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DRAGON'S BREATH
The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
http://www.heroesanddragons.com
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From: [email protected]
v7.12:  December 24, 2001
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CONTENTS:
 >>  Christmas Eve Store Hours
 >>  New Comics Arrive on Friday, December 28
 >>  Haven't Picked Up DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN?
       We Still Have Copies, and You Can Still Save 10%
 >>  Call for Work, Week III: The Conclusion
       Tug Baker Joins the H&D Team
 >>  Sites to See:
       Things to Watch on Your Computer
 >>  New at Heroesanddragons.com
       ... Resumes After New Year's Day
 >>  Happy Christmas to All
       And to All a Good Night!
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 >>  CHRISTMAS EVE STORE HOURS
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As you may have guessed, we will be closed on CHRISTMAS DAY,
DECEMBER 25.
We'll re-open again at 11:00am on Wednesday for our regular
store hours.
We will be open CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24, from 11:00am until
6:00pm.  So come on down and finish up that last-minute shopping
with a couple of gift certificates from Heroes and Dragons!
 >>  NEW COMICS ARRIVE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
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Due to the holiday, new comics will arrive late this week.
Normally, new comics arrive one day late after Christmas, but
this year there will be a TWO-DAY DELAY!
*** NEW COMICS WILL ARRIVE ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28! ***
Aside from the two-day delay, new comics should be perfectly
normal this week.  Expect new arrivals on the wall by 3:00pm,
as always!
 >>  HAVEN'T PICKED UP "DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN"?
       WE STILL HAVE COPIES, AND YOU CAN STILL SAVE 10%
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If you still need to pick up a copy of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
STRIKES AGAIN, now is a great time to do it!  We still have
plenty of copies in stock (of both versions of the cover!), and
you can still save 10% by bringing a drawing of Batman with you.
One more time, for those who've missed it, here are the rules:
Draw a picture of Batman and bring it with you to the Mega-Store.
With your Batman drawing, you can save 10% off the cover price of
DARK KNIGHT STRIKES BACK #1.  You pay only $7.15 for the first
issue of the most exciting new comic of 2001!
--OFFICIAL RULES--
  < 1 >
  You can't draw Batman in the store.  That's just no fun.
  You have to draw him *before* you come and bring the
  drawing with you.
  Your drawing is your own personal coupon for
  DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1.
  < 2 >
  *YOU* have to *DRAW* *BATMAN*.
  You'd think this would go without saying, but some people
  just love to be killjoys.  This means that (a) you have to
  be the person who drew Batman; (b) you can't just photocopy
  a drawing and bring it in; and (c) the drawing must be *of*
  Batman.
  < 3 >
  Buying multiple copies of DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #1?
  You can save on all of them with a single drawing.
  However, you must bring a *new* drawing each time you come
  back to the store for more copies!
  < 4 >
  We reserve the right to post these drawings and use them
  for promotion.  That means your Batman could end up on the
  web site or on display in the store!
  < 5 >
  This offer expires when DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2 arrives at
  Heroes and Dragons.
 >>  CALL FOR WORK, WEEK III:
       THE CONCLUSION
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A hearty and sincere "thank you" to everyone who submitted his
or her resume during the past three weeks -- but we have now
filled the position for a new-comics assistant.
Our newest employee is TUG BAKER, who'll be joining the staff
profiles at www.heroesanddragons.com soon after Christmas.  If
you spot him around the store, welcome him to the H&D family.
We're glad to have you, Tug!
 >>  SITES TO SEE
       THINGS TO WATCH ON YOUR COMPUTER
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While you're spending the holiday with your family and friends,
here are a couple of sites to check out.
First, IFilm.com has an amazing short film (12-13 minutes) from
Leanna Creel that will lift your spirits and give you pause this
Christmas.  The film, titled OFFSIDE, takes place on a dismal
Christmas Day during World War I.
   You'll find OFFSIDE at:
   http://www.ifilm.com/ifilm/product/film_info/0,3699,2410847,00.html
If you have a broadband connection and 128K of RAM, it should
play fine on your machine.  If you're not sure whether you can
view this movie, at least make an attempt.  It's thought-provoking
and beautifully made.
