PREVIEWS: Claypool for February 2007

by Jeff

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CLAYPOOL COMICS solicitations for FEBRUARY 2007:
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ELVIRA #166:

FINAL ISSUE: Elvira’s cable-hostess rival from
“Kitsch ‘n’ Magic” wants to steal her look and her
act for a food-prep show, in “Cooking With Sass!”
Also, a mystery woman appears to help Elvira out
of her time-loop, in the conclusion of “S.O.S.
Mrs. Monstrodamus.”

Lead story by Richard Howell, Tod Smith, and Bob Wiacek.
Second story by Janet Hetherington, Ronn Sutton, and Hilary
Barta.

Color Photo Cover of Elvira
B&W Interior
32 pages
$2.50 USA, $3.50 Canada

REMEMBER: Claypool Comics can be ordered as back
issues. Reorders can be placed for Elvira #161,
162, 163, 164, or 165 along with your order for
#166. Claypool Comics can be ordered UNTIL
FEBRUARY 28, 2007.

PLUS: All Claypool Comics have easy,
reader-friendly intro pages on their inside front
covers, making it simple to get a new reader
started enjoying our stories.

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DEADBEATS #82:

FINAL ISSUE: Once Kirby Collier was seen as the
town’s only hope, but now he’s beyond all aid
himself, having passed into the afterlife. There,
he encounters many famliar faces and learns the
full import of the doom that destroyed Mystic
Grove, in “Heaven Can’t Wait!”

Story and art by Richard Howell and Ricardo Villagran.
Cover by Howell and Joe Rubinstein.

Color Cover
B&W Interior
32 pages
$2.50 USA, $3.50 Canada

REMEMBER: Claypool Comics can be ordered as back
issues. Reorders can be placed for Deadbeats #77,
78, 79, 80, or 81 along with your order for #82.
Claypool Comics can be ordered UNTIL FEBRUARY 28,
2007.

PLUS: All Claypool Comics have easy,
reader-friendly intro pages on their inside front
covers, making it simple to get a new reader
started enjoying our stories.

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NEW! DEADBEATS TRADE PAPERBACK #3
Gothic Towers: The Best of DEADBEATS!

Now that the series is going all-Internet, read
the “Deadbeats” legend in its integrality, from
the vampires’ arrival in town to the climactic
conclusion, presented through classic reprints,
new material, and special features. Foreword by
Dark Shadows’ Lara Parker (Angelique), afterword
by Kurt Busiek.

Story and art by Richard Howell and Ricardo Villagran.
Cover by Richard Howell and Louis Lachance.

Color Cover
B&W Interior
152 pages
$12.95 USA, $18.25 Canada

REMEMBER: Claypool trade paperbacks can be ordered
UNTIL FEBRUARY 28, 2007.

PLUS: All Claypool Comics have easy,
reader-friendly intro pages on their inside front
covers, making it simple to get a new reader
started enjoying our stories.

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To: All Distributors PAGE 2
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From: Claypool Comics
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ALL CLAYPOOL TITLES CAN BE RE-ORDERED — AND WE RECOMMEND
THAT YOU START WITH OUR PERENNIAL TRADE PAPERBACK
COLLECTIONS
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SOULSEARCHERS & COMPANY TPBK #2 “Frothy Favorites!”

Acclaimed as today’s most consistently entertaining
humor/adventure series, Soulsearchers & Company features
super-hero epics with a saucy, sophisticated tone. The
series showcases the lives of a motley group of ghostbusters
in a city that’s become synonymous with paranormal
overactivity, the small Connecticut township now nicknamed
FEAR CITY. The gang includes: Bridget, a former Olympic
athlete; Baraka, a fire-demon from an Arabic Hell; Janocz, a
gypsy teen who can transform into monstrous forms, Kelly, an
apprentice witch, and Peter P. Peterson, an accountant with
a magic bag.

Soulsearchers & Company is a major ongoing comics
achievement, from the award-winning scripting talents of
Peter (Young Justice, Spyboy) David, with delightfully
different artwork from Amanda (Gatecrasher, Vampirella)
Conner, Neil (Superman Adventures) Vokes, and Jim
(Spider-Man) Mooney, with additional sequence art by John
Heebink, Ricardo Villagran, and Michael Weaver.

