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One of the goals of Halloween ComicFest is to reach out to individuals who are unfamiliar with comics and their local comic book shop. That's why we've launched a massive promotional campaign that heralds the event and spreads the good word of comics to potential readers and customers everywhere.
What is "Halloween ComicFest?"
As the name implies, Halloween ComicFest is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away specially published comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.
When is Halloween ComicFest?
Halloween ComicFest is the Saturday before Halloween.
Are the comics really free?
Yes! Different shops have policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating shop location. Check with your retailer for their policies and plans for Halloween ComicFest.
Is every comic book store in the world doing this?
This event celebrates the independent comic book specialty shops, thousands of which exist in North America alone. Each one is unique in its community, with a style and personality all its own, and each one carries a full line of comics, graphic novels, toys and related products. While we hope every one of these shops will take part, each shop determines on its own whether or not to participate. You can check our shop locator for a comic shop near you here.
How do I know where to go to get my free comics?
As the event approaches, Halloween Comicfest will launch a shop locator service that will show you participating retailers in your area. Check the website beginning of September through October to find a participating comic shop near you!
How long has Halloween ComicFest been around?
Halloween ComicFest was first celebrated in October, 2012. We're proud of the continuing success of Halloween ComicFest and look forward to growing the event each year!
Can I link to your site?
Of course! Click here to download graphics and other icons.
Who's involved in Halloween ComicFest?
Halloween ComicFest is administered by a panel representing all parts of the comic book industry: retailers, publishers, suppliers, and Diamond Comic Distributors. Each year, publishers apply to provide comic books at cost to retailers, who in turn give them away for free. Diamond handles marketing and logistics for the event, shipping comics to shops and handling marketing and PR for the event.
What's the big deal about comic books anyway?
Comic books are an original American art form, created in the early days of the twentieth century. They are fun to read, featuring a wide range of diverse story lines that capture the imagination of the readers. That's worth celebrating in our book - we're proud to be a part of this wonderful medium. To learn more about comic books and their history, go here.
Is this just happening in the U.S.?
Of course not! Any comic book shop in the world can participate in Halloween Comicfest, although there may be some limitations on which titles are available in which countries due to licensing and other considerations. If you want your local shop to get involved, let them know!
How many comics do I get?
That will depend on a lot of factors: How many comics does the shop have to give away? How many people visit that day? How many people got there before you? What are the shop's Halloween ComicFest policies? The answer to this question will depend on which shop you go to and when. We encourage you to view the shop profiles on our Halloween ComicFest Shop Locator service for more detailed information, or call you local retailer directly and ask them their policies for Halloween ComicFest.
Can you send me a comic?
No. This website is for informational purposes only - we do not have comics to give away. Halloween ComicFest is celebrated in comic book shops and as a way to get customers to visit shops in their local community. To find a participating comic book shop, see the Halloween ComicFest Shop Locator.
Which comics are available?
Each year, the comics offered change. Click here for a list of this year's full and mini-comics.
Can I grab any comic I want?
Shops will be giving away special comics for the event - you cannot simply take any comic book from the rack. Click on The Comics to see the many choices of comics being given away for free this year.
What are special about the Mini-Comic Paks?
The HCF mini-comic packs are available for purchase from your local comic shop. Each pack contains 20 mini-comics of the same title and there are seven different titles to choose from. Comic fans are encouraged to purchase these packs to pass out comics to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The packs will be available for purchase at the beginning of October.
What is "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever"?
The Halloween ComicFest Costume Contest is a contest where anyone who receives one of the free Halloween ComicFest comics can enter to win a $500, $100 or $50 shopping spree to their local comic shop, plus other category prizes! The contest begins on Halloween ComicFest's website and runs until the voting period ends on November 9th. Participants must take a picture in costume holding one of the free Halloween ComicFest comics and then submit their photo to the Costume Contest tab on the website. After entering into one of the five costume categories, participants are then encouraged to share their photo and gain votes to win for their costume category. To see the costume categories and contest rules click here.
How can I find out more about Hallloween ComicFest and the Costume Contest?
To get updates about Halloween ComicFest check out the Facebook and Twitter pages. Plus, check this website as the Halloween ComicFest date approaches for new information. Also view our Pinterest page for Halloween costume, party, food ideas and more in addition to watching helpful Halloween tips from our Youtube channel.
Can libraries be involved in Halloween ComicFest?
Libraies can host their own Halloween ComicFest related events, but the main purpose of HCF is to celebrate Halloween at local comic book shops. Libraries interested in hosting their own event are encourage to partner with their local comic book shop to order the full-size, mini-comics and mini-comic polypacks. *Ordering Polypacks through Diamond Comic Distributors will not be available this year.
What can I do to spread the word?
Tell your friends, your family, your classmates- anyone you think might enjoy comics for the first time- or should start reading them again!