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This Wednesday saw the launch of Bad Idea with ENIAC #1. The publisher is going with a different distribution model selling directly to shops instead of going through traditional distribution channels.
The publisher has also limited the number of shops participating in the program. For a shop to join, they must accept certain rules. The two rules that directly impact customers are:
One copy per person
Shops must sell copies for cover price for 30 days from the street date
Bad Idea has announced that at least one store violated these rules by selling first issues over cover price. Based on social media, some individuals have also been able to get more than one copy, though it’s unknown if they purchased them from multiple stores or if stores broke the rule of one per person.
ENIAC #1 has been a hit causing prices to skyrocket on sites such as ebay.
It’s unknown exactly which shop has been expelled but there has been requests to identify the shop so customers will be able to find alternatives.
Update: Jesse James Comics of Glendale, Arizona was the store whose account was terminated. Copies of ENIAC #1 were listed above cover price on Facebook. A post on Facebook has since gone up apologizing for the mistake.
Bad Idea has announced that Whalesville is getting more packed in with additional Rocks and Minerals. Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is one epic 72-page, ad-free tome!
See below for all of Bad Idea’s May releases.
WHALESVILLE x ROCKS AND MINERALS
WHALESVILLE Written by MATT KINDT Art by ADAM POLLINA Colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
ROCKS AND MINERALS Written by MATT KINDT Art by TONY MILLIONAIRE Colors by JAMES CAMPBELL Cover by ADAM POLLINA with MATT HOLLINGSWORTH WHALE-SIZED ONE-SHOT | NO ADS $9.99 EACH | 72 PGS. | RATED: E – EVERYONE | ON SALE MAY 5, 2021
First, from the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (River Run), virtuoso artist Adam Pollina (Pyrate Queen), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Whalesville…duh) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and Pixar!
When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is knocked overboard and swallowed by an enormous whale, he discovers the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by all the astounding sea creatures that live in the belly of the beast. A crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s their whole world – they don’t realize they live inside of a whale — and they can’t fathom that Wawae’s father will stop at nothing to destroy the creature that stole his son! To rescue his new friends and save Whalesville, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth and escape the whale…before his own father sends them sinking into the murky depths forever.
Then, Matt Kindt’s highly developed brain musculature joins forces with multiple Eisner Award-winning living legend, Tony Millionaire, and the color stylings of James Campbell, for a tale of friendship and adventure in the far future.
In the time after the Great Polishing, organic life is no more. Earth is ruled by highly evolved rubble, rocks and minerals. They walk. They talk. They are free. But their age is just beginning and the world is still a largely unknown and very scary place. When the Rock Queen’s daughter and her two best friends venture into the forbidden unpolished zone, they find the world mankind left behind and meet what they think is a very quiet new green rock. To their surprise it sprouts a head, four legs and a very loud voice. This is no rock. This is Elpis the turtle, and she needs help getting back to her pond in time to lay her eggs. But what is a pond? For that matter, what’s a turtle? The three friends must venture further into the unknown to help Elpis to unravel a secret the Queen herself has fought to keep from her people. A tale of high adventure in the second stone age!
Written by MATT KINDT Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ PLUS: The much anticipated inclusion of THE HERO TRADE as a BAD IDEA B-SIDE FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY $3.99 EACH | 32 PGS. | RATED T+ | ON SALE MAY 5, 2021
Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”
Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.
THE HERO TRADE is included as this month’s BAD IDEA B-Side
After delay and quite a wait, the first series from Bad Idea is here! And, after such a long time, it lives up to the anticipation and hype. ENIAC #1 is the first series from the new publisher bringing with it some pressure to deliver. Thankfully, it does that and then some with two solid stories and a solid presentation.
Written by Matt Kindt, ENIAC #1 is an interesting use of real events and history delivering an alternate take on our world. In World War II, a powerful computer was created. Now, decades later, that computer is still active, on the run, and it has a mission of its own. This is the story of the team tasked with taking the computer down.
The story is an interesting one with a familiarity like it’s been seen before but also something new. ENIAC #1 is a bit of Wargames but with an action spin to it. That action is delivered by two special ops members tasked with their mission. Our introduction to the duo is the type of sequence that hooks you as the comic opens with a mission for them to figure out who’s paying to get American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
There’s an interesting political awareness in that opening, and the comic as a whole has that running underneath. While it could easily be a braindead action comic, ENIAC #1 instead has a bit of intelligence throughout. There’s use of real history, geopolitical reality, and a bit of grounded aspects about it as well. Kindt seems to extend that thought to his two protagonists, two women tasked with stopping a machine created by a man. It’s hard to not think of the symbolism in that or the fact that one woman is White while the other is Black. It feels like there’s some deeper meaning to Kindt’s choices like that.
