Remember that guy that traded a paperclip all the way up to a house?Â Marvel looks like it is doing something similar with its Take My Trade campaign to benifit the HERO Initiative.
Check the Press Release:
Marvel Comics Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, one of the comic industryâ€™s most prolific personalities, is proud to present TAKE MY TRADE, a groundbreaking quest to trade up to a copy of Fantastic Four #1! Pioneered by Brevoortâ€™s critically-acclaimed Blah Blah Blog at Marvel.Com, this event allows fans to trade their comics with Brevoort so he can find a comic worthy of being traded for an original FF #1, which will then be donated to charity via The HERO Initiative. All comics remaining at the end of this event, which continues throughout 2009, will be auctioned by The HERO Initiative to aid in the welfare of less fortunate comic book creators. Plus, every participant in this event received a Certificate of Meaninglessness, personally signed by Brevoort himself!
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No, we are not changing our coverage to football and sports related talk, rather Marvel’s adaptation of the first volume of Stephen King’s The Stand is getting the hard cover treatment this March. Unlike other trades and deluxe editions which filter their way to Amazon, B&N, and other outlets, this hard cover is being released exclusively to direct market retailers.
â€œMarvel is excited to present this unique opportunity to our partners in the direct market whoâ€™ve helped make The Stand such a success,â€ explained David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales. â€œWe appreciate their overwhelming support for The Stand: Captain Trips and want to thank them with the option of either the regular cover or the limited edition gatefold cover.â€
The Stand: Captain Trips Premiere Hardcover arrives March 11, 2009 for $24.99.
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew will be reviewing the Hybrid trade paperback from Studio 407:
When four friends decide to rent a schooner for the day, everything is smooth sailing until they encounter a derelict ship adrift in the ocean – a massive trawler that looks as if it had been dragged from the bottom of the sea.Â When they spot a frightened little girl waving at them from the bow, they have no choice but to investigate.Â As they get closer to the ship, they discover that the girl is not alone, and that a terrifying creature born from environmental abuse is also stalking the ship.
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We usually don’t get too many solicitations for trade paperbacks from Archie Comics, but the company’s Freshman Year story was popular enough to be collected into The High School Chronicles Volume One: Freshman Year.
In the â€œFreshman Yearâ€ saga, originally presented in the pages of ARCHIE #587-591, readers finally learned the back-story behind Riverdaleâ€™s fabled cast of characters.Â This new classic is now set to join the list of other famous comic book â€œprequelsâ€ as all four stories are collected together in the first edition of â€œThe High School Chronicles!â€Â This handsome trade paperback collection will make an excellent addition to any Archie fanâ€™s bookshelf.
The trade goes on sale April 29, 2009 for $10.95
via Archie Comics
DC must be tickled pink over the Watchmen Trailer Effect.Â Sales for the trade paperback have skyrocketed since July, and the book took a double dip at the top selling graphic novels for December.Â Watchmen took the number 1 and number 3 spots on BookScan USA’s graphic novel list, with the paperback taking the top spot, and the newly released hard cover coming in third.
Even though Watchmen is soaring high, Naruto still dominates the list with volumes taking the number 2, 5, 11 spots.
December 17th, 2008 â€“ Los Angeles, CA â€“Today there are now three ways for comic retailers to get BOOM! Studios growing list of graphic novels: Diamond, Perseus, and finally.Â Tony Shenton! Working with BOOM! Studios’ growing library, Shenton will represent BOOM!’s trade paperback and hardcover lists to comic books stores and other specialty stores across the nation.
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Studio 407 will release its Hybrid series in trade paperback form on February 25, 2009.Â If you didn’t get a chance to read the individual issues, now might be a good time to read the collection before the movie adaptation hits theaters.
“This was a real opportunity to take an old fashioned genre, the classic monster story, and bring it into the 21st century. says Hybrid writer Peter Kwong. “The ‘hybrid” is unlike any creature that you’ve ever seen; yet, like all classical monsters, it’s very much rooted in contemporary fears and anxieties. That always makes it more interesting as a writer, and, I hope, the audience will agree.”
Studio 407 has provided a sneak peek at the first issue, that you can read after the jump.
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Whether you’re standing in long lines at a comic convention, driving across country on one of those wonderful family vacations, or jetting around the world closing multi-million dollar deals, you’re probably going to be bored enough to want to read something.Â DC has stepped up to the plate by releasing its list of trade paperbacks scheduled for release in May and June of 2009.
This list isn’t final, and is subject to change, but what is being offered, looks pretty good to me.Â For sure on my list will the the third Starman Omnibus.
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Top Cow Entertainment has announced The Witchblade Compendium Vol: 1 (collecting issues 1-50) and The Darkness Compendium (collecting issues 1/2-40 and a bunch more) are back in print after a two years and will be back in stores next week.
â€œItâ€™s taken us a bit longer to get the Compendiumâ€™s back into print, but the redesigned look was well worth the wait,â€ said Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. â€œPlus, the price cannot be beat. Fifty comics for 60 bucks! Just another way Top Cow is giving you more than the competition.â€
Softcover versions of the book will set you back $59.99, while the hardcover versions are a mighty $99.99.
via Top Cow
I you wandered through your LCS this week, you may have seen Angelina Jolie looking back at you.Â That’s because Top Cow has released the Wanted Movie Edition Trade Paperback to capitalize on the upcoming DVD release.
The WANTED MOVIE EDITION not only contains the hit comic story by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, it also features a movie photo cover (see attached), interviews with the director and cast of the film, a character dossier, deleted scenes, a making-of-the-comic featurette and more.
I think some are going to be dissappointed when they purchase the trade and find out Jolie on the cover turns into Halle Berry on the inside.Â Â If you haven’t read Wanted, do yourself a favor and pick it up, it is a great story.Â If you’re basing your purchase on the movie, pick up the book as it is a totally different story.
via Top Cow
Shadowline, an imprint of Image Comics, has announced the serial killer series The Roberts will receive the trade paperback treatment in February 2009.
THE ROBERTS reveals the final fate of the infamous Zodiac Killer and The Boston Strangler as they live out their last days in The Shady Lane Retirement Center. While they’ve been able to live their lives anonymously from their fellow retirees, one reveals his long-kept secret to the other and may have no option other than to give in to his instinct to murder. In addition, the fifty pages of extras include Chinsang’s never-before-seen personal correspondences with real life serial killers Richard Ramirez and Charles Manson.
The 144-page trade will sell for $14.99.
via Image Comics
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, we’re traveling to a galaxy far, far away to a time even older than long ago to examine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 1: Commencement.
From Dark Horse Comics
Thousands of years before Luke Skywalker would destroy the Death Star in that fateful battle above Yavin 4, one lone Padawan would become a fugitive hunted by his own Masters, charged with murdering every one of his fellow Jedi-in-training!
From criminals hiding out in the treacherous under-city of the planet Taris, to a burly, mysterious droid recovered from the desolate landscape of a cratered moon, Padawan Zayne Carrick will find unexpected allies in his desperate race to clear his name before the unmerciful authorities enact swift retribution upon him!
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