UPDATED: Bad Idea Will Sell Comic HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE For Only 24 Hours

Leave it to the team at Bad Idea to come up with this wild idea. They're producing a one-shot comic by Robert Venditti and David Lapham, selling it for a $1 but for only 24 hours. How crazy is that? You'd think it was an April Fool's Day joke but they swear it's not. 


UPDATED 4/5/21:

BAD IDEA was deadly serious on April Fool's Day -- HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE is a real thing.

Also, we really do hate April Fool's Day. And as of today we will be joining our righteous brothers and sisters at Google and T-Mobile in their war against this most despicable of days. The carnage must stop.

Below you'll find more details and a first look at this vital story. Check it out quick before the corporate interests that run Big Fool begin their suppression campaign.

Just what is HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE?
It's a brand-new, 16-page one-shot by Robert Venditti (TANKERS -- out this Wednesday) and David Lapham (THE HERO TRADE).

But what's it about?
It's a thrilling and uncompromising new neo-noir adventure delving deep into the darkest corners of our national obsession with crime and pizza chains. It also serves as the introduction to an epic new hero in the BAD IDEA pantheon -- Hank Howard, not the champion we need but certainly the one we deserve.

Where can I buy it?
At any one of the over 200 BAD IDEA Destination Stores around the world. Click here for a complete list of stores.

How much is it?
We've given the book the entry level price of just one dollar! At a price like that everyone can try their first taste of the BAD IDEA difference.

Why are you doing this?
We've been completely blown away and absolutely humbled by the massive interest in BAD IDEA. We continue to keep the ENIAC #1 Not First Printing available for order, but want to do even more to help those interested in BAD IDEA get their hands on one of our books. We're skipping the order cycle completely for CALIGULA'S SAFE and instead are sending every BAD IDEA Destination Store an allotment that matches up to their full original, pre-allocation order of ENIAC #1 (or TANKERS #1 for Wave 2 stores).

How can I make sure I get this comic?
The absolute best thing you can do to make sure you get any BAD IDEA comic is to pre-order ahead of time with one of the BAD IDEA Destination Stores. 

I've heard there's a catch?
In addition to being governed by the regular BAD IDEA rules, CALIGULA'S SAFE will only be on sale for 24 hours. Every BAD IDEA Destination Store will only be able to sell it for one day -- Wednesday, May 12th. They can take pre-orders between now and May 12th but can not complete any HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE transactions after midnight on May 12th.

So I can pre-order it and pay ahead of time?
Yes. Every store is able to sell CALIGULA'S SAFE by all the same means they sell every other BAD IDEA comic -- from in-store, off-the-shelf sales to mail-order to phone orders or pre-orders. At the stroke of midnight on May 12th, however, any unsold copies are forbidden from sale and must be returned to BAD IDEA HQ using the materials we provide.

But I can't get off work that day, how do I get my copy even if I pre-order and use a credit card to pay ahead of time?
If you've pre-ordered and paid before midnight on May 12th your store is able to mail you your book or keep it safe in your pullbox for you to pick up later. They are only restricted from transactions after May 12th.

What if I just want to read it, will you make it available digitally?
BAD IDEA does not release its comics digitally -- just comics, sold in comic book shops. We will, however, be reprinting the HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE story in all it's glory in one of our upcoming December 2021 releases.






BAD IDEA: April Fool's Day is stupid. We at BAD IDEA are determined to end its reign of terror. That's why today we are taking the unprecedented step of making an actual, real life, honest-to-goodness announcement on this day of lies.

Are we brave? That's not for us to say.

Are we pioneers? Yes, certainly, but did we have a choice? We're just regular people doing the only thing we felt we could. The right thing.

So here we go. A genuine, for-real, on-the-level announcement on April 1st:

We at BAD IDEA are proud to announce a brand-new epic by the uncompromising Robert Venditti and the incomparable David Lapham -- CALIGULA'S SAFE.

Or to be more accurate, the introduction of a brand-new, epic hero for these absurd and ridiculous times:

HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE™ in CALIGULA'S SAFE

And because we want to give everyone a chance to read a BAD IDEA comic (totally not because so many more of you wanted a copy of ENIAC #1 than pre-ordered...) we're going to be skipping the regular order cycle completely and will instead be sending every BAD IDEA Destination Store an allotment of CALIGULA'S SAFE that matches up to their full original, pre-allocation order of ENIAC #1 (or TANKERS #1 for you Wave 2 stores)!

The best part is that this 16-page, single-issue story will be available for just one dollar! ONE DOLLAR! At a price like that, everyone can jump in and try their first taste of the BAD IDEA difference. Not to mention that it also almost certainly reduces the psychological value of our comics in a futile attempt to attract and convert new readers who have already decided that the only thing they want to read is stories about characters they grew up with so they can, if only fleetingly, once again touch that childlike innocence the world so viciously beats out of us all. "SNIKTY SNIKT" indeed.

Now here's the catch. Yes, the title is awesome. And yes, it's just a dollar. But CALIGULA'S SAFE will only be on sale for 24 hours. That's right, every BAD IDEA Destination Store will be instructed to only sell this triumph of storytelling for just one day -- Wednesday, May 12th.

Every store is able to sell CALIGULA'S SAFE by all the same means they sell every other BAD IDEA comic -- from in-store, off-the-shelf sales to mail-order (must be mailed that day) to phone orders or pre-orders that are picked up that day -- and must still adhere to the BAD IDEA rules. At the stroke of midnight on May 12th, however, any unsold copies are forbidden from sale and must be returned to BAD IDEA HQ using the materials we provide.

We know what you're thinking. BAD IDEA is announcing a 16-page comic by Robert Venditti and David Lapham that will be sent to stores by matching up to the full, original ENIAC #1 orders, priced at just one dollar but available to purchase for just 24 hours? And BAD IDEA is announcing this on April Fool's Day as a 100% authentic, on the up-and-up, official thing? 

Just one week after WHALESVILLE x ROCKS AND MINERALS, we will unleash the one dollar slice of BAD IDEA: 

MAY 12th 2021

***  HANK HOWARD, PIZZA DETECTIVE in CALIGULA'S SAFE ***

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art & Cover by DAVID LAPHAM

A TOTALLY REAL ONE SHOT | NO ADS

$1.00 EACH  |  16 PGS.  |  RATED: T+  |  ON SALE MAY 12, 2021

Remember, the BAD IDEA way also means no variants, no trades, no digital, select stores, perennially available Not First Printings and no more than two comics a month – just monthly comics, sold in comic book shops. Goodbye, troubles. Hello, BAD IDEA SIMPLICITY™.

Wanna get in while the gettin's good with Bad Idea?  You simply have to visit a Bad Idea "Destination Store" -- one of the 200 and counting comic shops around the world that have joined our independent network of direct-distribution retail partners -- to pick up all the glorious BAD IDEA books every first Wednesday of the month. (Or pre-order in advance to make sure you secure your copy.)

We've made it even easier, too. To locate a Bad Idea retailer near you and then pre-order any and every Bad Idea title, simply click here and fill out the little form.

For more information, visit Bad Idea online at BadIdeaCorp.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or just mash the screen with your palm and do all four simultaneously.

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