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Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Hey, I just got this press release from Tim Truman's site... sounds like a pretty darn cool event! Check it out:

Place: Lancaster Dispensing Company.
Venue Address: 33 Market Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Phone: (717) 299-4602
Information: and
Date: Friday Night, March 24, 2006

Lancaster area band Radio 73 will be sponsoring a benefit concert to be held at Lancaster Dispensing Company, Friday night, March 24, 2006. Proceeds will help fund the First Annual Keith Parkinson Scholastic Art Awards, which will be given to a senior illustration student at a Lancaster area college of art and design. The recipient of the gift award will be a student showing merit in the field of realistic figurative illustration as chosen by a volunteer panel of area art instructors.

The award is named after world famous science fiction and fantasy illustrator Keith Parkinson, who lived in the Lancaster area until the late 1990's. Keith created cover paintings for best selling books by Terry Goodkind, David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, C.J. Cherryh, Terry Brooks and Dennis McKiernan. In 2004, Keith was diagnosed with leukemia and after a valiant battle succumbed to the illness in fall 2005.

Besides being a world class illustrator, Keith was also a gifted drummer. During his years in Lancaster, Keith played in several area bands.

Key members of those groups have reunited to form Radio 73. The band specializes in classic rock of the late 1960's and early 1970's, playing a their own arrangements of songs by Eric Clapton, Robin Trower, Cream, Traffic, Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac, and others, as well as some original material. The band members are: Chip Ames, bass; Jeff Chambers, drums; Clare Daher, lead vocals; Mike Diehm, guitar; Terry Frederick, vocals; and Timothy Truman, lead guitar.

Like Parkinson, Truman is a science fiction and fantasy illustrator who has also done artwork for such rock acts as the Grateful Dead, Santana, and Hot Tuna. Timothy met Parkinson in the early 1980’s when the two were doing artwork for Dungeons & Dragons role playing games. "After we learned of Keith's tragic death, everyone in the band wanted to do something to honor his memory. The concert was the idea of local emergency services worker Mark Seigford, who was always a big fan of the various bands we'd put together with Keith. We thought it was a fantastic idea."

The band hopes to make the concert an annual event. "We'd like to make the Keith Parkinson Scholastic Art Awards an ongoing program. It seems like a great way to honor Keith and recognize the monumental impact he had on the illustration field. “

Besides music, there will also be a raffle of signed art prints donated by Truman and several of Parkinson's other professional friends, among them legendary fantasy artist Larry Elmore.

Members of Radio 73 extend their heartfelt thanks to Lancaster Dispensing Company for hosting the event. "The management and staff of the Lancaster Dispensing Company have been really amazing. All of us hope that Keith's friends and fans, LDC's regular patrons, those who support the arts in Lancaster, and anyone who enjoys classic rock, great food, and good company will join us on March 24th."

To learn more about Keith Parkinson and his work, visit his website.

Monday, January 30, 2006

The more things change the more they STEVE the same

This just cracked me up. I was digging through the Vault, and I found this circa 1988 Extremely Rare Prototype ALL-STEVE COMIX original cover art...

Crack me up! The action takes place at the very first (333 square feet) Delco Plaza location... pictured is yours truly VACUUMING the cash out of poor Steve's wallet, while Ned taunts him with the original WATCHMEN hardcover book...

Flash forward to today... or last Saturday, actually. I took this shot of poor Steve STILL having the money vacuumed out of his tired wallet!

"Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose"...

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bill's FAN Fascination #4

Yep, here we go again...

LITTLE DOT #133, (Harvey Comics, October, 1970) features this great Electric Fan-gag cover. Little Dot is covering her room with, well, DOTS. You think I'm obsessed? Here's an entire CHARACTER whose whole reason for being is that she really, really likes DOTS. That's it. She likes dots. Dots. Yep. Wow. Dots.

