This year there are 19 event books available to choose from with 7 mini and 12 full-size comics. Most shops also incorporate meet and greets with local creators, sales and contests. You may even see your favorite characters in person, as numerous fans take advantage of the day to cosplay and trial their costume for fright night.
Your local comic store(s) can be located by using your zip code to search on the Comic Shop Locator web-site.
|Sampling of Free Comics available on October 25, 2014|
Halloween ComicFest Facebook Sweepstakes simply requires you to go the events Facebook page and LIKE the current designated prize post and/or Comment on it to be enter for a chance to win the daily prize.
Further details and full contest rules..
Halloween ComicFest Photo Sharing Contest on Facebook and Twitter opens October 25th and ends at midnight on October 26th. Simply post a photo taken while at your local comic shop on October 25th, upload it and you could be one of three randomly drawn winners to receive a $50.00 gift card.
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The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever! requires a bit more work but the available prizes are definitely worth the effort. This contest begins on October 25th, with voting commencing November 2nd and ending November 9th at midnight.
Further details and full contest rules.
DIGITAL COMICS ON THE NABI TABLET
Comic Book Publishers have been relatively slow in adapting to the digital age. While each company has tried their own initiatives, it wasn't really until 2011 that a standardized method of delivery was implemented. With tablets nearly matching the same form factor as a traditional comic leaflet there are now several apps and online options for reading and collecting comics digitally. Though with my 20,000+ comic collection, I'm still personally fond of the printed format.
As with all media, be it books, magazines, movies, music or video games it is up to you the parent to do your due diligence and monitor what your child is consuming. Comics are no exception. With the vast variety of genres and wide range of age groups that the publishers are trying deliver content to, there are bound to be numerous titles that are too mature for your child to read or look at, even though they may feature their favorite character. The three apps below provide a suggested rating for each comic, so that you can quickly determine if the book is age appropriate.
DC Entertainment is the largest North American comics publisher, featuring a wide variety of characters and genres. Renowned for the World's Greatest Super Heroes including Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and many, many more; DC has thrilled readers from around the world with fantastic tales since 1935.
While there are lots of free books to download, purchasing transactions are made in conjunction with the Google Play Store. It is highly recommended that the Require Password Setting for the Google Play Store be switched to For all purchases through Google Play on this device on your child's nabi tablet. For tips and suggestions on setting up a Google Account on the nabi please review the I'm Gooin' Shopping blog post.
Recommended Sites: Marvel Comics, Marvel Kids
Comixology is a cloud-based digital comic platform which is the backbone for the previously listed apps. Comics, collected volumes and graphic novels can be purchased and read through the Comixology website or the Comixology app.
While the DC and Marvel apps are focused strictly on the content provided by those specific publishers, Comixology is a platform open to all comic publishers providing an enormous variety of genres and titles for all ages.
Recommended Digital Titles for Children: Adventure Time, Annoying Orange, Archie, Archie & Friends, Ariol, Atomic Robo, The Baby-Sitters Club, Betty, The Croods, Dance Class, Detective Honey Bear, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Disney Princesses, Epic Mickey, FoxTrot, Garfield, G-Man, Goosebumps Graphix, Herobear and the Kid, Jughead, Kevin Keller, Knights of the Lunch Table, Life with Archie, Magic Pickle, Mega Man, Mickey Mouse, Monster on the Hill, Mouse Guard, My Little Pony, Nancy Drew, New Crusaders, Owly, Peanuts, Phineas and Ferb, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Smurfs, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Dinosaur, and Veronica.