Those of us who live in the Southeastern PA / Northeast MD / Delaware triangle (central base to BC Refugees) have plenty of comics-related Halloween options this coming weekend. Things kick off with Comic Fest (brainchild of the Free Comic Book Day organizers), a Halloween-themed mini version of FCBD.
CAPTAIN BLUE HEN COMICS at 280 East Main Street in Newark, Delaware (302-737-3434) will have free Comic Fest comics (1 per visitor) in the store on Saturday, October 26. The store will be closed on Sunday, October 27, due to a Halloween parade that travels down Main Street.
Since access to the store is blocked (street is closed that day) the CAPTAIN BLUE HEN team will be found at First State Comic Con where they will judge the costume contest. They will also have a booth at the Con with Comic Fest giveaway comics and other specials.
CAPTAIN BLUE HEN also has copies of the Comic Fest mini-comics for sale for neighbors who would prefer to give out comics rather than candy to “the little ghouls and boys”. There are many to choose from in single issues, and also discounted when purchased in bundles. (Editor’s Note: I picked up three bundles there – Sesame Street, My Little Pony, and Adventure Time - - to give away to trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood).
Speaking of Sunday, October 27 - - you’ll find me selling my comics at bargain prices at the FIRST STATE COMIC CON running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL at 645 South College Avenue in Newark, Delaware. Admission is only $3, and free to kids under 5 and those in costume.
As mentioned above, there will be a costume contest with prizes. Special guests attending FIRST STATE COMIC CON are creators Greg Larocque, Neil Vokes, Buz Hason, Ken Hauser, Blair Smith, PLB Comics, Gabe Dill, James Nguyen and more.
And, a little further up the road a Halloweekend Spookabration will occur at THE COMIC BOOK SHOP at 1855 Marsh Road in Wilmington, Delaware (302-477-1119). Events include free Comic Fest comics, a costume contest, and a big sale. Also appearing on Saturday only will be several comics creators including Steve Manion (Fearless Dawn), Eric Grissom and Phil Sloan (Deadhorse), and Paige & Claire Connelly of thINK Illustration. The costumed Storm Troopers (Star Wars) of Vader’s 501st Legion also make an appearance at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
All participants get one Comic Fest comic, and those in costume receive an extra free comic, a ghoulish goody bag, and a chance to win the Creepy-Crawly Costume Contest.