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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Comix Connected: New Comic Wednesday!

Hello again!

Counter Monkey Jesse here with more new comics for you to check out!

Lots of cool new comics this week. For you DC fans, 10 more 3D Futures End One-Shots! Marvel brings the next issue in the Death of Wolverine! And a whole lot more...

My Pulls for the Week:


The Amazing Spider-Man #6
Captain Marvel #7
Death of Wolverine #2
   as well as 2 trades
All-New X-Men vol 5, HC - "One Down"
Uncanny Avengers vol 4, HC - "Avenge the Earth"

Highly Reccomended

Copperhead #1


There's a new sheriff (make sure you use both f's) in town. A literal "space-western." Clara Bronson is relocating to Copperhead, a backwater town on a backwater planet. Her job starts the minute she gets to town, but her troubles start before she ever gets off the train.

Image brings another great new beginning to a potentially great new series. I'm definitely looking forward to see where this book goes.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 (of 4)


If you liked the movie Prometheus and it's sibling films in the Alien series; DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

Whatever confusion you had between LV-426, and LV-223, this book will begin to fill in the gaps from Alien/Aliens and the "not prequel" Prometheus. It's an exciting exploration back into the worlds these movies have set up with all the thrills, chills and terror!

There are loads more new comics, graphic novels, toys and more out this week. So stop reading already and come on in!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

A Purrrrrfect Villain

What do you call somebody who has tried, and failed, to take over the world eight times? A super villain, more than likely. That kind of behavior is pretty stock-in-trade for the darker side of the capes-and-tights brigade, after all; that's just what folks like that do. Well, meet the newest character to grace those ranks: Burma.
 In the new graphic novel, I Was The Cat, a young journalist named Allison Breaking is hired to help write the memories of a wealthy but reclusive gentleman. She could really use the paycheck, so she doesn't question the odd arrangement -- until she goes to work and finds that she'd supposed to be interviewing a CAT!

Unlike most cats, though, this one can talk, and he has quite a story to tell -- eight stories in fact, because he's on his ninth and final life, and Burma wants to come clean about his historical efforts to conquer the world, starting with his very first life in Ancient Egypt. The story (or stories) that he shares with Allison and her friend Reggie are captivating, but the girls soon come to realize that there's something else going on, something more than just an old cat writing his memoirs. Burma says he wants to share his story with the world because he's done with attempts to take over...

But can a kitty ever really change his spots?
Could Burma and his perfectly proper butler be part of a sinister cabal of conspirators? Or is this machiavellian cat the hero of the story? What is he really doing with his last life? If he's keeping secrets, why did he hire a journalist to write his memoirs? And even if Allison and Reggie do find out the truth, who is going to believe them when they publish a story about a talking cat!?

With a story of mystery and history, journalism and betrayal, secrets and scratching posts...I Was the Cat stands tall (at least if it's holding its tail in the air) amidst its fellow would-be-world-conquerors. At times endearing and others disquieting, I Was the Cat is always both charming and surprising -- and well worth a read (or nine)!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

It's the End of the Summer...

...but before you start planning this year's Hallowe'en costume, take a look at these great titles:


If you want to hold on to one last gasp of summer, there's no better place to do it than at Summer Camp, right? Especially if that camp is full of magical mysteries! Lumberjanes is packed to the gills (literally sometimes) with crazy critters including vanishing bear women, magical attack-foxes, deadly river-rafting monsters, and prissy yetis. But that isn't the heart of the trouble that these five wacky friends find at their summer camp; that's just the icing on the cake! They also have to deal with buried artifacts, booby-trapped tunnels, and a scout-leader who refuses to believe in the unrealistic. And then there's the weirdness going on at the boys' camp next door, too...what is up with those dudes? Will the scouts ever figure it out? Well, while our season of summer may be wrapping-up, the mad magical mystery that Molly, Jo, April, Mal, and Ripley are facing is just getting started! So don't give up and start raking leaves just yet, because there's one more adventure left in this sticky summer, and Lumberjanes is it!
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 As younglings everywhere get ready to go back to school, so does Princess Ugg -- actually Princess Ülga of Grimmeria -- and she's going to the prestigious Princess Academy of Atraesca. The only problem is, Ülga is an axe-wielding, mammoth-riding, straight-talking princess of the barbarian warrior variety, and the academy has never seen anyone like her before! Nor has Ülga ever met people like the frilly, snooty, snobby young ladies that she's surrounded by at school. Will they ever find a way to get along? There are plenty of lessons to be learned at Princess Academy, and Ülga isn't the only one who could use some schooling. Come along for the heartwarming hijinks so aptly delivered by Ted Naifeh, creator of everyone's favorite sarcastiwitch Courtney Crumrin, and the prim-and-proper pirate girl of Polly and the Pirates. His take on the princess genre is sure to be every bit as twisting and engrossing as his previous stories of swashbuckling and sorcery, so jump on-board for the new school year before the mammoth-train leaves without you!
What better books to celebrate the end of the summer with than these two super-fun, seasonally-spectacular, stand-out adventures? 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEWS FLASH! COMIX CONNECTION TO APPEAR AT FOODSTRUCK YORK THIS SUNDAY!



