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Thursday, November 30, 2006

First teenager: "So, what did you do today?"

Second teenager: "Nothin'. Hung out at the mall. What did you do today?"

First teenager: "Oh, I achieved fusion in my garage."



Pointing to the steel chamber where all the magic happens, Thiago said on Friday that this piece of the puzzle serves as a vacuum. The air is sucked out and into a filter.

Then, deuterium gas -- a form of hydrogen -- is injected into the vacuum. About 40,000 volts of electricity are charged into the chamber from a piece of equipment taken from an old mammogram machine. As the machine runs, the atoms in the chamber are attracted to the center and soon -- ta da -- nuclear fusion.

Thiago said when that happens, a small intense ball of energy forms.

He first achieved fusion in September and has been perfecting the machine he built in his parents' garage ever since.


Eeeeyeah, well I counted all my popsicle sticks today. I have 438. What's on TV?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Worst promotional item ever?


Yes, yes it is. I recently ran across this little item in the Archives... a 1989 Marvel Annuals Atlantis Attack SPONGE! Get it? Atlantis? Sponge?

Man, what were they ON?
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Forbes Fictional 15

I thought THIS was pretty cool... FORBES' MAGAZINE's list of the wealthiest fictional characters, including:


#2 Charles Montgomery Burns

Net Worth: $16.8 billion
Source: Energy
Age: 104
Marital Status: Single, one bastard child
Hometown: Springfield, U.S.A.
Education: Yale University, B.S.

Pretty funny.

Monday, November 27, 2006

R.I.P. Dave Cockrum


Well, this is sad news... Dave Cockrum, artist on DC's LEGION OF SUPERHEROES and then the historically significant GIANT SIZED X-MEN #1 (Marvel, 1975) passed away yesterday. Cockrum is remembered for co-creating the characters Storm, Colussus and Nightcrawler. Click HERE to read more about Dave Cockrum.

Monster Club set to meet Sunday, December 10th


That's right! The latest meeting of the Monster Movie Fan Club (formerly the Godzilla Fan Club) is set to meet on Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection. Stop by to chat about monster movies with other fans, plus get information about an upcoming art contest! See you there!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The return of Steve Rude's NEXUS!

This is great news... after a long hiatus, creator Steve Rude is once again returning to his co-creation NEXUS, along with writer Mike Baron! Behold:



THE RETURN OF NEXUS AND THE MOTH !
Rude Dude Productions to release Nexus, then the Moth in four-issue series to ship monthly beginning in July. Rude Dude Productions to release Nexus Special for Free Comic Book Day.
Pheonix, AZ – -- Steve Rude announced today the formation of Rude Dude Productions, LLC. Rude Dude will publish Nexus and the Moth. The ground-breaking, award-winning Nexus first appeared on Capital Comics in 1981. The story of a cosmic avenger driven by dreams of mass murder captured the imagination of the comic-reading public throughout the eighties. Dark Horse recently released hard-bound volumes of the first twenty-four issues in their prestigious “Archives” editions. Mike Baron will script, Steve Rude will draw and Gary Martin will ink.
Baron described the new Nexus as “the most intense thing I have ever written” and promises far-ranging repercussions for Horatio Hellpop and his world. Nexus has garnered numerous industry awards including three Eisners.


HERE'S Steve Rude's website, for more artistic goodness!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Box 310's videoblog!


I recently got the following email:
Hey Guys,
Any chance of a shout out or a mention on your site...I've been video bloggin/bloggin for a while now and I think the latest vid is my best to date..... By the way...The gas mask is all your fault...lol...I stopped by to pick up my weekly haul In Mech, PA and one of your guys showed me Sandman Mystery Theater tpb's...I was hooked and had Ken order all four...
Thanks....
Box 310
Go HERE to check out some video fun!

Friday, November 24, 2006

GREEN FRIDAY!

Go out there and make your favorite stores happy!



Or stay home and avoid the madness. Either way. We'll be at the stores if you want to come by and see us... but NO BANGING YOUR HEAD ON THE DISPLAY CASE, PLEASE!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Things to give thanks for


(I'm thankful I'm not Mr. Bean.)

