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The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons


Issue # 8.6 June 29, 2003


Happy Independence Day

Heroes and Dragons wishes everyone across America and particularly our mail-order subscribers stationed in Iraq and other areas of the world a safe, happy, and free Independence Day.

We will be open Friday, July 4, but we may decide to close early.  Please call ahead to check our hours:

(803) 731-HERO (4376)

July Previews Files Posted

Download the complete text of the Previews catalog for July as well as the adult supplement, cancellations list, STAR System re-order catalog, and a complete list of #1 issues shipping in September.

You'll find all these tools (and more) at our Subscriptions page.  Previews orders are due before midnight on Saturday, July 12.

Comic Club Meets July 10 (Not July 3)

Because of the Independence Day holiday, H&D Comic Club will not meet this week.  Instead, our regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday, July 10.

Copies of this month's graphic novel, Astro City: Life in the Big City, are available at the front counter of H&D.  Ask for them by name and save 20% if you're a member of Comic Club.

We'll return to our regular meeting date (the first Thursday of each month) in August.

SC Senator Strom Thurmond Dies

100-year-old South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond died Thursday night, June 26.

While opinions on Thurmond vary widely, it's impossible to overestimate his importance in South Carolina history.  Heroes and Dragons wishes to extend our condolences to Thurmond's family and friends (who account for about 1/3 of our state's population).

We also want to warn visitors to our home town of Columbia to beware the high volumes of traffic downtown.  Senator Thurmond's body lies in state at the Capitol Building downtown this Sunday and Monday, June 29 and 30.  His funeral is planned for Tuesday, July 1 and will likely tie up traffic along I-20 as well as downtown.  If you're traveling to Heroes and Dragons in the next couple of days, please be aware of the traffic situation and plan for delays.

In the News

At a press conference Saturday, Neil Gaiman addressed questions about his much-anticipated 8-issue mini-series for Marvel Comics, titled 1602.  According to Gaiman, the mini-series is not an "Elseworlds" or "What If ... ?" story, but an in-continuity adventure of the Marvel Universe cast set in the year 1602.  All of the major Marvel characters who originally appeared before 1968 are scheduled to appear in 1602 (except Tony Stark/Iron Man).  more

Neil Gaiman also talked to Comics Buyer's Guide this week, answering questions about 1602 and his other upcoming projects, The Sandman: Endless Nights graphic novel and a child-centric comic with Dave McKean titled The Wolves in the Walls.  (Gaiman is currently re-scripting the Bill Sienkiewicz pages for Endless Nights.)  more

Brian Michael Bendis let another cat out of the bag this week.  Ultimate Six will be a mini-series that pairs Spider-Man with the Ultimates.  more

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace disapproves of Princess Diana's upcoming appearance in X-Statix.  However, the Daily Mail also misquotes Rich Johnston, misspells his name, and estimates sales of the Princess Di issue at five times the number of copies in circulation so take their report about a nameless Buckingham Palace official with a grain of salt.  more from The Daily Mail and Newsarama plus some funnier comments from writer Pete Milligan and The Guardian

If anyone has legal insight on whether or not Di's appearance in X-Statix is potentially actionable by her estate, please e-mail us.  We're curious.

The Dark Horse reprints of Conan the Barbarian #1-25 were just the beginning of a new wave of Conan comics.  Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord will follow up with an all-new Conan series for Dark Horse.  more 

Alan Moore is releasing more rarely-seen gems through through Avatar Press.  This time it's Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths, a graphic novel anthology of early U.K. work from Warrior magazine and other sources.  more

Frequent New Yorker and MAD Magazine contributor Peter Kuper will adapt Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis as a hardcover graphic novel this August.  Kuper is no stranger to adapting Kafka, having released an adaptation of "Give It Up!" and other short stories in the early '90s.  English teachers and librarians, call us to order 'em today!  (Ask for Tug.)  more

To entice new readers to their hardcover Archives collections, DC Comics will release a 48-page Golden Age DC Archives Sampler for only 99.  more

Amelia Rules again in a new series by creator Jimmy Gownley this October.  more

Todd DeZago and Craig Rousseau are working on a new grassroots comic called The Perhapanauts that will be printed at the local copy shop, sold through their web site, and distributed through conventions and mail order.  more

Discus-throwing, lightcycle-riding computer-age super-hero Tron is back in a new video game (Tron 2.0) and a new comic from Disney/88 MPH.  more

Rich Johnston explains why Grant Morrison's sequel to Marvel Boy is dead in the water and paints a vivid (if only theoretical) picture of Marvel Comics in turmoil in this week's Lying in the Gutters column.  There are all sorts of other rumors in Rich's one-year anniversary column.  more


Topps is buying WizKids, the makers of HeroClix and Mage Knight.  more


Sean Kleefeld of Cincinnati, Ohio, is "Comics' #1 Fan" the winner of Diamond Distribution's Free Comic Book Day promotion contest.  more 

Larry Young and Ryan Yount from Astronauts in Trouble took plenty of pictures at last weekend's MoCCA Festival.  more


Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond will appear on an episode of the WB's Static Shock next season.  more

WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam will open his own comics retail store, RVD's Five-Star Comics, in Long Beach, California in July.  more

Believe it or not, our webmaster shares a passion with Van Dam they're both fans of Ghost Rider, with Van Dam claiming to have a "Ghost Rider museum" in his home!  Small world, eh?

Laura Elena Harring (Mulholland Dr) and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-Men) have been cast in the upcoming Punisher movie alongside Thomas Jane and John Travolta.  more


Chaos! Comics and all of its characters and stories (except those pertaining to Lady Death) are up for auction.  Bidding begins at $7,500.  more

Arkansas has passed a vaguely-worded law (Act 858) that prohibits the display of "any material that is harmful to minors."  As usual, there are no guidelines for determining what is "harmful to minors," and there won't be until someone is successfully prosecuted for a violation of Act 858.  The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and American Booksellers Assocation have filed suit against the law.  more 


Coming Events

Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, July 1 at 4:00pm.

H&D Comic Club will not meet this Thursday, July 3.  Because of the Independence Day holiday, we will instead meet on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm.

Site to See

This week's Site to See is the Encyclopedia Mythica, a treasure trove of information about myth and folklore from around the world:

Encyclopedia Mythica

Set aside a couple of hours and dig deep into the site.  There's great stuff here!

Question of the Week

With two new full-time staffers, our webmaster is doing more in-store training than site updates.  Expect a slight slowdown in site development this week as we work to bring everyone up to speed on the Dragon's computer systems.

Since there won't be any major site maintenance, we're holding onto our next two Questions of the Week.  This feature will return in two weeks, when we've caught up on our current projects.



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