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The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons


Issue # 8.15 — September 1, 2003


New Comics (and Dragon's Breath) One Day Late Following Labor Day

Sorry for the delay in this week's Dragon's Breath — because of the Labor Day holiday, new comics will not arrive until Thursday, September 4, and we wanted to be sure the schedule was confirmed before sending out this week's newsletter.

Heroes and Dragons will be open during our regular Wednesday hours (11am to 9pm) on Wednesday, just in case some of our customers don't hear about the delay.

However, we will also close at our regular time (7pm) on Thursday, September 4.  So please try to come early!

If you're worried about missing JLA/Avengers #1 (which arrives this week!), you may want to give us a call at (803) 731-HERO (731-4376).

Tug has plenty of copies of on the way (185 to be exact), but we don't want anyone to miss this slugfest for the ages!

Comic Club to Discuss Blankets This Thursday

Yep, it's the first week of the month — time for the H&D Comic Club to meet and discuss a new graphic novel.

This month's selection is the highly-anticipated new graphic novel Blankets, by Good-Bye Chunky Rice creator Craig Thompson.

Chad is working to arrange a special surprise for Comic Club members at this meeting, so you don't want to miss it.  Even if you're not a member, sit in on this meeting with us — we guarantee you'll want to come back for more.

Comics News

Ed Brubaker is leaving Detective Comicsmore

Newcomer Andersen Gabrych will write Detective in the wake of Brubaker's departure.  Robin artist Pete Woods will take over the art on 'Tecmore

Missing Silver Surfer artist Milx showed up alive and well this week, reporting that he'd suffered "a breakdown" and was unable to complete his work on the title.  He plans to contribute covers to Steve Niles's book Wake the Dead, though he's been replaced as interior artist by Chee.  Oh, and Milx is not the fan-fiction writer known as Mo_o.  more

Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures  # 3 will feature a special epilogue installment (of sorts) to Moore's Jack the Ripper tale From Hell.  Illustrated by Oscar Zarate, the story is titled "I Keep Coming Back."  more

Two Marvel series are getting the axe — The Crew will end with issue # 7, and The Eternal will end with issue # 6.  more

Meanwhile, The First will become the first of CrossGen's titles to be cancelled, with # 37 being the last issue.  more

This week's issue of TV Guide features an interview with Todd Nauck about his new creator-owned series Wildguardmore

Devil's Due Studios is leaving Image Comics at the end of 2003.  Next year, Devil's Due will publish their books without the Image "I."  more

Dark Horse will publish MegaTokyo trade paperbacks starting with Volume 2 in January 2004.  more

MegaMan # 1 will kick off Dreamwave's line of CapCom comics this month.  more

Comic Book Resources has posted preview images of all three covers to Batman # 619more

Slave Labor will publish a 4-issue mini-series from Anthony Mazzotta called Bombaby.  Set in India, the series is being compared to 1960s "Bollywood" films from that region.  more

Aardwolf will publish God's 15 Minutes, an anthology to raise money for Harlan Ellison's KICK Internet Piracy Fund.   Contributors include Alex Toth, George Pérez, Gene Colan, Dave Cockrum, Steve Gerber, Al Feldstein, and Ellison himself.  more

Al Franken's new book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right will feature a comic strip illustrated by Don Simpson (Megaton Man, Bizarre Heroes).  more

Craig Thompson's graphic novel Blankets has sold out of its first printing.  H&D would like to take part of the credit, considering how many copies we've sold in preparation for this week's meeting of Comic Clubmore

Astronauts in Trouble publisher and über-retailer Larry Young is working on a reality game show based on the classic TV show The Prisonermore

Dreamwave will produce a comic based on the Japanese kids' phenomenon Duel Masters later this year.  Brian Augustyn will write the series.  more

Newsarama has posted an exhaustive article about the current state of CrossGen.  The article addresses upcoming title changes and the continuing brouhaha with freelancers' pay.  more

Media News

A new Thundercats animated series is in the works, but it may go directly to video and DVD.  more

Interviews Worth Reading

  • Gail Simone on Birds of Prey, Agent X, and the return of Deadpool

  • Peter David on Fallen Angel becoming a "Suggested for Mature Readers" title

  • Dan Chariton and Stacy Weiss on Silver Surfer and the mysterious disappearance (and anticlimactic reappearance) of Milx

  • Salvador Larroca on the move from X-Treme X-Men to Uncanny X-Men

  • Don Lomax on his new graphic novel Vietnam Journal and his other Vietnam-based comics

  • Jay Faerber with a primer of sorts for Noble Causes: Distant Relatives

  • Trevor Hairsine on Ultimate Six

  • Ron Marz on leaving Scion and issue # 39 being a Hal Foster tribute

  • Bryan Lee O'Malley on his new graphic novel Lost at Sea

  • Jerry Beck on his 4-issue Nightmare Factory mini-series Something Wicked

  • Joe Staton on Marvel, DC, The Crossovers, and everything in between

  • Jai Nitz on Heaven's Devils and its Son of Satan influence

  • ... and Jai Sen on The Malay Mysteries

  • Tippi Blevins on her new series Cursed

  • Brandon Jerwa on taking over the art on G.I. Joe

  • C.P. Smith on StormWatch: Team Achilles and Activision

Coming Events

Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, September 2 at 4:00pm.

H&D Comic Club meets to discuss Craig Thompson's Blankets this Thursday, September 4 at 7:30pm.

Chris and John will be at the Big Apple Convention in New York City this Friday and Saturday, September 5-6.  Stop by and say "hello" if you're in the Big Apple this weekend.

Site to See

Sweet Christmas!  Here's a site where you can get the low-down on all sorts of African-American characters in the comics, from tough-as-nails blaxploitation hero Luke Cage to that king of the second-raters, Brother Voodoo:

While the galleries and exhibits are a lot of fun, we particularly recommend the articles page at the Museum of Black Super-Heroes.  The webmaster has put together an impressive collection of super-hero histories and essays about the relevance of black characters in super-hero fiction.

Two warnings about the site:

  • The browser automatically resizes in Internet Explorer.
    (Don't let it take you by surprise.)

  • Reading all the articles will eat up your afternoon pretty quickly.

Question of the Week

... will return soon.  We haven't forgotten your earlier suggestions, and we'll be soliciting more opinions from you as soon as we're caught up on our current projects.

In the meantime, feel free to send us suggestions using this form.



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