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Celebrating HALLOWEEN COMICFEST on The Cosmic Treadmill

Free Comic Books on Halloween? How positively ghoulish! Trade in those Reese’s mini-cups for something that will surely rot your skull from the inside at your Local Comic Shop!

Halloween ComicFest, an offshoot of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Free Comic Book Day allows for another day of free comics while those meddling kids are out there like paupers begging for free stuff anyway.

Publishers and retailers work on the tried-and-true ‘first one’s free’ business model to get kids of all ages into the store in Halloween costumes to get the latest and ghastliest of free comics offerings.

So, whether you are Elsa from Frozen, Ant-Man, Marty McFly or the tried-and-true Sexy Cat Octopus Nurse, head to a participating comic shop to celebrate on this rare Saturday Halloween!

Check out some of our favorite free Halloween comics after the scare!

In it’s fourth year, Halloween ComicFest 2015 will distribute 1.75 million free comics to groovy ghouls all over the country in over 1,900 comic shops. Many will hold costume contests and other special tricks and treats for everyone.

Here are some of the most spine-tingling, squishy and fiendish comics available from the hell-spawn behind this nefarious giveaway scheme.

As a friendly reminder, be sure to buy at least something from these retailers on Halloween! A pin, a quarter-bin comic, or that high end Sandman statue you’ve had your eye on, whichever you prefer!

The stores do pay for these books to and pass them on to you at the cost of FREE dollars. Do your part within reason and what you can afford or be banished to an unfulfilling afterlife of re-stocking pillows at the 9th circle of hell aka Bed Bath & Beyond! You have been forewarned! (Please note that Bed Bath & Beyond does not yet have a Free Bathmat Day, so take that into consideration, you ingrates!)

Here are five books to be on the lookout for:

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Price: FREE
Writers: Vito Delsante & Various
Artists: Ray-Anthony Height, Sean Izaakse
Cover: Ray-Anthony Height & Various
Rating: All Ages

Creator owned comics are where it is AT, and our friends over at Action Lab have you covered with some of the most appealing characters we have seen from any publisher in a long time!

And by friends, we do mean friends. The award-winning Molly Danger (Jamal Igle) meets Stray (Vito Delsante) and Midnight Tiger (Ray-Anthony Height) as the company starts to share a universe — Actionverse!

This Halloween Comic Fest Actionverse previews what we will have in store for the upcoming crossover storyline.

Also here in this book, check out Action Lab: Dog of Wonder!

The Batman Adventures #1 Special Edition
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: FREE
Writer: Kelly Plunkett
Artist: Ty Templeton
Rating: All Ages

Robin would consider it a slap to the face if you didn’t pick up a free Batman comic today!

Set in the world famous Timm-Verse, this Batman Adventures #1 is drawn in the style of Batman: The Animated Series by famous cartoonist Ty Templeton (Batman ’66, Bill The Boy Wonder).

Nefarious Gotham baddies Joker and Penguin cash in and team up to take on the Big Bad Batman!

Stan Lee’s Chakra The Invincible Halloween Special
Publisher: Graphic India PTE. LTD

Price: FREE
Writer: Stan Lee and Various 

Artist: Jeevan Kang, Various 

Cover Artist: Jeevan Kang
Rating: All Ages

Ol’ Smilin’ Stan is still at it, or at least his cohorts ‘And Various’ are still at it, providing a new story for one of Stan’s latest creations, Chakra The Invincible.

Chakra was last seen on Free Comic Book Day and a Cartoon Network special.

Young Indian boy Raju Rai uses a special suit to combat super-villians in his hometown in Mumbai.

This comic picked specifically for the younger kids out there!

Thanks again, ‘And Various’!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Roberto Aguirre Sacasa 

Artist/Cover Artist: Robert Hack
Rating: TEEN+
Price: FREE

At last — a truly scary Halloween comic for your stack coming from the genius Archie Horror punks.

The rebooted Sabrina title has been turning more heads than Linda Blair at a cocktail party. Grab this Sabrina Halloween Comic Fest and then set a spell on your brother to have him buy you the trade paperback when it comes out next year.

And yeah, you aren’t crazy, the cat talked to you this morning.

Oh my god, that awful ‘Strange Magic’ song is stuck in my head now. Now it is in yours too.

You are very welcome indeed!

Publisher: Zenoscope Entertainment
Writer/Artist: Various
Rating: TEEN+
Price: FREE

For fans of classic EC Horror or other pants-wetting ‘sure to get the Wertham committee on your jock’ tales, Zenoscope reinvents classic horror comics for the modern age!

Zenoscope is an oft-overlooked fantasy, horror and the licensed publisher of Charmed (currently enjoying a comic book Season Ten) that produces great comics and graphic novels, so why not delve in to their catalog at the price of Free — if you dare (make a creaking noise with your mouth, please).

Oh, and Happy 10th Anniversary, Zenoscope!

No matter what your free-loading pleasure is, Halloween Comic Fest is somewhat of a national holiday for us comics fans.

If you are an adult, and happen to lose the costume contest at your local store, please don’t cry in your Gomez Addams costume near the dumpster in the alley by the store. You will only attract the attention of cops and kids dressed as Avengers throwing stuff at you. I wish someone would have heeded this advice to a certain writer ‘friend’ of mine. It would have saved him some money on therapy.

Let the kids enter the costume contest, it’s their day. You had your Trick-or-Treat days years ago, Gomez. Let it go.

But, I’m Demi Moore!

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