LIMA — As children, many of us remember dressing up as our favorite superhero for Halloween. Whether it be Batman or Superman we learned about these characters through comic books.
Every year, Marc Bowker, owner of Alter Ego Comics in Lima, holds Halloween ComicFest, a chance for young and old to dress up, grab a few free comic books, and snag some candy.
“This is a national promotion held at comic shops all across the country where we’re celebrating Halloween, we’re giving away free Halloween-themed comic books, we’ve got a bunch of businesses participating in a trunk or treat with us where they’re giving out candy as well as our neighboring downtown businesses where people can visit and do some trick-or-treating there,” Bowker said.
The event really brings out some creativity in people and this year they’re helping out a good cause.
“We’re holding a costume contest and we’ve got our characters in costume here helping to raise money for the West Ohio Food Bank. Every year we try and partner with a local nonprofit, local charity and this year we went with the food bank and they’ve asked us to instead of food to ask for donations of necessity items such as toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, those sorts of things and they also donated two pallets of candy to us that we’re giving away and some of the nicer stuff, they actually gave us some Godiva Chocolate. We’re asking for donations so if someone donates a dollar they can get a Godiva Chocolate bar and we’ll donate all of the proceeds to the food bank,” Bowker said.
“This is our second largest event of the year. We space them out by about six months. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May and Halloween ComicFest, the last Saturday in October and it’s always a lot of fun,” he added.
Quite a few comic books were handed out.
“We’ll give away probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 to 6,000 comic books. Comics make kids happy, make parents happy and it’s just a lot of fun to see everybody in their costumes and people can vote actually in our costume contest on our Facebook page. We’re going to have a gallery set up where people can like their favorites and that will be up for a week,” he said.
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