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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]
v7.24:  May 7, 2002
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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
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 >>  SOMETHING NEW TO "DRAGON'S BREATH"
       ... YOU DECIDE WHETHER IT STAYS OR GOES
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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:
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Please Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all titles are from
Volume 1.
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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
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