The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.18 — September 28, 2003
Be on the look-out for e-mails asking for your user names, passwords, credit card information, or other personal details.
We've received a higher-than-usual number of scam e-mails this week, and at least two Dragon's Breath readers who received similar e-mails wrote to ask about them.
These e-mails usually appear to come from eBay (view sample), PayPal (view sample), or Microsoft. Using official-looking templates, images, and fonts, the e-mails mimic the look of real correspondence from these sites and warn you that your information is incorrect or out-of-date. They urge you to "click here" to visit their site and update your details, but the link redirects you to a web site run by identity thieves. Any details you enter go straight into their database, not to eBay or Microsoft.
These scams usually have two goals:
The best defense against these impostor e-mails is this:
Never download any attachment sent to you by e-mail. And never enter your passwords or confidential information into a web site you accessed by clicking on an e-mail link.
If you want to download the latest security patches from Microsoft, use your web browser to go directly to www.Microsoft.com. Likewise, if you suspect your eBay or PayPal information is in need of an update, go directly to www.eBay.com or www.PayPal.com and log in.
We've posted the text version of the new Previews catalog online. You can read browse the text of the regular Previews catalog, the Adult Supplement, and the new Marvel Previews here and then place your order here.
Remember, this catalog is for items scheduled to ship in December.
Orders are due by midnight on Saturday, October 11.
Today's comics readers often overlook the sophistication of the EC titles, but we're giving them special attention as we head into the month of October. In their original run, Vault of Horror and its contemporaries instilled fear in a generation of a children — and adults: The titles' violent and gory content inspired a Congressional investigation by Estes Kefauver and eventually led to the formation of the Comics Code Authority.
This Thursday we'll discuss the impact of Vault of Horror, as well as how public perceptions of comics have changed in the last 45 years.
Our meeting starts at 7:30pm, which is after regular store hours — if the door is locked, someone will gladly let you in.
For those who don't know, we are actively recruiting new members! Comic Club members, bring a friend with you. If you're not a member, this is a great chance to meet our club regulars and enjoy a great chat with no obligation to join.
(But if you do decide to join, you'll enjoy 20% off on all graphic novels and trade paperbacks you purchase through Heroes and Dragons!)
Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo are staying on Fantastic Four, after all! more
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Steve McNiven will still be coming aboard Fantastic Four, though — launching a second monthly FF title under the almost-forgotten "Marvel Knights" imprint! more
Shake-ups at CrossGen are the other big news item this week. Gone is the in-house "staff artist" system, in favor of a more traditional "page rate" structure for artists. CrossGen is also allowing its house artists to take freelance assignments from other companies. Ruse artist Jackson "Butch" Guice has already left the company, and an estimated twenty other employees have been dismissed. Among the creative losss: George Pérez, Drew Geraci, and Brandon Peterson. more, more, more, more, and still more
MV Creations' Val Staples talked to Comicon.com's Pulse about how the CrossGen changes will affect MV's plans. more
Former Kitchen Sink editor Dave Schreiner died last month, on August 27. more
Transformers: Generation One becomes an ongoing monthly series in December. Issue # 0 kicks off the new series. more
The Legion #25 marks Superboy's return to the 30th Century. The issue promises to be a great jumping-on point, so delay no longer — give Legion a try! more
Howard Porter takes over the art on The Flash starting with issue # 207. more
Firestorm returns in an all-new monthly series in April 2004, with Dan Jolley writing and Chris Cross on art. more
Stuart Immonen has signed a three-year exclusive contract with Marvel Comics. more
Wonder Boys and Kavalier and Klay writer Michael Chabon will write the Mr. Terrific back-up in JSA: All Stars # 7. more
DC is redesigning the trade dress for their popular series of Sandman graphic novels. The new editions (both hardcover and trade paperback) will feature brand-new artwork by Dave McKean. more
Conservative MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough named DC Comics his "Rat of the Week" on September 19. Scarborough described the plot of Joe Kelly's current JLA storyline, "American Nightmare," which has the Justice League invading Qurac (a fictional Middle Eastern country that has long plagued DC heroes) to eliminate non-existent weapons of mass destruction. more
The Outsiders team of Judd Winick and Tom Raney have renewed their exclusive contracts with Scarborough's Rat of the Week, DC Comics. more
Superman #200 will tie up loose plot threads, mark a major change in the geography of Metropolis, and end with the disappearance of Superman. And those of you who missed the Man of Steel's motorcycle the first time around can see it in these preview pages! more
Kurt Busiek will write an introduction for About Comics' new edition of Robert Mayer's novel Superfolks. more
Image Comics will release new trade collections of Paul Grist's original Jack Staff and Kane series in December. more
The University of California at Los Angeles will hold an independent comics art festival called super*Market in early November. more
Contrary to rumors, Future Comics will not publish the Micronauts series. According to a press release from Future PR Manager J. Hues, Peacekeeper artist Pat Broderick is leaving the company to work on Micronauts with whoever decides to pick up the license. more
John Layman and Dave Crosland will follow up their Image mini-series Puffed with an equally bizarre one-shot set in Iraq, Stay Puffed. more
Three Days in Europe artist Mike Hawthorne will pencil a four-issue story arc in Queen & Country, beginning in issue # 21. more
Ultimate Six is the latest Marvel mini-series to extend its run by one issue. The series will now run for seven issues instead of six. more
Byron Preiss will collect comic adaptations of Ray Bradbury's stories in the forthcoming Best of Ray Bradbury: The Graphic Novel. more
Lea Hernandez's Rumble Girls will also return in 2004, this time published by NBM. more
Adam Warren pits Chun-Li against Cammy in the back-up story in Street Fighter # 2. more
Gemstone is bringing more Disney comics to newsstands this winter. more
Astonish Comics (publisher of Herobear and the Kid) will merge with Scott Sava's animation house Blue Dream Studios. more
Beckett is publishing a comic book by Jeff Amano and Ivan Brandon, Ruule. more
Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp is coming back — this time published by IDW. more
Despite Roaring Studios' departure, Image will continue to publish George R.R. Martin's Hedge Knight. more
Warner Brothers has released the first photo of Halle Berry in her Catwoman get-up for the 2004 movie. more
Dr. Who returns to television on the BBC in 2005. more
The magazine Reform Judaism is running a series titled "How the Jews Created the Comic Book Industry," profiling such influential Jewish creators of the Golden Age as Will Eisner, Jerry Siegel, and Joe Schuster. more
Marvel Comics plans to produce its own "mid-budget" and direct-to-video movies. Presumably, these wouldn't be farmed out like the Man-Thing movie currently filming in Australia. more
James Sime of Isotope Comics is sponsoring the Second Annual Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. more
Captain America co-creator Joe Simon has reached a settlement with publisher Marvel Comics. Simon has agreed to sign over all copyrights and ownership rights to Marvel. more
Larry Cohen and Martin Poll are suing Fox Studios over the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film, claiming parts of the plot and cast are lifted from an unproduced Cohen script called Cast of Characters. According to the brief descriptions, there are similarities between Cast of Characters and the League film. more
Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, September 30 at 4:00pm.
Comic Club meets at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 2.
1,750-point Warhammer 40,000 Tournament this Saturday, October 4 at noon. $3 entry fee.
One more time: Who's running for Governor of California?!
If you can't tell Arnold's platform from Angeline's, the Game Show Network has the complete guide for you:
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