Little Dot also shares the comic with Little LOTTA, whose whole schtick is that she's... uh... well, she's really FAT. Yep. That's it. She's fat. Yup.

How come they never had a character who really liked FANS? You know, FANBOY BILLY, the kid who saves people with his cunning use of electric fans! It'd be pretty cool, if you ask me. Writing it should be a BREEZE!

(runs away)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

20 Years Ago Today

I was living and working in the Daytona Beach area in 1986, and every rocket and space shuttle launch filled me with excitement... Cape Canaveral was truly "Spaceport USA", more real than any science-fiction television show or movie. I always kept abreast of any launches, because we could see them from Daytona (being 20-25 miles north of the launch area) and the sight of the arcing exhaust plumes followed by the sound of rolling thunder ten minutes later was just an incredible experience. I had even set up my camera on the roof of the highest building in Daytona Beach to take photos of the previous shuttle launch, a night mission. I worked as an "instrument man" for a land surveying party then, so I was naturally outside January 28th, 1986 when the ill-fated space shuttle Challenger lifted off that bright clear cold morning. We all paused to watch it as we normally did, but after a while we knew something was horribly wrong... instead of a high, curving exhaust trail, there was a ball of smoke with at least three separate smoke trails corkscrewing out of it. My party chief muttered "That doesn't look good at all." and we knew he was right. Within minutes our truck radio crackled as the office sent a general message to all the crews in the field... "Uh... apparently the Challenger has blown up and crashed, guys... that's all we know." Stunned, we stood there looking at the smoke trails, waiting for things to fix themselves, but eventually the smoke dissipated and there was nothing left but a bright blue sky.

I'll never forget that horrible moment in time and when I think of bravery and heroics, I think of real astronauts and real tragedy.


Francis R. (Dick) Scobee
Michael J. Smith
Judith A. Resnik
Ronald E. McNair
Ellison S. Onizuka
Gregory B. Jarvis
Sharon Christa McAuliffe

Onward and upward.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday Comics Chat Open Thread

Well, here we go again! This is the part of the week where YOU speak up and tell us how it is!

What did you read this week? Was it good? Was it like sucking lemons? What was the best comic you read? What was the worst? Which did you read first and which did you save for last? Speak up! Batman wants to know!

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Because you'll just crack up over how SILLY he is.

From MAGIC AGENT #3 (May-June 1962, ACG):

OK, there's this secret agent and he has this coin that's MAGIC, right, and when he presses on different pillars of a building that is embossed on the coin, he gains those powers, like ferinstance TELEPATHY, ESP, HYPNOSIS and ILLUSION CREATION. All his "power" is centered on his "magic coin"... so what happens? That's right!


So, don't bother calling John Force. He's just too stoopid.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy!

Uhhh... I not sure what that has to do with this:

I just caught THIS article at ICV2... the absolute final word in Planet of the Apes video goodness... EVERY SINGLE P.O.T.A. MOVIE, TV SHOW AND CARTOON in one package... with a bonus!

The Lawgiver Sayeth: Ape must not kill ape to get the Planet of the Apes: The Ultimate DVD Collection!

And did anybody get that title reference?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Free Comic Book Day Swag!

I just read this LIST on ICV2's website of Free Comic Book Day stuff that's being offered by various publishers, including the cool Wolverine HeroClix game piece pictured above. Notice that Jimmy Gownley will have a special AMELIA RULES comic book available for when he makes his appearance at the Mechanicsburg store on Free Comic Book Day! Plan now to visit the stores on Saturday, May 6th and grab some FREE swag!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Mike Oeming store appearance photos!

Here you go... some nice pictures of the Mike Oeming signing at the Mechanicsburg store! (I'll post some from the York store as soon as I get the film developed.)

The announcement on the reader board! Oooh, I see all Kinkade stuff is on sale at 40% off!

Here's an action shot of the terrible frenzy that is a Mike Oeming store appearance!

