South-Central Pennsylvania's Ultra-Hip Pop Culture Mecca™! Since its founding in 1988 by local fans Ned Senft and Bill Wahl, Comix Connection™ has served the Pennsylvania comic-reading community for over 25 years. From its humble beginnings in the old York Book Emporium in downtown York to its current globe-straddling locations in the West Manchester Mall in York and on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, Comix Connection™ has always provided the very best in customer service, selection of neat stuff and attention to detail. Visit us today! Questions? Comments? Call or Email us! Of course, all images are © and ™ their respective copyright and trademark holders! No matter where you go, there you are.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Three Comic Mysteries

The Mystery is a time-honored genre, but not one that comic books delve into very often--not speaking classically, anyway. There are loads of crime comics--a classic genre dating back to the famous E.C. stories and beyond--and hundreds of stories that contain mysteries to be solved, certainly, but very few that actually read like classic mysteries.Very few that star a detective (whether accredited, amateur, or armchair) solving someone's case in the vein of Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, or Hercule Pirot. I would like to draw your attention to three of my favorite that do, all with their own particular twist:

STUMPTOWN
There are two volumes of Stumptown available right now, and Greg Ruka is determined to write more, so jump into this gritty mystery series now! This is the quintessential American style of mystery story-telling, featuring that staple character the P.I., or Private Investigator. He's usually an ex-cop or something similar, down-on-his-luck, with his private life in the toilet and his professional career rather shabby, but with enough frayed moral fiber underneath his weary cynicism that he can't help but do the right thing even when he doesn't want to. That's pretty much the story of Dex, whose gambling troubles have left her in debt to the Confederated Tribes--but that debt will be wiped-out if she can find the missing granddaughter of the casino's head operator. A simple-on-the-surface missing person's case quickly gets not just complicated but downright deadly when organized crime gets involved, and soon it's all Dex can do to keep herself alive, let alone find and retrieve her quarry. And that's before she confronts the mystery of the Baby in the Velvet Case...but that's getting ahead of things! Stumptown is off to a great start, with a varied array of background characters to bolster (and beleaguer) our poor raggedy heroine, more than one string of bad luck, a car that's seen a few too many chase scenes, and a whole string of compelling mysteries waiting in the wings.

RESIDENT ALIEN
 With two volumes out now, and hopefully more on the way, Resident Alien is starting to flesh-out its world-building with some lovely background subplots. On the surface, however, it's simply a good mystery story. You have your classic small town murder, where the only person who can wade through the sea of secrets and old grudges to get to the truth is the local outsider...only this outsider is from farther away than usual. This one is from space, and is trying to keep a low-profile until he can be rescued from his crash-landing on planet Earth. He gets dragged into the mystery however, and finds that not only is solving crimes fun, but so is interacting with people. "Harry" soon starts making friends (thanks to a low-level telepathic field that keeps people from noticing that he's an alien) and the next time a body turns up, he practically jumps at the chance to help out...which might not be a good thing, because there are some familiarly-garbed people in black suits who are very interested in this out-of-town amateur detective. If you've ever wondered what The X-Files would be like if they were written by Agatha Christie, then Resident Alien is the book where you can find out!

FUSE
The newest mystery story to grace our shelves, Fuse is only on its first story-arc, but right from the start one can see that it's destined to be a little bit different. The set-up is basic: a cop transfers to a new beat, and before he can even get to know his new partner (who is clearly harboring secrets of her own), he's embroiled in a murder investigation thanks to a vagrant's corpse that dropped in his lap. Only this "new beat" is up in outer space, and the station that he's stationed on has a host of secrets all its own, secrets the like of which one could never find in an earth-bound mystery. This first story-arc is called "The Russia Shift" and if that's not enough to make you curious...how about trying to solve a murder without any back-up in a place that's too fragile to use guns, because if you puncture the hull you'll be sucked out into space? That's what life is like for cops working 22,000 miles above the earth in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people. And this is just the beginning of Fuse, so there's no guessing what might come next...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Hellboy Day!

