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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]
v7.25:  May 15, 2002 - GIANT-SIZE 25th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
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WELCOME TO OUR GIANT-SIZE 25th "ANNIVERSARY" ISSUE!
We've got loads of great content, sure to entertain and inform --
so grab a cup of coffee and settle down in your favorite computer
chair.  Here we go!
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CONTENTS:
 >>  Gimme Dat, Gimme Dat STA-A-AR WARS
 >>  Get SPIDER-MAN Stuff Delivered to Your Door
 >>  Original Art Auctions End Soon!
 >>  1,200 New Magazines Posted in "Comic Books For Sale"
 >>  Obituary: Bob Kanigher
 >>  Chabon, Spiegelman, Claremont, Fleener on "Talk of the Nation"
 >>  Virus Hoax Warning - Don't Delete Your Files!
 >>  The Votes Are In ...
      ... and PREVIEWS UPDATE Stays!
 >>  PREVIEWS Update - Orders Due May 16
      ... That's Tomorrow, So Get Cracking!
 >>  Sites to See
      ... Remember Our "Site of the Week" Feature?  It's Back!
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 >>  GIMME DAT, GIMME DAT "STA-A-AR WARS"
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STAR WARS mania has hit the Dragon hard today.  My head is 
spinning with bits of STAR WARS information to pass along to all
of you.
So here it is, in no particular order:
The Dragon gang will be at Dutch Square AMC 14 Theaters for the
midnight showing of STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES
tonight.  Look for us!
If you're trying to find tickets in the Columbia area for
tonight's show, call the Dutch Square AMC at (803) 750-3576.
Reliable sources tell me they received two new reels of ATTACK
OF THE CLONES yesterday afternoon and now have *new* tickets
available for tonight's midnight showing.  But you'd better
get your tickets NOW!
THE STATE newspaper recently featured articles about the 
premiere of EPISODE II in the Sunday "Living" section.  Among
the articles was an extensive profile of the 501st Legion, a
STAR-WARS-themed costuming club founded right here in the
Carolinas that has grown into an international sensation.  To
read the entire article online (including quotes by Legion
founder and all-around super guy ALBIN JOHNSON), go to
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/3239839.htm.
For more on the Fighting 501st, visit their web page at
http://www.501st.com.
(You'll also find Al's comments on the movie at
http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/3239843.htm.
He doesn't spoil anything for you, I promise.)
Speaking of THE STATE, staff writer MICHELLE FANNIN is still
looking for interested fans to talk about their STAR WARS 
experiences.  If you'd like to give Michelle some perspective
and possibly be included in the upcoming "Weekend" section of
THE STATE, please contact here at [email protected] or 
click here:  mailto:[email protected]?subject=StarWars .
Get jazzed!  Watch *all* the ATTACK OF THE CLONES trailers
and TV commercials before going to the theater! You'll find
them online at http://www.501stNC.com/multimedia.htm, courtesy
of SEAN DUDLEY, webmaster extraordinaire for the 501st Legion's
Southern Garrison.
And if you'd like to check out a couple of STAR WARS spoofs
before heading out, visit http://www.StarWars.AtomFilms.com 
and http://www.IFilm.com/StarWars.
Whew.  Happy STAR WARS day, everybody!
 >>  GET "SPIDER-MAN" STUFF DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR
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O.K., so you're still infatuated with SPIDER-MAN and don't have
time for all this STAR WARS nonsense.
No problem.  I've got something for you, too.
Check out http://UnobtainiumLTD.com/SpiderMan.html for some
truly amazing full-size replicas of props from the SPIDER-MAN
movie.  You'll find glowing pumpkin bombs, mock-ups of THE
DAILY BUGLE's front page, and even a "coming soon" ad for a 
full-size Goblin Glider!  (Holy cow!)
Still not impressed?  Gotta have the originals?
O.K., wiseguy, you can buy those online, too!  Just point your
browser to http://members.eBay.com/AboutMe/SonyPictures and
participate in Sony's official "Spider-Man Auction"!  Shell
out the right amount of cash and you could own the outfit 
Peter Parker wore to fight "Bonesaw" McGraw -- or Mary Jane's
dress from Unity Day.  You can even own an authentic pumpkin 
bomb tossed around by Willem Dafoe!
Sony's "Spider-Man Auction" ends Friday, May 17 at 3:00pm EDT.
Let us know if you win anything!
 >>  ORIGINAL ART AUCTIONS END SOON!
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Speaking of auctions, we have dozens of pages of great original
art up for sale on eBay right now.  However, these auctions will
end in just a couple of hours, so take a moment to look at them
before you head out for your STAR-WARS-filled evening.
