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Monday, April 30, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 4/30/07

OK, folks... here's the results of last week's Comix Connection Poll Question: "When the Incredible Hulk returns to Earth in WORLD WAR HULK, the VERY FIRST thing he's going to do is:"
#1 - (tie) - Punch Tony Stark/Iron Man so hard he shows up in DETECTIVE COMICS.
- Go home and get a good night's sleep. Wake up, kill everyone on Earth.
#2 - (tie) - Use Tony Stark's skull as beer mug, femurs as chopsticks.
- Give up on civilization and build a cabin beside a pond in Massachusetts where Hulk will write poetry.
#3 - Gather ALL the Illuminati (including Tony Stark) and sit on them until they say "uncle".
#4 - Use Thor like a cheap whiffle ball bat to beat Tony Stark through a bus.
#5 - Find the nearest McDonald's restroom. On way out, order Coke, "supersize" it on a whim.
#6 - (three-way tie with NO votes) - Find his true heart's desire, a truck full of warm Krispy Kreme donuts.
- Get with his counselor to work out his negative feelings. Get angry, throw counselor to Mars.
- Find a phone and call his Mom, then call in sick (again) at work.
Well, there you have it. Looking back, I see these poll answers are slanted towards violence, perhaps in reflection of Hulk's character, which may have skewed the results. Perhaps. Or maybe I just want to see Hulk kick butt.
Thanks to everyone who voted! Remember, you can't complain if you don't vote!

And here's this week's slanted Comix Connection Poll:



Vote, vote, vote!

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Happy Birthday, Aquaman creator Paul Norris!

I just got this email from my great friend and noted art collector Charlie Roberts. I will reprint it here in full for your enjoyment:

PAUL NORRIS BIRTHDAY PARTY A ROUSING SUCCESS (NO CAKE LEFT!)
Article and photos compliments of Charlie Roberts (who ate most of the cake!)

April 19, 2007 found some 14 friends of the noted Aquaman creator and long time Brick Bradford comic strip artist celebrating an early surprise birthday party. Paul will be 93 on April 26. The event was held at "Grandma's Hilltop Cafe" near Oceanside California. Notable attendees included legendary Archie comic book writer George Gladir, San Diego Comic-Con Golden Age panel organizer David Siegel, Southern California Cartoonists Society (SCCS) past Presidents Jim ( Jimbo) Whiting and Matt (Matt-Man) Lorentz, cartoonist Paul Gringle, and others. David Siegel flew in from Las Vegas just for the event, and used his cell phone to call Shelly Moldoff (Bob Kane's 1st assistant on Batman in 1939 and creator of "Hawkman") in Florida and Ramona Fradon in New York so they could personally wish their friend Paul all the best. Jim Whiting designed a special card, and good food and laughter were a staple of the party. No alcohol was served, so (thankfully in most cases) no one took off their clothes! We hope to make this an annual event, and YOU are invited next year. Free cake for all (but arrive early!)

Photos are as follows: Most of the group, Matt Lorentz with special card he designed for Paul, David Siegel and George Gladir, Paul Gringle with Paul Norris and Jim Whiting.





Looks like a fun time was had by all! Thanks for sharing these great photos with us, Chollie! Oh, and HI JOAN!

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY UPDATE!


This just in:

In addition to all the other sales and special events and cool things going on during Free Comic Book Day (THIS SATURDAY, MAY 5th, by the way), we would like to announce a super-secret special addition to the festivities:

ALL GAMES and GAMING ITEMS ARE 20% OFF!

No lie.

That means ALL Role Playing Game books and modules, ALL collectible miniature game items (from Heroclix to Star Wars to Dungeons & Dragons), ALL Magic and other collectible card game booster packs and starter decks, ALL family board and boxed games, basically ALL GAMING ITEMS (yes, including dice) are a whopping

20% OFF

On Free Comic Book Day!

See you there.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Iggy is 60


That is all.


OK, no it's not. Here's:


a great video with Iggy and Deborah Harry that pretty much sums it up...

Happy happy Jim. Here we go...

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QUICKSAND? You gotta be kidding me.



(OUR ARMY AT WAR #149, DC Comics, Dec 1964)

Only Sgt Rock could find quicksand in the desert.

Go read this, from How Stuff Works.

OK? Notice that for there to be quicksand, there has to be WATER present. Sheesh.

