Halloween ComicFest 2017!

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is not being very helpful.

Artistically…I was thinking that Cap was somehow hurled into that cemetery, with great force…possibly from orbit, and then some kind of jerk (possibly the one that slammed her into the ground) kind of buried her alive. You know, while she was all kind of confused, trying to figure out what happened. I don’t know what you’re thinking, but even if you’re nigh invulnerable, suddenly hitting the surface of a planet at great force from a serious height is going to leave you a bit confused.

I think all of that represents (in heavy handed metaphor) just how quickly Halloween ComicFest seems to have come upon us. I could have sworn that school just started, and her I am halfway through the semester, and with Halloween right here. Like the ground suddenly impacting an invulnerable person, it’s right there, and there’s no arguing with it.

I’ve always been a fan of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as a B-movie Horror Hostess, so she made the cut for the theme here. It was fun to homage the famous Spider-Man panel, although to be fair, “Marvel: Legacy” still isn’t really an event that has taken off for me. It hasn’t even landed with the force of an Alien American being punched across a few time zones. Regardless of that, the image seemed to cry out for a “Face it, Tiger–” moment.

So…what is Halloween ComicFest?

Now in its sixth year, Halloween ComicFest is an annual event where participating local comic shops across North America give away free comics to fans. Sort of a second “Free Comic Book Day.” The event takes place the Saturday on or before Halloween each year (so this year it’s October 28th). This year, the Netflix original series “Stranger Things 2” is partnering with Halloween ComicFest 2017 to bring participants in-store activities, branded merchandise and more. To be fair, I’m not sure what “more” involves.

Major publishers like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW Publishing put out free comics for fans to enjoy during Halloween. Also available are all-ages mini-comics, perfect to give out to trick-or-treaters…for those of us that don’t like the idea of handing out candy. I’m ambivalent on the subject, but I have to admit, if I had gotten a haul of comics as a kid, I would have loved it.

I’ll be at the event in Culver City, being hosted by Pulp Fiction Comics. A number of local artists will be there doing signings and drawing sketches, making a kind of mini-convention event, if you will. Stan Lee’s “LA Comic-Con” (formerly known as Comic-kaze) will be going on at the same time, so I’m expecting a more local, family based crowd to be there for the all ages themed products. All in all, it should be a nice day.

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