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Ghostbusters 2-12 is the twelfth issue in the second volume of the ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series by IDW Publishing.


The end of the year is a hectic time for most businesses, and the Ghostbusters are no exception. Beset from all sides by a surge in spectral activity over this particularly busy season, they're looking forward to a little bit of a break once the new year hits. But recent supernatural symptoms shown by the City that Doesn't Sleep are coming to a head, and the Bogeyman has arrived to take the city's future![2]


The Closing of the Year

Agent Edward Norris

Special Agent Melanie Ortiz

Egon Spengler


Ray Stantz

Kylie Griffin



Peter Venkman

Winston Zeddemore

Gypsy Witch


Field Trip

Ilyssa Selwyn

Chicago Ghostbusters


Ron Alexander

The Ghost and The Darkness



The Closing of the Year

Polarity Rectification Tripods

Paranormal Containment Research Tank

Aura Video-Analyzer

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

P.K.E. Meter

Proton Pistol


Marine Ecto-8

Field Trip

P.K.E. Meter

Proton Pack

Particle Thrower

Boson Caster


Red Lightning


The Closing of the Year

Singing Slime

Reluctant Reading Lamp

Field Trip

Gozerian Alphabet


The Closing of the Year

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building


East Village

Times Square

Times Tower

Paramount Building


Field Trip


Field Museum of Natural History


On August 21, 2013, Erik Burnham confirmed Issue #12 involves New Year's Eve.[3]

On October 13, 2013, Erik Evensen posted test art of Ilyssa Selwyn.[4]

On October 18, 2013, Erik Burnham revealed Erik Evensen will be the artist for the Rookie and Ron back up story (that ties into the eight part story arc starting next issue).[5]

On November 5, 2013, in an interview conducted October 22, it was revealed the back up will be six pages. Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening hinted one character from Ghostbusters: The Video Game will be used.[6][7]

On November 11, 2013, Erik Evensen posted a WIP of the Rookie and Ron.[8]

On November 18, 2013, Erik Burnham confirmed Ilyssa Selwyn will appear in the Issue #12 back up.[9]

On November 19, 2013, Erik Burnham posted a teaser of the Issue #12 back up with Rookie and Ilyssa watching as Ron is attacked by something.[10]

On November 24, 2013, Dan Schoening posted a WIP of Melanie Ortiz.[11]

On November 27, 2013, in an interview conducted earlier, Erik Burnham teased the back up in Issue #10 becomes important in Issue #12.[12] Erik Evensen announced he was in the process of wrapping up the artwork for his back up story.[13]

On November 28, 2013, Erik Evensen posted a preview of his design for the Rookie.[14]

On November 29, 2013, Erik Burnham admitted the initial plan for Issue #12 was changed.[15]

On December 2, 2013, Erik Evensen posted a teaser of a two-headed creature animating like the Terror Dogs in the first movie.[16]

On December 13, 2013, Erik Burnham announced work on Issue #12 was "in the can."[17]

On December 17, 2013, Erik Evensen posted another teaser of the Rookie.[18] Evensen then posted a teaser of Rookie and Ron Alexander.[19] Evensen then posted a teaser of Ilyssa.[20]

On December 18, 2013, Erik Evensen posted a teaser of Ron Alexander at a World of Gozer exhibit.[21]

On December 31, 2013, IDW Comics posted an unlettered version of the regular cover.[22]

On January 2, 2014, Erik Burnham hinted Ron Alexander's tinkering with equipment will continue with Issue #12.[23]

On January 24, 2014, a cover, credits, and 7 page preview was posted.[24]

On January 29, 2014, Erik Burnham revealed Dan Schoening requested the cockroach over what was in the script.[25] Erik Evensen posted unlettered line art of the Mass Hysteria! prelude.[26]

On January 31, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Stout (where he is an assistant professor) posted an article featuring Erik Evensen and his work on Issue #12.[27]

On June 24, 2014, Luis Antonio Delgado posted unlettered versions of pages 8 and 14.[28][29]


