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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]
v.7.34:  October 17, 2002
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CONTENTS:
 >>  Recent E-Mail Outage
 >>  Statue Clearance Auctions Now Underway
 >>  Dreher High School Comic Art Contest Winners
      ... Congratulations to the Five Finalists!
 >>  AQUAMAN Cross-Subscribe for JLA Readers
      ... A Note for H&D Subscribers
 >>  Credit Where Credit's Due
      ... A Belated "Thank You" to Two DRAGON'S BREATH Readers
 >>  Personnel Dept.:  New Faces -- and Old Ones, Too
 >>  Personnel Dept.:  Winner of the "Live with Chad" Contest!
 >>  Sites to See
      ... More Goodies from the World Wide Web
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 >>  RECENT E-MAIL OUTAGE
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Due to problems at the server level, we did not receive most e-mails sent to
us between 5:00pm Tuesday (October 15) and 3:00pm Wednesday
(October 16).
The affected e-mail addresses were:
   [email protected] - primary e-mail address
   [email protected] - Chad's e-mail address (new comics)
   [email protected] - DRAGON'S BREATH administrative address
The outage affected us in several ways:
  -- Any e-mail sent to the above addresses between 5:00pm Tuesday
      and 3:00pm Wednesday should be resent, unless you have already
      received a reply or confirmation from us.
  -- Many of the fill-out forms at www.heroesanddragons.com ceased
      to function.  If you filled out a survey at our web site or submitted
      changes to your subscription using the online Subscriber Tools, we
      probably did not receive your information.
  -- "Subscribe" and "Unsubscribe" requests to this mailing list were not
      properly processed.  This applies whether you sent an e-mail with 
      your request *or* submitted your e-mail address online.
IF YOU BELIEVE THIS MAY HAVE AFFECTED AN E-MAIL YOU'VE SENT
TO US, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO RE-SEND YOUR MESSAGE.
We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that the problem
has been resolved.  Thanks for your patience!
 >>  STATUE CLEARANCE AUCTIONS NOW UNDERWAY
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Our CGC clearance auctions were such a success that we're now using eBay
to liquidate several dozen extra statues in our inventory.  Up for auction right
now are the following statues:
     Silver Age IRON MAN Statue - Golden Variant 
     Silver Age IRON MAN Statue - Gunmetal Gray 
     Lucy Lawless as XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS Bust 
     ACTION COMICS #1 Wall Sculpture -1st Superman 
     Chaos! PURGATORI Statue - Clearance Price 
     Chaos! LADY DEATH/PURGATORI Bookends 
     VAMPIRELLA 25th Anniversary Statue 
     STAR WARS Emperor Palpatine Bust 
     VAMPIRELLA Musical Snowglobe -Moore Creations 
     Kurt Busiek's ASTRO CITY Samaritan Statue 
     Michael Turner's FATHOM/Aspen Matthews Statue 
     Matt Wagner's GRENDEL (Christine Spar) Statue 
     Clayburn Moore FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER Statue 
     Linsner Goddess DAWN Statue by Randy Bowen 
     Magic: The Gathering SERRA ANGEL Statue 
     Kevin Lau VAMPI Resin Statue - CLEARANCE (!) 
     X-FILES Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) Statue 
All bidding starts at wholesale prices *or lower*.  Many statues are starting
at 1/3 of their original retail prices.
To view the complete list online and place bids, go to:
     http://www.heroesanddragons.com/Auctions
(Or click the eBay PowerSellers logo on our home page.)
Sorry, but we are not accepting offers on these items outside
of auction!  We are also not offering payment terms; payment is
due within 15 days of the close of auction.
Happy bidding!
 >>  DREHER HIGH SCHOOL COMIC ART CONTEST WINNERS
       ... CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIVE FINALISTS!
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Heroes and Dragons is pleased to announce the winner and top finalists in
Dreher High School's Comic Book Cover Art Contest!
A hearty congratulations go out to the following students:
   DALTON HILLFINGER, grade 12
      for his comic THE GRENADE CREW
         -- Dalton was our First Place Winner! --
   MORGAN TITUS, grade 10
      for his comic ACTOMAN
   APICHAI SOTIUONG, grade 12
      for his comic SHAO LINFERNO
   CATHERINE CARLISLE, grade 9
      for her comic SUPER GIRL
   and CASEY BRAYOY, grade 11
      for her comic THE TEENAGE HERO
We were privileged to be the official sponsors and judges of this year's
contest, and we'd like to thank Dreher High School for their hospitality.
Here's how the contest worked: Educators presented students with a variety
of comic-book art, then challenged the students to create their own
characters and concepts.  Using their own ideas, students designed comic
book covers  complete with logos and story elements that would draw in
readers.
Students, teachers, and administrators at Dreher chose the top five comic
covers and sent 'em to us for final judging!  We looked at each cover in
terms of layout, character concepts, story potential, and reaching a target
audience  because making good comics takes a lot more than the ability to
draw well!
After much deliberation, we awarded the coveted First Place prize to 
Dalton Hillfinger's comic THE GRENADE CREW.  But, believe me, it was no
easy decision!