This hugely engaging collection features issues #7-12 of the
Soulsearchers’ monthly comic, including the three-part
“Toadies” saga, in which the SS group breaks up, only to
find that their separate paths each lead them into conflict
with the Cult of Drek and its leader, the Schlockmeister.
“The Weirdest Link,” an album issue, recounts some of the
members’ early highlights, including Baraka’s ouster from
Hell, and then there’s the matter of the mutated creatures
living in Mystic Grove harbor, and the spectacle of Bridget
and Baraka’s first real date (“A Date that Will Live in
Infamy!”). Also included are several special text features.

See for yourself why Soulsearchers and Company was nominated
as “Best Ongoing Humor Series” by the British Comic Book
Professionals Society.

Also debuting a brand-new painted cover of Bridget and
Baraka, created by Amanda Conner on-site at the Claypool
booth at 2000’s Comic Con International.

New Color Cover B&W Interior
152 pages $12.95 USA, $18.25 Canada

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SOULSEARCHERS & COMPANY TPBK (#1) “On the Case”

The early adventures of the funniest supernatural
investigators that ever existed! Discover the roots of
Bridget, Baraka, Kelly, Janocz, and Peterson in their first
forays against the forces of farcical fright! This material
had initial low circulation and is in high demand today.

Including: “Puppet Dictatorship,” a cadre of killer
marionettes target kids’-show hosts; “Pastramia on Wry,”
introducing Creature-Feature; “Season of Misseds,” the war
between the dream-demons (Sandman parody); “Into the Woods,”
twisted excursions into fairy-tales; “Spin Cycle,”
Soulsearchers get a make-over into more commercial models
(Image Parody).

This riotously funny collection features work from the first
six issues of Claypool’s much-hailed Soulsearchers & Company
comics series, nominated by the British Comics Professionals
Society as Best Humor Comic (they read this one, too).

Stories and Art by: Peter (Hulk, Aquaman, Spider-Man 2099)
David, Amanda (Vampirella) Conner, Jim (Spider-Man) Mooney,
Steve (Hitchhiker’s Guide) Leialoha, and Richard (Portia
Prinz) Howell.

New color cover by original Soulsearchers artist Amanda
Conner with Steve Leialoha; introduction by Peter David.

New Color Cover B&W Interior
152 pages $12.95 USA, $18.25 Canada

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To: All Distributors PAGE 3 of 4
From: Claypool Comics
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ALL CLAYPOOL TITLES CAN BE RE-ORDERED — AND WE RECOMMEND
THAT YOU START WITH OUR PERENNIAL TRADE PAPERBACK
COLLECTIONS
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DEADBEATS TPBK #2: “Learning the Game!”

The Deadbeats are running wild in Fear City. They’re a cruel
and crafty vampire gang, and their mission could result in
utter destruction of the entire town. Meet Dodger, Martine,
Colleen, Mickey, and their so-called leader Southie, in this
repackaging of the climax of the seminal Deadbeats epic.
Discover why Deadbeats is the vampire saga with enough
murder, sin, lust, and redemption to satisfy the most
discerning reader. Deadbeats is America’s new favorite
vampire epic, and this volume collects all the vital early
chapters in their story.

This thrilling and terrifying collection features work from
the seventh through twelfth issues of Claypool’s much-hailed
DEADBEATS comics series in which the conclusion of the whole
war between the feuding vampire factions comes to a violent
climax. Witness: vampire hunter Dakota Kane’s first
mano-a-vampo against the predators; Dr. Ralston’s attempt to
cure one of the Deadbeats — and its horrible result; King
Hermano’s machinations resulting in the death of a beloved
character from the book’s original cast; and Southie
discovering the evil reason behind the Deadbeats’ adopting
him into their ranks. All stories feature script and art by
Richard (Portia Prinz) Howell and Ricardo (Strange Tales)
Villagran. Deadbeats has been nominated by the British
Comics Professionals Society as Best Dramatic Comics Series
(and they read it).

Vampire fiction — especially that with a strong horror or
sexual flavor — is always popular, and Deadbeats has both
of those qualities in spades, in addition to the added
allure of strong, continuing story momentum and lush,
reality-based art. Any reader of Vamps, Vampirella, Lady
Bathory, or viewer of Dark Shadows or Forever Knight would
by happy to add Deadbeats to their ongoing list of
“must-have” titles. Try it out and see!

