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The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons


Issue # 8.33 — March 21, 2004

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April Previews Files Available for Download

Previews files for April are now available for download on the web site.  Each month, we provide six handy reference files for our subscribers (or anyone else who wants to use them):

  • The complete text of Previews, The Comic Shop's Catalog™.  This massive file lists every single comic book, graphic novel, toy, t-shirt, or DVD available for order this month.  Using the catalog, you can order any of them — they'll arrive at H&D in June 2004.

  • The complete text of Marvel Previews, the supplement that gives you the low-down on all Marvel Comics, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, action figures, and special projects shipping in June 2004.

  • The complete text of the Previews Adult Supplement, listing all adults-only products solicited for the month of June 2004.  (Text file contains no nudity or prurient language.)

  • A list of products that have been cancelled by their publisher or manufacturer.

  • A complete list of # 1 issues and new product launches for June 2004.

  • Certainly not least, the complete STAR System Catalog, which lists every single item currently available for re-order.  If it's here, we can get it for you!

Click any file to download it now — all files will open in a new window — or go directly to our Previews Downloads page.

Once you've made your purchase decisions, you can submit an online Previews order by clicking here.

Comic Club Hellboy Updates

Attention, members of the Heroes and Dragons Comic Club:

The long-delayed one-shot Hellboy: The Corpse arrives at Heroes and Dragons this Wednesday, March 24.  A few copies will be held at the front counter for HDCC members, but you may want to give us a call at (803) 731‑4376 to make sure we reserve a copy just for you.

(With the opening of the movie only two weeks away, Hellboy's popularity is starting to rise at the Dragon!)

We're still working on a possible date for everyone to get together and see the Hellboy movie.  For more information, contact Chad.

Pick of the Week — Hellboy: The Corpse

By Comics Manager Tug Baker

Well, if there’s one thing that everyone here at Heroes and Dragons is looking forward to, it’s the Hellboy movie.  After all, he’s on everyone’s list of favorite characters.  Who doesn’t love a big red demon-guy who beats up on monkeys with bolts in their necks?  As I write this, we’re two weeks away from what quite a few initial reviews tout as the best comic-book movie ever.  Of course, Dark Horse and creator Mike Mignola aren't going to let this occasion pass by without giving moviegoers lots of neat Hellboy stuff to pick up when they walk into their local comic shops.

Whether you’re a longtime comic reader who has never tried Hellboy out or someone who has never picked up a comic before but enjoyed the movie, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick up Hellboy: The Corpse, a one-shot due out this week.  Before I tell you how cool the story and the art are, let me get the best part out of the way — it’s only 25¢!

If that fact alone hasn’t convinced you to pick it up, chew on these little tidbits:  “The Corpse” is without a doubt the best Hellboy story out there.  Originally released in two-page serialized installments in Capital City’s Advance Comics, the story follows Hellboy as he tries to return a missing baby to her parents.  He makes a deal with the three imps who stole the baby, but first he has to bury their drunken and somewhat dead friend.  As usual in Hellboy stories, supernatural wackiness happens, and Hellboy gets to hit big monsters.  Besides being a great story and featuring Mignola’s amazing art, this one-shot is something of a how-to on the basics of using the comic medium for incredible storytelling.

Still not sold?  OK, how about this:  “The Corpse” itself is 25 pages long — that works out to just a penny a page!  And it doesn’t stop there.  The rest of the 40-page book contains designs and images from the scenes of “The Corpse” that appear in the Hellboy movie.  Believe me, there hasn’t been a title in recent memory that has delivered this much comic goodness for such a low price.

If you’re looking for other goodies to fill your Easter basket this year, there are two art books sure to satisfy your need for all things Hellboy:

  • The Art of Hellboy

  • Hellboy: The Art of the Movie

You'll find mini-reviews of both books when you read my complete review at!

For Tug's complete review, click here.

Coming Events

Heroes and Dragons is currently set up at Wizard World West in Los Angeles, California.  The show ends at 5:00pm today (Sunday, March 21), so hustle on down to the Long Beach Convention Center!

Lord of the Rings CCG League meets this Tuesday, March 23 at 4:00pm.

War Machine tournament in the H&D Game Room Saturday, March 27 at 3:00pm.

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