Well, let's see... I'm thankful for:

  • My wife Karen, our kids Maxwell and Annelene (Laney, Leni, HEY GET OFF THE BOOKSHELF, etc.) and all the rest of our families. Every one of y'all! (Oh, and I'll include my friends, who I consider part of the "big family"... no matter where you go, there you are! Thanks for being you, and thanks for being our friends.)
  • This industry, which allows me to do that which I most love... show people how great comic books can be! Plus I get to read them!
  • Ned, the Entire Comix Connection Crew, and all the customers over the years who have supported us! Thanks, all! You can't imagine how much I appreciate it. Seriously: Thanks.
  • Roast Turkey, via the High Heat Method! Yummers! Bring it on! With oyster stuffing! And gravy! And sweet potatoes! And cornbread! And two kinds of cranberry sides! And the obligatory steamed green thing! Heck, even BEETS! (Actually I like beets.) And creamed pearl onions, please. And would it be too much to ask for some pumpkin or pecan pie to top it off? Whoops, almost forgot - bottomless iced tea, please. Thanks for the feast!
  • Hawaiian Shirts: the most comfortable, stylish and functional clothing ever devised. Oh, and Converse Chuck Taylor High-Tops... I'm thankful for them too.


Don't forget to treat your pets this holiday... and yes, that dog has a can of TURDUCKEN! Better him than me.

Have a great time everyone! Give thanks.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Josh Middleton's Blog!


Local hometown boy success story Josh Middleton recently started a blog filled with lots and lots of his fantastic artwork! Click HERE to check it out. The most fascinating posts to me were the short videos where Josh doodles digitally... you can actually watch the creative process as it happens! Too cool!



This boy's going places, I tell ya!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Comix Connection is all about the Bond-ing


Check out THIS GREAT ARTICLE from the York Daily Record:

Nov 16, 2006 — When you step into Jim Dougert's Dallastown basement, you can't help but feel as if you've just entered a small novelty toy store.

The walls are covered from floor to ceiling with posters and shelves full of action figures and other various playthings. It only takes seconds to see the theme among the 1,400-plus items. One word: Bond. OK, OK, two words: James Bond.

Dougert is not alone in his Bond fascination. Buddies Todd Sheffer and David Houseal bonded over Bond a decade ago after meeting at Comix Connection in West Manchester Township. Like Dougert's basement, parts of their homes are decked out with Bond paraphernalia.

That's right... Comix Connection is the nexus for ALL KINDS of fans and their collections! Cool article, guys!

So, how was the new Bond flick?

Monday, November 20, 2006

A WEIRD-ISH EMAIL FROM US!


*IMPORTANT NOTICE!*

Hey, everyone who was previously signed up for our Weekly-ish Emailing! You may have noticed that you got an email in your in-box requesting that you reply to a confirmation email. IF YOU WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING OUR "COMIX CONNECTION WEEKLY-ISH EMAIL", which contains valuable information and the occasional coupon, YOU WILL NEED TO REPLY TO THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL!

We are changing our email program. I was previously sending out the Weekly-ish Email from my computer at home. The mailing list got so big that when I would send out one of the Weekly-ish Emails, Verizon would assume that someone had hijacked my browser and was using it to spam people. They would then shut down my internet access for 24 hours as a preventative security measure. This was part of the reason that the Weekly-ish Emails became more sporadic than usual... I would have to time sending them out to when I figured I didn't need online access for a 24-hour period.

So, if you want to receive our fabulous emailing, reply to that email you received and confirm your registration. If you've already deleted the email or if you never got our emailing and want to start, go to the bottom right side of our website and SIGN UP TODAY!

Thanks, and sorry for the confusion and hassle.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

THIS WEEK'S COMICS TO SHIP ON WEDNESDAY!


That's right, this week's comic shipment will arrive as usual on WEDNESDAY, with no delay due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday!

And both stores will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, then reopen on Black Friday at 6:00 AM in York (!!!) and 9:00 AM in Mechanicsburg!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Look! Up in the sky!


I've always been a fan of amateur astronomy and fondly remember nights camping in the Florida Keys as a kid, and REALLY seeing the Milky Way for the first time. In my life I've seen literally hundreds of meteors, (and even once saw a low-angle meteor with my dad that stretched from one horizon to the other), because I actually stand outside in the dark looking for them.

Interested? Well, here's a good chance to see some meteors:

From space.com:

If you live in Western Europe or eastern North America, put a big circle on your calendar around Saturday, Nov. 18. If that night is clear, bundle up warmly and head outside because you may be able to catch a glimpse of an intense, albeit brief display of Leonid meteors.

and THIS from The Planetary Society:

This outburst is tied to Earth's passage through a particularly dense debris trail left by the comet 55P Tempel-Tuttle during its 1932 pass around the Sun. In 1969, Earth passed through this same region with rather spectacular -- though brief -- results (with viewers seeing 2-4 meteors per minute over a 30-minute period). This year's passage probably won't produce quite the same intensity as it did in 1969. Even still, astronomers are predicting anywhere from 100 to 600 meteors per hour.