That's right folks, today is Hellboy Day!





 We're celebrating 20 years of the big red monkey! He's debuted two decades ago as the creative offspring of Mike Mignola and has been entertaining long time fans and new readers ever since. With two major movies, and 12 volumes of his own title not counting about a half dozen other collections including: Midnight Circus and, House of the Living Dead.

With two major movies to his credit and all the comics and graphic novels, Hellboy has made it clear he's sticking around for a while! So come on in to either location and celebrate with us.

We've got a great deal on Hellboy volume 1 - Seed of Destruction (tradepaperback - while supplies last!) So come in and pick up his first adventure, or stock up on the whole collection! Already have it all? Well, maybe you did not pick up: Hellboy - The First 20 Years Deluxe Hardcover Artbook this week!


What are you waiting for? Get in here and get some Hellboy! Come in now and see what the Right Hand of Doom is laying down!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ladies Night

Counter Monkey Reviews - Leading Lady Triple Threat
-Jesse 'the hawk' Arnold

That's right! Time to take a look at three awesome comics featuring some of the best female characters (and writer!) in comics.

First off my #2 favorite Marvel Character

 Captain Marvel #1 
(w) Kelly Sue DeConnick (a/ca) David Lopez


A few months after she stopped gracing the shelves and racks with her ongoing presence, Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) is back and ready for action, adventure and sparkle fists. You read that right.

This new series picks up roughly where the previous one ended. Albeit a few months down the road. If you've never read the adventures of Carol Danvers, this issue gives you enough to jump right in! If you've been a long time fan, you'll be just as pleased where DeConnik and her team take one of the most powerful of the Avengers! The writing on this book keeps in line with DeConnik's tone and flavor from the previous run. Great action, good humor, and the beginning of a great character arc for Danvers, as she's still suffering from a pretty intense case of memory loss.


While I was fanboyishly saddened that Philipe Andrade was not coming back as the artist on the book, David Lopez has dissuaded my fears. He has a great style that works well for Cap and the broader, galactic, scope this story is setting up to tell. Can't wait for more!

I highly recommend this issue to fans of good story telling, witty banter, punching stuff, and sashes. Or just fans of good comics!


Next up...something more deadly.

 Black Widow #4  .
(w) Nathan Edmondson (a/ca) Phil Noto


She's not as cuddley as Carol, but she's equally interesting and perhaps a tad more unhinged. Natasha hits the ground running in this current story. From one exotic location to the next. Target after target. She might not be a superhero by definition, but she is no less heroic, and perhaps more so. She has human weakness and vulnerabilities. Yet she never stops. Not even when this hulking Rasputin wannabe monk with his Gatling gun tries to make her into a 'tear at the dotted' line rag doll. (Cause she'd be perforated...see.)

Edmondson keeps this story moving and cinematic. Every time I pick up an issue I feel like I'm watching a chapter of a great spy movie. And that's in no small part to the equally talented Noto. The facial expressions, color palate, and over all feel keep this story grounded and real. When I read the onomontopia for the gun shots/explosions etc, I hear them and feel the heat.

Keep it up fellas! I'm ready for more on this "Hand of God" character! Shadows, conspiracy, guns, monks with guns, it's all here! If you enjoy spy thrillers, Jason Bourne, and torturous Russian literature, this book is for you! (Okay, I made that last part up.)


Last but not least, something spectral...

 Ghost #2  .
(w) Kelly Sue DeConnick & Chris Sebela (p 1-11) Ryan Sook (p 12-22) Drew Johnson



With possessed Stockbrokers, extra-dimensional demons, trains, Doctor October...what does this book not have?

Answer: You holding it!

Seriously, this is a great mystery/action story with elements of the supernatural. Elisa (Ghost) and her friends are caught in a web of a serial killer, "The White City Butcher" and the mystery of who Elisa really is. Whether you've read for years, or this is your first story with Ghost, it's well worth the read.