That's right, a contingent of Comix Connection Counter Monkeys are slated to appear at this Sunday's FOODSTRUCK YORK event!  They will be handing out FREE comic books and super secret coupons, plus AQUAMAN will be making an appearance from the start of Foodstruck until 2PM or so!

What is FOODSTRUCK?  Foodstruck is a gathering of over 50 unique Food Trucks vending their delicious wares in Penn Park, along with music, local artisans and unique merchants plus to a Craft Beer Tasting Garden!  Read more about Foodstruck HERE!





Don't forget to bring your camera and get a picture taken with AQUAMAN!

AND BRING YOUR APPETITE!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sneak preview of something really cool:

Let us know if you want a copy of this reserved:


That's right, our very own cover of the new SABRINA #1!  Get 'em while they're hot, only 300 copies worldwide!  Contact your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey and tell 'em I WANT MY SABRINA #1 COMIX CONNECTION VARIANT!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Manager Joe in the news!

Yep, Manager Joe checks in on the new season of Doctor Who:



Read all about it HERE!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Food donation contest winners announced!






Here's the rundown of the winners of the food donation drawing from last week's Seventh Annual Comix Connection Creator Cookout (one contest entry for each food item donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank):


$50.00 Gift Card - Tom Bentley
$20.00 Gift Card - James Potteiger
$10.00 Gift Card - Jim Bailey
$5.00 Gift Card - Mark Wilkens
Pick any T-Shirt - Chris Hayes

SUPER SPECIAL BONUS PRIZE: 
Barbeque Skewers Set From The Wahl Collection - Adam Alamo



And there you have it! 

When the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank gets back to us with the total weight, we'll let you know!  You all donated enough stuff to fill two huge barrels, so THAN YOU ALL who donated!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Two Tales of Murder and Mystery in Five Different Times!

Who doesn't love a good "who-dunnit" story? Well, how about two good "who-dunnits," spanning five different eras of time? Both have just released their first issues, and are off to a bloody good start!

First up we have Fade Out, set in 1948 Hollywood, created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips (known for their great Criminal and Fatale comics!). 


It starts with the mysterious death of an up-and-coming starlet and the cover-up the studio implements to try and protect them from any potential bad press resulting from her death--more accurately, her murder, because while the papers follow the studio's lead and report the death as a suicide, the writer who found her body knows better!
He decides to wade-in to the mystery despite his own tenuous position (this is the era of McCarthy's blacklist, after all!), but will he find himself in over his head? If Brubaker and Philips's past work is anything to go by, I'd say the answer is going to be a resounding yes!
That's good news for us, because these two are masters of their craft, and with Fade Out they're tackling the glamour of old-school Hollywood, the paranoia of the Communist-witch-hunts and their Blacklists, and the shadowy world of murder and corruption, all wrapped-up in one deadly package. This is slated to be their most complicated and involved stories ever, and those of you familiar with the works of Brubaker and Philips know what a claim that is! Those of you who aren't--come and meet these two marvelous masters of crime-fiction today!

Then, in a story that may well turn out to be somehow even more complicated, we have Bodies.
This murderous mystery is written by Si Spencer, with art from not one but four great artists: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hatrick, and Tula Lotay. Each artist does six pages an issue, with one time period assigned to each one. Bodies will take place in the East End of London in 1890, in 1940, in 2014, and in 2050 -- all with four different detectives trying to solve the same murder, with the exact same corpse. Confused? Don't worry, all good murder mysteries confuse you at first! And each issue of Bodies will be riddled with clues in four distinct different art styles as the crime(s?) weaves to one fascinating conclusion.

Ormston's section takes place in the waning-days of the Jack the Ripper case, after the Ripper's last body has been found -- but before anyone has realized either that Bloody Jack is done killing, or that these crimes have the making of a legend. This part of the story focuses on a prim-and-proper copper sickened by the power-and-elite corruption of his police force, and his refusal to stop investigating a murder that no one else cares about.
Winslade's part of the story is set during the London Blitz, and stars a career-criminal who fled the Nazis in Poland to join the police force in London, and who is using the bombings as a cover for his own illicit activities and bloody politics. He seems as hard-boiled a killer as Bloody Jack himself, but even he balks at the sudden appearance of a mutilated corpse in the middle of an air raid!
Hatrick takes on the modern section of the mystery, focused on a detective in the London Mets who wants to keep her beloved city free of the racist rabble staining the streets. She's competent with both a police baton and a quip and seems like she doesn't have any feathers to ruffle, bantering easily both with her fellow coppers and in some lighthearted mental running-commentary for the readers in the midst of a riot, and when she finds that battered corpse, she takes it in stride--for the moment anyway!
Lotay has what is, by far, the strangest part of this tale so far: the future London of a post-apocalyptic 2050! Our detective of tomorrow has trouble remembering simple words, but she's nonetheless responsible for figuring out how this poor fellow died (just as soon as she figures out what that means). Finding out what kind of world she lives in is going to be as central to the core mystery as the strange symbols carved into the corpse, and I for one can't wait to learn more.

