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DRAGON'S BREATH The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons http://www.heroesanddragons.com ________________________________________________________________ From: [email protected] v.7.34: October 17, 2002 ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ >> RECENT E-MAIL OUTAGE ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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! ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ 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! ________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________ More great sites to share! ----------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------- 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. ----------------------------------------- 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.) ----------------------------------------- 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! ***
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