When I was a surveyor in Florida, we once ran across some real quicksand... it was about the size of the York store and was only about 8-10 inches deep. The sand was suspended in the water, so it looked like it was only half an inch deep when I stepped in it. Weird, but far from lethal. There was a time when we were in some tidal mudflats where my right leg sank into muck all the way up to my pockets... it took me about 20 minutes to get out of that and I almost lost my boot to the suction. I guess if I had been stuck longer and the tide had come in I might have been in trouble. But quicksand in the desert? No way.

Maybe Sgt. Rock was crazy from the heat.

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Blogger misbehaving

Can't get images to post, will try later. It's been messed up since last night, hope it's fixed soon.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - The excitement mounts!


Well, I don't know about all of you, but I'm starting to really look forward to Free Comic Book Day 2007. As you already know, we will be having a huge sale and will be hosting guest artists at both stores. Additionally we will be having a giant Prize Drawing at both stores, plus other unannounced surprises.

Now the bad news: There will be NO cake at either store on Free Comic Book Day. Maybe some Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, but NO CAKE. Sorry about that.

Remember:

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is not this Saturday, but NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 5th, from 10 AM to 9 PM at both Comix Connection locations!


Come in for the freebies, stay for the sale! Wait until you see what else we have for you!

See you there!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ALERT SUPERMAN AT ONCE!



(Click on the above.)

Jeepers, somebody better warn Supes! Wotta story! Lois, get right on this! And where the heck is Clark Kent?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A sneak peek at the upcoming IRON MAN movie!

A couple of you have recently sent me this:


From this link at Ain't It Cool News...

And here's the original comic, TALES OF SUSPENSE #39:


Very cool.

However, I have a soft spot for this guy:

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Monday, April 23, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 4/23/07

OK, let's recap last weeks poll question:

"AQUAMAN is the lamest super-hero EVER because..."
  • Number 1 answer (25%): HEY, I LIKE AQUAMAN!
  • Number 2 answer (20%): His nemesis, Black Manta is cooler than he is.
  • Number 3 answer (15%)(tie): Harpoon hand made out of water? HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW!
  • Number 4 answer (15%)(tie): Comes to top of ocean when you tap fingers on glass.
  • Number 5 answer (12.5%): Has been known to ride giant seahorses. *snicker*
  • Number 6 answer (5%)(tie): The whole "talks to fish" thing is just incredibly lame. How useful can that be?
  • Number 7 answer (5%)(tie): "Harpoon hand"? HAW HAW HAW!
  • Number 8 answer (2.5%): Orange and green. Costume by the Great Pumpkin?
OK, obviously a lot of you are Aquaman fans... sorry about that. About being fans of Aquaman, that is. HAW HAW HAW!
I really think the second place answer gets to the nut of the problem... Black Manta IS much cooler than Aquaman. And that's sad.
And I was disappointed that "Comes to top of ocean when you tap fingers on glass." didn't place higher... that's COMEDY GOLD, people!

Anyhoo, here's this week's Comix Connection poll question:


Have at it!

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Problems posting today

I may have run out of space for images because for some reason they won't post.

Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of the monthly Diamond Order(s), so I might not be able to fix it right away.

This may break my streak of roughly 650 days in a row with at least a single post every day.

Darn.


UPDATE: Here he comes to save the day! My friend the genius, MegoSteve fixed the blog problem... apparently I had way too much of my available space sucked up by images, so he dumped about 90 megs (gigs? pecks? bushels?) worth of the old ones.


The Comix Connection blog will return to "normal" tomorrow and my posting streak will remain unbroken.

Thanks, Supergenius MegoSteve!

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Quick! Melt Thirty Pounds of Butter! Edition


So, what was good this week?

I read ARMY @ LOVE (B+, very unsettling), LOVE AND ROCKETS (A, great as usual, still in my top 10 after all these years), and WORLD WAR III (B, man that Black Adam is completely nuts, isn't he?)... and now I have a huge stack of ALL THE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMICS TO READ! You guys have to wait until Saturday, May 5th, sorry!

What did you peruse this week?

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Friday, April 20, 2007

A great big THANKS to all of you

... who over the past year put your spare change into the little can we have on the counter at both stores! Where does the money go? Why, to the Comix Connection Beer Fund, of course!


