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The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons


Issue # 8.13 August 17, 2003


Late-Breaking Wizard World News

Wizard World Chicago has come and gone, but there were a few late-breaking stories that didn't get posted to the web in time to be included in last week's issue of Dragon's Breath.

Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis will co-write Ultimate Fantastic Four, with art by Andy Kubertmore

Bits o' Marvel News:

According to Tom Brevoort, Marvel is "actively working" on a Ghost Rider project.  (Well, obviously, with the movie coming up )

Letters columns will return to the pages of Marvel Comics, but we probably won't see the return of Marvel Annuals anytime soon.

The Punisher will get a new # 1 (marking the start of Punisher Volume Seven!) when the book moves over to the MAX imprint.

The Thunderbolts may return in 2004 the villains-cum-heroes Thunderbolts, not the underground "fight club" Thunderbolts.

Brian K. Vaughan and Kyle Hotz may produce another mini-series featuring The Hood.

Three new Essential trade paperbacks are planned for the coming year:  Essential Spider-Man Vol. 6, Essential X-Men Vol. 5, and Essential Punisher Vol. 1.

Robert Morales and Chris Bachalo will be the new creative team on Captain America in 2004.

Peter Bagge's follow-up to The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man will be called The Incorrigible Hulk.

Andi Watson and Tommy Ohtsuka are currently working on 15-Love, the tennis-oriented mini-series announced at San Diego.

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Talent Caldwell (Fathom: Kilian's Tide) will provide the art on a 6-issue mini-series that will launch DC's revamp of the Superman titles in early 2004.  more

Talent's boss, Michael Turner, is rumored to be working on six issues with Batman in them, possibly the next story arc in Superman/Batmanmore

Jim McLaughlin hosted a "state of comics" panel with Joe Quesada, Mark Waid, Erik Larsen, and Brian Pulido at Wizard World.  more

Comics News

Harvey Pekar has contributed a six-page strip called "My Movie Year" to the current issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The folks at Six Shooter Comix are planning an August 30 "flash ring" to help promote comics.  The flash ring will consist of sequentially-trigged smart mobs giving away free comics in different locales and time zones across the world.  To participate, you'll have to stay tuned to the message boards at  more

For more on smart mobs/flash mobs, read this article at and sign up for Warren Ellis's e-mail newsletter, Bad Signal.

Comic Book Resources has posted a seven-page preview of JLA/Avengers # 1more

Golden Age Spirit and Captain Marvel writer William Woolfolk died this week.  more

Dr. Octopus will get a new look (designed by Humberto Ramos) in the 5-issue mini-series Negative Exposure, written by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Staz Johnsonmore

With TechJacket finished, Funk-O-Tron's Robert Kirkman and E.J. Su will collaborate on a new Image Comics mini-series, Cloudfallmore 

Brandon Jerwa will replace departing writer Josh Blaylock after issue # 25 of G.I. Joe.  Meanwhile, Devil's Due is putting their Micronauts title on hiatus as it leaves Image and moves to an as-yet-unnamed new publisher.  more

Warren Ellis's Two-Step mini-series with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is now on the schedule for October.  more

Doc Samson returns in Incredible Hulk # 60.  No word on when the Hulk will return.  more

CrossGen has hired the Endeavor Agency to represent them in film and media ventures.  Endeavor represents actors, directors, writers, and artists.  more

Soon after the new New Mutants title starts, artists Keron Grant and Josh Middleton will be replaced by Carlo Barberi and Chris Bachalo (covers only).  more

This holiday season, Paul Dini's Jingle Belle will star in a full-length original graphic novel from Oni Press.  The graphic novel, Dash Away All, will retail for $11.95.  more

Steve Rude's new sketchbook is available exclusively in Rude's eBay store.  Buy It Now

Media News

Dreamworks will release Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence in the U.S. next spring.  more

The Canadian Scary Godmother TV special will be available on DVD in the U.S.  more

MTV has a Blade animated series in the works.  more

Freddy vs. Jason director Ronny Yu is pursuing the rights to Blood: The Last Vampire for possible live-action feature film.  more

Awards News

The winners of the 2003 Wizard Fan Awards were announced in Chicago last week.  more

Legal News

Top Cow's lawsuit against Michael Turner has been settled.  more

Interviews Worth Reading

Coming Events

Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, August 19 at 4:00pm.

There's a 1,500-point Warhammer Fantasy tournament this Saturday, August 23 at noon.  Entry fee is only $3.00, with great prizes provided by Games Workshop.

Site to See

To commemorate the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, eBay seller YSMC123 is auctioning an authentic Presley tooth:

Only $35,000 and It Could Be Yours!

Yep, you can own the King's crown!  Bidding starts at $35,000.

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