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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Use The Tools That You Have Available Edition


So what was on your stack of comic book goodness this week? What was good? What was not?

I read THE GAMEKEEPER #1, written by director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch):


It was a pretty good start, a great action thriller, but seemed to be really short. Maybe it was because it moved so fast, maybe not. I'll be back for issue two - let's see where this goes.

Did all you BUFFY fans read issue #1 yet? Does it really feel like Season Eight of Buffy? What did you think? Tell us!

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Turtles art sold!


Check out this story from the ICV2 website:
Kevin Eastman has sold the original art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 on eBay for a winning bid of $250,099. The auction, which ended on March 25th, provides some idea of the potency of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a cultural phenomenon.

Not bad for two guys and their DAREDEVIL parody comic book...

Funny story: When this came out, I was living in Florida and the guy at Harbor Oaks World of Books (my favorite comic shop) in Port Orange was trying to get me to sample this new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic book. I rolled my eyes and bought something else.

I have since learned to listen to experts.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Brief Note


It has come to my attention in this world of cellulular telemaphones that people are changing their personal phone numbers more often... and not telling US!

Please, if you are member of our Comix Connection Pull/Hold Subscription Service and you change your phone number, LET US KNOW! There have been several occasions recently where a Subscriber Box was canceled due to a lack of a current contact phone number.

PLEASE NOTE: COMIX CONNECTION WILL HOLD STUFF FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR UP TO FIVE WEEKS! IF YOU HAVE STUFF ON HOLD LONGER THAN THAT, YOU SHOULD EXPECT A COURTESY CALL FROM US REMINDING YOU OF THAT FACT, AND WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU COME BY THE STORE WITHIN A WEEK OR SO. EVERYONE GETS CALLED TWICE, THEN AFTER THAT WE PUT A "HOLD" ON YOUR BOX, THEN CANCEL IT IN ANOTHER WEEK OR SO!

Since we require NO deposits, we need to keep a close eye the Subscriber Boxes or they become excessively bloated with stuff! In the non-returnable world of the Direct Comic Market, this hinders our ability to serve you all better.

If we do not have your current phone number, we have to assume the worst. That you moved to New Jersey.

Please keep us updated.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Best Simpson's Couch Gag EVER!

Behold:



You're welcome. (Found on Metafilter)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Have I Mentioned THIS?




I thought so. Sorry about that. Carry on with whatever it is you do around here...

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 3/26/07

With 38 votes, last Monday's Poll question "Spider-man: Threat or Menace?" came down to a dead heat and closed at

THREAT - 50%
MENACE - 50%

Too funny. Thanks for nothing.

Just kidding! Thanks to all of you for voting! Now, on to this week's burning question, which I stole from a thread over at The Straight Dope website:



There you go! Vote!

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Back in stock this week

I was just looking over the invoice for items shipping this Wednesday and saw a couple of things that you may be looking for.


First, we will be getting CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 (second printings with the cool new STEVE EPTING cover).


We will also be getting BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 (second printing) for all you rabid Buffy fans.


This is also the week that our backorder of Frank Miller's 300 hardcovers finally comes in! Get the comic that inspired the blockbuster movie!

If you would like any of these put on hold for you, just give us a call!

There's tons of other neat stuff too, so come on in!

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The I LOVE Our New Computers Edition


That's right! We recently upgraded our computers at both stores to better serve you (no, REALLY!)... In addition to a much faster and accurate checkout, we can now actually check what is available from our distributors REAL TIME and find out if that item you are looking for is available AND get an instant confirmation on our orders! Wow. Yes, we've finally entered the 20th Century! Thankew for your patience. And thanks to Computer Tech Ned™ for all the efforts to make everything work seamlessly and for making the transition a smooth one! Now I just have to teach this old dog some new tricks and learn how to use the new razzerfrazzen scanner, which favors the left (sinister) hand.

So anyway, what did y'all read this week? Anything good? I mean besides THE SPIRIT and WALKING DEAD. What was good? What was not? Tell us!

(And did I mention that the cool Drawer Boxes are in? And that FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Saturday, May 5th? Oh OK, I thought so. Just checking.)

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Friday, March 23, 2007

You're all reading THE SPIRIT aren't you?



I just can't imagine NOT reading Darwyn Cooke's WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT right now. This book is a pure delight. It contains single issue stories that are gradually filling us in on the background of one of comic's greatest characters... the masked adventurer the Spirit, originally created by Will Eisner. Cooke is also (re)introducing Eisner's vast array of supporting characters, all the while telling fast-paced, rollicking adventure stories. Issue 4 (now on the racks) brings us a Silk Satin story, with the mysterious nemesis the Octopus as the villain pulling the strings. These stories are not your typical super-hero fare, but if you are a fan of high adventure crime-fighting, then this series is for you.


Cooke's beautiful layouts resurrect and capture the -er- spirit of the old strip, his artwork more homage to the master than mere duplication. If anyone can do Eisner's SPIRIT, Darwyn Cooke can.

Will Eisner would be proud.