The expected time of peak activity is 11:45 p.m. EST on the night of Nov. 18. THAT'S TONIGHT! HERE'S some meteor-watching tips! Good Luck!

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act III
Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)

Friday, November 17, 2006

When giants walked the Earth - The Craig/Evans store appearance

Probably my favorite comic store memory will always be the time Ned and I managed to get two legends of comic book art, EC Comics-alumnis Johnny Craig and George Evans in for a store appearance. It all began when we opened our second COMIX CONNECTION location in Camp Hill, PA in the Camp Hill Mall in 1993. As part of our Grand Opening celebration, we had special sales, free comic books for the kids and a huge prize drawing. When the time came to draw names for the prizes, one of the randomly-drawn names was a "John Craig" from Mechanicsburg. When I called the number to inform this guy that he had won a prize, I jokingly asked "Are you the John Craig who used to draw for EC Comics?" There was a brief pause, and then the voice on the other end of the phone said "Yes, that's me." I was stunned and couldn't speak for a few seconds (so you know how completely amazed I was if I shut up for any length of time), then told him he had won a prize. He thanked me, then hung up. I resolved to ask him if he wanted to do a store signing when I saw him next. As it turned out, one of our subscribers in York was the nephew of George Evans, who lived in Mount Joy and who we had had as a guest at one of the YorkCons, a local comic book convention we used to put on in York. This would turn out to be the key. When I saw Johnny Craig, I asked him if he would be interested in making an appearance at the store. He was very reluctant, as he actually felt that there would be no interest from the comic community. I assured him that people would LOVE to see him, but he still resisted. I think it was Ned who thought up the idea of asking both George and Johnny to make an appearance at the same time! That seemed to do the trick, as Johnny expressed great interest in seeing George, as they hadn't met for many many years. (Our friend and noted comic art collector Charlie Roberts also provided us with fellow EC artist Al Williamson's number, and he was also thrilled to appear. Unfortunately the weather prevented him from coming the day of the signing. *Sigh* Rotten Old Man Winter!)


(George Evans and Johnny Craig)

Well, needless to say the day that both of these giants of comic book history walked through our doors and sat down to meet the fans was one of my favorite moments in time... both men were two of the absolute nicest people I have ever met, giving freely of their memories and time and both were genuinely humbled by all the attention they were getting. Everyone had a fantastic time and all got an autograph or sketch from the Great Ones.

Here's mine:

(Sorry about the lines on my scan... to get a clear view of the pencilled artwork, I had to tweak my scanner... resulting in annoying horizontal lines!)

Sadly, both George and Johnny passed on a few years ago... they will be sorely missed, but truly their work lives on long after them. And for an afternoon, they touched the lives of a bunch of fans in Pennsylvania, including this one. Thanks, Johnny and George... thanks for making great comics.

Oh, and I still have the John Craig - autographed entry blank...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

YouTube: How do you stuff a wild T-shirt?

I find this oddly compelling...



Beat that!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Guest Review - POLLY PIGTAILS


Guest Post by Sarah Linnen

Recently I had the opportunity to read an issue of the girls' magazine POLLY PIGTAILS from May of 1946 (Volume 1, #4, Parents Magazine). That's a pretty old book. My dad wasn't even born until June 1946.

The magazine contained several brief comic strips, several short stories, some non-fiction articles, and of course lots of different advertisements. When I say "different," I not only mean "varied;" I also mean "unlike those of today." Of course, the entire magazine is quite unlike anything published today.

Case in point: the first few pages contained a story (in comic form) of Polly Pigtails and her fellow members of the Pigtail Club. It seemed to be an ongoing story, and it began with the girls gathered on the porch of a neighbor's house. They had never seen this mysterious neighbor and referred to him as a hermit. They were concerned about being on his porch and wanted to leave, but one of the girls had an injured ankle and couldn't get up. Suddenly, a mysterious man appeared from around the corner of the house and offered to help. Of course it turned out to be the "hermit." The girls were quite embarrassed to find that he was, in fact, a decent fellow. Or was he?

He invited all the girls into the house for refreshments while he phoned for a doctor to look at the girl's ankle. They were delighted with his hospitality and invited him to come see their clubhouse sometime. This is where it gets kind of creepy. The man revealed that he had already seen the clubhouse, because for quite some time he had been watching the girls from inside his house. Not only had he been watching them, he had been drawing pictures of them.