DeConnik takes it a bit darker here compared to Captain Marvel, so hang on tight. There is still great dialogue and some humor, but the focus is suspense/thrills. If you  like seeing a spectral crime fighter ripping demons out of folks in formal wear and weird looking sausage link creatures...look no further!

The art from Sook and Co is fantastic. Great line work and lovely colors.

So come on in and pick up one, or all of these titles today!


Keep on truckin'
-Jesse 'the hawk' Arnold

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Yep, still moving Comix Connection - York.


THAT'S RIGHT, COMIX CONNECTION - YORK WILL BE MOVING THIS SUNDAY TO IT'S NEW (TEMPORARY) LOCATION STILL WITHIN THE WEST MANCHESTER MALL, ACROSS FROM WHERE FISHBONE USED TO BE!

OUR PHONE NUMBER AND HOURS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, SO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, JUST GIVE US A CALL!

THIS NEW LOCATION IS TEMPORARY... ONCE THE EXISTING MALL IS DEMOLISHED AND THE NEW FACILITY CONSTRUCTED, WE WILL AGAIN MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION AT THE OTHER END... THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE PLACE IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AND THEN WE WILL AGAIN MOVE INTO A SHINY NEW STORE, SAME GREAT SERVICE, SAME AWESOME ASSORTMENT OF NEAT STUFF!  BEAR WITH US, THE TEMPORARY SPACE IS JUST THAT... TEMPORARY!


KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR FURTHER DETAILS

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

DID I MENTION THAT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK IS MOVING?


THAT'S RIGHT, COMIX CONNECTION - YORK WILL BE MOVING THIS SUNDAY TO IT'S NEW (TEMPORARY) LOCATION STILL WITHIN THE WEST MANCHESTER MALL, ACROSS FROM WHERE FISHBONE USED TO BE!


OUR PHONE NUMBER AND HOURS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, SO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, JUST GIVE US A CALL!

THIS NEW LOCATION IS TEMPORARY... ONCE THE EXISTING MALL IS DEMOLISHED AND THE NEW FACILITY CONSTRUCTED, WE WILL AGAIN MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION AT THE OTHER END... THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE PLACE IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AND THEN WE WILL AGAIN MOVE INTO A SHINY NEW STORE, SAME GREAT SERVICE, SAME AWESOME ASSORTMENT OF NEAT STUFF!  BEAR WITH US, THE TEMPORARY SPACE IS JUST THAT... TEMPORARY!


KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR FURTHER DETAILS

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Wednesday Highlights - 3/5/14

Hey gang! Here's your weekly peek at just some of the great items on the shelves at Comix Connection... BEHOLD:


ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME 03 SEEING RED 

-AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4


 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER VOLUME 07 RIFT PART 1 

-BATMAN SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 

-CEREAL GEEK MAGAZINE #11 



AWESOME RESTOCK -->> DC SUPERHERO FIGURE COLLECTION MAGAZINE #01 BATMAN 

-DETECTIVE COMICS #29 (GOTHTOPIA) 


DOCTOR WHO FIGURE COLLECTION #10 THE SILENT, #11 RASSILON, #12 OOD SIGMA 

-FOREVER EVIL #6 (OF 7) 

-FOREVER EVIL ARKHAM WAR #6 (OF 6)


HARLEY QUINN WELCOME TO METROPOLIS COLLECTED EDITION 

-JUPITERS LEGACY #4 

-MAGNETO #1 ANMN 

-MOON KNIGHT #1 ANMN 

-NIGHT OF LIVING DEADPOOL #4 (OF 4) 

-ROVER RED CHARLIE #4 (OF 6) 

-STARLIGHT #1 

-UNCANNY X-MEN #18


UNCANNY X-MEN VOLUME 01 REVOLUTION 

-VELVET #4 (MR)


WALKING DEAD VOLUME 20 ALL OUT WAR PART 1 (MR) 


WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 5 ACTION FIGURES 

-WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1 ANMN


WONDER WOMAN ART OF WAR STATUE BY JIM LEE 

 and much much more! Stop in and see for yourself!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

COMIX CONNECTION - YORK is MOVING!