That's a feeling that all four of the time periods of Bodies left me with, and so did Fade Out: curiosity! I read a lot of comics, as you no doubt know, and I get excited about the good ones very easily, but I have to say that few first issues have captivated me quite so quickly as these two! I recommend grabbing a copy for yourself, and starting both of these mysteries at the beginning -- like me, I'm sure you won't be able to wait to find out what happens next!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thanks to all who donated!


Just to keep everyone up-to-date, I recently emptied the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund donation cans that you see on our countertops here at Comix Connection, and sent them a USPO money order for $84.00!  So THANK YOU, everyone who has dropped their change in the cans!  It goes to a good cause!  What is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund?  Here's a brief description:


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

The latest Comix Connection No(YES)-PRIZE winner!


I just got this, from longtime fan Adam Alamo, who recently visited the Dominican Republic:





This is me in my shirt at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


Bring it on!
Let's see...

Level of difficulty: 8/10 

Creativity and imagination: 6/10 

FOR BRINGING US THE FIRST PHOTO WITH OUR SHIRT FROM THE CARIBBEAN,  YOU AUTOMATICALLY GET: +10 POINTS 

Your NO(YES)-PRIZE: a TEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE! 

Way to go Adam!

 Learn all about the ongoing contest HERE!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

BEST COOKOUT IN A PARKING LOT EVER





WOW. That's all I can say... WOW. Boy was that fun! It was great to see so many of you who came out to Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg for a bit of grub and to donate canned goods to the Pennsylvania Food Bank and to take advantage of our special sales!

THANKS to Mike Hawthorne, Jess Eppley and Brad Samuelson for coming out to the store and meeting the fans... you guys and gals are what make this event so much fun!

THANKS to everyone who partook of the tasty grill bounty and chatted with the guests! Who doesn't enjoy grilled parking lot meat courtesy of Mike Hawthorne?

 


SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who donated foodstuffs (and cash) for the Pennsylvania Food Bank! Once again, you all outdid yourselves... there were more than two huge barrels of food brought in, with a sizable overflow too! Once we get the final tally, I'll post it!

THANKS to the indefatigable Mark Boyce. Let's see, he brought the awning and the grills, brought supplies, supervised the food tent, cleaned up afterwards... heck, he pretty much runs the show!

THANKS
to Jason Sullivan, who held down the fort at the Pennsylvania Food Bank Donation Station!
 
THANKS
to the stalwart Comix Connection Counter Monkeys who kept things running smoothly: Manager Joe, Paul, Matt, Jesse, and Nicky!




SPECIAL THANKS of course to Mike Hawthorne for grilling the meat! The kabobs are always a high point of the day!

THANKS to everyone who showed up... and to everyone else... SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE #2

JOHN KOVAKESKI WILL NOT BE ATTENDING DUE TO ILLNESS.  WE APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE AND WISH JOHN A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

Comix Connection Creator Cookout 2014 is TODAY!

THIS IS WHAT YOU COULD BE ENJOYING: 

1) PICNIC IN THE PARKING LOT FROM NOON - 3PM 

2) COOL CREATIVE TYPES TO MEET AND CHAT WITH

3) Food Drive with awesome prizes to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. 

4) ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS AT COMIX CONNECTION - 

MECHANICSBURG ARE A MERE ONE DOLLAR EACH ALL DAY

5) EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE IS 20% OFF ALL DAY! 



 This is what it looks like:








 
I mean COME ON!  It's a ridiculous amount of fun!  Come and see for yourself!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Comix Connection Creator Cookout Checklist!



As you well know, tomorrow August 16th is the Seventh Annual Creator Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg right there in the parking lot out front from Noon until 3PM... but you may be thinking "What should I bring?" Well, here's a handy checklist:
 



YOUR APPETITE - DEADPOOL artist Mike Hawthorne works up a mean grill, delivering delicious treats to all present, free of charge! Hamburgers, hot dogs and Those Patented Hawthorne Kabobs will all be grilled to perfection for your dining pleasure.  There will be multiple choices of beverages of course, plus tasty potato chips and condiments... DIG IN! (If you have special dietary needs, bring whatever food you can eat and Mike will find room for it on the grill!)