But I'm kidding. The money actually goes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund or CBLDF. What do they do? Well, their stated mission on their website just about sums it up:
"(The CBLDF) exists to fight censorship and defend the first amendment rights of comic book professionals throughout the United States."
Or as Wikipedia would have it:
"The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a United States non-profit organization created in 1986 to protect the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, and retailers covering legal expenses."
There's a pretty good article HERE in Baltimore's CITY PAPER that gives a great overview of their previous successes. They do good work and the money is well-used for legal representation in a notoriously cash-poor industry (that's us!)

Anyway, I just got a US Postal Money Order for

SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS

and will be mailing it out tomorrow!

Thank you thank you thank you ALL for donating to this worthy cause!

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Harrisburg Area Roller Derby's next bout!


Hey all you roller derby fans! Harrisburg's own NUCLEAR KNOCKOUTS will be rolling against the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls this Sunday, April 22nd! Come on out and support our local 8-wheeled Valkyries and have a blast in the process!

If anyone is interested in getting tickets for the $10 advance price vs the $12 door price, email roller derby girl Robyn at RSitz(at)comcast(dot)net and you can avoid the online purchasing fee.

Doors @ 5:30pm, Bout @ 6pm
In the fabulous Olympic Skating Rink in Enola

GO KNOCKOUTS!

or is that

GO NUKES!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

UN-MEN Update!


Check this out! Local artist Mike Hawthorne is currently working on a new series from DC/Vertigo... the UN-MEN! Spinning out of the old SWAMP THING (1972) comic, the UN-MEN were created by Anton Arcane as immortal and invincible bodies for him to occupy... and some of them are still out there.

For more info, HERE'S an article/interview from Comic Book Resources. And HERE'S a link to Mike's own website with some cool artwork from the series.

Mike also sent me the following info from the solicitation for UN-MEN #1, which will be in the next PREVIEWS!
THE UN-MEN #1
WRITER - JOHN WHALEN
ARTIST - MIKE HAWTHORNE
COVER ARTIST - TOMER HANUKA

ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR FREAK ON?

They say the freaks come out at night. But in Aberrance City, being a freak is big business. Sitting on the board of directors are the weirdest freaks of all -- birthed in the profane laboratories of Anton Arcane -- the Un-Men. In this new, ongoing series that combines gritty noir, grindhouse horror and gallows humor, an albino agent known as Kilcrop is dispatched by the government to investigate the murder of a sideshow attraction called The Gill-Boy. To uncover the truth, Kilcrop must infiltrate Aberrance, where society's most misshapen outcasts can find their own kind of freedom. But with the original Un-Men in charge of the city, Kilcrop must confront a corruption far deeper than the mysterious death of a man who breathes through his neck. He must deal with his growing love for a one-armed, angel-winged beauty named Niko - an attraction that could prove fatal. And the truth he discovers may be the secret of his own outsider∂s soul. Breakout debut writer John Whalen and artist Mike Hawthorne (THE EXTERMINATORS, Queen and Country) bring chilling new life to the characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in the original SWAMP THING, with a series that explores what it means to be a freak in a society filled with gawkers.
Did I mention that MIKE HAWTHORNE will be at COMIX CONNECTION-YORK on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY? He'll be there from 1PM-4PM, signing autographs and chatting with fans... ask to see some of his pages from the UN-MEN! They're incredible!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY UPDATE - MECHANICSBURG!


Hey everybody! As I'm sure you know, SATURDAY, MAY 5th is nationwide FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Amongst all the cool stuff and awe-inspiring sales, I have the following additional news to announce:


We will be giving away a beautifully-framed advance 1-sheet movie poster for the upcoming SPIDER-MAN 3 movie at the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection! This cool prize was donated by our friends at ARTWORKS, Central Pennsylvania's home for all your professional framing needs! Thanks, guys!

(You need not be present to win any of the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY prizes... just come in on Free Comic Book Day and fill out an entry blank. We will randomly select the winners after FCBD and give them all a call, then post them here on the website. One entry per person per store, please!)

See you all at the stores!

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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 4/16/07

Well here we are again, and the results are in! Last week's poll question "WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?" with 35 of you responding, yielded the following results:

  • 34.3% - I thought you were watching them!
  • 22.9% - I've stopped watching them ever since the restraining order.
  • 11.4% (tie) - They who watch the Watchmen.
  • 11.4% (tie) - The Watcher.
  • 8.6% - The Watchmen watchers.
  • 5.7% - Hey by the way, have you seen my watch?
  • 2.9% (tie) - Me.
  • 2.9% (tie) - You.
Well there you have it. The number one answer is an avoidance of responsibility... the second, an admission of criminal guilt. I'm learning a LOT about you people.