Oh, and check out Darwyn Cooke's NEW FRONTIER from DC Comics... the absolute best stories of the 1950s DC characters EVER.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

From the Vault #371 - YorkCon 8

Another blast from the past... this is the flier from the eighth YorkCon that Ned and I put on in the Holiday Inn in York on Sunday, November 10th, 1991:


Pretty cool. This time we had Lee Weeks, the artist on Marvel's DAREDEVIL at the time as our guest. He was great fun and a terrific guy... I have a Daredevil head sketch from him around here somewhere that says "Ned Senft Eats Toenails!" That makes me giggle to this day.

Hard to believe this was over fifteen years ago...

(PS: If any of you have a copy of the YORKCON 7, flier, please contact me. I would love to have a scan of it to put up on the site, and I can't seem to find a copy in my files.)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!





Be there or be square.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen

I give you...

DRAWERBOXES™!




DrawerBoxes™: The handy-dandy, stackable and strong filing-cabinet style comic book boxes! Now you can get to the comics at the bottom of the stack without moving all the rest! Too cool!

Now available at BOTH Comix Connection Locations! Go check them out, they're AWESOME! I actually stood on one to test it, and you know that's like 165 pounds of pressure!



(Give or take 40.)

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Monday, March 19, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll

Wherein we ask the burning question:

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Buffy is a sell-out!


Last Wednesday saw the arrival of the eagerly awaited BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 from Dark Horse Comics. And when I say "eagerly awaited", I mean "EAGERLY AWAITED"! Boy, did we sell out fast! I guess I should have paid more attention when I saw this was written by BUFFY writer Joss Whedon, and is considered by him to be "Season Eight", a continuation of the TV series. Whoopsie. Sorry about that everyone, I really thought I had enough to hold everybody for a month or two. But fear not, Dark Horse Comics is immediately going back to press on issue #1 in a second printing (with a new cover), which should be in stores in 2-3 weeks! And I made sure I increased orders for issue number 2. If you would like a copy of BUFFY #1 (second printing), just call, email or stop in at either Comix Connection and we'll put you on the list!

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat open Thread - The Sonny & Cher in the Batmobile Edition


Well, did you dig out from the snow yet? Are you all caught up on your comics reading? What was good? What was lousy? Tell us!

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Am I the only one

Who thinks this is hilarious?



Crack me up. Hat-tip to MegoSteve for the image!

Now I'm gonna go plow a path up to Mechanicsburg through the white stuff...

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Today is Rocketeer Helmet Day!

Pardon me while I run around like an idiot wearing THIS:


Courtesy of Master Replicas...


All I need now is a ROCKET PACK!


(Ooooh, and I also have the head of Captain America, but that's a story for another day...)

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 Update!


The large shipment of CAPTAIN AMERICA #25s were received today... Josh will be collating them and bringing half down to the York store shortly. If you were already on the list, you will be getting a call soon. HOWEVER: We were forced to limit quantities to just ONE PER PERSON so that everyone who asked for one by the cutoff time will get a copy.

FROM THIS POINT ON, we will only be getting second printings (with a new Marc Silvestri cover!) in about two weeks. If you want a copy, call in to the stores, stop by, or email me and we will add you to the list. Thanks for your patience!

(Oh, and I thought THIS CARTOON was pretty funny.)

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Check this out!

Me old pal MegoSteve sent me THIS LINK to a local auction, featuring this awesome 1957 BMW Isetta 300:




More info about the Isetta HERE and HERE.


Now if each of us would just chip in say $40, we could get this and make it the Official Comix Connection Car!

C'mon, whaddaya say?

(And what is this thing doing in Brogue, PA of all places?)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Nicky Tells a Story

Nicole Wagman, part-time Comix Connection Counter Monkey in the Mechanicsburg store, emailed me this story she submitted for the Savannah College of Art and Design's annual student anthology book:

The theme this year was "discovery" and it had to be a story about a real object that we "discovered" so I picked my funky little magnet ring. You know, the one I wear on my CLAW!

(That "CLAW" reference is to the absolutely bizarre way Nicky holds a pen to write... you have to see it to believe it!)

Behold:





I thought this was GREAT! Very cool, Nicky! Thanks for letting me post this... now I can say I was the first to publish your work!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Important Notice

The latest Comix Connection Weekly-ish Update just went out, so if you didn't get it in your email IN BOX, you're either not signed up (duh) or you need to respond to the Email Aces confirmation email. If you haven't gotten the Weekly-ish Update in the last hour or so, please email me at bill@comixconnection.com and I will try to fix you up.

(To sign up, go to the bottom right-hand side of this page and fill out the boxes in the "Email Aces" form.)

You may now return to your comics already in progress.

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RU-MAILBOX

Alert reader Mike B sent me THIS LINK...

Check it out:


Looks like the US Postal Service has some special plans to help celebrate STAR WARS' 30th anniversary!

Shall we start a pool on how soon the first one is stolen?