Here we see a true consummate polymath in action as Mike Oeming MULTITASKS! I think that was The Boss on the phone, and I think you other married guys know who I mean...

Mike Hawthorne displays an incredibly cool cover for his upcoming book... he said I'd have to kill him to get the original artwork from him, so I'm sharpening my Deadly Ninja Assassin Skills...

Left to Right: Manager Ken, some guy -er- I mean Mike Hawthorne, Bill, and some guy -uh- I mean the lovely and talented Miss New Jersey 1998, MIKE OEMING!

Oeming. POWERS. Wotta talent!

Fanboy extraordinaire Brian L., scores some ultra-cool Mike Oeming artwork - a page from POWERS!

Good lord! Get that freak away from Mr. Oeming!

And for you completists, here's the lost cover art from that famous "White Album" issue #11...


Seriously, THANK YOU Mike (and Mike) for the good times and the good company! I think I speak for us all here at Comix Connection when I say that that had to be one of the best store appearances we've ever hosted! Not only are you a great talent, but you are a heck of a gentleman and a terrifically funny guy! Please come back any time you want, we'd love to have you! We miss you already!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Thanks, Mike... that was a blast!

Boy, THAT was over way too quick! Mike Avon Oeming, besides being a great comic artist (and writer), is one heckuva nice guy! Mike graciously autographed stuff and sketched cool artwork for anyone who asked, like yours truly, the big comic geek. Check this out:

Issue #11 of POWERS had this "White Album" cover, which makes it completely perfect for sketches!

Mike Oeming was accompanied by Mike Hawthorne, so I got this "MIKE JAM '06" sketch featuring both of their principal characters...

But to me, the coolest thing I got was this sketch by Mike Oeming of Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name", inspired by Mike's ringtone on his cell phone...

Rock. On. Thanks, man. It was great to have you visit, it was fun to yak with you, and it was VERY cool to watch you sketch! It always amazes me how effortless you guys make it look! Thanks from all of us for visiting... that was just plain cool!

I will post photos as they are made available!

Saturday, January 21, 2006





Ahem. See you there!

Oooh, and there was THIS ARTICLE in the York Dispatch the other day...

...and THIS ONE in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Friday, January 20, 2006

This Week's Friday Night Comics Chat Open Thread

Steve L. emailed me with a great idea. He wrote: "By the way... a suggestion for your web site. Every week, maybe on Thursday or Friday, you should post a generic open thread where people could discuss this week's comics. As in, 'Man, Infinite Crisis #4 was great this week!', etc."

That is a fine idea! I hereby inaugurate the Comix Connection Weekly Friday Night Comics Chat Open Thread!

Have at it, comic book fans! Tell us what you read, what you liked, what you didn't like, what your speculations are about current comics and anything else that crosses your fevered brows!


I think this bears repeating...



YORK: 10AM - 1PM


Don't miss it. You'll cry for days.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Worst concept ever?

Quite possibly. Check out Hanna-Barbera TV STARS #2 (October 1978, Marvel), which cover-features the C.B. Bears.

You remember C.B. radios, right? Sure. It was a big deal back in the '70s. You could actually get a Citizen's Band Radio in your car and TALK to other motorists around you... long-haul truckers used them, and there was the weird notion that "truck drivers are America's last cowboys" that surfaced back then for some unknown reason. Ah yes, the noble Trucker. Ahem. Anyway. So here we have the C.B. Bears: Bump (who mysteriously wears a garbage can lid as a hat), Boogie, and Hustle, named for three "Disco" dance styles that still make me shudder as I remember my PARENTS taking lessons to learn them all. (Do NOT ask me about watching my Mom and Dad do the "Dirty Bump"... those memories still keep me awake nights.) Written by Mark Evanier (!) , this poor thing was dated before the ink was dry. Wotta hoot! And I have absolutely NO memory of that television cartoon... wonder if there was any merchandising? Garbage Can Lid Hats, perhaps?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I can't stop looking at this...