Today, a man found watching little girls from his window and drawing pictures of them would more than likely be questioned by the police and perhaps even put on a list of sex offenders. But in 1946 this behavior was not considered reproachful or dangerous at all. It just made me think of how much the world has changed in 60 years.

The rest of the magazine was much more innocuous, except perhaps for the story in which a little girl fell out of a canoe and was rescued by a man who lived alone in a houseboat. Again, a little creepy around the edges, but apparently not for 1946.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Polly Pigtails and getting a glimpse of what the world was like for young girls right after World War II. Apparently they were often saved from unpleasant circumstances by mysterious single men. Seriously, though, it was really interesting to see and read these stories, and even the ads-- for example, on the back cover was an ad for Beech-Nut gum, the main point of which was to inform the public that the gum was once again returning to store shelves (since war rationing was over).

So even though this is just a simple magazine published for girls, I still think it provides a good history lesson and perhaps even a better understanding of the elements of American culture at the time that influenced and shaped a generation. I failed to mention in the beginning that when this book was published, my mother was 5 years old. Perhaps a few years later, she may have read a future issue of Polly Pigtails herself. I'll have to ask her if she did. And while I'm at it, I'll ask her if she was ever rescued as a young girl by any mysterious single men...


POLLY PIGTAILS #4 is now available at Comix Connection for the newly-reduced price of only $5.00.

Don't ask.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

CIVIL WAR #5 SHIPS THIS WEDNESDAY!


'Nuff said.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A new Graphic Novel from horror novelist Brian Keene!

Noted horror novelist Brian Keene has a new project scheduled for release in December...

Behold: BRIAN KEENE'S FEAR, a compilation of some of Brian's short stories illustrated comic book style! Read on:

Graphic novel scripted by Nate Southard with art by Roy Anthony Amado, Federico Zumel, and Alberto Aprea.

  • Deep in LeHorn’s Hollow, something evil is waking up.
  • Eight reality show contestants find a challenge they never prepared for.
  • Somewhere in Baltimore, a play is making people do awful things.

From the mind of Brian Keene come three stories of absolute terror… as you’ve never seen them before!

BRIAN KEENE’S FEAR adapts three stories from his collection FEAR OF GRAVITY into comics for the first time! Containing “Red Wood,” “Castaways,” and “The King, in: YELLOW,” FEAR is a must-have for any fan of Brian Keene’s, comics, or horror!

Not only is Brian Keene an old pal and just a darn nice guy, but we will be carrying a ton of these because... BRIAN KEENE and writer MIKE OLIVERI (WEREWOLVES: CALL OF THE WILD) will be making personal appearances at both Comix Connection locations on SATURDAY, January 13th 2007! (Stay tuned for more details.)

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

A total bargain at $11.95!

Get with one of the famous Comix Connection Counter Monkeys and RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY!

Brian will cheerfully autograph your copy to you personally while at the stores! He's that nice!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Enter the mind of artist Mike Hawthorne


or at least check out his newly-launched blog! Go HERE to view all sorts of goodies, including everything from pencils to finished pages. Very cool, Mike!

(By the way, did I mention that Mike put me in the background of EXTERMINATORS #12? That's me there at the bottom of that page.)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The WEEKEND Comics Chat Open Thread - the I Wouldn't Do That If I were You Edition!


So, what did you read this week? Anything good?


Check THIS out... it's the new SPIDER-MAN 3 movie trailer! Gives me goosebumps... very very cool.

Let's see... what else? Oh yeah, your NOVEMBER PREVIEWS orders are due in NEXT SATURDAY, so don't forget. Either bring them in, call them in or email them in to me... and THANKS! Later 'gators...

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Another one of those YouTube posts

I just thought you'd like to see this:

A MOTORISED MECHANICAL TIGER!



That must have taken a lot of hard work... very very cool.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Another classic cover

Here's another comic with great cover art:



(X-MEN #50, Marvel Comics, November 1968)

Artist Jim Steranko (cover AND interior) pulls out all the stops with this stunning tour-de-force... it's one of my favorite covers of all time. Check out Steranko's use of composition, lighting and color, and the simplicity of the layout... not to mention his generous use of the glorious Kirby "Energy Beads"! What's not to like?

(Yes, it's available at Comix Connection for a mere $95.00... it's even more gorgeous in person!)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Do they even sell soap during soap operas?


Not that I really care. Anyway, HERE'S Marvel's site for all your burning questions about their crossover with the GUIDING LIGHT soap opera...