OPTIONAL: BRING A COVERED DISH OR DESSERT OR A TUB OF LOBSTERS OR WHATEVER if you are so inclined... think of the Creator Cookout as sort of a "potluck" also! If you bring it, it will get eaten!


SOME CANS OR PACKAGES OF (at least two months in-date) FOOD ITEMS - These are being collected for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help hungry folks in our area... won't you please donate? BONUS: For each food item donated, you will receive one entry into our Fabulous Prize Drawing, which includes swell prizes and much much more! (If you donate cash, you will receive one entry for each dollar donated!) Help us to help others!
    




STUFF BY MIKE HAWTHORNE, JESS EPPLEY, BRAD SAMUELSON AND JOHN KOVALESKI - You'll have plenty of opportunity to chat with these awesome creators, and they will gladly sign any of their stuff... and if you don't have something to sign, we will have some of their work available!

YOUR CAMERA - Get your picture taken with these guys to capture and hold the memories of this momentous time! You'll be able to show your less-cool friends that you rub elbows with famous creators! How awesome is that?

YOUR SPARE CHANGE/MAD MONEY - ALL back issues in the bins at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg are ONLY ONE DOLLAR EACH ALL DAY! Fill a box, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE IS A WHOPPING 20% OFF ALL DAY!

SUNSCREEN, HATS AND SUNGLASSES - I learned this one last year the hard way... on Sunday I looked like a Typical Florida Tourist. Learn not to burn!

CHAIRS - We do have a bunch of chairs, but we may run out as this event gets bigger every year... if you require seating, throw a couple folding chairs in your trunk just to be on the safe side!

Let's have some fun in the sun, folks... what better way to spend a Saturday than hanging with creative talent eating grilled meats?

REMEMBER:
  •     FREE GRILLED MEAT TREATS FROM NOON - 3PM
  •     COOL CREATIVE TYPES TO HANG OUT WITH AND CHAT WITH
  •     Food Drive with awesome prizes to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank... for each food item donated, get one entry into our Fabulous Prize Drawing!
  •     ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS AT COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG ARE A MERE ONE DOLLAR EACH ALL DAY
  •   EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE IS 20% OFF ALL DAY!
BE THERE TOMORROW!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THIS SATURDAY'S CREATOR COOKOUT:

AUTHOR BRIAN KEENE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND DUE TO FAMILY ISSUES... COMIX CONNECTION REGRETS ANY DISAPPOINTMENT THIS MAY BRING. Our thoughts are with Brian and his family at this time.

FOOD DRIVE at THIS Saturday's Creator Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg



As you well know, we are holding a Food Drive for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in conjunction with the Seventh Annual Creator Cookout 2014 being held this Saturday August 16th at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg!

The dealio: FOR EACH WITHIN-TWO-MONTHS-IN-DATE FOOD ITEM YOU DONATE, you will be entered in a Fabulous Prize Drawing! Prizes include lots of swag! Stay tuned!


Oh and in addition to FREE GRUB IN THE PARKING LOT from Noon until about 3pm, we are also holding an ALL COMICS IN THE BINS ARE ONE DOLLAR EACH from 10AM until we close at 9PM, PLUS EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEW/UNBAGGED COMIC BOOKS) IS A WHOPPING 20% OFF!


So come on out and grab a Hawthorne Kabob or burger or dog, chat with some talented people, geek out with fellow fans and enjoy the blistering parking lot heat, then dive into the cool recesses of the store and score some cool ONE DOLLAR back issues and maybe win some Neat Stuff! See you there!  AND BRING SOME FOOD TO DONATE TO THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet the Talent at this Saturday's Creator Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechancisburg

As you well know, this Saturday August 16th, Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg is hosting a bunch of very talented creators at the Sixth Annual Comix Connection Creator Cookout. Let's take a look at the lineup of confirmed guests:


 
MIKE HAWTHORNE - is the creator of the comic book series Hysteria and has provided the artwork for various other comics, including Deadpool,The Un-men, Fear Agent, Umbra, G.I. JOE: Origins, Whiskey Dickel, Three Days in Europe, one story arc of Queen & Country, and Conan: Road of Kings. (And it was his idea to hold the cookout in the first place, along with Brian Keene.)



BRIAN KEENE - Brian Keene is an American author, primarily of horror, crime fiction, and comic books. He has won two Bram Stoker Awards.



JESS EPPLEY - is the author of the fantasy novel “The Book of Siavon”.



BRAD SAMUELSON - Creator of AS THE GRASS GROWS and others






JOHN KOVALESKI - MAD Magazine contributor and Bo Nannas creator!

That's quite a group of talented folks!  Stop in at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg on Saturday between Noon and 3PM and share some stories and grilled meat treats with them!  C'mon, it's FUN!

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