... for some weird reason.

Another great cover from the Usual Gang of Idiots. MAD MAGAZINE #99 (December 1965, EC):

I need a sign like this at the stores...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

From the Vault, Part Four

Check this out... a flyer from the very first York-Con, back in 1989!

How did we get started doing these? Well, Ned and I had previously teamed up with the folks who ran the York Book & Paper Fair at the York Fairgrounds, where we added a "comic side" to the show and even managed to bring in the great artist Jim Steranko to meet with fans, with much help from Charlie Roberts, a long-time fan and collector who had contact info for him and encouraged us to give it a shot. After two shows, various issues cropped up, like Ned and I doing all the legwork for the comic book side of the show, yet not receiving any portion of the admission fee, so we decided to jump out on our own and run a pure comic book convention at a nearby hotel. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be... pick out a big enough room, tell the hotel staff how we wanted the room set up, plunk down a huge deposit, and start advertising the show through the store, placing ads in CBG, sending info to any dealers/retailers that we had mailing addresses for, and issuing press releases. (At this point we also began to accumulate a mailing list by putting out a sign-up sheet in the store, which generated a great list of comic and pop-culture fans.) Well, LO and Behold!, York-Con was a success! A huge crowd showed up for the convention, and the York-Cons began their 4 year, 12-event run! Eventually we added guest artists to the roster, which we will get to see as I post subsequent flyers...

Did we make a ton of money? Nah. The room rent was fairly high and we were charging $30.00 a table, I think. We really didn't sell a lot of our own comic books because most of the people that showed up had already seen our back issues and were looking for new old stuff... Ned and I usually made enough from the $3.00 admission fee ($2.50 with this flyer!) and the table rents to pay for the room, pay the artist (if there was one), pay for the advertising, pay for the flyers and their postage, and USUALLY had enough left over to buy our helpers (and anyone else who was floating around) pizza (with Stuff™) and beer at Westgate Subs. But, BOY, did we have fun! I met a lot of fine people at the York-Cons, many who are still great friends, and I've got a ton of stories and memories from those days... stick around, I'll eventually tell them all.

We ran the York-Cons three times a year, March, July and November, like the old York Book & Paper Fairs were run. The last one was in 1992, and attendance had slipped a bit... Ned and I had very little free time at that point, as we were in the process of planning the opening of the second Comix Connection in Camp Hill. But that's a story for another day... for now, bask in the glory of this gorgeous Steve Leach-drawn flyer, and remember good times rooting through boxes of old comic books... at York's first and best comic book conventions!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Here's your list of the Top 25 titles

Here's the list of the Top 25 comic books ACTUALLY SOLD to retailers for the month of December 2005. INFINITE CRISIS is once again the top book...

188,853 INFINITE CRISIS #3 (Of 7)
124,300 NEW AVENGERS #14
113,369 JUSTICE #3 (Of 12)
102,248 SUPERMAN / BATMAN #23
94,493 ULTIMATES 2 #9
81,282 UNCANNY X-MEN #467
77,189 X-MEN #179
76,899 JLA #123
75,598 X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #2 (Of 6)
74,386 X-MEN #180
70,716 WOLVERINE #37
67,155 TEEN TITANS #30
63,953 SPIDER-WOMAN: ORIGIN #1 (Of 5)
63,719 SUPERMAN #224

More info is available at ICV2's website...

Manager Ken's Krazy Komic Kutout Korner 9

This cop wouldn't know a murder if you stabbed a guy and dumped him at his feet:

I'm truly surprised Metropolis doesn't have Gotham City's crime rate with mooks like this on the force. He'll never make detective...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The best Hawaiian shirt ever?

As most of you know, I love a good Hawaiian shirt. I won't even go into the details of what makes a great shirt design, but let's just say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and leave it at that. That being said, I think this shirt that Dagwood is sporting is one of the coolest shirt designs EVER!

