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since April 29, 2000

Our Staff

Learn All about Our Friendly Staff
... And Their Personal Favorites


by H&D STAFF MEMBERS

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CHRIS

Store Owner,
Big Kahuna

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • RECORD OF LODOSS WAR (anime)
  • D&D  to the max
  • CAVEWOMAN
  • XENOZOIC TALES
  • Anything by Richard Delgado (like AGE OF REPTILES)
  • Vintage STAR WARS Toys
  • Golden Age DCs and Fawcetts
  • COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE rules!
SECRET ORIGIN:

In the beginning, there were comics.  Then there were cars, girls, and comics.  Later, there were many foreign lands, lots of higher learning, more girls, and -- of course -- comics.  Later still, there were nuclear submarines and a blossoming comics business.  Now there is Big Kahuna's office.  In the future there will be no office -- Big Kahuna will be free in the end to dream about the comics

BRETT

Finance Manager,
Budgetary Dictator

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • DANGER GIRL
  • THE AUTHORITY
  • TRANSMETROPOLITAN
  • PLANETARY
  • SUPERMAN
  • PREACHER
  • ASTRO CITY
  • SAM & TWITCH
  • 300
  • LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
  • and more!

SECRET ORIGIN:

S! Brett Lord comes to us from a not-too-distant future in which, thanks to rampant commercialization of cloning technology, every comic book is written by Kevin Smith and drawn be either J. Scott Campbell or Joe Madureira.  While all the books were damn good, as a retailer and fan Brett just couldn't abide a marketplace where BATMAN and X-MEN comics only ship 3 to 5 times per year.  Fleeing into the past -- thanks to the rampant commercialization of time-travel technology -- Brett planned to carefully craft for himself a station of ever-increasing authority over 20th and 21st Century comics.  His plan proceeds apace, in an ever-vigilant attempt to prevent that plodding, homogenous future from ever coming to pass.

TRACY

Store Manager,
Verbal Pugilist

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT (of course!)
  • JLA: SUPERPOWER
  • WINGS OF HONNEMAISE (anime)
  • LIBERTY MEADOWS

SECRET ORIGIN:

Before settling down at H&D, Tracy lived a totally different experience.  He patrolled the spaceways as BUCK DANG, Milky Way Ranger!  At an early age, he discovered that he had the innate ability to create his own theme music, which sounded out whenever he fought evil.  For almost two centuries, Buck chased the refuse of the galaxy, motivated by his own inspirational melodies.  However, fighting thieving scum soon lost its charm when Buck realized that only he could hear his theme music.  Happily, Buck (Tracy) has found a new home as he continues to fight the good fight at Heroes & Dragons.  If you encounter him on the showroom floor and he has a faraway look in his eye, it's okay -- he's just listening to the music.

BEN
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Assistant Store Manager,
King of All Gaming

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • USAGI YOJIMBO (I dig samurai rabbits!)
  • KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE
  • FENG SHUI (Guns blazin' and Kung-Fu-fightin' Hong Kong style!)
  • LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS CCG
SECRET ORIGIN:

Spawned underground by a top secret experiment attempting to crossbreed comics dorks and game geeks, the entity known as "Ben" wandered the world for decades before settling in the sleepy hamlet of Columbia, South Carolina:  The creature found employment at a small comics/games shop and transformed it into a mammoth corporation of fun and frivolity.  His immediate goals realized, the creature turns his gaze elsewhere and waits .

SCOTT

Web Planner,
Comics Guru

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Chris Ware's ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY is the most harrowing and challenging comic you'll find anywhere.
  • Anything by Grant Morrison, particularly ANIMAL MAN and THE INVISIBLES.
  • SIGNAL TO NOISE, by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
  • Check out J.M. DeMatteis's current run on THE SPECTRE.  If you liked his DR. FATE, it's good stuff -- getting better with every issue.
  • Ann Nocenti's run on anything, especially DAREDEVIL (Is she still single?)