The art is top-notch. Doug Braithwaite delivers a beautiful comic helped by the colors of Diego Rodriguez and lettering of Dave Sharpe. The comic looks fantastic in every aspect. It handles the action beautifully and can pivot from that to a mission brief in a desert. Every visual detail adds a little something to the story and helps breath life into the world.
ENIAC #1 is the main draw and within readers get a treat in the B-Side story of Kindt and artist Doug Lapham‘s Hero Trade. The story is vastly different than the main one, in both content and look. So, there’s a bit of a jarring aspect to it as if it’s an anthology without much thought into a theme. But, the story is a trippy science fiction story that’s worthy of the Twilight Zone. It got me sucked in and had me laughing at its end. As an addition to the main story, it’s the cherry on top.
ENIAC #1 is a solid debut in both a comic series and for a publisher. Bad Idea has delivered quality after a lot of hype and build-up, so pressure is off, they’ve succeeded. The comic has an intriguing plot, interesting characters, fantastic art, it’s a big budget film in comic form. It might be hard to find the issue with Bad Idea’s limited release plan but it’s absolutely worth it. Order online if you have to and pressure your local shop if they’re not on the Bad Idea train. This is one that’s going to go over big.
Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
With ENIAC #1 out this week, Bad Idea has delivered a bit of a surprise with what’s packed in the first issue. The publisher has revealed that the B-side in the comic is a new entry in Hero Trade from Matt Kindt and David Lapham. Originally, Bad Idea announced that Save Now, a comic by Kindt and Tomas Giorello would be included in the first issue.
Each issue of ENIAC will feature a Hero Trade tale.
Stay tuned for:
HERO TRADE: A BRIEF CASE in ENIAC #1
HERO TRADE: BLOODY MESS in ENIAC #2
HERO TRADE: HERO FOR SALE in ENIAC #3
HERO TRADE: FABULOUS in ENIAC #4
ENIAC #1 is written by Matt Kindt with art by Doug Braithwaite, colors by Diego Rodriguez, and a cover by Lewis LaRosa and Diego Rodriguez. It’s on sale March 3, 2021.
Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.
Allergic (Graphix) – Maggie is getting a new puppy but finds out she’s allergic to anything with fur. This si the mission to find the perfect pet!
America Chavez: Made in the USA #1 (Marvel) – The character takes center stage soon in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and this series seems to start setting the ground so she does the same in the comic universe as well.
The Antifa Super Soldier Cookbook (Silver Sprocket) – What if everything the Right thought about the Left was real? An ANTIFA operative is about to get an upgrade and become a full-fledged super-soldier!
BRZRKR #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The Keanu Reeves/Matt Kindt written comic series is here. It has a hell of a lot of buzz due to Reeves and brought in a massive amount on Kickstarter. We’re excited we get to finally read it.
Chariot #1 (AWA Studios) – A military weapon in the form of a muscle car. That alone has us in for this.
Crime Syndicate #1 (DC Comics) – We head to a newly returned Earth-3 where these evil versions of our superheroes rule.
Dead Dogs Bite #1 (Dark Horse) – Seeing Tyle Boss’ name on this comic is what first got us to notice it. The story revolves around a missing person in a small town.
Demon Days: X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Peach Momoko’s new twist on the X-Men is here. We were a bit mixed on the initial preview but we’re still excited to check out a full issue. The art alone will be worth it.
ENIAC #1 (Bad Idea) – Bad Idea is officially here! We’ve read this first issue and it’s a solid debut. What does this publisher have up its sleeve? We’re expecting even more news upon release.
Infinite Frontier #0 (DC Comics) – This is the new start to the DC Universe. It’s full of possibilities and the groundwork and tease of what’s to come begins here.
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 (Oni Press) – Rainbow is looking for her sister Jonna. They’re both trying to survive in a world full of monsters driving humanity to the brink of extinction. Check out our review.
Man-Bat #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was an intriguing look at addiction and we really want to see if the series keeps up with that theme.
