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HALLOWEEN COMICFEST 2019 Solicitations

Halloween ComicFest 2019 Covers
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Press Release

This year, Halloween ComicFest (HCF) features a whole new selection of 28 comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated fall event taking place Saturday, October 26, 2019 at participating comic shops worldwide.

Of the 28 titles available, 19 are Full Size and 9 are Mini Comics for fans to pick up and enjoy. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 26th, with the Mini Comics also available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October—a perfect item to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. 

“This year’s Halloween ComicFest is poised to be bigger and better than last year!” said Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Ashton Greenwood. “The comics available this year are designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, from the all-ages Mini Comics featuring popular properties like Archie, DC Superhero Girls, Nickelodeon’s The Loud House, and Pokémon, while the Full-Size Comics feature well-known characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, Boba Fett, Iron Man, and Batman. Halloween ComicFest is the perfect time to discover the wonders of comic shops and experience them as premiere destinations for Halloween fun!”

A complete listing of all the HCF titles can be found in the July issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all local comic shops on June 26, 2019. 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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Dark Red #1 Halloween ComicFest b&w Reprint / $3.99 / 32 pages / Black & White
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Corin Howell
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Aaron Campbell
Charles “Chip” Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are…
No, Chip is one of the “forgotten men.” He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories ship jobs to Calcutta.
Chip is also a vampire.
Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored…and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when SHE comes to town.
SPECIAL BLACK AND WHITE REPRINT
Tim Seeley (BRLLIANT TRASH) and Corin Howell bring you a contemporary and horrifying tale of vampirism in the heart of America — one that’ll make you jump right out of your boots.

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Spook House
Writer: Eric Powell, William Stout
Artists: Eric Powell, Gideon Kendall, William Stout
Cover Artist: Eric Powell
A spooky book for kids of all ages! This Albatross Funnybooks anthology features works by William Stout, Eric Powell and Gideon Kendall!

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HCF 2019 UNDERDOG HALLOWEEN HIJINKS MINI COMIC
Retail Price:          FREE
Age Rating:          All Ages
Color, 16 pages
UPC: Diamond to assign
CONTENT:  There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here! Its an extra special Halloween treat as we present a mini comic adventure of everyone’s favorite superhound, Underdog! We’ll have you singing the Underdog theme as you trick or treat this year, “Speed of lightning, roar of thunder, fighting all who rob or plunder, Underdog!”  Don’t let Simon Bar Sinister ruin your holiday, join us for Underdog hijinks this Halloween season!

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ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE MAGIC (HCF 2019 MINI COMIC)
Get ready for magic and mischief in this fun collection of Halloween stories! Archie and everyone’s favorite teenage witch, Sabrina, are proud to present two enchanting and bewitching tales from Archie’s Magical Madhouse–sure to leave you spellbound!
(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Dan Parent
16-page, full-color comic
Published by Diamond

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ASPEN MASCOTS AND THE PORTALS OF DOOM
Vince Hernandez – Story  / Alex Arizmendi – Art
This Halloween, the Aspen Mascots face their most hair-raising foes ever—THEMSELVES!
When Wormier and Griff accidentally open multiples portals from another dimension, the Aspen Mascots must band together to stop their own doppelgängers from wreaking havoc in our world! In this new jam-packed activity-coloring book featuring Aspen’s most popular critters and oddities, readers must solve puzzles, mazes and more in order to finish the story and save the planet!
ASPEN MASCOTS AND THE PORTALS OF DOOMis in stores HCF 2019!
B&W                           32 pages                                .25c                

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Lady Mechanika HCF 2019: La Dama de la Muerte
Author(s):  Joe Benitez and M. M. Chen
Artist(s): Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, and Peter Steigerwald
Cover Artist(s): 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. 

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JUST BEYOND: HORROR AT HAPPY LANDINGS
Writer:? R.L. Stine
Artists:  ?Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: ? Julian Totino Tedesco
Synopsis: THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE WOODS. Family camping trips are already a drag for Annie and Parker, especially with their cousin Clark tagging along, but when strange things start happening, they’ll discover startling secrets out of this world! When a pair of Martian siblings find themselves stranded on Earth, they must take over Annie and Parker’s bodies to retrieve the tracker that can signal Mars to bring them home. Can the Martians make it home safe, or will they be forced to become Annie and Parker forever?