Moving right along, here's this week's fabulous poll:



Have at it!

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Brooklyn Superhero Supply


I recently ran across this neat place: The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company!

It's a real place, but maybe not quite what it seems... From this website:

Located in the stroller-ridden neighborhood of Park Slope, aspiring superheroes can re-stock their secret underground lair, trick out their utility belt and even purchase anti-matter. It’s like Cosco for Superheroes. But despite the grappling hooks and underwear-on-the-outside costumes, the true genius of the operation is tucked behind the store, hidden behind a secret bookshelf. The not so discreet superhero storefront is actually just a front for an after school tutoring facility known as 826NCY. Modeled after 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing lab and tutoring center in San Francisco’s Mission District, 826NYC opened its doors in September 2004 and is dedicated to helping students, ages 6-18, develop their writing skills. They provide after school drop-in tutoring as well as evening and weekend workshops specializing in topics such as creative writing, student publications and college essays. The non-profit organization makes between a third and half of its revenue from selling the superhero novelty items and receives the rest through grants and donations. Since its launch two years ago, the program has helped over one thousand students improve their writing skills and has accumulated approximately 250 volunteers.


Now THAT'S cool! I'd love to visit and get a couple of those cans of "NEGATIVE ENERGY" to put on my bookshelf... the perfect accent for any comic library!

Anybody up in Brooklyn ever visit this place?

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Toys We'd Like To See Edition


So... what was good this week?

I read FELL, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and AMELIA RULES! All three are some of the best that comics can offer. We really are in a new "Golden Age" of comic books, aren't we?

(Oh, and AMELIA RULES creator Jimmy Gownley will be appearing at our Mechanicsburg store on Saturday, May 5th - FREE COMIC BOOK DAY from 1PM to 4PM, but I STILL think AMELIA RULES is one of the truly great comic books out there right now regardless. Just sayin'.)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

LEAGUE of EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN News!


I just ran across this article over at ICV2:

Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout announced plans to release the first of three installments of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3: Century #1 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill in 2008. The first two League of Extraordinary Gentlemen collections and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, now slated for October release, are published by Wildstorm, but as was previously announced in 2005 (see "Alan Moore Ankles DC Comics"), the third collection will be published by Top Shelf and Knockabout.

The stories in Black Dossier occur between Volumes 2 and 3, and Volume 3 (Century) is comprised of three self-contained stories spanning a century, each presented as a 72-page, full-color perfect-bound volume. LOEG follows some familiar and some new characters throughout the Black Dossier and Century chapters.

YAY! You can never get enough LEAGUE of EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN.

For that matter you can never have too much Alan Moore!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Have you ever read...?


Have you ever wanted to try
  • DEADMAN
  • JACK OF FABLES
  • SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATER
  • INVISIBLES
  • DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
  • HUMAN TARGET
  • BOOKS OF MAGIC
  • THE LOSERS
  • EXTERMINATORS
  • SWAMP THING
  • HELLBLAZER
  • DOOM PATROL
  • TESTAMENT
  • AMERICAN VIRGIN
  • LOVELESS
  • TRANSMETROPOLITAN
  • DMZ
  • SANDMAN
  • PREACHER
  • 100 BULLETS
  • Y THE LAST MAN
  • or FABLES?
FOR FREE?


Well, now you can! Thanks to the fine folks at DC/Vertigo, you can now download and read the first issues of all the above comics... for free! Go HERE to check it out. If you were ever curious about ANY of these title, what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

EC Comics cover galley!


Once again, reader Mike B. comes through. Check out this incredible resource of all the great covers of the fabled EC line of shock/horror/war comics from the 1950s... enjoy!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Another FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 Update!


Well it's only 25 more days until Free Comic Book Day 2007, and the hits keep coming!