When you're done, watch the Atari characters take on their
"technologically superior" counterparts from MORTAL KOMBAT in this
great Flash animation:
   http://www.toomanynicknames.com/arcadefighter.html
Who comes out a winner, and who gets the "Game Over" screen?  It's
not as obvious as you'd think ... .
 >>  NEW AT HEROESANDDRAGONS.COM
       ... RESUMES AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
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Due to the holiday rush, I haven't had a chance to update the
entrance page of www.heroesanddragons.com.  However, I've been
working out a few minors bugs that popped up during the redesign
and making the site run a little more efficiently behind the
scenes.
Also, we've added a few more books to our CGC Gallery in "Comic
Books for Sale" -- and Matt's indexing a completely different,
non-CGC inventory right now.  Expect to see that on the web site
in the new few weeks.
We're working to improve the interface for "Comic Books for
Sale" with thumbnailed pictures of key issues -- but in the
meantime, you can access full-size images by clicking on the
title and issue.  If there's an image, the link will take you
directly to a large, high-res scan of the book.
After the New Year, we'll return to our tour of the new site,
and I'll walk you through the "Comic Books for Sale" section.
You might be surprised at the goodies you'll find there!
 >>  HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
       AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!
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Believe it or not, I've been asked to re-run a feature that
originally appeared in DRAGON'S BREATH v5.31 (December 24, 2000).
Exercising great restraint, I've made the most minor of
changes -- correcting typos and actually making one or two lines
anapestic, as they *should* be for this undertaking.  Otherwise,
this spoof of Clement C. Moore's "Visit from St. Nicholas"
appears exactly as it did last year.
I wrote this alone in my office on Christmas Eve last year,
before heading to my mother's house for dinner.
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    A VISIT FROM ST. NICK
    Robert Frost once said,
    "I don't write exercises, but
    sometimes I write poems that fail,
    and then I call them exercises."
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'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Mega-Store
Not an employee was working, not even on the showroom floor.
The counters were stocked with all kinds of CCGs
So that moms with no clue could find DRAGONBALL Z.
New comics were shelved all snug in their racks
While back issues to process were piled up in stacks.
Tracy and Matt had left to do "something better,"
While I'd just settled in to send the e-mail newsletter.
Then, in the warehouse, there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my computer to see what was the matter.
Through the back hallway I zoomed like the Flash,
Hoping no one was making off with the Christmas cash!
The sale items for eBay were still stacked on their shelf.
(Not having to pick them up, I whispered a sigh of relief to myself.)
Then, what to my astonishment did I see,
But a man in a Santa suit asking about CGC!
He examined our certified comics and gabbed
That he'd like to get Jingle Belle something that's slabbed.
I stammered, "Here's something that's sure to thrill her --
DAREDEVIL # 168, graded 9.2 -- if she's into Frank Miller."
Off came Santa's jacket, and he put up his feet.
Before I knew it, we were talking about CONCRETE!
Faster than rabid fan praise his comments came,
And he referred to all the creators by name!
"Paul Chadwick's the man" was the statement he made,
"Every bit as good as Morrison, Gaiman, or Waid.
Mark Millar and Alan Grant, if Scotland's keeping score,
But," he said solemnly, "we're still living in the shadow of Alan Moore."
Such comics talk did ol' St. Nick weave
That I hoped for a moment he'd never leave.
But off to kids' houses he had to go,
So I never did ask what he thought of THE CROW.
As he paid me for the copy of DAREDEVIL # 168,
I reminded him this week's comics would be late.
"Oh, I knew that already," he said with a wink.
"I saw it on the listing at 'New This Week.'"
I spoke not a word but smiled as he left,
Knowing I'd been upstaged by an elf.
I stood there, all shocked and impressed,
And I didn't even get his e-mail address!
As I watched him disappear through the pines,
I hoped he'd sign up for the DRAGON'S BREATH online.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and check out Marvel Knights!"
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    AN APOLOGY TO THE LIT. MAJORS
    IN THE AUDIENCE
    No attempt has been made to preserve
    the fantastic meter of Clement C. Moore's
    "Visit from St. Nicholas."
    Anapests are hard, and it's Christmas Eve,
    so go easy on me, please.
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No long-winded speech this time, despite my sentimental
leanings -- just a heartfelt "Merry Christmas" to each and
every one of you, whatever your faith or family traditions.
--- DRAGON'S BREATH
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