You'll find them all at http://www.heroesanddragons.com/Auctions.
Check back weekly for new auctions, usually posted on Wednesday
nights.
Our current auctions end at 10:30pm EDT on May 15.
 >>  1,200 NEW MAGAZINES POSTED IN "COMIC BOOKS FOR SALE"
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I know the front page of http://www.heroesanddragons.com is 
looking a little static -- but a lot's been going on behind the
scenes!
Just last weekend we added an enormous stock of over 1,200
magazines to the online inventory at
http://www.heroesanddragons.com/ComicBooksForSale!  Just look
for the header "Brand-New Sections" and click the link for 
"Magazines."
(Or you can go directly to a list of the magazines for sale:
http://www.heroesanddragons.com/ComicBooksForSale/Queries/Query_Magazine.asp.)
 >>  OBITUARY: BOB KANIGHER
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COMICOLOGY's Brian Saner-Lamken reported the following story on
http://www.Newsarama.com:
Longtime DC writer and editor Robert Kanigher died Monday, May
6th. He was 87 years old.
Kanigher was most closely associated with DC’s war titles,
WONDER MAN, and THE METAL MEN.  He created the latter with
penciler Ross Andru, a frequent collaborator; among his many
other creations or co-creations were Sgt. Rock, the western
Johnny Thunder, Black Canary, Sea Devils, Ragman, and the
original Wonder Girl -- who was Wonder Woman as a teenager.
And while he didn't consider the Silver Age Flash a unique
creation, based as he was on an existing character, he did
write Barry Allen's first appearance and origin for 1956's
SHOWCASE #4. 
Kanigher spent almost exactly twenty years writing WONDER WOMAN,
collaborating first with her original artist Harry G. Peter in
1947 and then most famously with Andru, who penciled a decade of
Kanigher's WONDER WOMAN scripts from 1957 through 1967.
Kanigher's other best-known partner was artist Joe Kubert, who
drew the debut of Sgt. Rock as a continuing character -- there
had been prototypes in earlier one-shot stories -- for 1959's
OUR ARMY AT WAR #83.
Kanigher contributed to nearly every issue of OUR ARMY AT WAR's
run, from its bow in 1952 through its transformation into SGT.
ROCK following #301 in 1977 on through SGT. ROCK's eventual
cancellation in 1988. Kanigher also wrote “Bob Kanigher’s Gallery
of War” in DC’s war books from 1972 through 1982, a series of
stories illustrated by the likes of Ric Estrada [...] Doug Wildey,
Alex Toth, Dan Spiegle, Lee Elias, Frank Thorne, Rick Veitch and
others.
Kanigher also spent decades on G.I. COMBAT, OUR FIGHTING FORCES,
and STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES and was well known for runs on, or
stories in TOMAHAWK, ENEMY ACE, SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE,
and dozens of other DC titles. His first published work for DC was
the Green Lantern story in 1947's ALL-AMERICAN COMICS #89, which
introduced Green Lantern's foe and romantic foil The Harlequin. He
spent over 40 years [...] both writing and editing for DC.
  -- Brian Saner-Lamken, for Newsarama
Chad and I had just started reading the recently-released
SGT. ROCK ARCHIVES, so this news couldn't have come at a worse
time.
 >>  CHABON, SPIEGELMAN, CLAREMONT, FLEENER ON "TALK OF THE NATION"
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Waaayy back on January 9, 2002, National Public Radio's TALK OF
THE NATION did an hour-long segment on comic books.  The segment
featured extensive commentaries from Michael Chabon (Pulitzer
Prize winner for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVLIER AND KLAY)
and Chris Claremont (X-MEN).  The episode also had
less-extensive talks with Art Spiegelman (MAUS, THE NEW YORKER)
and Mary Fleener (STRIPBURGER).
Tug Baker sent me a link the next day.  I listened to the show 
last week.  (Yes, I'm that far behind on my e-mail at home!)
It's a great way to spend 45 minutes in front of your computer,
and I highly recommend listening.
The program is hosted by Neal Conan -- and yes, one caller
*does* ask about Conan's friendship with Claremont and his 
comic-book claim to fame of having covered the X-Men's death 
(in UNCANNY X-MEN #225).
You'll need the new RealOne Player to listen to the segment.
If you don't alread have RealOne, you can get it directly from
this URL:
http://www.real.com/R/RC.020327r1choice_c1.fbar.txt..R/forms.real.com/real/realone/realone.html?dc=5
16515514&type=dl&src=realplayer,020327r1choice_c1
(Or look for the "Free RealOne Player" link at
http://www.Real.com/RealOne.)