From BLONDIE #171, (August, 1967, King Comics):

And I really like the fact that Blondie has a matching dress! Tres cool...

A new candy sensation!

Yeah, I know that sounds like a stoopid commercial, but I found THESE in my stocking for Christmas, and they are truly yummy! Imagine tiny Hershey's Kisses coated in a candy shell like M&Ms - and here they are!

Veddy veddy good.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


YORK STORE - 10:00AM to 1:00PM

That is all.

Lost and Found Department

These items were recently found at the Mechanicsburg store...

If anyone recognizes this little puppy and tote bag, please come and claim them. I'm sure some little girl misses them dearly.

And sorry for the crappy scan, it's the best I can do.

Friday, January 13, 2006

FLASH! Marvel unveils even NEWER Spider-man costume redesign!

THIS JUST IN! An even NEWER version of the new Spider-man costume:


I crack me up.

For the real story of this abomination, click HERE...

Made of paper? And then PONG 3-D!

I ran across THIS cool video... pretty neat paper figures and a rather catchy song. Me old pal Jason R. liked it so much he went to their site and found THIS 3-D PONG GAME to keep me busy!

Have at it!

"That's why I copy and paste... into your folder... folder... folder with your name"

New Spider-man costume? WUH-HAH?

I am speechless. I am without speech.

Go HERE for the Newsarama article...

Thanks for the tip, Mike B...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

What do these two comics have in common?

What recurring theme do we see on these two comic book covers?

BRIDE'S SECRETS #7, (April 1955, Ajax):

and POPULAR TEENAGERS (SECRETS OF LOVE) #22 (July 1954, Star Publications):

Apparently both these guys are dating gals with broken necks... is that neck position even possible? That must be some SERIOUS muscle relaxant those girls are on...

OK, I've been studying these for a bit... look at that first one... What the heck is going on? They're at a circus, he's blindfolded and her neck's broken! Human cannonball/knife-thrower romance gone wrong? Or am I reading too much into this?

And that second cover just looks silly... it looks like that guy is making the "motorboat" sound on her neck... "MMmbrbrbrbrbrmmmm... baybuh, I luv ya... mmmbrbrbrbrbrbrlbrlbrlbrl..."
Heh heh heh heh...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

You can help NASA find comet dust!

Check THIS out! NASA is soliciting help from the public to sift through hundreds of thousands of microscopic images from the space probe STARDUST to find comet dust picked up on a collector plate from a fly-by! Wow! REAL science stuff!

Holy mackeral, that's a lot of LEGOs!

Brian L. sent me these photos of a bigger-than-lifesized BATMAN MADE COMPLETELY OUT OF LEGOS!

From the site FBTB.NET: The LEGO Star Wars Experience...

Just... wow.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A pair of giants reviewed

by Mike Bollinger

As a fan of classic monster movies since a small child, I've always counted Godzilla and King Kong amongst my favorites. Godzilla always managed to edge out Kong though, as I suspect my childhood love of all things dinosaur tipped the scales in his favor. Anyway, to this day, I'm always up for a good giant monster (or Kaigu, as they're known) film. Be it Godzilla, King Kong, Gamera, or any of the classic sci-fi "B' movies of the 1950s, I'll sit and watch. Once last month rolled around, I was especially excited as Peter Jackson's King Kong was released into theaters. On top of that, the "last" Godzilla movie, Godzilla: Final Wars, was released stateside on DVD. I couldn't wait to see either one. Here's a brief review of each.

King Kong
Peter Jackson's love of King Kong is evident from the start of the film. Closely following the 1933 classic directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, the hour and a half it takes until we get to see Kong is not wasted, nor does the audience have a chance to lose interest. The human story has a great blend of humor, action and mystery. They even slip a subtle homage to Fay Wray in.
Once Kong hits the screen, you can't look away. There's constant action and interaction between the Ann Darrow character and her simian suitor. From dinosaurs and giant insects to the beautiful jungle scenery, Kong just fits. Going into the theater I knew Kong was going to be completely CG, and at times you could see it, but I really didn't mind as they really did a fantastic job of fleshing out his character and making the audience care about a 25 foot tall gorilla. You laugh when he does, you feel his frustration, and his sadness too. Most people already know how this movie was going to end you find yourself dreading the ending that you know is coming.

