22 full size comics and 12 mini comics announced for Halloween ComicFest 2018

by Jeff

HCF2018-logo-wDate 22 full size comics and 12 mini comics announced for Halloween ComicFest 2018Media Release — This year, Halloween ComicFest (HCF) features a whole new selection of 34 comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated fall event taking place Saturday, October 27, 2018 at participating comic shops worldwide.

Of the 34 titles available, 22 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 27th. The Mini Comics will also be available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October, which are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

“This year’s Halloween ComicFest is poised to be the best yet!” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Ashton Greenwood. “The comics available this year reflect a broad range of tastes. The All-Ages Mini Comics feature popular characters like Rocky & Bullwinkle, Archie, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while the Full-Size Comics feature well-known properties like Hellblazer, Spider-Man, and Goosebumps! Halloween ComicFest is the perfect time to introduce friends and families to the wonders of comic shops, and experience them as premiere destinations for Halloween fun!”

A complete listing of all the HCF titles, including the HCF Commemorative T-Shirt by Eisner Award-winning creator Eric Powell, can be found in the July issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all local comic shops on June 27th, 2018. They can also be viewed online at www.halloweencomicfest.com.

Comic fans are encouraged to check out halloweencomicfest.com over the coming months for more updates and information on the event, the available comics, and local retailer activities. Fans can also stay up-to-date with Halloween ComicFest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

42733879682_d107dd1edf_z 22 full size comics and 12 mini comics announced for Halloween ComicFest 2018

Halloween ComicFest 2018 Full-Size Comics

Action Lab Entertainment | Princeless: Raven: Pirate Princess
Action Lab – Danger Zone | Danger Doll Presents: Amalgama Lives!
AfterShock Comics | A Walk Through Hell #1 Special Edition
American Mythology | Genesis: The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe
Arcana Studios | Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness
Archie Comics | Jughead: The Hunger #1 Special Edition
Aspen Comics | Aspen Comics Presents: Aspen Mascots
Benitez Productions | Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte
Dark Horse Comics | Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – The Phantom Hand & the Kelpie
DC Entertainment | John Constantine: The Hellblazer #1
IDW Publishing | Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight
JY | W.I.T.C.H. #1
Kodansha Comics | Battle Angel Alita: Homecoming
Marvel Comics | Ms. Marvel #1
Marvel Comics |Superior Spider-Man #1
Marvel Comics | Thor #1
Random House Books for Young Readers | Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Sampler
Source Point Press| Monstrous: Three Monsters and a Baby One-Shot
Vertical Comics| Aposimz Sampler
VIZ Media | Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection Sampler
Yen Press | Shibuya Goldfish Volume 1
YouNeek Studios | Windmaker: Birth of a King

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

PRINCELESS: RAVEN: PIRATE PRINCESS — HCF 2018
(W) Jeremy Whitley (A/CA) Megan Huang
One fateful night, our heroines’ ship is adrift in the moonlight when three witches appear and kidnap three members of the crew. It’s a spooky tale from the deck of Raven the Pirate Princess featuring your favorite lady pirate crew and a mystery that could change the fate of our ladies forever. It’s a brand new story perfect both for newcomers and longtime fans. Rating: All-Ages.
32pgs, FC FREE!
Art (Pending)

ACTION LAB – DANGER ZONE

DANGER DOLL PRESENTS: AMALGAMA LIVES! — HCF 2018
(W) Jason Martin (A/CA) Winston Young
Spinning out of the events of the last Danger Doll Squad series, and featuring the powers of Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace combined, it’s the solo debut of the all new fan-favorite mash-up character in her own book! The next big Danger Zone series starts here! Rating: Mature.
32pgs, FC FREE!
Art (Pending)

AFTERSHOCK COMICS

A WALK THROUGH HELL #1 SPECIAL EDITION — HCF 2018
(W) Garth Ennis (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Andy Clarke
So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse… Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all. This is a special black and white reprint of the fan-favorite first issue for Halloween 2018! Rating: Mature.
7×10, 32pgs, B&W FREE!

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS

GENESIS: THE EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS UNIVERSE — HCF 2018
(W) Unknown (A) Unknown
American Mythology launched the Edgar Rice Burroughs shared universe official in June with Carson of Venus: Fear on Four Worlds #1. Genesis: The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe introduces new readers to this fantastic world of well-known pulp titles and characters ahead of the new ongoing series coming in the autumn of 2018. Characters from Carson of Venus, The Land That Time Forgot, Pellucidar, and The Moon Maid come together to deliver a one-of-a-kind universe of fantasy adventure! Rating: Teen.
32pgs, FC FREE!