To listen to the segment, enter this URL into the RealOne
Player:
     http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/totn/20020109.totn.02.ram
Or go to http://www.NPR.org and use the search box to look for
"TALK OF THE NATION COMIC BOOKS."
For those who won't get to listen, here are a couple of delights
that can't be missed:
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"I learned to read because I wanted to figure out whether Batman
was a good guy or a bad guy, and the only way to do it was to
decode the little squiggles that were in the balloons above their
heads."  (Spiegelman)
"It's a question that people still have not really resolved."
(Chabon)
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"Japan is like Mars to me.  I don't understand it.  There they
read more comics, watch more television, read more regular books,
sleep less I guess, than anywhere else on the planet.  There are
comics for everyone from sushi chefs to 12-year-old girls reading
stories about European boys in boarding schools having sex with
each other."  (Spiegelman on manga)
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 >>  VIRUS HOAX WARNING - DON'T DELETE YOUR FILES!
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Remember last fall's SULFNBK.EXE "virus" e-mails?  The e-mails
claimed there was a virus on your computer and instructed you to
find and delete a file named "SULFNBK.EXE" before it could do
any harm.
All along, the sinister SULFNBK.EXE was just a harmless system
file that enables Windows to read and recognize file names
longer than 8 characters.  It was *supposed* to be in your
"System" folder, where the e-mails told you to look for it!
Well, the fake virus e-mails are back -- but telling you to
look for a different file this time.
I got the first wave of e-mails Thursday about the JDBGMGR.EXE
hoax.
Like the SULFNBK.EXE hoax, these e-mails instruct you to
search for "JDBG*" and delete the file JDBGMGR.EXE (which has a
"little bear" icon).  JDBGMGR.EXE is an Internet Explorer
component that manages and executes JavaScripts when you're
surfing the web.  According to www.Microsoft.com, removing the
file won't cause any major problems for you -- but it may
interfere with your browsing experience on sites that use
JavaScripts (like www.heroesanddragons.com!).
Fortunately, the problem is easily fixed even if you *have*
already deleted JDBGMGR.EXE:
Just go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.asp
and re-download Internet Explorer.  If your existing version
of IE gives you trouble, pop open Netscape or Opera and surf
on over there to that site to get the IE download.
Besides, Internet Explorer is on Version 6.0 now, and if your
machine can handle the computing requirements of an upgrade,
you'll find a lot of new functions installed in IE 6.0.
(You can also get the upgrade at www.heroesanddragons.com by
clicking the "Get Microsoft Internet Explorer" button in the
left-hand menu!)
For more information on the JDBGMGR.EXE hoax, check out these
articles at www.AntiVirus.com and www.VMyths.com:
     http://antivirus.about.com/library/weekly/aa050702a.htm
     http://www.vmyths.com/hoax.cfm?id=275&page=3
And remember:  NEVER DELETE A FILE FROM YOUR SYSTEM BASED ON
SOMEONE'S RECOMMENDATION!
(Unless, of course, that someone is an actual expert on the
file whom you trust implicitly.  Otherwise, do your research
before deleting files.  And even if the person *is* an expert,
it's never a bad idea to save a back-up of the file to a disk.
If you ever need it again, at least you'll have a copy!)
 >>  THE VOTES ARE IN ...
       ... AND "PREVIEWS" UPDATE STAYS!
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Thanks to everyone who dropped me an e-mail this week, we will
be keeping PREVIEWS Update as a regular feature of DRAGON'S 
BREATH for the forseeable future.
 >>  "PREVIEWS" UPDATE - ORDERS DUE MAY 16
       ... THAT'S TOMORROW, SO GET CRACKING!
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WELCOME TO PREVIEWS UPDATE!
Sometimes, a publisher or a manufacturer notifies the staff of
PREVIEWSabout a product too late to get it into the latest
issue. The followingitems 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 Heroes and Dragons the listed item code by MAY 16.
(Subscribers:  Add these items online using the page
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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THE OSBOURNES T-SHIRTS
He has always been a legendary icon; now, Ozzy Ozbourne and his
family are the stars of MTV's newest reality show, The
Osbournes! Millions of viewers are captivated by the family's
crazy antics and foul language every week. These shirts are a
must for any Ozzy fan. Choose from the *[email protected]# Family T-shirt, the
Family Finger T-shirt, and -- if you like your Ozzy rockin' --
the Ozzy Jewelry T-shirt. All shirts are black and 100% cotton.