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House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen!
James Powell (W), Jethro Morales (P/Cover), James Hislope (P), Mike Erandio (I/Cover), and Josh Jensen (C/Cover)
On sale Oct 26
FC, 32 pages
Free
Vendor ID: 3006-117
UPC:7 61568 00553 0 00111
A group of kids throwing around a football on a pleasant winter afternoon are suddenly set upon by snowmen with jagged grins and twisted limbs instead of cute button eyes and corncob pipes. They’ll need to think quick in order to defeat these frozen foes! A spooky scare for young readers!House of Fearis the perfect comic for monster hunters young and old.

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DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH HALLOWEEN COMICFEST SPECIAL EDITION
Written by Amy Wolfram
Art by Yancey Labat
When Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, they are sentenced to finding an after-school club for a whole week … or else they’ll be suspended!But finding a club is not as easy as it looks, and when the girls keep finding themselves kicked out of the clubs they like, they must think outside of the box and go outside their comfort zones to avoid suspension. This first chapter from the DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH graphic novel is perfect for ages 6-10 and a great entry point into the DC Universe.
Size – 5.5” x 8”

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DCEASED # 1 HALLOWEEN COMICFEST SPECIAL EDITION
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Guadiano and James Harren
A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE) returns with a terrifying new tale and is joined by artists Trevor Hairsine (LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT) and Stefano Gaudiano (The Walking Dead).

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THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID / BLACK CANARY: IGNITE HALLOWEEN COMICFEST SPECIAL EDITION
Written by Kirk Scroggs and Meg Cabot
Art by Kirk Scroggs and Cara McGee
This exciting comic features excerpts from THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID by acclaimed writer / illustrator Kirk Scroggs and BLACK CANARY: IGNITE by Meg Cabot, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and rising star artist Cara McGee.
Russell is a middle schooler nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates who has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, a frog for a best friend, and a carrot for a finger. Russell details, in both hilarious text and color illustrations, what it’s like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), and to discover his true talents.
In the second story, thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock-star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.
Don’t miss your chance to sample these exciting titles from the DC Zoom line of graphic novels for middle grade readers.
Size – 5.5” x 8”
Price to Retailers – $0.30

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Blastosaurus “Halloween Special” HCF 2019 Mini Comic
Writer: Richard Fairgray, Paul Eiding
Art & Cover: Richard Fairgray
Everyone loves a carnival, the rides, the food, the games, the prizes. Especially the prizes. Cute, poorly made stuffed animals that sort of look like characters you know. When Richard sees one the resembles his buddy Blastosaurus, he knows that he has to win it from the horrific hatchet game. It is just a plush toy, or is this stuffed Blasto something else entirely? It’s chills and laughter as Richard, Tabby and Blasto discover that the spookiest part of the carnival is definitely not the ghost train! 
12 Pages. Rating: All-Ages

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Sonic #1 Halloween Comic Fest Edition
Ian Flynn (w)
Tracy Yardley (a) 
Presenting an all-new Halloween edition of the IDW Publishing debut of Sonic the Hedgehog! Sonic’s racing into a new adventure! After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman’s latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it’s a big job for one person – even Sonic the Hedgehog! Fortunately, he’ll have some help from his best friend: Tails!

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Usagi Yojimbo Halloween Comic Fest Mini-Comic
Writer, artist, cover artist Stan Sakai
Join Usagi as he faces off against a rather unusual— and monstrous— adversary! This free spooky tale featuring everyone’s favorite rabbit samurai is sure to delight trick-or-treaters of all ages!

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Junior High Horrors Halloween Special
Author(s): Rob Potchak
Artist(s): Rob Potchak, Billy Parker
Cover Artist(s): Sean Beck
Halloween is here! But Mikey, the boy that’s always ready to dress to impress, has changed his tune and wants nothing to do with costumes this year. The gang gets together to change his mind, but will they succeed? This original story drawn by series creator Rob Potchak is the perfect jumping on point for anyone wanting to see why Robert Kirkman may have said this All-Ages Horror Parody was “Awesome!” This comic also features dyslexic reader friendly fonts, a first in the industry!

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Tales of Berseria Preview & Other Game Manga
Writers: Tales of Berseria:  Nobu Aonagi /Created by Bandai Namco Entertainment
Granblue Fantasy (manga): Cygames
Artists: Granblue Fantasy: Illustrated by cocho, Layouts by Makoto Fuugetsu, Created by Cygames
Synopsis:Attention, gamers! This year, Kodansha Comics premieres three new manga based on three JRPG juggernauts: global megahit mobile game Fate/Grand Order, Playstation hit Tales of Berseria, and Granblue Fantasy, the lush adventure from the designer of Final Fantasy V, VI, and IX! Get a sneak peek of the manga of the Playstation hit Tales of Berseria, which doesn’t hit stores until November, plus beautiful color art from the new Fate/Grand Order –mortalis stella- and Granblue Fantasy!

