With Halloween just around the corner (Monday, October 31, 2011), it really isn’t too soon to start thinking what costume you’d like to wear, how you’d like to decorate your house, and what candy and/or treats you’d like to dispense to the little ghouls & goblins (and princesses, and Power Rangers) that will be coming to your door. Well, truth to tell, you might not have to just give away (or get), just candy this year. Especially when there are mini-comics to be got.
That’s right, this year several comic book companies will be giving away (through various comic shops in the country) mini “ashcan” comics. In past years Marvel Comics and others have produced small, 12-page comics that were designed to be given away free to readers to a) promote comics, b) serve as an intro to their characters, and c) be a nifty-cool giveaway (especially to small children and fans).
This year, Paparcutz, Kizoic, Archie, Mameshiba, Kaboom!, Fantagraphics Books, and Dark Horse Comics have all entered into the fray with little mini standalones. Four of the seven (Paparcutz, Kizoic, Fantagraphics Books, and Dark Horse Comics) all feature a Halloween theme while the other three (Archie, Mameshiba, and Kaboom!) are more typical to what you would find in regular issues of those comics. The Paparcutz comic features the lovable Smurfs; Kizoic spotlights Casper the friendly Ghost; the Fantagraphics comic has Donald Duck; while the Dark Horse comics has a Halloween tale by Jill Thompson. The Archie comic is a series of one-page gag strips, Mameshiba has a Beans in Space story, and the Kaboom! Comic spotlights Roger Langridge’s story Snarked!.
Each of the seven comics is short enough to hold the wayward interest of your average small reader while surely entertaining them at the same time (and perhaps even enticing them into further sampling the myriad worlds of comics). These mini-comics are currently available at your local comicbook shop (call 1.800.comic.book to locate a comic shop in your area), and are all distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.
While Archie, Donald Duck, the Smurfs, and Casper are all well-known entities, and immediately recognizable as “kid-friendly” rest assured so too are Roger Langridge’s story Snarked!, Mameshiba, and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. These books are currently being distributed to comic shops and are intended to be given away to the customers of the comic shops that have acquired them, So stop on by your local comic book shop and check out what else they have to offer.