In the first-ever comic-soap crossover, Marvel's mightiest heroes (and villains) meet some of daytime drama's steamiest characters. The debut and origin of Springfield's first costumed crime-fighter will be told on air on the November 1st episode of Guiding Light. As an added bonus, the episode will feature many "Easter eggs" for sharp-eyed Marvel fans, so be on the lookout! Appearing in comics as an 8-page back-up beginning 10/26 and written by soap-and-comic scribe Jim McCann, the Avengers and their deadly foes descend on Guiding Light's city of Springfield to determine if a new super-powered being is friend or foe!


Let me know if anyone saw this...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

There's one born every minute and apparently they shop on Ebay...

I found THIS AUCTION on Ebay:


Uhhhh... when you're done there, come on in to the store and I'll sell you this copy of INVISIBLE WOMAN #1 that's in this bag-and-a-board... I swear!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Plastic Lawn Flamingos going extinct?


From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Union Products Inc. stopped producing flamingos and other lawn ornaments at its Leominster factory in June, and is going out of business Nov. 1 -- a victim of rising expenses for plastic resin and electricity, as well financing problems.

The small privately held firm has been in talks with a pair of rival lawn ornament makers interested in buying the molds and resuming production of the flamingos, designed in 1957 by local son Don Featherstone.

Read the full story HERE!

For some reason this makes me incredibly sad, as the diversity of suburban lawn ornaments has been steadily declining since I was a child. I mean, if I see one more "bent over weeding flowerbed lady" cutout or one more "Amish guy leaning on a tree black silohuette", I'm gonna scream... give me the gauche simplicity of the gaudy pink plastic flamingo!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Here's a couple of late costume photos

Manager Ken as Clark Bent, assistant to the copy boy:


And here's Joe as the Darwyn Cooke-style Hal Jordan Green Lantern:


Great costumes, guys!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The WEEKEND Comics Chat Open Thread - the Jack-O-Lantern Periodic Table of Elements Edition!



Ok, what did you read this week? I read CRIMINAL #2 (GREAT!), EX MACHINA #24 (GREAT!) and EXTERMINATORS #11 (GREAT!)... did I mention that this issue of EXTERMINATORS is the first of a two-part story arc that features art by Mike Hawthorne and will star BILL WAHL in his comic book debut next issue? That's right - Mike put me in the background of the next issue of EXTERMINATORS, which I guess means I've achieved immortality. Thanks, Mike.

Sneak peek available HERE!

And somebody better notify Bob Overstreet. There still time to get this info into next year's Price Guide.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Here you go:

YORK:

1st Place - PATTY H.


2nd Place - MINDY S.


3rd Place - CHRIS ?


Honorable mention -

EMMA S.


MATT C.


MECHANICSBURG:

1st Place - JIM H.


2nd Place - SHAWN K.


3rd Place - RICK A.


Honorable mention -
TRISTAN G.


ANDREW Y.


CHRISTIAN Y.


VICTORIA Y.


JOSIE and AIDAN C.



Thanks for participating, everybody! See you next year!

NERDCON trips, stumbles, drops it's books, pushes it's glasses back up it's nose, returns to Philly!



Whoever heard of a FREE CONVENTION? The guys who put on Philadelphia-based NERDCON have! What is NERDCON? Behold:
NerdCon is a Philadelphia mini convention based in the realm of fandom. Local vendors set up showcasing artwork, home-made crafts and various merchandise such as comic books, toys and action figures, gaming, anime, fantasy, DVDs, video tapes and horror. Local DJs play music throughout the day to help give the event a party atmosphere and keep the energy strong. NerdCon was developed for the need to have a Philadelphia-based mixed convention that was affordable for both novice vendors and the public.

Click HERE and HERE for more info!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Who Wants to be an Artist?


Recently we recieved a packet of materials for the Diamond In The Rough Scholarship Competition, presented by Diamond Comic Distributors and The Center For Cartoon Studies. All the application material can be accessed HERE, or you can stop by the stores to get a postcard to request an application. If you have talent and want to pursue a career in cartooning, give this a shot. What can it hurt?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Manga Mystery


Can anyone help identify this comic? My pal Phill M. has had this for years and wondered what it's provenance was... any clues? It looks to be from the mid-1930s or so, and has the phrase "Published In Japan" on the back, but other than that it's all in Japanese (I think). It's about a half-inch thick. Come on, mangaphiles, tell me what this is! Anybody out there fluent in Japanese? Help!