THAT'S RIGHT, COMIX CONNECTION - YORK WILL BE MOVING THIS SUNDAY TO IT'S NEW (TEMPORARY) LOCATION STILL WITHIN THE WEST MANCHESTER MALL, ACROSS FROM WHERE FISHBONE USED TO BE!


OUR PHONE NUMBER AND HOURS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, SO IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, JUST GIVE US A CALL!

THIS NEW LOCATION IS TEMPORARY... ONCE THE EXISTING MALL IS DEMOLISHED AND THE NEW FACILITY CONSTRUCTED, WE WILL AGAIN MOVE TO A NEW LOCATION AT THE OTHER END... THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE PLACE IN ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AND THEN WE WILL AGAIN MOVE INTO A SHINY NEW STORE, SAME GREAT SERVICE, SAME AWESOME ASSORTMENT OF NEAT STUFF!  BEAR WITH US, THE TEMPORARY SPACE IS JUST THAT... TEMPORARY!


KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR FURTHER DETAILS!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction #211 now accepting bids!



Are you in the know? Did you realize that York, PA is the home of the premiere worldwide collectibles auction house? Have you ever heard of Hake's Americana & Collectibles?  If you like pop culture collectibles, HAKE'S AMERICANA Auctions should be one of your first stops. They consistently list some of the most amazing cool and hard-to-find items from the entire spectrum of collecting, from political buttons to celebrity clothing items and everything in between. It's always a real treat to look through their massive thrice-annual catalogs...

How about THIS?


JOE SHUSTER FRAMED SUPERMAN SPECIALTY ART SIGNED BY SUPERMAN'S CREATORS JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER


Or THIS?


"AMAZING FANTASY" #15 AUGUST 1962 CGC 3.5 VG- FEATURING FIRST APPEARANCE OF SPIDER-MAN


How about THIS?





"G.I. JOE - FIRST SERGEANT DUKE" ACTION FIGURE ON 34-BACK CARD

 And THIS!

"STAR WARS - DARTH VADER" ACTION FIGURE ON 12 BK CARD


Or even THIS!






BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE" ORIGINAL BRIAN BOLLAND PRELIMINARY ART PAGE PAIR - SHOOTING SCENE




And then THIS!


"BATMAN" JAPANESE BOBBING HEAD FIGURE


These few items are just a tiny handful of the THOUSANDS of items found in the fantastic Hake's auctions!

CLICK HERE to go to the main page of Hake's Americana Auction #211! It's amazing the depth and breadth of cool items they turn up. Go poke around and see what you find... and place some bids if you can't live without something. It's easy and fun! And tell 'em the folks at Comix Connection sent you!

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Sunday, March 02, 2014

MEET KASEY LANSDALE AND BRIAN KEENE

TODAY!


MEET SINGER/SONGWRITER KASEY LANSDALE


AND NOVELIST BRIAN KEENE


AT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK

2PM - 4PM
 
TODAY!

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Saturday, March 01, 2014

TOMORROW IN YORK!


TOMORROW!


MEET SINGER/SONGWRITER KASEY LANSDALE


AND NOVELIST BRIAN KEENE


AT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK

2PM - 4PM
THE LAST GASP OF THE OLD WEST MANCHESTER MALL BEFORE THE UPCOMING RENOVATIONS... AND THEN ONWARD TO OUR NEW (TEMPORARY) LOCATION BEFORE MOVING TO THE NEW NEW LOCATION!
BE THERE!

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Friday, February 28, 2014

THIS SUNDAY!

