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The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons


Issue # 8.4 June 15, 2003


H&D Summer Sale 2003

Ang Lee's long-awaited Hulk film arrives in theaters this week, and we're celebrating with a summer blowout sale!

The sale starts this Friday, June 20 (opening day for The Hulk) at opening.  Doors open at 11:00am, so be the first in line to take advantage of the savings!

Sale runs through Sunday, June 22 at 7:00pm, when we lock up the doors and go home.

Bring your want lists and get ready to save, because everything in the store is at least 20% off.  Here are the breakdowns and fine-print rules:

All Back Issues Are 50% Off This Weekend

  • 100,000+ "dollar comics" on sale for only 50 each or $100 for a long box full of comics (approximately 300 books!)

  • Over 10,000 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Age comics

  • 10,000 "hot" Modern Age comics

  • 30 boxes of magazines

  • Treasury Editions, Digests, and CGC-certified books

Everything Else Is 20% Off This Weekend

  • New comics

  • Graphic novels

  • HeroClix and Warhammer miniatures

  • Role-playing games and collectible card games

  • Posters, wall scrolls, and statues

  • Toys and action figures

  • Collecting supplies

  • T-shirts, hats, and apparel

As always, sale prices DO NOT apply to items on hold or listed for sale on the web site.  Mail orders are welcome, but you must call in your order during store hours or submit it via e-mail before closing time (7:00pm) on the last day of the sale (Sunday, June 22).  You can e-mail orders via our Contact Us page or the Place Order page in the Online Store.

Online Store Inventory Growing ...

We've just added hundreds of new comics to our Online Store!  So many comics, in fact, that it they're causing formatting problems with the text listing.  At this rate, we may have to go back to a database system before the year's out.

The cost of all this expansion is hefty if we want to keep adding books at this pace, we'll have to increase our sales on the site.

So take a few moments to browse our Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, and brand-new Modern Age sections.  To browse the listings, just click on one of these links or look under "Buy & Sell" on the main menu of

Fantagraphics Out of Danger

Fans of indy comics, rejoice!  Fantagraphics has successfully raised enough money to meet their debts and will continue publishing high-quality graphic novels.  Way to go, guys!  A big thanks to everyone who supported Fantagraphics by ordering graphic novels this month.

In the News


Mark Waid has been unceremoniously let go from his writing gig on Fantastic Four.  "Unthinkable," you say?  Wait until you read the reasons ... .  more


CGC has updated their online population report.  more

Newsarama's Mike Sangiacomo is trying to find something anything the entire comics community can agree on.  more


Comic-Con International has announced the nominees for its prestigious Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer.  The winner will be announced at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.  more 

The Harvey Awards won't be handed out at San Diego Comic-Con or any other convention.  The prestigious awards have found a new home at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City.  There are no plans for a 2003 awards ceremony, but next year's awards will be part of the annual MoCCA Arts Festival.  more


Fantagraphics is no longer in financial danger.  more

Not to be outdone by DC and Marvel, CrossGen is offering a special $1 issue of Sojourn to welcome aboard new writer Ron Marz.  more

John Rozum's popular Vertigo title Midnight, Mass. is returning for a second mini-series, Here There Be Monstersmore

Gil Kane and John Buscema may be gone, but we'll get one last glimpse of their pencils later this year in Superman: Ancient Blood.  Steven Grant has finished scripting the graphic novel, which features an ancestor of Superman.  more 

Dr. Fate mini-series artist Don Kramer will take over the art on JSA when Leonard Kirk leaves.  more

We know who's pencilling the upcoming Question series from DC!  But we don't know how much of the information we picked up is public knowledge, so you'll have to e-mail the webmaster for the scoop.  (Mention "The Question" in your subject line.)


The Hulk graces the cover of TV Guide this week.  If you're a collector, look for two versions of the special lenticular cover.  more

A live-action Transformers movie?!  more

If Stan Lee seemed to be holding back in his recent autobiography Excelsior!, perhaps you'll like Chicago Review Press's upcoming unauthorized bio, Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Bookmore


Aspen Comics honcho Michael Turner is suing former publisher Top Cow for unfair use of Fathom and its attendant properties including the one who lends her name to Turner's new company, Aspen Matthews.  more, plus Top Cow's counter-claims

Joe Simon's attempt to reclaim the rights to Captain America from Marvel Comics is still underway.  Simon's case survived an appeal before the U.S. 2nd District Court, and a new trial to determine ownership of Cap could begin as early as July 16.  more

The California Supreme Court decided in favor of DC Comics, Tim Truman, Joe Lansdale, and Sam Glanzman in their dispute with the Winter Brothers.  The Brothers were suing for the "libelous" depiction of parodies of themselves in the Vertigo mini-series Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Suchmore

The state of Washington has banned the sale of video games depicting violence against police.  more


Coming Events

Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, June 17 at 4:00pm.

The Hulk opens in theaters this Friday, June 20.  No word yet on where the H&D staff will be for opening night.  For Columbia, South Carolina, showtimes, go here.

Marvel HeroClix tournament this Saturday, June 21 at 1:00pm.  Bring a 200-point army.  Prizes supplied by WizKids.

Comics Buyer's Guide holds its annual picnic for readers in Iola, Wisconsin this Saturday, June 21.  If you're interested in attending, please e-mail [email protected] with the word "picnic" in the subject line.

THE BIG EVENT:  Heroes and Dragons' Summer Sale is this weekend, June 20-22.

Site to See

Long-time readers of Dragon's Breath will remember Cracking Contraptions as one of 2002's Sites to See.

Download all 10 "Cracking Contraptions" for $9.95 at AtomFilms

Brilliant stop-motion animator Nick Park has been posting brand-new Wallace & Gromit shorts every few weeks for the past year, and the last one becomes available this week, on June 17.  Each episode is free for a limited time and then becomes part of the purchase pack which includes all 10 episodes for only $9.95.

To view this week's episode, "The Tellyscope," visit the official Cracking Contraptions site at

Question of the Week

Instead of a new Question of the Week, we'd like to solicit more opinions on our "New This Week" page.  The response has been overwhelming so far, but votes are pretty evenly split on where you'd like to see our shipping lists.  It's a three-way tie:

  1. Some of you want to view the list online, with no e-mail reminders.

  2. Some of you want the list included in Dragon's Breath each week.

  3. And some of you want the list sent in a separate e-mail each week.

So if you have a preference, please take a few moments to vote in our tie-breaker poll.  Just click here:

Question of the Week:
Where/When Do You Like to See
the "New This Week" List?

Correction Redux

Two weeks ago, in Dragon's Breath # 8.2, we reported that Fantastic Four will be the first Marvel comic to reach # 500 when the title resumes its original numbering next month.  The boast came directly from Marvel's press release, and we printed it without thinking twice.

But DB reader Banks Robinson gave it a little thought and corrected us.  He pointed out that Thor had reached # 500 back in July of 1996.

This week, reader Eric Bussey adds a new wrinkle to the debate.  Eric writes, "Journey into Mystery was the first Marvel comic to reach # 500, but Thor did not appear until issue # 83.  Fantastic Four is the first Marvel comic to hit # 500 because the team has appeared in every issue from # 1 to # 500.  So Marvel is right."

Good point, Eric!

I think we can all agree that we're glad to see the Marvels return to their original numbering, no matter how we count the issues. 



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