understand that, as do the enthusiasts who account for a 33 percent increase in the number of comics bought this year over last. Thanks to the support of the major comic book publishers DC and Marvel, they’re offering the opportunity to revive your comic book collection by giving away a number of new comics — 32 titles in all (19 full-length offerings and 13 mini-editions) — at three of Miami’s coolest comic book retailers. What’s more, those who want to celebrate their inner nerd will get additional opportunities via costume contests that will award winners shopping sprees and special prize packages. It's like ComicCon but with freebies that make it even better. Halloween ComicFest takes place Saturday, October 29, at A&M Comics (6550 Bird Rd., Miami); Superheroes Unlimited #2 (1788 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach); and Korka Comics (10562 SW Eighth St., Miami). Admission is free. Visit halloweencomicfest.com.
Clearly, comics aren’t just for kids anymore. And they’re not just for reading either. The comic culture has broadened considerably over the past few decades, going from print and tabloids to film, television, games, and interactive devices. But anyone who still laments the fact that their parents tossed out their prized collectible comics knows there’s nothing like paper and print. The folks behind the fifth-annual