Nocterra #1 (Image Comics) – The Kickstarted graphic novel is out in single issues. The world has been plunged into everlasting night. Meet Val Riggs, a ferryman who transports goods and people along deadly unlit roads.
Suicide Squad #1 (DC Comics) – With a movie out this year, the Suicide Squad is getting a shake-up and a new lineup that matches the film more. The first issue is exactly what you’d want from the series and shows readers to not get too attached to the characters.
The Swamp Thing #1 (DC Comics) – It’s a new Swamp Thing and a new vision for the character. We want to see what this new take is all about.
Transformers: Beast Wars #2 (IDW Publishing) – The cartoon is now a comic with a bit of a remix to it. The first issue set things up and now we’re getting to the good stuff.
Undone By Blood: The Other Side of Eden #1 (AfterShock) – The first series was a solid tale of revenge. We’re just hoping for more of the same.
What Unites Us (:01 First Second) – A graphic novel adaptation of Dan Rather’s essays.
This Wednesday, ENIAC #1, the first comic from Bad Idea, goes on sale in Bad Idea Destination Stores around the world and the publisher has a smorgasbord of activities planned to celebrate.
One thing is writer Matt Kindt has recorded shoutout videos! In fact, he likes them so much he’s recorded hundreds of custom “ENIAC #1 IS ON SALE NOW” shoutouts for Bad Idea Day. This Wednesday, every Bad Idea Destination Store will get their own Matt Kindt shoutout!
On Wednesday aka Bad Idea Day, the publisher will be sending retail partners and every Bad Idea fan who inquired about a pre-order at whereisbadidea.com a video letting them know that at long last, it’s ENIAC time, baby!
ENIAC #1– the anticipated FIRST ISSUE 48-page spectacular from Matt Kindt, Doug Braithwaite, and Diego Rodriguez– will drop in comic stores around the world on March 3rd and officially launch Bad Idea. To celebrate the launch of their first series, Bad Idea, has announced the First Copy Reward Program.
Beginning with ENIAC #1, and continuing with select releases, they will be sending each BAD IDEA Destination Store location a mysterious and bewildering gold metallic pin. These pins of lore, known to the song singers as the One Pin, were forged by the Dark Lord Josh Johns – between the time when the hordes descended on The Hero Trades and the rise of the comics of the launch wave – to give the first buyers dominion over anyone too sane to wait outside a comic shop before it opens.
You see, these pins are strictly to be awarded only to the first customer to purchase a copy of ENIAC #1 at each Bad Idea Destination store location. That’s right, the first customer to walk in during official store hours and pick up a copy – that includes early-bird Wednesday Warriors buying at the counter, someone picking up a pre-order, a random making a purchase, even the guy who really needs the restroom but then locks eyes with ENIAC – you just have to be the first.
These pins are badges of honor and should be worn proudly and with much pageantry! Each pin will arrive in a sweet (super not collectible so you better wear them!) pin backing that brandishes the BAD IDEA logo and is inscribed with the following:
You will ABSOLUTELY want to be the very first to get a copy of ENIAC #1 at your local comic shop the second it opens on March 3rd. Remember, if you’re not first…you’re last. That’s just math.
If you manage to secure an illustrious pin make sure to post about it on social and tag @badideahello so that its crack social media team can amplify it and spread the word.
Bad Idea has been shaking up the comic market with their direct to stores publishing, limiited stores carring the product, no digital copies, and no variants. But, a question has been out there as to what happens when I comic sells out? We have our answer now with “not first printings”.
If a series takes off and sells out, there’s been an issue with interested customers not being able to read a series. With no collections happening, you need to get the individual issues. Bad Idea has resolved that issue by… just printing more.
When a Bad Idea comic sells out and there’s sufficient demand for more, they’ll go back with a new printing. These new printings will be the same in every way. The same price, content, B-Side story, cover, everything. They won’t be labeled as “second printing” even. And when that next printing sells out and demand is there, a new printing will happen then. No second, third, or fourth printings, just “not first printings”. Each printing will be indistinguishable from each other with one exception.
Actual First Printings will feature a subtle cover color change, a clear First Printing slug in the UPC and will be labeled in the indicia.
Good bye complicated printings. Hello to simplicity.
So, there’s no need to worry now when a First Printing of Bad Idea’s comics sell out, a new one could be coming down the line if enough people demand it.
Bad Idea launches on March 3 with ENIAC #1 from Matt Kindt, Doug Braithwaite, and Diego Rodriguez.