The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom

Ep. #012 The ‘PREVIEWS’ Party Podcast

Written by: The PREVIEWS Party Podcast

Welcome to The PREVIEWS Party Podcast! Covering the February 2014 issue of PREVIEWS magazine from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., Fanboy Comics’ panel examines the upcoming comics, graphic novels, and other merchandise that will be available in stores nationwide and explains the importance of pre-ordering and its effect on the comic book industry as a whole.

Are you unfamiliar with PREVIEWS or the pre-order process used by comic book stores? Please see our helpful guide below to better understand what PREVIEWS is and how it can best be used to find the comics, graphic novels, and merchandise that will be on sale in the comic months.

In this month’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Andrea Letamendi (@arkhamasylumdoc), a clinical psychologist, and Brian Ward (@bward028), a DVD producer for Shout! Factory. Together, they launched the Arkham Sessions (@arkhamsessions), a podcast that psychoanalyzes each episode of Batman: The Animated Series and compares and contrasts the characters of the show with real-world historical cases of mental trauma. They join us to help prepare for the new Batman Eternal series by taking an in-depth look at the caped crusader. The Fanboy Comics panel also breaks down the exciting releases (scheduled to hit stores in April) from a variety of publishers and manufacturers, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image, Archaia, BOOM! Studios, DC Collectibles, NECA, and more!


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Cast members: Jason Enright, Kristine Chester, and Scott Rubin

Special guests: Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Mental Health Scientist, Consultant for DC’s Batgirl, Co-host of Arkham Sessions) and Brian Ward (Co-host of Arkham Sessions, Producer at Shout! Factory)


You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or click here to download! Stay tuned for next month’s episode!


A Helpful Guide to PREVIEWS (Courtesy of the Diamond Comic Distribution website):


PREVIEWS is Diamond’s monthly mag-a-log (catalog and magazine) of comic books, graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise which is on sale every month in comic book shops nationwide. Each month, PREVIEWS includes listings for almost every comic book scheduled to be on sale, approximately two months in the future. You’ll find complete descriptions of each upcoming issue, how much they will cost, thier format and other points of interest. PREVIEWS also provides information on other merchandise, too, including toys, books, games, videos and much more.

How can I buy the merchandise featured in Previews?

You can order any item you see in PREVIEWS! Every item is available from your local shop and will be in their store beginning in approximately two months time. You can go to your local comic book specialty store and request a copy of the Customer Order Form when you buy the printed PREVIEWS catalog — the store will pre-order the item(s) just for you! In addition, many shops operate a “Pull and Hold” subscription service whereby they will regularly order your monthly comic books and hold them for you to pick up later. Check with your local comics shop for more details!

If you would like to find a comic shop in your area, please visit the Comic Shop Locator Service online. You’ll be provided with contact information for comic shops in your area.

How can I find a comic book shop near me?

Diamond operates the Comic Shop Locator Service (CSLS) website, an innovative tool that allows consumers to find comic book shops in their area allows users to enter their ZIP code into a graphical interface, which then rewards them with detailed information on the stores closest to their location.

Fans can also dial the toll-free number — (888) COMIC-BOOK (266-4226) — and enter their ZIP code into the CSLS’s touch-tone interface to receive information on shops nearby.

A Helpful Guide to This Month’s Episode

Are you interested in finding the comic books, graphic novels, and merchandise discussed on this month’s podcast? Please refer to the notes below to find the items in which you are interested, listed by publisher.

DC Comics

Pg. 88-89, Batman Eternal #1-#4 by Scott Snyder (W), James Tynion IV (W), John Layman (W), Ray Fawkes (W), Tim Seeley (W), Jason Fabok (#1-#3, A), and Dustin Nguyen (#4, A) – Order Codes: FEB14 0140-0144

Pg. 90, Justice League United #0 by Jeff Lemire (W) and Mike McKone (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0145

Pg. 99, Aquaman and the Others #1 by Dan Jurgens (W), Lan Medina (A), and Ed Tadeo (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0166

Pg. 103, The Flash Annual #3 by Robert Venditti (W), Van Jensen (W), Brett Booth (A), Ron Frenz (A), Norm Rapmund (A), and Livesay (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0174

Pg. 121, Sinestro #1 by Cullen Bunn (W), and Dale Eaglesham (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0218

Marvel Comics

Marvel Pg. 16-17, All-New Doop #1 by Peter Milligan (W), David LaFuente (A), and Laura Allred (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0700

Marvel Pg. 52, All-New Ultimates #1 by Michel Fiffe (W) and Amilcar Pinna (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0776