ARCANA STUDIOS

HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE KINGDOM OF MADNESS — HCF 2018
(W) Sean Patrick O’Reilly (A/CA) Kewber
July 22nd, 1898. After returning from the Undersea Kingdom, young Howard Lovecraft and a few friends must travel to Antarctica in order to prevent the awakening of Cthulhu. This comic is an all new handbook of H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and creations that appear in the upcoming animated feature film and the trilogy’s exciting conclusion, Howard Lovecraft & the Kingdom of Madness starring Finn Wolfhard, Mark Hamill, and Christopher Plummer. Rating: All Ages.
32pgs, FC FREE!

ARCHIE COMICS

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #1 SPECIAL EDITION — HCF 2018
(W) Frank Tieri (A) Pat Kennedy & Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla
Got an appetite for horror? Then this is the perfect book to kick off your Halloween celebrations! Jughead Jones is a werewolf, and Reggie Mantle has fallen victim to Jughead’s monstrous ways. Now Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunter along with Archie Andrews are hot on the trail of Jughead. This special edition reprints the original comic in moody black & white! Rating: Teen+.
7×10, 32pgs, B&W FREE!

ASPEN COMICS

ASPEN COMICS PRESENTS: ASPEN MASCOTS — HCF 2018
(W) Vince Hernandez (A) Joie Foster
Aspen Comics’ most popular mascots, critters and creatures star in this all in one jam-packed activity coloring book story! Join Wormier, a fearless millipede, along with his lovable sidekick Griff, as they plot to go back in time in order to reverse the destruction of his worm village! Along the way, the pair will discover different eras, allies-and enemies! Readers and fans alike will be able to color in the fun with added puzzles, exciting activities and more! Writer Vince Hernandez and artist Joie Foster team up to bring this fun-filled adventure to life! Rating: All Ages.
32pgs, B&W FREE!

BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS

LADY MECHANIKA: LA DAMA DE LA MUERTE — HCF 2018
(W) Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen (A) Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, Peter Steigerwald (CA) Joe Benitez
After suffering a tragic loss, Lady Mechanika takes a trip to a small Mexican village just in time for their Día de los Muertos celebration. But the festivities turn truly deadly after the arrival of the Jinetes del Infierno, the mythical Hell Riders! Includes the first chapter of the Lady Mechanika Day of the Dead special, collected in the La Dama de la Muerte TPB. Rating: Teen.
32pgs, FC FREE!

DARK HORSE COMICS

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953—THE PHANTOM HAND & THE KELPIE — HCF 2018
Hellboy’s first experiences with Professor Bruttenholm in England involve the phantom hand of a murderer and a demonic water spirit in stories reminiscent of the early Mignola masterpiece “The Corpse.” Rating: Teen.
32pgs, FC FREE!

DC ENTERTAINMENT

JOHN CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1 — HCF 2018
(W) Neil Gaiman (A/CA) Dave McKean
Celebrate 30 years of John Constantine, one of Vertigo’s most enduring and controversial characters with one of his most memorable tales written by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by his longtime artistic collaborator Dave McKean. A dead homeless man is wandering around London but John Constantine has his own problems. Don’t miss this unforgettable haunting story of fear and loneliness. Rating: Mature.
32pgs, FC FREE!

IDW PUBLISHING

GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTERS AT MIDNIGHT — HCF 2018
(W) Jeremy Lambert (A/CA) Chris Fenoglio
When Mia and Ginny go to stay at their Grandma’s mothball-filled house for the summer, boredom forces them to venture out into her tiny town. What they find in a dusty used bookstore launches them into an upside-down world of terror! Rating: Teen.
32pgs, FC FREE!

JY

W.I.T.C.H. #1— HCF 2018
(W/A) Aoi Hiroumi
One of the world’s most beloved comics is finally available in English for a new generation of readers! Five girls have been chosen as Guardians to stand against the threats that lurk outside our world! Gifted with powers over the elements, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin stand together as the force for good known as W.I.T.C.H.! Rating: Teen.
64pgs, FC FREE!

KODANSHA COMICS

BATTLE ANGEL ALITA HOMECOMING — HCF 2018
(W/A) Yukito Kishiro
Over the last 28 years, Battle Angel Alita has set the gold standard for cyberpunk martial arts action. But there are four supercharged Alita stories that have never been seen by American readers, until now. Get a free preview of Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories, coming just ahead of the major Hollywood motion picture Alita: Battle Angel, starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Connelly and directed by Robert Rodriguez! Rating: Teen.
7×10, 32pgs, B&W FREE!

MARVEL COMICS

MS. MARVEL #1 — HCF 2018
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Adrian Alphona (CA) Sara Pichelli
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City—until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm in this beloved series from award-winning author G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona! Rating: Teen+.
32pgs, FC FREE!