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

An experiment

I'm trying something new here... a POLL! Vote today and let me know what you think of this astonishing new wrinkle to the fun and excitement that is the awesome Comix Connection webpage!

Behold:

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

There's more than one way to dupe a rube...

First, there's this Ebay auction, courtesy of the folks who run the most widely circulated comic book price guide:


Then there's this Ebay auction from some very clear-thinking folks at the Astro Books comic shop in Montreal, Canada:


Which would you rather buy?


I'm uncomfortable with WIZARD directly influencing their own price guide... what do you think? Free market? Buyer beware?

(Additional note: I have been -uh- disenchanted with WIZARD MAGAZINE as a price guide ever since some years ago I saw them list a comic over its cover price that had been delayed and had not yet come out!)


UPDATE: Second link is now dead... it was a link to an Ebay auction where the seller listed a CAPTAIN AMERICA for $3.99 (cover price) and had a long statement saying you should not have to pay more than cover price for a copy.

SECOND UPDATE! Second linky is fixed!

Friday, March 09, 2007

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25



Acting on a hunch and tapping into my Uncanny Comic Book Ordering Ability, piles and piles of CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 arrived in both stores on Wednesday, much to the delight of readers and collectors.

By 6:30PM Thursday, we were all sold out.

Fear not, True Believers! We are getting another huge shipment of CAPTAIN AMERICA #25s (yes, still first printings) probably by this coming Wednesday.

If you are interested in acquiring a copy, please call in to the closest Comix Connection and we will put one or two on hold for you.

Don't miss this absolutely cool comic book!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I wonder...


... what the Red Skull is doing right now.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

'Nuff said


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Another Great Wednesday is Coming!


Check out what's shipping tomorrow:
  • 52 WEEK #44
  • CIVIL WAR INITIATIVE
  • CIVIL WAR POSTER BOOK
  • CRIMINAL #5
  • DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN #2
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #829
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #543
  • FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #18
  • GHOST RIDER TRAIL OF TEARS #2
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #104
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6
  • MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS #1
  • MIGHTY AVENGERS #1
  • SHAZAM THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #2
  • STAR WARS LEGACY #9
  • SUPERMAN BATMAN #32
  • TRANSFORMERS PRIME DIRECTIVE MOVIE PREQUEL #1
  • ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #106

plus a whole bunch of other stuff.

And there's also THIS:

CAPTAIN AMERICA #25


Don't say I didn't warn you...

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Best Subs in the Entire Universe



What can I say? The folks at White House Subs in Atlantic City, New Jersey make the best submarine sandwiches that I have ever tasted. Period.


And they are true submarine sandwiches... the inner bread of the roll is scooped out by hand and discarded, so that the sandwich neatly closes around all the ingredients and gives the appearance of a submarine. There's only six or eight seats at the counter plus eight tables, but you're not there for the atmosphere, you're there for the subs. We usually get ours to go and drive a couple of blocks to a public park down the street. And then we enter sub heaven.


Founded in 1946 and maintaining the same consistent level of quality local ingredients, White House Subs are worth driving the four hours for. Trust me on this. My dad lived in Atlantic City in the 1940s and says the subs were identical to how they are now... 60 years of the same goodness! Pop took us there as kids whenever we were near, and he and Mom would still bring subs to us after visiting my Aunt Bette, who sadly moved to Florida a couple of years ago thus cutting off that supply line! I've had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner all in one day, and then sometimes again for breakfast!


They open at 10am, but a line usually begins forming at 9:00 most days. Limos from New York and Washington pull up to get subs to take back to their celebrity fans. Bill Cosby actually had a running gag on the Cosby Show one episode... the joke was he just couldn't get alone to enjoy the best sub in the world!


Man, now my mouth is watering... who's up for a road trip?

Just added:





Sure beats the heck out of fast food...

Sunday, March 04, 2007

IT'S A GAS!

Just in case you've led a sheltered life and have never heard this classic, I give you



IT'S A GAS!

Talk about driving your parents nuts! I used to love getting the old MAD SPECIALS... they always included cool things like comic books, stickers, posters, stencils (see my briefcase), punch-out paper medals, and this record. Great stuff!

(Found on The WFMU website by the way...)

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat open Thread - The Pay Attention to the Giant Sucking Sound Edition



So, what have you read lately? Anything good? Anything not-so-good?

I read CIVIL WAR: FRONTLINE #11, which I thought was great. Also SILENT WAR #2, ILLUMINATI #2, and TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED... all great stuff. I am reading more Marvel titles now than I ever have. How about you?

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Roller Derby on St Patrick's Day!

Check out this awesome flier for the Dutchland Derby Rollers' next match:



Hat tip to Mike B for the heads-up!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Primate Mayhem!



(EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS TARZAN OF THE APES #200, June 1973, Gold Key Comics)


Folks, I give you Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle and animal abuser. Why don't you pick on someone with a higher developed intellect? Wait, that's not right. Why don't you pick on someone with... -uh- less fur?

KREEGAH indeed. I can't watch this.

(This comic can be had for a mere ten bananas.)