collection.

Read on for the latest press release, the complete list of 2016 titles, and an announcement video, and then enjoy browsing through our photo gallery of all the Halloween comic covers, as well as a few preview pages from some of our more anticipated issues, coming your way!

In its fifth year, Halloween ComicFest 2016 is set to be the largest fall event yet for comic book shops. Comic book and Halloween fans of all ages can go to over 1,900 participating locations, which will give away more than 2 million free Halloween-themed full-size and mini-comics during the annual Halloween event taking place Saturday, October 29th.

“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.”

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.

Retailer pre-orders for the HCF mini-comics totaled over 1.5 million copies (50% increase from last year), while full-sized titles reached over 825,000 (10% increase from last year) in pre-orders in 2016.

Individual stores will host their own special events during the day with activities such as costume contests, appearances by local artists and costumed characters, trick-or-treating, games, giveaways, and more for the whole family to enjoy. Comic shops will also have the HCF mini-comic polypacks available for purchase starting September 28th, containing 25 mini-comics which are great for passing out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. 

In addition to hosting their own costume contests, stores will also promote “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” taking place on the HalloweenComicFest.com website. Anyone who takes a picture in costume holding their free designated HCF comics can enter to win a $500 or $100 shopping spree to their local comic shop plus other great prizes for categories winners.  More details will be announced in late September.

Halloween ComicFest 2016: Full-Sized Comics

action lab comics | miraculous: tales of lady bug and cat noir #0 hcf 2016 edition

action lab comics | zombie tramp vs. the doll-faced witch hunter #1 hcf 2016 edition

aftershock comics | Black eyed kids #1 hcf 2016 edition

American mythology | The three stooges halloween hullaballoo #1 hcf 2016 edition

archie comics | afterlife with archie: Season Two HCF 2016 edition

aspen entertainment | adventures of the aspen universe hcf 2016 edition

benitez production | wraithborn #0 hcf 2016 edition

comixtribe | quilte #1 hcf 2016 edition

dark horse comics | harrow county #1 hcf 2016 edition

dc comics | DC Super Hero Girls #1 hcf 2016 edition

dc comics | scooby apocalypse/hanna-barbera sampler hcf 2016 edition

drawn & quarterly | shigeru mizuki’s kitaro: Strange fun for everyone hcf 2016 edition

IDW publishing | My little pony: the haunted dungeon hcf 2016 edition

Marvel comics | darth vader: doctor aphra #1 hcf 2016 edition

Marvel Comics | the haunted mansion #1 hcf 2016 edition

Marvel comics | spidey #1 hcf 2016 edition

marvel comics | Unbeatable squirrel girl: you choose the story #1 hcf 2016 edition

space goat publishing | evil dead 2: Beyond dead by dawn #1 hcf 2016 edition

viz media | junji ito’s tomie hcf 2016 edition

Halloween ComicFest 2016: Mini Comics

(Note: These will be available to purchase for fans as mini-comic packs of 25 starting September 28th, and also available during retailer events on Haloween ComicFest.)

ACTION LAB COMICS | PEACH AND THE ISLE OF MONSTERS HCF 2016 EDITION

ARCHIE COMICS | ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE HCF 2016 EDITION

BOOM! STUDIOS | THE BOOOOOOOOOM! BOX HALLOWEEN SPECIAL HCF 2016 EDITION

COMIXTRIBE | MUMMY’S ALWAYS RIGHT HCF 2016 EDITION

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT | GRUMPY CAT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL HCF 2016 EDITION

IDW PUBLISHING/TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS | JOHNNY BOO AND THE PUMPKIN TIGER HCF 2016 EDITION

MAGNETIC PRESS | LITTLE TAILS ON HALLOWEEN! HCF 2016 EDITION

PAPERCUTZ | THE LUNCH WITCH 2 HCF 2016 EDITION

PAPERCUTZ | MICKEY’S INFERNO HCF 2016 EDITION

SPACE GOAT PUBLISHING | ZOMBIE CAMP HCF 2016 EDITION

STORM KING PRODUCTIONS | JOHN CARPENTER’S TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT: THE TRAVELER’S TALE HCF 2016 EDITION

TOKYOPOP | TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE MANGA HCF 2016 EDITION

VIZ MEDIA | POKÉMON X&Y POCKET COMICS HCF 2016 EDITION

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Over 2 Million Comics to be Given Away at Halloween ComicFest 2016