I have no other choice than to give this flick two big monkey thumbs up.

Godzilla: Final Wars
While this film never saw theater screens in the states (unless you were lucky enough to get to G-Fest, the Godzilla convention, or a special showing), it made headlines when Toho announced that it would be the last Godzilla film they make for at least a decade. This news saddened countless G-Fans (myself included) and only added to the anticipation of seeing the finished film. Toho announced it would be their best Godzilla film to date, with the inclusion of over a dozen giant monsters and a monster budget to boot. Directed by up-and-coming Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura, who directed such new cult classics as Versus and Azumi, the film promised to be action-packed. And it was.
Godzilla went into battle with many of his old foes, including: Keizer Ghidorah, King Caesar, Gigan, Rodan, Anguirus, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Ebirah and Hedorah. A new monster named "Monster X" made his "debut," Mothra showed up and of course there was a healthy helping of aliens and mutants too. Veterans of other G-Films returned for this monster bash, and so did a classic vehicle, the Gotengo, also known as Atragon. A favorite scene has Godzilla fight the American version Godzilla, named "Zilla."
While the fights were great, and seeing all those monsters was awe-inspiring, I feel that too much was crammed into this movie. Some monsters are only seen for a few brief seconds and then are gone. Another problem I felt was the editing of the film. There were just far too many cuts. This did not allow for a clear viewing of the film and comprehension of the subtitles before another explosive scene was presented. There was just too much going on in this film. Plus, the film's content wasn't always appropriate for some of the younger fans.
Overall, I did enjoy this movie, but not all of it. Hopefully Godzilla can be restored to his former glory in his well-earned rest.

In the battle of King Kong VS Godzilla, I think Kong won this time.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Speaking of chickens...

In keeping with the theme (lately), I give you this, from FREEDOM AGENT #1 (Gold Key, 1963):

I'm sorry, but the first thing I thought of was "Time to make a batch of Mom's special barbeque sauce! A BIG batch!"

Giant chicken. Simply terrifying.

Or not.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

WizKids unleashes giant Spectre figure for Heroclix!

Michael B. sent me this:

"Check out the new exclusive figure for the next WizKids Convention. Remember Galactus? Well, they're doing a 14" Spectre! Cool!"

Very cool indeed!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Comix Connection Customer Profile #10 - 10 Questions with Cleveland F.

1) NAME: Cleveland F.
2) AGE: 29
6) FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Anything that doesn't involve work.
8) BEST COMIC BOOK RELATED EXPERIENCE: Actually watching a comic book movie that didn't suck. Thank you, SPIDER-MAN.
9) IF I COULD MEET ANY COMIC CHARACTER, I WOULD CHOOSE: Mary Jane Watson-Parker (swimsuit version)

Thanks, Cleve!

Friday, January 06, 2006

MIKE OEMING store appearance set for SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st!

While still a couple of weeks out, I just wanted to remind everyone of the ultra-cool store appearance of none other than MICHAEL OEMING! Mike doesn't do a ton of store appearances, so make sure you make the time to come out and see him!

The date is set for SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st.
YORK appearance: 10:00AM-1:00PM
MECHANICSBURG appearance: 3:00PM-6:00PM

Oeming is the artist behind such great comics as POWERS, BASTARD SAMURAI, and HAMMER of the GODS. And, he is the current writer of Marvel Comics' ARES and Dynamite Entertainments' RED SONJA.

Here's a sample of some of his fantastic artwork:
And one more:

You can find Mike's wepsite HERE.