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Trick or Treat Yo’ Self: Free Comics Revealed for 4th Annual Halloween ComicFest

Photo from Halloween ComicFest 2014 At Collector's Corner
Photo from Halloween ComicFest 2014 At Collector's Corner

For the fourth year in a row, Diamond is holding their Halloween ComicFest, where comic shops will have special Halloween-related events and offer a bunch of free comics. Basically, it's like a Halloween-themed Free Comic Book Day, which seems like a fun deal all around. Plus, some shops will be selling mini-comic packs of 25 comics that people can give out to trick-or-treaters! There are 21 free comics available this year, and you can check them all out below!

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The Hero Initiative’s ‘Hellboy 100 Project’ Goes To Auction With Dan Brereton, Ty Templeton, Javier Pulido And More

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Under normal circumstances, I am generally way too lazy to take advantage of the blank cover variants that publishers put out, but the Hellboy 100 project isn't exactly a normal circumstance. In order to support the Hero Initiative, the charitable organization that helps creators in need, Dark Horse has produced a limited run of 100 blank cover variants for Hellboy and the BPRD: 1952 #1, giving each one to an artist to produce a one-of-a-kind variant.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For June 17 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Dark Horse Announces ‘Mirror’s Edge: Exordium’

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There are few things in the world of fiction that I love more than stories about dystopian futures where the corrupt and ruthless power structure can only be brought down by a very specific recreational activity. Car racing, breakdancing, even competitive cooking, these are the things that will pave the way for a brighter future. And in Mirror's Edge, as I understand it, that activity is parkour. Renegade parkour!

Now, we finally have a chance to find out why that particular future society is so vulnerable to quickly traversing urban obstacles: Dark Horse has announced Mirror's Edge: Exordium, an upcoming miniseries serving as a prequel to the upcoming video game, written and drawn by the writers and artists who worked on the game.

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Mignola’s Original Hellboy Comes to Life as New Statue From Mondo

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Many of us have been fans of the numerous limited collectibles Mondo's released since the company got its start. Over the years, there have been countless movie posters, soundtracks, VHS tapes and other niche items offered by Mondo, with more and more seemingly coming each and every day. Recently, Mondo started dipping its toes into the figure/statue game, with a fully-articulated Iron Giant and a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes pieces already on the way.

Today, Mondo took another step towards obscure geek memorabilia masters with the announcement of the First Hellboy statue. Before appearing in his own self-titled series, Hellboy existed merely as a sketch done by creator Mike Mignola at a convention in the early '90s. This First Hellboy shared a few things in common with his eventual successor, but lacked the trenchcoat, Right Hand of Doom, killer sideburns and proclivity for pamcakes. Now, nearly 25 years later, the First Hellboy is finally getting his due.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For June 10 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Scientists Discover A New Horned Dinosaur Nicknamed Hellboy, World Demands More Dinosaur-Based Horror Comics

Hellboy (left), Hellboy the Dinosaur (right).
Hellboy art by Mike Mignola, dinosaur art by Julius T. Csotonyi/Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

There are few headlines in this world of ours that combine my interests as perfectly as "Scientists Identify A New Dinosaur And Give It The Nickname 'Hellboy.'" Like, maybe if the scientists were riding dirtbikes and skateboards, or the discovery of the new fossils came as a result of someone's bat-themed vigilante activities, that would do it, but let's be real here: Those are pretty unlikely scenarios, and imagining them is just improving on perfection.

And the reality of the situation is pretty perfect indeed: As reported by NPR, the newly identified Regaliceratops peterhewsi has been informally named after Mike Mignola's perpetually grumpy paranormal investigator, owing to the presence of a pair of prominent horns just above its eyes. As for whether it filed those horns down as a rejection of its demonic heritage, the fossil record remains sadly incomplete.

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Black Comics Month Grows, Includes Special Edition NYC Panel

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VixenVarsity.com is a fascinating site full of instructive "courses" on a wide range of topics, and site creator MizCaramelVixen has a passion for comics and a lot of thoughts about diversity in the industry, which she's spun into posts, a hashtag, and a website under the banner BlackComicsMonth (which is every month).

This weekend, MizCaramelVixen can be seen at the first ever Black Comics Month panel on Saturday at 1:15pm in Theater 2 during Special Edition NYC. We sat down with her to discuss the motivations behind BlackComicsMonth, what people can expect from the panel, and the next steps in her diversity campaign.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For June 3 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Usagi Yojimbo Destroys All Monsters (2003)

Usagi Yojimbo: Travels With Jotaro, Stan Sakai

Ever since I wrote about how great Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is a few weeks ago, it's been the only comic I want to read. As a result, I've been re-reading the entire run, and it occurs to me that even though I wrote at length about how great it is, I might've actually undersold it a little bit. I mean, I talked about the craftsmanship, the accessibility, the commitment to historical accuracy and the effortless way that it's blended with myth and legend, the instantly engaging characters and all that stuff, but when you get right down to it, that's only part of what makes that comic so great.

I mean, I didn't even mention the time that Usagi fought Mothra and summoned the King of All Monsters. That seems like something worth mentioning, right?

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