The volume is 160 pages, at $12.95, with a new painted cover
by Ricardo Villagran, a foreword by classic DARK SHADOWS
actress Nancy Barrett (Carolyn, Millicent, Charity), and an
afterword by Richard Howell.

New Color Cover by Howell and Villagran
Foreword by Nancy Barrett B&W Interior
160 pages $12.95 USA, $18.25 Canada

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DEADBEATS TPBK (#1) “New In Town!!”

Five fearsome newcomers arrive in Fear City, and their first
outreach is to murder four teen-agers on the beach. They’re
the Deadbeats, a cruel and crafty vampire gang, and their
mission could result in utter destruction of the entire
town. Meet Dodger, Colleen, Mickey, and their so-called
leader Southie, as they were presented for the first time.
Discover why Deadbeats is the vampire saga with enough
murder, sin, lust, and redemption to satisfy the most
discerning reader. The early chapters of the vampires’
invasion are presented in their integrity. Deadbeats is
America’s new favorite vampire epic, and this volume
collects all the vital early issues of the story.

This thrilling and terrifying collection features work from
the first six issues of Claypool’s much-hailed DEADBEATS
comics series, with stories and art by Richard (Portia
Prinz) Howell and Ricardo (Strange Tales) Villagran.
Deadbeats has been nominated by the British Comics
Professionals Society as Best Dramatic Comics Series (and
they read it). And, as a bonus for fans — Kathryn Leigh
Scott of the original Dark Shadows television program has
written a foreword to this collection.

Vampire fiction — especially that with a strong horror or
sexual flavor — is always popular, and Deadbeats has both
of those qualities in spades, in addition to the added
allure of strong, continuing story momentum and lush,
reality-based art. Any reader of Vampa, Vampirella, Lady
Bathory, or viewer of Dark Shadows or Forever Knight would
be happy to add Deadbeats to their ongoing list of
“must-have” titles. Try it out and see!

New Wraparound Color Cover by Howell and Villagran
Foreword by Kathryn Leigh Scott B&W Interior
160 pages $12.95 USA, $18.25 Canada

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To: All Distributors PAGE 4 of 4
From: Claypool Comics

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ALL CLAYPOOL TITLES CAN BE RE-ORDERED — AND WE RECOMMEND
THAT YOU START WITH OUR PERENNIAL TRADE PAPERBACK
COLLECTIONS
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ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK TPBK #2: “Double Delights!”

As a new century beckons, it’s time to think about what made
the last one great, including this terrific selection of
Elvira classics from the second year of her fabulous
Claypool comic book series. This collection includes
groundbreaking humor achievements by Kurt Busiek, Jim
Mooney, Frank Strom, Tom Simonton, Louis Lachance, Neil
Vokes, John Heebink, Frank Springer, Art Viscardi, John
Nyberg, and Dan Schaefer.

This hefty and hilarious collection includes “The Children
of the Night, What Crummy TV Shows They Make,” in which Kurt
Busiek and Neil Vokes introduce Dracula into the Claypool
universe, and the two-part “Phantom of the Soap Opera,”
which was covered by the soap-opera industry press.

The rest of the line-up spotlights each and every aspect of
Elvira’s adventurous life, with titles such as: “Invasion of
the Astro-Execs,” “Mummy Dearest,” “Mars Needs Guitars,”
“Little Miss Marketing Ploy,” “Something Wicked This Way
Hops,” and “The Most Happy Felon.”

Also debuting a brand-new photo cover of Elvira, and
featuring an introduction by Mark Evanier.

Color Photo Cover of Elvira B&W Interior 152 pages $12.95

REMEMBER: although Claypool Comics can be ordered as back
issues. Elvira TPBK #1 (“Comic Milestones, Comics Format!”)
is SOLD OUT.

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THE PITCH

Many retailers have found that their customers have
expressed interest in all the critical praise that Claypool
Comics have garnered, but are wary of committing to any line
which is so hard to locate. Our TRADE PAPERBACK LINE is
Claypool’s commitment to making our earlier material
continually available to the comics-store retail
professional chain, with an eye towards solidifying the
interest in a continuing consumer base for Claypool Comics.

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CLAYPOOL COMICS: They’re GREAT! So BUY ‘EM, already!
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If you have any questions about story content or
distribution, please call me at (707) 887-1524,
fax (707) 887-7128, or email claypool@sonic.net.
Thank you, catherine yronwode

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