Dear Marvel, Stop Supporting SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act)

Dear Marvel, Stop Supporting SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act)

As a user of the Internet I feel responsible to inform my readers of Marvel’s support of the SOPA act.  I’ll leave you to your own effects and judgements about SOPA, but what I see it as, is a step to bring US censorship and power over the Internet right in line with that of Communist China.

As an American, I find this affront to my freedom insulting and unacceptable under any circumstance.

This post will be stickied, if you value your freedom on the Internet, please head over to http://www.dearmarvel.com/.

What is SOPA?

Some of the worst legislation ever seen is currently before Congress. Three pieces of legislation, H.R. 3261 in the House of Representatives and S.968 and S.978 in the Senate, would cripple the internet by stripping your due process rights and making everyday users wary that the next thing you post might get you sued or thrown in jail.

And unfortunately, Marvel Entertainment is supporting it.

What can you do?

The first thing you can do is tell Marvel Entertainment to stop supporting the bill by signing the petition here http://www.dearmarvel.com/.

Comic Releases – 8/3/11

Comic Releases – 8/3/11

Listed below is a mostly complete list of all planned comic releases for 8/3/11.  This list is subject to change and is not assumed to be entirely complete until all releases are actually in store.

MARVEL COMICS
15-Love #3 (Of 3), $4.99
Acts Of Vengeance Crossovers Omnibus HC (Alan Davis Book Market Cover), $99.99
Acts Of Vengeance Crossovers Omnibus HC (Rob Liefeld Direct Market Cover), $99.99
Avengers Academy #17, $2.99
Avengers Academy Volume 2 Will We Use This In The Real World HC (Premiere Edition), $24.99
Dark Tower The Gunslinger The Battle Of Tull #3 (Of 5), $3.99
Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz Postcard (Promotional Item), AR
Essential Spider-Man Volume 1 TP (All-New Edition), $19.99
Fear Itself Poster Book, $6.99
Fear Itself Wolverine #2 (Of 3), $2.99
Herc #6, $2.99
Heroes For Hire #10, $2.99
Hulk #38, $2.99
Iron Man 2.0 #7.1, $2.99
Marvel Previews #96 (August 2011 For Products On-Sale October 2011)(per Marvel Comics), $1.25
Marvel Super Stars Magazine #6 (Marvel Adventures), $7.99
Mighty Avengers Dark Reign HC, $44.99
Moon Knight #4, $3.99
Mystic #1 (Of 4), $2.99
Oz The Marvelous Land Of Oz TP, $19.99
Punisher #1 (Bryan Hitch Regular Cover), $3.99
Punisher #1 (Blank Variant Cover), AR
Punisher #1 (Neal Adams Variant Cover), AR
Punisher #1 (Sal Buscema Variant Cover), AR
Red Skull #2 (Of 5), $2.99
Rocket Raccoon Guardian Of The Keystone Quadrant HC (Premiere Edition)(Book Market Edition), $24.99
Rocket Raccoon Guardian Of The Keystone Quadrant HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 72), $24.99
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Gerald Parel Regular Cover), $2.99
S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Dustin Weaver Historical Variant Cover), AR
Spider-Man Big Time TP, $14.99
Spider-Man Newspaper Strips Volume 2 HC, $39.99
Spider-Man With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility #5 (Of 7), $3.99
Thor Heaven And Earth #2 (Of 4), $2.99
Thunderbolts #161, $2.99
Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (Of 6)(Mark Bagley Regular Cover)(Polybagged), $3.99
Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (Of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), AR
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Mark Bagley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Vengeance #2 (Of 6), $3.99
Wolverine #13, $3.99
X-23 #13, $2.99
X-Factor #223, $2.99
X-Men Fallen Angels HC (Premiere Edition)(Book Market Edition), $29.99
X-Men Fallen Angels HC (Premiere Edition)(Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 73), $29.99
X-Men Schism #1 (Of 5)(Carlos Pacheco 2nd Printing ‘Cyclops’ Variant Cover)(08/10/11 per Marvel), $4.99
X-Men Schism #1 (Of 5)(Carlos Pacheco 2nd Printing ‘Wolverine’ Variant Cover)(08/10/11 per Marvel), $4.99

COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1259, AR

DARK HORSE COMICS
Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume 2 TP (resolicited), $19.99
Domo And Friends Figure Set, $17.99
Space Family Robinson Archives Volume 1 HC, $49.99
Star Wars Omnibus A Long Time Ago Volume 4 TP, $24.99
Usagi Yojimbo #139, $3.50