Scheduled to ship 05/29/02. (7297) (CAUT: 4)
  *[email protected]# FAMILY (9TOB105) 
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  ITEM CODE: MAR025099
  LG--Shirt          $17.95
  ITEM CODE: MAR025100
  XL--Shirt          $17.95
  FAMILY FINGER (9TOB107)
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  ITEM CODE: MAR025101
  LG--Shirt          $17.95
  ITEM CODE: MAR025102
  XL--Shirt          $17.95
  OZZY JEWELRY (90SB177)
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  ITEM CODE: MAR025103
  LG--Shirt          $18.95
  ITEM CODE: MAR025104
  XL--Shirt          $18.95
SPIDER-MAN VS. THE GREEN GOBLIN GAME
One of comics' most enduring super-heroes comes to the big
screen in 2002, and you can continue his battle against the
Green Goblin in Pressman's new game! Move your Spider-Man along
the path as you try to collect the five different powers. When
you land on an attack square, take the top card. Then, Green
Goblin attacks! If you have the power to thwart him, all is
well. Otherwise, you lose a power. Collect all five powers, then
race to the final battle scene: a plastic building where both
Spider-Man and Green Goblin meet face to face. Spin the knob,
press down, and if Spider-Man emerges, you win! Scheduled to
ship 06/05/02. (32/4700-06) (CAUT: 4)
NOTE: Not available outside North America.
  ITEM CODE: MAR025105
  Game	PI
SPIDER-MAN MOVIE SOUNDTRACK CD
Take the tunes from the new movie and play them in your home or
car! Scheduled to ship 05/29/02. (8137/CK86402) (CAUT: 3 & 4)
NOTE: Not available outside North America. This item maybe
available through other retail outlets before shipping to comic
specialty shops.
  ITEM CODE: MAR025106
  CD          SRP: $18.98
SPIRITED AWAY VOLUME 1 TP
by Hayao Miyazaki
Spirited Away is the story of Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who,
in the midst of moving to the suburbs, wanders into a mysterious
town and finds an "other world" of gods and monsters, where a
witch rules, and humans are changed into animals, then
disappear. Will she find a way back to her own world, or will
she fall victim to what is causing the disappearances? In this
volume: Mom, Dad, and Chihiro are driving to their new home
when Dad takes a wrong turn, and the family becomes lost in a
forest leading to a strange, abandoned amusement park. Chihiro 
wanders off and returns, only to find out Mom and Dad have
turned into pigs, and that she's in a world inhabited by ghosts,
demons, and strange gods. A mysterious boy named Haku tells her
that to survive in this world, she must find work by going down
to the boiler room and seeking out an old man named Kamaji...
Scheduled to ship 07/24/02.
(298/CTSPA01)
  ITEM CODE: MAR025107
  SC, 168pg, FC          $9.95
POKEMON CCG: LEGENDARY COLLECTION BOOSTER PACKS & THEME DECKS
They're big. They're bad. They're the favorite all-time Pokemon,
back in action in the all-new Legendary Collection card set!
Charizard, Blastoize, Venusaur, and many more of the most
powerful Pokemon ever are on the prowl again. And if that isn't
enough, there are special foil versions of each card! 11 cards
per Booster Pack. 61 cards per Theme Deck. Booster Packs
scheduled to ship 05/29/02. Theme decks scheduled to ship
06/26/02. (910) (CAUT: 3 & 4)
NOTE: Not available outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.K.,
and Canada.
  ITEM CODE: MAR025108
  BOOSTER (981870000)--Pack          MSRP: $3.29
  ITEM CODE: MAR025109
  THEME (961980000)--Deck           MSRP: $9.99
REMEMBER, to purchase these items, you must give your comic
book shop the listed item code(s) by MAY 16!
Subscribers:  Need a couple of extra days?  Submit online
(at http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram), and
you can have until midnight on SUNDAY, MAY 19!
 >>  SITES TO SEE
       ... REMEMBER OUR "SITE OF THE WEEK" FEATURE?  IT'S BACK!
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John D. Freyer sold all his worldly possessions on eBay and is now
tracking down their current owners to see what's become of his
erstwhile life.  Check it out:
     http://www.AllMyLifeForSale.com
They Might Be Giants have a new album of children's songs coming
out on June 11.  Visit the official site and see some super-cool
Flash animations, plus listen to four tracks off the album:
     http://www.GiantKid.com
"The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary" when
people with far too much time on their hands put together strings
of words from the pronunciation guides of online dictionaries and set
them to music:
     http://www.dictionaraoke.org
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has a great web page about the social
and cultural impact of J.R.R. Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS novels:
     http://www.NationalGeographic.com/NGbeyond
Graphic designers and fans of Chris Ware's ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY 
dare not miss this incredible site made for FlashPlayer:
     http://www.ndroid.com
Have fun, surf safely, and let me know if you find anything
cool out there on the web!
--- DRAGON'S BREATH
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