EDITOR’S NOTE: The SCUTTLEBUTT column returns with our first installment for 2016. This is meant to be a quick summary of recent events in the comics world (and other pop culture genres from time to time) pulled from various press releases, websites and blogs. According to Wikipedia “Scuttlebutt” in slang usage means rumor or gossip, deriving from the nautical term for the cask used to serve water. The term corresponds to the colloquial concept of a water cooler in an office setting, which at times becomes the focus of congregation and canal discussion. Water for immediate consumption on a s sailing ship was conventionally store in a scuttled butt: a butt (cask) which had been scuttled by making a hole in it so the water could be withdrawn. Since sailors exchanged gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water, scuttlebutt became Navy slang for gossip or rumors. Thanks, Wikipedia for that detailed explanation! We plan to focus on what we perceive as pure news versus gossip or rumors, but from time to time . . . . . .
PREVIEWS CATALOG ARRIVES IN COMIC STORES THIS WEEK.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the new PREVIEWS catalog from your comic store this Wednesday, January 27. Each month, PREVIEWS showcases what products are being released in April 2016. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything. Comic shops rely on their regular customers to pre-order books. This helps the comic shop make sure they don’t run out of items that their customers want, and helps them avoid over-ordering books. Support your local comic shop and use this valuable resource on a monthly basis.
In addition to upcoming April comics and graphic novels, each issue features new magazines, toys and merchandise (cards, gaming, clothing, videos and more) that can also be ordered directly through your local comics store. It’s an indispensable tool that we at BC Refugees use on a regular basis. It’s the foundation for our Pre-Order Picks columns that began this month, where we focus on a new title that can be pre-ordered through the current PREVIEWS catalog. It will be dedicated to titles that probably won’t find their way to many comic shop shelves, but will really depend on pre-orders from interested readers.
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOOKS BEING RELEASED WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 2016.
Here are the books we recommend you check out this week: HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL from Dark Horse Comics; FAITH #1 of 4 from Valiant Entertainment; INVADER ZIM TP VOL 1 from Oni Press; BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #17 from DC Comics; and STRAYER #1 from AfterShock Comics.