DC COMICS
Adventure Comics #529, $2.99
Batman Arkham City #4 (Of 5), $2.99
Batman Beyond #8, $2.99
Batman Gates Of Gotham #4 (Of 5)(Trevor Mccarthy Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Gates Of Gotham #4 (Of 5)(Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover), AR
Batman Incorporated Batman Action Figure, AR
Batman Incorporated Damian As Robin Action Figure, AR
Batman Incorporated Batman Knight Action Figure, AR
Batman Incorporated Man Of Bats Action Figure, AR
Blackest Night Violet Lantern 1:4 Scale Power Battery And Ring Prop Replica Set, $35.00
DC Comics Presents SHAZAM #2, $7.99
DC Comics Presents The Metal Men #1 (Retailer Replacement Copies), $7.99
DC Retroactive Batman The ’80s #1 (One Shot), $4.99
DC Retroactive The Flash The ’80s #1 (One Shot), $4.99
DC Retroactive Wonder Woman The ’80s #1 (One Shot), $4.99
DC Universe Online Legends #13, $2.99
Firestorm The Nuclear Man TP, $17.99
Flashpoint #4 (Of 5)(Andy Kubert & Sandra Hope Regular Cover), $3.99
Flashpoint #4 (Of 5)(Andy Kubert Black & White Variant Cover A), AR
Flashpoint #4 (Of 5)(George Perez Variant Cover B), AR
Flashpoint Batman Knight Of Vengeance #3 (Of 3), $2.99
Flashpoint Deathstroke And The Curse Of The Ravager #3 (Of 3), $2.99
Flashpoint Secret Seven #3 (Of 3), $2.99
Flashpoint The World Of Flashpoint #3 (Of 3), $2.99
Green Lantern Super Spectacular #2, $7.99
History Of Violence TP (New Edition), $14.99
House Of Mystery #40, $2.99
I Zombie #16, $2.99
Jack Kirby Omnibus Volume 1 Starring Green Arrow HC, $49.99
Jonah Hex #70, $2.99
Looney Tunes #201, $2.99
Scalped #51, $2.99
Scooby Doo Where Are You #12, $2.99
Secret Six #36, $2.99
Superboy #10, $2.99
Superman #714 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $2.99
Superman #714 (George Perez Variant Cover), AR
Superman Grounded Volume 1 HC, $22.99
Sweet Tooth #24, $2.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Boys #57, $3.99
Red Sonja She-Devil With A Sword Volume 9 War Season TP, $16.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Ale Garza Regular Cover), $3.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Arthur Adams Regular Cover), $3.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Joe Jusko Regular Cover), $3.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Arthur Adams Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #5 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), AR
Zorro Rides Again #1 (Matt Wagner Regular Cover), $3.99
Zorro Rides Again #1 (Matt Wagner Black & White Variant Cover), AR

IDW PUBLISHING
Book Of Extreme Facts SC, $17.99
Doctor Who #1 (Hundred Penny Press Edition), $1.00
Edgar Allan Poe The Raven And Other Short Stories HC (resolicited), $16.99
G.I. JOE #4 (Cover A Tom Feister), $3.99
G.I. JOE #4 (Cover B Javier Saltares), $3.99
G.I. JOE #4 (G.I. JOE Hearts & Minds Variant), AR
G.I. JOE Volume 5 TP, $19.99
In The Shadow Of Dracula SC, $16.99
J. Scott Campbell’s Fairy Tale 2012 Calendar, $19.99
Walter Simonson’s Thor Artist’s Edition HC, AR
Wynonna Earp The Yeti Wars #4 (Of 4), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
50 Girls 50 #3 (Of 4), $2.99
68 #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Nat Jones & Jay Fotos), $3.99
68 #3 (Of 4)(Cover B Nat Jones), $3.99
68 #3 (Of 4)(Cover C Nat Jones), AR
Artifacts #9 (Of 13)(Cover A JP Leon), $3.99
Artifacts #9 (Of 13)(Cover B Dale Keown), $3.99
Artifacts #9 (Of 13)(Cover C John Tyler Christopher), $3.99
Artifacts Playing Card Set #9 (Of 13)(Retailer Incentive), AR
Artifacts Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Daomu #6, $2.99
Drums #3 (Of 4), $2.99
Elephantmen Volume 2 TP Fatal Diseases (Revised & Expanded Edition), $24.99
Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors #4, $2.99
Green Wake #5 (Of 5), $3.50
Haunt The Immortal Edition Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Infinite #1 (Rob Liefeld Regular Cover), $2.99
Infinite #1 (Blank Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Infinite #1 (Deluxe Edition), $5.99
Infinite #1 (Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), AR
Infinite #1 (Rob Liefeld Variant Cover), AR
Infinite #1 (Todd McFarlane Variant Cover), AR
Intrepids #6, $2.99
Invincible Compendium Volume 1 TP, $64.99
Magdalena #8 (Of 13)(Cover A Keu Cha), $3.99
Magdalena #8 (Of 13)(Cover B Nelson Blake II), $3.99
Meta 4 The Complete Series TP, $14.99
Moriarty #4, $2.99
Savage Dragon #172, $3.50
Screamland #3, $2.99
Severed #1, $2.99
Walking Dead Weekly #31, $2.99

