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DRAGON'S BREATH The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons http://www.heroesanddragons.com ________________________________________________________________ From: [email protected] v7.24: May 7, 2002 ________________________________________________________________ CONTENTS: >> Something New to DRAGON'S BREATH ... You Decide Whether It Stays or Goes >> PREVIEWS Update - Orders Due May 16 >> SPIDER-MAN Showtimes at Columbiana Place >> Reward for Missing Comics ________________________________________________________________ >> SOMETHING NEW TO "DRAGON'S BREATH" ... YOU DECIDE WHETHER IT STAYS OR GOES ________________________________________________________________ It continues to amaze me just how *much* e-mail one person can receive! Here at H&D central processing, I'm receiving about 80 to 100 e-mails per day. Many of those e-mails are the "Enjoyable" kind: You know, orders from the web site, questions from our customers, praise and suggestions from in-store shoppers -- pretty much anything written by a human being and sent to me directly is considered an "enjoyable" e-mail. (Yes, even when it's the occasional complaint!) Others are the "Not So Enjoyable" Kind: Get-rich quick schemes, refinancing your home, invitations to see Sarah Michelle Gellar nude for only $49.95 a year. The kind of e-mails that aren't written by real people. And the third major type are the "Educational" e-mails: Newsletters, mailing lists, sales ads relevant to the business, and communications from our vendors. In this third category, there's lots of information that could apply just as easily to our customers as to us. One of my favorite "Educational" e-mails is the monthly PREVIEWS Update. Some items miss the print deadline for Diamond's PREVIEWS catalog every month, but their makers may not want to wait an entire month before another chance at solicitation. So Diamond slides them in under the wire as part of "PREVIEWS Update," a special section of their web site where retailers can order material alongside the current issue of PREVIEWS -- material that missed the print deadline. However, you fine folks who actually *buy* these nifty items may never think to go to the Diamond web site and look at the cool stuff offered in PREVIEWS Update. So, for a trial period, I'm going to start forwarding the monthly PREVIEWS Update -- along with other bits and pieces that may interest you -- as a subsection of DRAGON'S BREATH. If you find this update useful in your ordering, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO LET ME KNOW! If I get enough positive response, I'll continue running the entire PREVIEWS Update on a monthly basis, and you'll never have to miss a product again. But if no one's paying attention, we'll drop it from our regular content. Remember: Your opinion counts! If you want to keep seeing the PREVIEWS Update in this newsletter, drop me a line at [email protected]! >> "PREVIEWS" UPDATE - ORDERS DUE MAY 16 ________________________________________________________________ Sometimes, a publisher or a manufacturer notifies the staff of PREVIEWS about a product too late to get it into the latest issue. The following items are being offered for the first time unless marked O/A (Offered Again). If you're interested in purchasing one of these items, please give your local comic book shop the listed item code by MAY 16. (Do this online at http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram.) To see this PREVIEWS UPDATE online, including graphics, go to http://www.diamondcomics.com/update/update.htm. ********** BATMAN: BRUCE WAYNE -- MURDERER? TP The best-selling storyline that kicked off 2002 is available as a massive 264-page trade paperback! Topping this volume is a dramatic cover by Dave Johnson that originally appeared on Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure. A reprint of that shocking issue starts off the volume, with the entirety of Detective Comics #766-#767, Batgirl #24, Batman: Gotham Knights #25-#26, and Batman #599-#600. Plus, relevant portions of Nightwing #65-#66, Birds of Prey #39-#40, and Robin #98-#99. Featuring a riveting story and dramatic art by some of DC's top talents, including writer Ed Brubaker, Chuck Dixon, Greg Rucka, Devin Grayson, and Kelley Puckett, and artists Rick Burchett, Rick Leonardi, Steve Lieber, Trevor McCarthy, Scott McDaniel, Roger Robinson, Damion Scott, Pete Woods, and more! Scheduled to ship 06/12/02. (702) ITEM CODE: MAR025039 SC, 264pg, FC $19.95 STAR WARS: EPISODE II -- ATTACK OF THE CLONES STAND-UPS Make Star Wars come alive in your home with these life-size stand-ups! Choose from: Anakin Skywalker (6'2"), Clone Trooper (6'1"), Jango Fett (6'1"), Mace Windu (6'3"), Obi-wan Kenobi (5'11"), Padme Amidala (5'6"), Zam Wessell (5'7"), and a 3D R2-D2! Each stand-up is made of sturdy cardboard and is easy to set up and store. Scheduled to ship 05/22/02. (865) ITEM CODE: MAR025057 3D R2-D2 -- Stand-Up $69.99 ITEM CODE: MAR025058 ANAKIN SKYWALKER (425) -- Stand-Up $32.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025059 CLONE TROOPER (432) -- Stand-Up $29.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025060 JANGO FETT (426) -- Stand-Up $29.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025061 MACE WINDU (430) -- Stand-Up $32.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025062 OBI-WAN KENOBI (429) -- Stand-Up $32.