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Soundwave Comics gets spooky

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette Soundwave art director Alessandra Messex (left) dangles a comic book just out of manager Holly Griffin’s reach near the Halloween Comicfest display.

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Soundwave Comics is celebrating this year’s Halloween Comicfest with a costume party and thousands of free special edition comic books.

It’s a spinoff off of Free Comic Book Day and Soundwave owner Greg Woodard will be giving away about 2,000 Halloween comic books on Oct. 26 while supplies last. Each customer will be able to take three free comic books, he said.

Comic books like Thor, Spiderman and Batman are good for older kids, and releases like Powerpuff Girls are good for younger readers, Woodard said.

Samurai Jack may invoke nostalgia from the 1990s, as it has a new comic coming out for the event.

“We’re always trying to do active things that are family-oriented,” Woodard said, adding that comic books encourage kids to read.

The store opens at 11 a.m. Starting at Noon local artists Albert Capitan and Dexter Blanding will show off their work and draw humorous sketches of customers in costume.

Local costume specialist Christa Elrod, who has won several of Soundwave’s costume contests, will be giving tips for making Halloween costumes.

The party starts at about 6 p.m. and the costume contest is expected to be at 7 p.m. There will be prizes for winners. There are guys, girls and kids categories.

At 8 p.m. there will be a comic and pop culture auction in which customers auction collectible items from their collection.

This means rare and possibly signed comics as well as other noteworthy pop culture items.

“It’s a good way for customers to get rid of things they are tired of and get some new things in their collection,” Woodard said. “We’re ready to kick it up and get horrified with decorations. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays.”

“It’s free and everyone is welcome,” manager Holly Griffin said, adding that the costumer contest theme is movie mayhem.

“Comics are for everyone,” Woodard said.

Guests are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit with comic book themes ranging from horror, paranormal, sci-fi and spooky twists on traditional super hero books.

At Halloween Comicfest Soundwave will debut its first t-shirts that come in two designs made by local artists Brice Gould and Dexter Blanding.

Soundwave is located at 2139 B. North Main Street, Summerville, near the intersection of College Park Road.

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