The waiting is the hardest part – Hasbro Exclusives SDCC 2011

The waiting is the hardest part – Hasbro Exclusives SDCC 2011

I don’t know how you spent the morning, but I can tell you how I did.  I setup about 7 tabs in Firefox, and used the “Reload Every” plugin.  There were two tabs on the Hasbro main page, two tabs on the Hasbro Exclusives page, and the rest were on other Hasbro sub-pages. I like many, many others, was waiting for the Hasbro SDCC 2011 exclusives to become available for purchase, an annual tradition for at least 3 years running now.

Hasbro appeared to have kindly waited for the West Coast to wake up before posting their wares.  While I had been looking for this stuff (with less feverishness) since about 6:30AM, there was zero action at hasbrotoyshop.com until give or take 12:01PM.  It may have been a little bit before, could have been after.  It’s really all a blur.

When things started going up, at first it was just two exclusives, the 14 pack Death Star case, and the Transformers / GI Joe Skystrike / Cobra Commander Jet.  Trying to get the cart to load, my credit and info to take, and then submit the order was like trying to wrangle four pigs on crack (the pigs are on crack, not the wrangler).  However, in the run of things, I got my order to submit…just in time for…

Round 2, the remaining exclusives went up, seemingly one at a time.  I was able to get a Sentinel and a Zarana non-variant into my cart.  While I was struggling across Firefox and Internet Explorer tabs to get to checkout for about 15 minutes, the remaining exclusives were posted.  I varied tabs between adding the remaining exclusives to my cart and trying to force a checkout…and trying to add just one more Sentinel to my order, because I wanted two. ..More on that later.

After about 25 minutes, I was able to load my cart with all the exclusives I wanted (one of each minus some things).  It’d gotten to the point where I had 7 tabs all at the order submit screen failing one by one until finally one clicked.

I let my keyboard cool off for about 15 minutes, and tried my hand at one final order…an additional Sentinel.

Find out if I got it next week, and what that means to you!

All in all, Hasbro’s site held up better at least than Woot does on a Bag of Crap day.  Between the Con buzz, and the forum chatter that is still ongoing, I thought for sure it would buckle.  It wasn’t smooth by any stretch, but I “got what I came for”, and maybe a little bit more.

Alot of people might complain about the delay in posting the items, but I commend Hasbro for allowing our left coast a chance to get in on the action.  I commend them for having what appears to be a fairly sizable inventory, things are still available that people might in fact want.   On top of everything else, I commend them for their site still being online because I know full well it took a beating unmerciful.

Now…I get to wait till it all ships / shows up.

SDCC 2011 – The Spirit of Vengeance rides again

SDCC 2011 – The Spirit of Vengeance rides again

SDCC 2011 – Ghost Rider – The Spirit of Vengeance hits theaters in February of 2012.  The follow up to 2007’s Ghost Rider will see Nicolas Cage reprise his role as Johnny Blaze.  Joining the film as “The Devil” (seriously…let’s call him Mephisto), is Ciarin Hinds (replacing Peter Fonda?).

SDCC 2011 – George R. R. Martin and IDW bring you Doorways (in progress)

SDCC 2011 – George R. R. Martin and IDW bring you Doorways (in progress)

SDCC 2011 – Proving he’s more than just a multi-million selling novelist, George R. R. Martin has (again) reached into the world of the funny papers.

Featuring a mysterious woman fleeing aliens with a doctor from a different world looking through “Doorways” to alternate worlds, IDW will be publishing Doorways…now as it turns out. Issue number 3 should be in stores by the end of this month! Check out issues 1 and 2 at your favorite comic book store, or buy direct through https://shop.idwpublishing.com today!

Doorways was a piloted TV show in 1993.  In 2010, the comic was also piloted in the form of a graphic novel.