The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.15 — September 1, 2003
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!
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.
Ed Brubaker is leaving Detective Comics! more
Newcomer Andersen Gabrych will write Detective in the wake of Brubaker's departure. Robin artist Pete Woods will take over the art on 'Tec. more
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 Wildguard. more
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 # 619. more
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 Club. more
Astronauts in Trouble publisher and über-retailer Larry Young is working on a reality game show based on the classic TV show The Prisoner. more
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
A new Thundercats animated series is in the works, but it may go directly to video and DVD. more
Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, September 2 at 4:00pm.
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.
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:
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