Marvel Pg. 53, Ultimate FF #1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov (W) and Mario Guevara (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0778

Dark Horse Comics

Pg. 60-61, Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1 by Matt Kindt (W), Marco Castiello (A), Dan Parsons (A), and Gabe Eltaeb (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0058

IDW Publishing

Pg. 168, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28: Dawn of the Autobots by John Barber (W) and Andrew Griffith (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0331

Pg. 168, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28: Dawn of the Autobots by James Roberts (W) and Alex Milne (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0334

Pg. 169, Transformers: Windblade #1: Dawn of the Autobots by Mairghread Scott (W) and Sarah Stone (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0337

Pg. 195, 7th Sword #1 by John Raffo (W) and Nelson Blake II (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0462

Image Comics

Pg. 208-209, Shutter #1 by Joe Keatinge (W) and Leila Del Duca (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0488

Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics

Pg. 257, Malleus Maleficarum: A Guide to Catching Witches GN by Heinrich Kramer (W) and Mike Rosen (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0889

Avatar Press

Pg. 272, Caliban #1 by Garth Ennis (W) and Facundo Percio (A) – Order Code: FEB14 0962

BOOM! Studios

Pg. 297, LumberJanes by Noelle Stevenson (W), Grace Ellis (W), and Brooke Allen (A) – Order Code: FEB14 1071

Collectibles and Games

Pg. 85, Mass Effect Alliance Shuttle Replica – Order Code: FEB14 0109

Pg. 85, Marvel Classic Character: X-Men 94 #2 – Wolverine – Order Code: FEB14 0110

Pg. 155, Batman: Arkham City Clayface Deluxe Action Figure – Order Code: FEB14 0303

Pg. 156, Powergirl & Huntress 2-Pack – Order Code: FEB14 0304

Pg. 157, Red Hood and the Outlaws: Red Hood, Arsenal & Starfire Action Figures – Order Code: FEB14 0306-0308

Pg. 158, DC Comics Bombshells Stargirl Statute – Order Code: FEB14 0309

Pg. 159, Batman: Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn – Order Code: FEB14 0310

Pg. 160, Batman Utility Belt Prop Replica – Order Code: FEB14 0311

Pg. 160, Batman Black & White Batman by Jae Lee Statute – Order Code: FEB14 0312

Pg. 220, Rat Queens “Hannah” T-Shirt – Order Code: FEB14 0552-0560 (Different Sizes)

Pg. 397, Transformers: Light-Up Optimus Prime Bust & Book – Order Code: FEB14 1599

Pg. 403, Star Trek Klingon Art of War Book by Keith DeCandido (W) – Order Code FEB14 1630

Pg. 425, Transformers Vitruvian Optimus Prime T-Shirt – Order Code: FEB14 1833-1837 (Different Sizes)

Pg. 440, Aliens Minimates Aliens Vs. Marines Army Dump – Order Code: FEB14 2058

Pg. 444, Axe Cop: Wexter & Axe Cop Action Figure Box Set – Order Code: FEB14 2077

Pg. 445, DC Multiverse 4-Inch Action Figures – Order Code: FEB14 2079-2082

Pg. 464, Gentle Giant Marvel Zombies: Venom Mini-Bust – Order Code: FEB14 2222

Pg. 466, Gentle Giant Captain America “Stealth” Statute – Order Code: FEB14 2223

Pg. 472, Marvel Comics Juggernaut – Danger Room Session – Fine Art Statute – Order Code: FEB14 2240

Pg. 486, Doctor Who Figurine Collection: Dalek Supreme – Order Code: FEB14 2311

Pg. 486, Doctor Who “Hide” Caliburn House Playset – Order Code: FEB14 2313

Pg. 490, Iron Man 3: MK. XLII “Prodigal Son” Super Alloy Figure – Order Code FEB14 2348

Pg. 490, Iron Man 3: MK. XLVIII “Heartbreaker” Super Alloy Figure – Order Code: FEB14 2349

Pg. 490, Iron Man 3: Mk. XXXVIII “Igor” Super Alloy Figure – Order Code: FEB14 2350

Pg. 490, Iron Man 2: Assault Drone Super Alloy Figure – Order Code: FEB14 2351-2354

Pg. 522, Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures: Imperial Aces Expansion Pack – Order Code: FEB14 2533

Pg. 525, Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool – Order Code: FEB14 2556 (Boosters: 2557)

Pg. 525, Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past Sentinel Pack – Order Code: FEB14 2561 (Boosters: 2560)