  • The Diamond order code is NOV130374.[30]
  • Cover A
  • Page 1
  • Page 2
  • Page 3
  • Page 4
    • In the first panel, in the center top on the machine, is the Handbook for the Recently Deceased book from the movie "Beetlejuice"
  • Page 5
    • On Norris' newspaper is the headline "Ghostbusters Save the New Year" with an image from the large shot of Times Square later in the issue.
    • On the file cabinet are some of the Ghostbusters II trading cards
  • Page 6
  • Page 7
    • On the upper left corner of Egon's board is a Slimer "Warning Slime Zone". It was a glow in the dark one-sided door hangar that came with a version of Ghostbusters Cereal that offered Slimer marshmallows.
    • Peter references 550 Central Park West in jest
    • On the table is Phil Connors' alarm clock from "Groundhog Day"
    • On the table are the Ghostbusters Cereal advertising the Free Ghost Flyer and Slimer Toothpaste items
    • On the bottom right of Egon's board, some writing suggests Louis Tully is living in Florida
    • On the tack board is an early rendition of the Boogieman done by Dan Schoening in October 2008. [31]
    • On the tackboard again, is a Kenner The Real Ghostbusters I.D. Card
    • On the tackboard is a take on Goya's "Que viene el Coco" ("Here Comes the Bogeyman") c. 1797 [32]
    • On the tackboard is an early rendition of the Boogieman done by Tristan Jones
    • On the tackboard, the Post-It Note on the left refers to Megan and Kenny Carter
    • On the tackboard, the Post-It Note on the right refers to the air date #006, DVD episode #006 and production #75008 of "The Boogieman Cometh"
  • Page 8
    • The Hastry Pastry Bakery sign and mascot from The Real Ghostbusters episode "The Joke's on Ray" appears in the first panel
    • The Gypsy Witch's residence is located at First Avenue and East 6th Street. The Hasty Pastry Bakery is a stand-in for a Dunkin' Donuts, but several of the signage on the real building's exterior, excluding the neon sign advertising tarot cards and hand readings are real
    • The Reluctant Reading Lamp from Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Realistic Versions, is present in panel two on the table next to Ortiz
    • Peter is wearing the same outfit that Bill Murray's character Phil Connors did in "Groundhog Day"
    • The table and chair are based on Madame Leota's from the Haunted Mansion ride
    • Previously in Issue #11, there was a business card in Ray's Occult Books for a Gypsy Witch. This character is the psychic Peter and Melanie visit.
    • Peter refers to his show "The World of the Psychic" from Ghostbusters II
  • Page 9
  • Page 10
    • Among the crowd in panel two is Harry and Lloyd from the movie "Dumb and Dumber"
    • To the far left appears to be Dick Clark, who has hosted New Years festivities
    • The Ghostbusters have to ascend a 25 story building for a rooftop battle, in similar fashion to the first movie.
    • Luis Delgado's 15 easter egg is on the stairwell sign
  • Page 11
    • Egon's fear is of the Boogieman from The Real Ghostbusters
    • Ray's fear is of the Vigo possession from Ghostbusters II
    • Peter's fear is of cockroaches, a likely nod to a fear shared by his animated counterpart in "Drool, the Dog Faced Goblin"
  • Page 12
    • Winston's fear is of not being able to save Tiyah Clarke from dying
  • Page 13
    • Rodfehiri declares "Not by you!", a callback to Volume 2 Issue #10 when Ortiz tried to trap him in the portal under the bed.
  • Page 14
    • Ortiz refers to the Five Boroughs or Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island
  • Page 15
    • Peter suggest Auld Lang Syne, a classic folk song sang at the start of the New Year
  • Page 16
    • In the Warehouse are the Delorean from "Back to the Future Part III" and a Lao Che Air Freight plane from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is present last seen in Volume 2 Issue #7
    • The method of sealing a Trap in cement in a crate resembles a strategy used in vain by the Real Ghostbusters in "The Cabinet of Calamari" against Harry Houdini
  • Page 18
    • The World of Gozer exhibit is back and the events of Ghostbusters: The Video Game are noted
    • The noted museum is the Field Museum of Natural History
    • The Man-Eaters of Tsavo are a pair of male lions who murdered construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway from March through December 1898. Their skins were sold to the Field Museum in 1924 for $5000.
    • On the panels for the Man-Eaters are lyrics to the theme song of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
      • Erik Evensen sneak Fresh Prince lyrics in whenever he can rather than using lorem ipsum [34]
  • Page 19
    • Dr. Selwyn from Ghostbusters: The Video Game makes her debut in the comic
    • Ron refers to Gozer and the events of Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    • Behind Ron is a seal of the Cult of Gozer
    • Selwyn mentions Ivo Shandor
  • Page 21
    • Ron refers to one of the lions as Simba, the star of the Disney film "The Lion King" (1994)
    • Ron's Boson Dart attachment appears to loosely resemble the Predator's Plasma Caster from the Predator movie franchise
  • Page 22
    • Gozerian letters first appeared in Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters 101 #6, the seventh image is from Volume 2 Issue #12, page 15 panel 3, after Rodefhiri is trapped atop Times Tower. Jillian Holtzmann appears in place of Peter.


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