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Ghost Rider: King of Hell #1
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Phil Noto
Johnny Blaze takes the fight to a different devil than he usually faces – Mephisto!  But Mephisto will show Johnny his own brand of suffering – and give Johnny PLENTY of reasons for vengeance.

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IRON MAN ROAD TO IRON MAN 2020
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Valerio Schiti
The Road to IRON MAN 2020 starts here!  From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure! You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man. And Iron Man…is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit!  The future is now. Strap in!

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man #0 
Writer: Brian Bendis, Jonathan Hickman & Nick Spencer
Artist: Mark Bagley, Sara Pichelli, Salvador Larocca, Billy Tan & Clayton Crain
Showcasing Miles first appearance from Ultimate Comics Fallout #4! The Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker is dead, felled by a bullet and his arch-nemesis the Green Goblin. But though the teenage web-slinger is gone, his memory lives on with the introduction of the new Spider-Man – Miles Morales!

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Star Wars: Boba Fett #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Marc Laming
THE HUNTER’S HEART!  As the implacable bounty hunter who tracked down HAN SOLO, BOBA FETT earned his reputation as one of the greatest villains in the galaxy.   But what happens when Boba Fett picks up the trail of an actual villain?  Find out what kind of heart – if any – beats under that MANDALORIAN armor!

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THE LOUD HOUSE: “A Very LOUD Halloween”
Creative Team: The Loud House Creative Team are the talented men and women behind Nickelodeon’s latest hit show. Everyone from storyboard artists, prop designers, production assistants and show writers lend their time and hard work to create comics that further the universe of THE LOUD HOUSE.
Join Lincoln, his best friend Clyde, and Lincoln’s ten sisters Lori, Leni, Luna, Lynn, Luan, Lucy, Lola, Lana, Lisa, and Lily as they deck out THE LOUD HOUSE for Halloween fun! Plenty of tricks and treats await from the creative team of Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, THE LOUD HOUSE.

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Doodleville by Chad Sell/Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico Exclusive First Look
Writers: Thom Pico, Chad Sell
Artists:Karensac (Aster and the Accidental Magic), Chad Sell (Doodleville)
Cover Artist:Karensac, Chad Sell
Take a peek at your future favorite books with this exclusive first look at two graphic novels that won’t release until 202! Along the way you’ll discover some great new series that you can start reading now.

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The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr. and Dastardly Dirk – Halloween ComicFest
Written by: Dirk Manning
Art by: Scoot McMahon and Sean Burres
Dastardly Dirk is a wannabe supervillain who is informed he needs to capture the son of Cthulhu to achieve his lifelong dream of being admitted into The League of E.V.I.L. Hilarity and hijinks ensue in this genuinely all-ages comic when the bumbling bad guy discovers Cthulhu Jr. has just moved in next door!

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Bakemonogatari (Monster Tale)- exclusive HCF edition
Writers: Nisioisin
Artists: Oh Great!
Cover Artist: Oh! Great
Synopsis:One day, high-school student Koyomi Araragi catches a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara when she trips. But — much to his surprise — she doesn’t weigh anything. At all. She says an encounter with a so-called “crab” took away all her weight…
Monsters have been here since the beginning. Always.  Everywhere.
From the best selling novel series by renowned author NISIOISIN, comes the manga adaptation of the Monogatari Series! This edition features exclusive tribute art cards for Halloween Comic Fest!

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Halloween Comic Fest 2019 – Pokémon Adventures
Story by          Hidenori Kusaka
Art by              Mato
Synopsis        All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!
Age Rating     A
Dimension    5.25” X 8.25”
Format           TP / 16 pages / black and white

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Halloween Comic Fest 2019 – The Drifting Classroom/Smashed
Story and art by        Kauzo Umezz and Junji Ito
Synopsis        In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world where the students and teachers are besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness.
Age Rating     T+
Dimension    6.625″ x 10.1875″
Format           TP / 32 pages / black and white

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Iyanu – Child of Wonder
Author(s): Roye Okupe
Artist(s): Godwin Akpan
Cover Artist(s): Godwin Akpan
A teenage orphan girl with no recollection of her past suddenly discovers that she has abilities that rival the deities of an ancient, advanced civilization. Little does she know that her lost memories are the key to bringing back the age of wonders to a world on the brink of destruction.

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