SECRET ORIGIN:

Two thousand years from now, a dark era will dawn for mankind.  The comic book industry will end.  The spirit of Kirby and Eisner will be crushed.  And the evil of illiteracy will reign supreme.  In the present, there is one last hope for Earth -- a man who has travelled back to the Twenty-First Century to prevent these tragedies before they occur.  He is a child of the 1970s, the offspring of a generation that read SWING WITH SCOOTER and thought GHOST RIDER was really cool -- but his time in the future has given him power and purpose.  He is Scott Simmons, and he uses those powers to fight for a comic-filled tomorrow -- and to fight for his own fate as a man out of time!

MATT G.

Back Issue Manager

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • THE IR0N GIANT (now on DVD!)
  • JLA: EARTH 2

SECRET ORIGIN:

Little is known about this enigmatic comics guru.  It's uncertain if anyone has ever SEEN him.  A whisper here, a rumor of a glimpse there -- it is said that he has broken the hearts of supermodels and been the envy of many on the dance floor.  Legend has it that every now and then he descends from his Xanadu in the clouds to bag and price back issues.

CHAD

Customer Service,
Last Hope of Mankind

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • Alan Moore's ABC line
  • Grant Morrison stuff like JLA & ANIMAL MAN
  • Anything by Warren Ellis
  • Peter David's run on INCREDIBLE HULK
  • Fritz & Karl
  • Joe Kelly's SUPERMAN
SECRET ORIGIN:

Trading in his position as front man for the electronica-meets-country-western band Suckback, Chad bought a mongoose farm and waited for the money to roll in.  But fate, cruel lady that she is, would not allow the man to live his dream and cursed all his mongeese with herpephobia, the fear of snakes.  Broken and penniless, Chad turned to the drink and began living in a haze.  When he finally came to his senses a year later, he found he was in Chicago without any knowledge of how he'd gotten there.  He wandered the city streets until he came to a building that seemed to call out to him.  Chad entered and found himself in the middle of a room filled with British comics writers.  No one knows what those writers told him, but when Chad left, he had a new direction in life.  His mission is now to take over the United States and return it to the British.  But he's pretty lazy and will probably settle for selling comics.  God save the Queen!

DAVID

Customer Service,
On-Call Toy Expert

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • STRANGERS IN PARADISE ("reality with an edge")
  • LIBERTY MEADOWS

SECRET ORIGIN:

When confronted about his mysterious past, David is terse.  He will only admit to being raised in the mountains by wolves -- but which mountains?  And what pack of wolves?  Were they vicious, carnivorous wolves?  Benevolent telepathic wolves?  Three-feet-tall gray wolves with large black eyes?  And most importantly, what comics did they read?  Whatever the case, David is trying to find a new way and make a life for himself among humanity.

MATT P.

Customer Service,
Apprentice to the
Gamesmaster

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • TRANSFORMERS (Anything and everything, it's all good)
  • GOLD DIGGER
  • THUNDERBOLTS
  • BATGIRL
  • SIGIL
  • SLAYERS
  • FADING SUNS role-playing game
SECRET ORIGIN:

Matt (or "Matt," as he's more popularly called) recently escaped from an orbiting satellite where he was forced by mad scientists to read really bad comics over and over again.  Stuff so horrible it made Rob Liefeld's storytelling abilities look like Grant Morrison's, but at least the chicks looked really good!  Their plan was to use these horrible comics to break the will of the entire world, thus ensuring their total domination!  Matt survived by building two robot companions to help him make fun of these awful comics -- and by secreting a stash of stuff written by Kurt Busiek onboard.  After an escape so daring he can't even remember it, Matt wound up in a South Carolina comic shop.  He's often found staring vacantly off into space, attributed to his long imprisonment.

That's what he says, anyway.

SAM

Security Consultant

RECOMMENDATIONS:
  • CLEAN LIVING
SECRET ORIGIN:

Classified.