The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.4 — June 15, 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
Everything Else Is 20% Off This Weekend
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 heroesanddragons.com.
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.
Mark Waid has been unceremoniously let go from his writing gig on Fantastic Four. "Unthinkable," you say? Wait until you read the reasons ... . more
ON THE WEB:
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 Monsters. more
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.)
NEWS FROM OTHER MEDIA:
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 Book. more
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 Such. more
The state of Washington has banned the sale of video games depicting violence against police. more
INTERVIEWS WORTH READING:
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.
Long-time readers of Dragon's Breath will remember Cracking Contraptions as one of 2002's Sites to See.
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 AtomFilms.com.
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:
So if you have a preference, please take a few moments to vote in our tie-breaker poll. Just click here:
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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