Pictured on right: Jason Baab, a former owner of Heroes Haven Comics presents his customers with free hand-drawn comic covers for Halloween ComicFest. “I love a good spectacle where people show up just to have fun,” Baab said about Halloween ComicFest.
Ozzie Fernandez, an artist for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghosbusters comic book crossover, takes a commission from a fan. He frequents at many events with Heroes Haven because he believes “they have everything together and invest in making the store feel like home, not like a place you’re ashamed to be in.”
Dressed as Darth Vader, Shaun Gilbert dishes about how great his first Halloween ComicFest is going. Gilbert likes the friendly atmosphere that Heroes Haven has created in the store and definitely plans on going to more events in the comic book store.
Angelina Carbonaro leads the official superhero certification obstacle course . The hero course consisted of fighting zombies with Spiderman silly string, walking on a balance beam and fighting balloon villains.
From left to right: Hannah Goebel, Merilla Smith, Natalie and Andrew Clark take a break from comics to discuss pop culture. According to Natalie Clark, “the best part about comic store events is being able to start a conversation with anyone, without feeling left out.”
From left to right: Megan Huffman, an employee of Heroes Haven and her friend Hailey Hernandez love comic book art. Huffman’s favorite part of Halloween ComicFest is seeing what different artists have to offer.
Costume contest contenders wait to be judged before receiving candy and foam finger prizes. Out of the hundred people to show up throughout the day, 30 dressed up, including children, to show homage to favorite characters.
Halloween ComicFest is celebrated the Saturday before Halloween in designated comic shops around the world. Since 2012,
Halloween Comicfest allows comic book fans to get involved in new comics by handing out free specialty Halloween comics ranging from Batman to Archie to My Little Pony. Most comic stores simply hand out free comics, but Heroes’ Haven Comics puts on an exhibition inviting families and fans. Heroes’ Haven Comics, a “Best of the Bay” winner, brings local and big name artists to the event for signings and commission work. They even hold a costume contest.