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025063 PADME AMIDALA (424) -- Stand-Up $29.50 ITEM CODE: MAR025064 ZAM WESSELL (431) -- Stand-Up $29.50 TV GUIDE SPIDER-MAN EDITION In honor of the web-slinger's eagerly awaited movie, the April 27 issue of TV Guide features five different covers starring Spider-Man. Four of them are illustrated by comic book artists -- John Romita, Sr., John Romita, Jr., Mark Bagley, and Alex Ross -- depicting the Wall-crawler in different eras. The other cover features Tobey Maguire in his costume for the movie. Scheduled to ship 05/08/02. (5207) NOTE: Dateline ships to retailers after the issue's mass-market on-sale date of May 3. Diamond is offering these special issues as collectible items rather than as regular magazines, and encourages retailers to market them as such to consumers. ITEM CODE: MAR025065 ROMITA, SR. CVR.--Tabloid, PC $1.99 ITEM CODE: MAR025066 ROMITA, JR. CVR.--Tabloid, PC $1.99 ITEM CODE: MAR025067 BAGLEY CVR.--Tabloid, PC $1.99 ITEM CODE: MAR025068 ROSS CVR.--Tabloid, PC $1.99 ITEM CODE: MAR025069 SPIDER-MAN THE MOVIE CVR.--Tabloid, PC $1.99 STAN LEE'S MUTANTS, MONSTERS, & MARVELS DVD & VIDEO Comic book legend Stan Lee has inspired moviemakers and comic book fans for over 40 years. Now, director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) talks in-depth with Stan about his role in creating Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and more! The two-tape set/single DVD includes two features: "Creating Spider-Man" and "Here Come the Heroes." DVD special features include: the inspiration behind creating Spider-Man, Spidey in the hands of a new generation of comic creators, and the birth of The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and others! Approximate running time: 95min. Scheduled to ship 05/29/02. (4858) (CAUT: 4) NOTE: This item may be available through other retail outlets before shipping to comic book specialty shops. ITEM CODE: MAR025070 DVD (09612) SRP: $24.95 ITEM CODE: MAR025071 VHS (09611) SRP: $19.96 ARSENIC LULLABY JUNE 2002 This issue of the Harvey Award-nominated, dark humor cult hit is here! It serves as a beautiful encore for the original series and a perfect preview of the new series, The Arsenic Lullabies, beginning in June. Shrewd writing, skilled artwork, and a sense of humor that forces you to laugh. Find out what aliens do with their abductees, watch Voodoo Joe and his zombie fetus army put off work, and much more. Fans of Lenore, Squee, and Dork will not be disappointed by this one. Scheduled to ship 06/12/02. (4389) MATURE READERS ITEM CODE: MAR025072 b&w, 32pg $2.65 MASTER MAZE OGRE'S DEN The ultimate monster or villain's lair, this single room has awesome details, like a cauldron in the fireplace, bearskin rug on the floor, scattered bones, skulls on the mantle, and much more. Also includes a treasure pile, a swinging door, and a working portcullis. Scheduled to ship 05/28/02. (4256/MM007) (CAUT: 4) ITEM CODE: MAR025073 Set $60.00 REMEMBER, to purchase these items, you must give your comic book shop the listed item code(s) by MAY 16! >> "SPIDER-MAN" SHOWTIMES AT COLUMBIANA PLACE ________________________________________________________________ If you *still* haven't been to see SPIDER-MAN, here's a handy list of showtimes at Columbiana Place Theaters here in Columbia, South Carolina: >> COLUMBIANA PLACE SHOWTIMES << 11:20am 12:00pm (noon) 12:40pm 1:40pm 2:10pm 3:00pm 3:50pm 4:40pm 5:20pm 7:00pm 7:40pm 8:20pm 9:00pm 10:00pm 10:30pm 11:20pm 11:50pm The theater is located at 1250 Bower Parkway, behind Harbison Boulevard. You'll find them online at http://www.ConsolidatedMovies.com. >> REWARD FOR MISSING COMICS ________________________________________________________________ On Saturday, May 4 -- Free Comic Book Day, no less! -- an armed robber stole several comics from Action Comics of New York City. Store owner Stephen Passarelli is offering a reward for the return of any or all of the stolen isues. If you have any information regarding the crime, or if you run into anyone suspicious who is attempting to sell or trade books from the following list, please contact [email protected]. If you would prefer to speak with the police directly, please contact Detectives Gertz or Griffen at the NYPD's 19th Precinct. Their telephone number is (212) 452-0600. (The robber has been described as a white male in his mid-30s, about 5'7" tall, 160 lbs.) Diamond Comic Distribution has provided the following list of titles that were stolen from Action Comics: ************************************************************ Please Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all titles are from Volume 1. ************************************************************ Amazing Spider-Man #1-2, #5, #9, #15, #17, and #101 Silver Surfer #1 and #4 Tales of Suspense #39 and #59 Tales to Astonish #27 Strange Tales #101-#102 X-Men (Uncanny) #3, #5, #13, and #94 Amazing Adventures #2 Amazing Adventures (Volume 2) #11 Iron Man #1 Sub-Mariner #1 Captain America #100 Fantastic Four #2, #7-#8, #13, #17, and Annual #1 Daredevil #1-#4, #7 Marvel Feature #1 Marvel Team-Up #1 Tomb of Dracula #1 Iron Fist #1 Marvel Tales #1 Journey Into Mystery #83, #110 Detective Comics #225-#226, #230, #233 Brave and the Bold #34-#36, #43 Flash #106, #123 Mystery in Space #87, #90 Adventure Comics #210, #247, #253, #267 Action Comics #242, #252 Batman #100, #121 Superman #96, #100, #105, #113 Hawkman #1 Justice League of America #5-#6, #11, #13, #21-#22 Green Lantern #1 Strange Adventures #61, #66, #70 Superboy #53, #68 Thank you for your help, and remember this week's lesson: "With great power, there must also come great responsibility." --- DRAGON'S BREATH ________________________________________________________________ ABOUT THIS MAILING LIST ________________________________________________________________ DRAGON'S BREATH is written and administered by Scott Simmons for Heroes and Dragons. 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