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 — HCF 2018
(W) Dan Slott (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Doctor Octopus claims the ultimate victory over Spider-Man! After years of defeats at the wall-crawler’s hands, Otto Octavius achieves the unthinkable—putting his mind in the body of Peter Parker! As one Amazing era ends, a new one begins for a smarter, stronger, Superior Spider-Man! Celebrate this OCKtober with this epic from Spider-Man legends Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman! Rating: Teen+.
32pgs, FC FREE!

THOR #1 — HCF 2018
(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
Stay tuned for an announcement on this year’s Halloween ComicFest title featuring Thor! Rating: Teen+.
32pgs, FC FREE!

RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

HILO: THE BOY WHO CRASHED TO EARTH SAMPLER — HCF 2018
(W/A/CA) Judd Winick
D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth, but Hilo may not be the only thing that fell to the planet. Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world? Get a peek into the first book in the Hilo series and then prepare to meet some other amazing graphic novel characters in these Halloween Comic Fest-exclusive scenes! Rating: All Ages.
HC, 6×9, 32pgs, FC FREE!

SOURCE POINT PRESS

MONSTROUS: THREE MONSTERS AND A BABY ONE-SHOT — HCF 2018
(W) Gregory Wright (A) Ken Lamug
Taking care of a baby can be monstrous… Three bumbling monster criminals on the run from the law accidentally wind up as babysitters. But they’ve got bigger problems than diapers because that baby is being hunted by Dracula and an army of vampires. This lightning-paced one-shot delivers chills and laughs for monster-lovers of all ages. Rating: All Ages.
28pgs, FC FREE!

VERTICAL COMICS

APOSIMZ SAMPLER — HCF 2018
(W/A/CA) Tsutomu Nihei
From acclaimed mangaka Tsutomu Nihei, the creator and artist behind BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia, comes his newest science-fiction epic. The 200,000 KM diameter artificial celestial body of APOSIMZ. Most of its volume is its core space, which is covered by a superstructural shell. Fifty centuries ago, the people who lost a war against the core lost their right to reside legitimately in APOSIMZ, and were left behind on the extremely cold surface. They face the spreading Frame disease. And aggressive automatons which appear frequently on the ruins level. Yet even so, somehow people survive. Rating: Teen.
SC, 7×10, 32pgs, B&W FREE!

VIZ MEDIA

FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION SAMPLER — HCF 2018
(W/A) Junji Ito
A sample from Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, a collection of short stories from Junji Ito. This comic features Frankenstein, the titular story. The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster—and the fouler beast who created him—to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for. Rating: Teen.
32pgs, B&W FREE!

YEN PRESS

SHIBUYA GOLDFISH VOLUME 1 — HCF 2018
(W/A) Hana Aoi
High schooler Hajime Tsukiyoda went to Shibuya never dreaming he’d find himself in the middle of a real-life horror movie. When blood-thirsty, flying goldfish descend on the crowded streets, though, everyone is in a battle for survival! Rating: Teen.
64pgs, B&W FREE!

YOUNEEK STUDIOS

WINDMAKER: BIRTH OF A KING — HCF 2018
(W) Roye Okupe (A) Sunkanmi Akinboye, Tarella Pablo (CA) Godwin Akpan
WindMaker: Birth of a King follows the story of Bass Kazaar, who sparked a revolution to take back Atalian lands occupied by General Cheng, a rogue Ming Dynasty commander. During the battle on Oris Island, the Atalian rebels face imminent defeat until Bass finds a relic guarded by an ancient dragon. Rating: Teen.
32pgs, FC FREE!

Halloween ComicFest 2018 Mini Comics

Action Lab Entertainment | Vamplets: The Undead Pet Society: Help the Pony!
Albatross Funnybooks | Spookhouse Sampler
American Mythology | Rocky & Bullwinkle Adventures
Archie Comics | Archie’s Madhouse Mayhem
BOOM! Studios | Over the Garden Wall and into the Unknown
Dynamite Entertainment | Nancy Drew #1
IDW Publishing | Johnny Boo and the Spooky Tree
IDW Publishing | TMNT: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Papercutz| Ghost Friends Forever
Seven Seas Entertainment | Hollow Fields Sampler
VIZ Media | Splatoon
Yen Press | Z-Z-Z-Zombie Boy Volume 1

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

VAMPLETS: THE UNDEAD PET SOCIETY: HELP THE PONY! MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Gayle Middleton (A/CA) Amanda Coronado
Vamplets have always been obsessed with their pets, but now who can save the Pony’s from a new villian! Someone is capturing the different Pony’s all over Gloomvania, causing chaos in their wake. Who will be able to stop them, and what secret connection do they have to the elusive Ghost Pony? Rating: All Ages.
Mini-Comic, 24pgs, FC $4.99

ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS

SPOOKHOUSE SAMPLER MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Eric Powell (A) Steve Mannion, Eric Powell (CA) Eric Powell
Two creepy campfire tales for this fun for all-ages horror anthology! Find out what happens when two bullies get tricked into a real haunted house on Halloween! And what of Ms. Snargart’s fate when she doesn’t believe in trolls! Rating: All-Ages.
Mini-Comic, 12pgs, FC $4.99

AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS

ROCKY & BULLWINKLE ADVENTURES MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Jack Mendelson, Dave Berg, Various (A) Al Kilgore, Fred Fredricks, Jerry Robinson, Various
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat. Presto! This Halloween we are celebrating the return of Rocky & Bullwinkle to cartoons in the new Amazon Prime animated series. To help introduce new generations of fans and readers to everyone’s favorite Wossamotta U graduate, we’re giving you the Halloween treats with a fantastic mini comic featuring classic adventures of the whole R&B gang – Rocky, Boris, Natacha, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody & Sherman, and moose-about-town, Bullwinkle!
Rating: All Ages.
Mini-Comic, FC $4.99

ARCHIE COMICS

ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE MAYHEM MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W/A) Various (CA) Dan Parent
It’s mischief! It’s mayhem! It’s a madhouse! Archie is proud to present a variety of weird and wacky tales from Archie’s Madhouse — sure to leave you laughing and going crazy for more! Rating: All-Ages.
Mini-Comic, 6×9, 12pgs, FC $4.99

BOOM! STUDIOS

OVER THE GARDEN WALL AND INTO THE UNKNOWN MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Jonathan Case (A/CA) Jim Campbell
Wirt and Greg find themselves back home—only Beatrice is with them?! Suddenly it’s up to the brothers to help Beatrice find a way back to The Unknown so that she can reunite with her family, but things might not be as they seem… Rating: All-Ages.
Mini-Comic, FC $4.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

NANCY DREW #1 MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Jenn St-Onge
Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything… especially solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her… and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed! Rating: Teen.
mini-comic, 24pgs, FC $4.99

IDW PUBLISHING

JOHNNY BOO AND THE SPOOKY TREE MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W/A/CA) James Kochalka
Are you scared of scary stuff? Don’t worry, Johnny Boo will keep you safe with BOO POWER! Being scared can be really fun… when you’re the best little ghost in the world! It’s a brand-new spooky adventure from the Eisner-Award-winning mind of James Kochalka! Rating: All Ages.
Mini-Comic, FC $4.99

TMNT: RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Dale Malinowski (A) Andy Suriano, Ida Hem, Brandon Cuellar (CA) Animation
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reinvent the meaning of “fast food” as they chase after the diabolical Meat Sweats who has just stolen a pizza truck! Rating: All Ages.
Mini-Comic, FC $4.99

PAPERCUTZ

GHOST FRIENDS FOREVER MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W) Monica Gallagher (A/CA) Kata Kane
Magic is the only thing that will help Sophia Greene-Campos reunite with Whitney, her ghost girl crush who died in the 1990s.Frustrated, Sophia turns to a witch named Charlotte for help to rescue Whitney from the other side, against her parents’ wishes. While Sophia is busy disobeying her parents, her ex-boyfriend Jake is struggling between expressing his romantic feelings for her and helping her to get Whitney back. Rating: All-Ages.
12pgs, FC $4.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

HOLLOW FIELDS SAMPLER MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W/A/CA) Madeleine Rosca
A new color edition of the critically acclaimed steampunk hit! Lucy Snow was supposed to attend a prestigious academy, but a macabre twist of fate lands her at Hollow Fields, the grim boarding school dedicated to raising the next generation of mad scientists and evil geniuses! Her classes are a real scream… Rating: Teen.
12pgs, FC $4.99

VIZ MEDIA

SPLATOON MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W/A/CA) Sankichi Hinodeya
The Turf Wars have started in Inkopolis, and the team that inks the most ground will be crowned the winner! Based on the hit Nintendo games! Rating: All-Ages.
Mini-Comic, 16pgs., B&W Free!

YEN PRESS

Z-Z-Z-ZOMBIE BOY VOLUME 1 MINI-COMICS BUNDLE — HCF 2018
(W/A) Yasunari Nagatashi
Life isn’t easy when you’re a Zombie Boy, but with a good friend or two, it sure can be fun! Light-hearted fun for all ages, Z-Z-Z-Zombie Boy is sure to warm a few hearts…and maybe lend you his own!
16pgs, B&W $4.99

ABOUT HALLOWEEN COMICFEST — Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and beyond celebrate the Halloween season by giving away Halloween-themed comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many reasons why comic shops are a great destination for Halloween-themed comic books, products, and merchandise. Visit www.halloweencomicfest.com for more information and to find a participating comic shop.

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