You can view the original submissions and read our official "Judging 
Commentary" here:
     http://www.heroesanddragons.com/NewsFeatures/Features/DreherContest
.. or by clicking on the GRENADE CREW cover at www.heroesanddragons.com.
We love doing this sort of thing!  If your school library or media center is
interested in building a vital and age-appropriate selection of comics, we'd like
to help you!  We're familiar with school library systems and are always delighted
to work one-on-one with educators.  Contact [email protected] if you'd
like to discuss your library needs with us!
 >>  "AQUAMAN" CROSS-SUBSCRIBE FOR "JLA" READERS
       ... A NOTE FOR H&D SUBSCRIBERS
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As a courtesy to our subscribers, we've added the forthcoming AQUAMAN
series to the subscription list of everyone who currently reads JLA.
As always, JLA readers are *not obligated* to pick up the first issue of 
AQUAMAN or any subsequent issues.  We encourage you to leaf through
#1 when it shows up in your subscription and give the new book a try --
if you don't like what you see, just put it back on the shelf and drop it from
your subscription list.
If you're not interested in AQUAMAN and want to prevent that pesky #1
from showing up in your sub, just go to our Subscriber Tools page on the
web and remove it from your sub now.  You can do so by going to
     http://www.heroesanddragons.com/SubscriptionProgram
and clicking on "Add or Drop Titles" in the Subscriber Tools menu.
 >>  CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
       ... A BELATED "THANK YOU" TO TWO "DRAGON'S BREATH" READERS
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LARRY PHIPPS and KEN HYLAND were the kind-hearted readers who alerted
me to the broken link in DRAGON'S BREATH v.7.32.
I should have given them a credit in v.7.33, but I forgot.  I'm a real stinker.
Thank you, Larry!
Thank you, Ken!
 >>  PERSONNEL DEPT.: NEW FACES -- AND OLD ONES, TOO
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We've hired a couple of new part-timers to help out with the ever-increasing
workload here at Heroes and Dragons:
SHAKA BROWN is a part-time Back Issue Associate who will be helping
Chad in the redesign of the back-issue department.  (Yep, I said
"redesign" -- as in *more books*! -- but I have to stay tight-lipped about
that for a little while longer.)
CHRIS SIMS is our other new employee in back issues, joining long-time
staffers Matt and Josh to make the back-issue department our most
highly-manned division!
TUG BAKER is still working as a New Comics Associate on Wednesdays, but
he's also helping me with eBay auctions as our very *first* "Mail Order
Associate."
Look for updated bios on all three of these guys in coming weeks:
     http://www.heroesanddragons.com/AboutUs/Staff.htm
 >>  PERSONNEL DEPT.: WINNER OF THE "LIVE WITH CHAD" CONTEST!
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Congratulations to JOHN BOOZER, who won our informal "Live with Chad"
contest from DRAGON'S BREATH v.7.31.
As the winner, John's prize package includes:
   - 300 channels of cable TV
   - endless talk about comic books
   - Chad's roommate Ray (a $1,200 value)
   - and a bill for 1/3 of Chad's rent!
"Congratulations," John.  We'll see how many more Heroes and Dragons
contests you enter after this ... .
 >>  SITES TO SEE
       ... MORE GOODIES FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB
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More great sites to share!
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With the DAREDEVIL movie premiere getting closer, 21st Century Fox has
added lots of new content to the official DAREDEVIL web site.  I've pointed
you toward the site before, and I'm a big fan of its design -- it does as much
as possible to stimulate your non-visual senses, and its latest addition is no
exception.  With the "Test Your Skills Against Daredevil" game, you can now
match your crime-fighting prowess and sensory abilities with ol' Hornhead 
himself:
     http://www.daredevilmovie.com/quiz/quiz.html
     Submitted by 21ST CENTURY FOX.
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Speaking of Daredevil, what's he doing slacking off with Captain America
in a convenience store?  For the answer, check out this super-strange
Flash animation spoofing the film CLERKS:
     http://www.majordamage.org/heroes.html
     (Suggested for mature DRAGON'S BREATH readers.)
     Submitted by TRACY HOLLINGSWORTH.
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Dont buy this!  It's time for the latest entry in the category of 
"Weird eBay Auctions":
     http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1761086781
     Submitted by LOUIE LANFORD.
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Now your can own your own Mach-5 Racer for a paltry $125 grand!
Go, Speed Racer, go!
     http://speedracer.la/buy_a_mach_5.htm
     Submitted by LOUIE LANFORD.
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Jason Yungbluth is the creator of DEEP FRIED, which is available
for re-order any time you want it.  Check out his hysterical site here:
     http://www.whatisdeepfried.com
And don't miss the Flash cartoons promoting the DEEP FRIED comic book:
     http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/megoplex.html
     (Suggested for mature DRAGON'S BREATH readers.)
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Tell me when you find a great site that might be of interest
to our readers!  I'll pass it along here and make sure you get
proper credit!
(Please include "Site to See" in the subject line of your e-mail!)
          *** LOOK FOR US AT THE BALTIMORE COMIC-CON! ***
--- DRAGON'S BREATH
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