MEET SINGER/SONGWRITER KASEY LANSDALE


AND NOVELIST BRIAN KEENE


AT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK

2PM - 4PM

LAST GASP OF THE OLD WEST MANCHESTER MALL BEFORE THE UPCOMING RENOVATIONS

BE THERE


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

**SPECIAL APPEARANCE THIS SUNDAY AT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK!**

Due to unforseen circumstances at the previously planned venue, Comix Connection - York in the West Manchester Mall is proud and delighted to announce the following:

On March 2nd from 2pm to 4pm
Comix Connection - York

Kasey Lansdale, one of the brightest new stars in country music, will be onhand signing copies of her new book, IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS, and her debut album, RESTLESS (produced by Grammy Award-winner John Carter Cash)!

Also appearing: Brian Keene, best-selling horror novelist and comic book writer will be signing copies of THE LAST ZOMBIE, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, and more!
JOIN US FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday Highlights - 2/26/14

Hey kids! Here's your weekly peek at just some of the Neat Stuff on the shelves this week at Comix Connection:


BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SERIES 2 ANARKY, DEADSHOT, DEATHSTROKE, FIREFLY, AND KILLER CROC DELUXE ACTION FIGURES 

-BATMAN SUPERMAN #8


RESTOCK -->> BREAKING BAD WALTER WHITE 6-INCH ACTION FIGURE 


DC HEROCLIX LEGION OF SUPERHEROES BOOSTERS 

-DEAD BODY ROAD #3 (OF 6) 

-DEADLY CLASS #2 

-DEADPOOL #24 

-FANTASTIC FOUR #1 ANMN 

-GEORGE ROMEROS EMPIRE OF DEAD ACT ONE #2 (OF 5) 

-GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #12 ANMN 

-KING CONAN CONQUEROR #1 (OF 6) 


MARVEL SELECT CLASSIC HAWKEYE ACTION FIGURE 

-MIRACLEMAN #3 

-ORIGIN II #3 (OF 5) 

-PREVIEWS #306 MARCH 2014 

-REVENGE #1 (MR) 

-SERENITY LEAVES ON THE WIND #2 (OF 6) 

-SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28 ANMN 

-SUPERMAN LOIS LANE #1 

-TOMB RAIDER #1 

-UNCANNY AVENGERS #17 

-WALKING DEAD #122 (MR) 

-WOLVERINE #2 ANMN 

and much much more! Stop by and see for yourself!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

**SPECIAL APPEARANCE ANNOUNCEMENT!**

Due to unforseen circumstances at the previously planned venue, Comix Connection - York in the West Manchester Mall is proud and delighted to announce the following:

On March 2nd from 2pm to 4pm
Comix Connection - York


Kasey Lansdale, one of the brightest new stars in country music, will be onhand signing copies of her new book, IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS, and her debut album, RESTLESS (produced by Grammy Award-winner John Carter Cash)!

Also appearing: Brian Keene, best-selling horror novelist and comic book writer will be signing copies of THE LAST ZOMBIE, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, and more!
JOIN US FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT!



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Monday, February 24, 2014

CC 26th Anniversary Event a SMASH SUCCESS!


WOW, that was awesome!  A huge
THANK YOU

to everyone who made it out for our big 26th Anniversary Event!  Much fun was had by all, bargains were procured and seeing all of your familiar faces made us all very happy and yes, a little verklempt.  It's hard to believe we've been at this for twenty-six years and we literally couldn't do it without you ALL.  We greatly appreciate your patronage and support over the decades.  And for those of you who didn't make it in this year... there's always NEXT anniversary, where things will be TWENTY-SEVEN percent off!  See you then!

Oh and stay tuned for some cool events and BIG CHANGES at the York store this year... very exciting times!  Trust us, the York store isn't going anywhere... we're NOT CLOSING, just moving around a bit.  We'll fill you in on all the details once things are finalized.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Other upcoming events include:

HELLBOY Appreciation Day

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (Saturday, May 3rd)

the Comix Connection Creator Cookout in Mechanicsburg

and more!  We can't wait to see where the year takes us!  Join us on our journey!



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