In addition to all the previously announced cool stuff, sales and happenings, Comix Connection will be having a ton of awesome prize drawings on Free Comic Book Day! Here's a partial list of prizes:
  • A GHOST RIDER statue!
  • SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE and UNDERDOG tumblers!
  • BATMAN action figure!
  • SUPERMAN action figure!
  • X-MEN's PHOENIX pendant necklace!
  • Rare Retailer Incentive Variant COMIC BOOKS, including AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #1, ANNIHILATION #1, ETERNALS #1, GHOST RIDER #1, DOCTOR STRANGE OATH #1, DAREDEVIL #89, INCREDIBLE HULK #98, CIVIL WAR #3 (THOR cover), and STAR TREK: THE SPACE BETWEEN #1!
  • MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
All prizes will be available at either location! No purchase necessary! Just come in on SATURDAY, MAY 5th, grab some FREE COMIC BOOKS and fill out an entry blank!

Additional news: There will be a detachment from Garrison Carrida of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion making an appearance at the Mechanicsburg store in the early afternoon, and the mysterious and elusive SPORKMAN will also be visiting... grab a copy of his first-ever comic book!

Man are we all looking forward to this years' FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! I have a feeling it's gonna be the best yet! See you there!

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Monday, April 09, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 4/9/07

Well the results of last week's Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll are in! The question was "What is the best super-hero adjective?" and here's how you folks voted:
  • 1st place - AMAZING
  • 2nd place - GINORMOUS
  • 3rd place - EXCRUCIATING
Marvel Comics, are you paying attention? The people have spoken! Bring on the GINORMOUS GALACTUS! Let's see the EXCRUCIATING X-MEN! And I think there's already a title with AMAZING, so nothing to see here!

(By the way, here's the rest of the results for those too lazy to scroll down: Tie for fourth was UNCANNY and SPECTACULAR, tie for fifth was BOMBASTIC and INCREDIBLE, SENSATIONAL was sixth, FANTASTIC was seventh, and bringing up the rear was FABULOUS. So to speak.)

Now, on to this week's poll question!

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Ukranian Pysanky Eggs


One of the few connections I have to my distant Ukranian heritage is the Pysanky Egg at Easter. What is a Pysanky Egg? From The Ukranian Museum (NYC) website:
Easter egg, pysanka, decorating is one of the most interesting expressions of Ukrainian folk art. This tradition is very old and its beginnings reach back to antiquity, when in attempting to understand creation, ancient people developed myths in which the egg was perceived as the source of life, the sun and the universe. Although such similar myths are found in many cultures of the word, Ukrainians today are one of the few groups of people who still strongly adhere to many of the ancient traditions associated with the egg.

The Ukrainian pysanka (from the word pysaty, to write) was believed to possess an enormous power not only in the egg itself, which harbored the nucleus of life, but also in the symbolic designs and colors which were drawn upon the egg in a specific manner, according to prescribed rituals. The intricately colored eggs were used for various social and religious occasions and were considered to be a talisman, a protector against evil, as well as harbingers of good.


Sometime back in the 1970s my mom and my sister Vicki became interested in these intricate and fragile traditional Ukranian crafts, and purchased the dyes and the "kistka" (stylus) for applying the beeswax, plus a how-to book with pictures and traditional patterns. With a bit of trial-and-error, eventually all of us tried our hand at these, but they are a very laborious undertaking and can be destroyed in a moment of carelessness. Vicki and Mom became quite adept at creating Pysanky eggs and made many beautiful examples. Over time, some have broken, some have burst (the egg yolk and white are still inside the eggs and over many years eventually dry up into a ball inside the shell) but a good number have survived. They are like many things in life, beautiful and fragile.


Supplies and tools for making these can be found HERE.


More HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Homer Ramone Edition


So.


Did you read any comic books this week?



Just askin'.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

US Postal Service promises light-speed delivery

Or some other silly, unimaginitive title. Whoops. Did I say that out loud?

Anyway, as you saw in this previous post here on the Comix Connection blog, the United States Postal Service had unveiled some neato outdoor drop boxes in R2-D2 drag. Well, apparently it was all part of the hype leading up to their release of these cool STAR WARS postage stamps:



Go HERE to check out the rest of the stamps on the USPS website... and apparently you can also enter to win a trip to something called STAR WARS CELEBRATION IV in Los Angeles, as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of everything STAR WARS!


But I do think this is even hokier than my title:

"From a galaxy far, far away...to your mailbox."

Kind of a letdown, dontcha think? And it's probably just a bill or some flipping junk mail.

(I can't believe it's been 30 years since this came out. And how it's still such a huge part of peoples' lives. Yeesh, I'm old.)

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

From TODD S's VAULT!

In response to my query from a couple of weeks ago, alert reader Todd S. sent me scans of the fliers from YORK-CON VI and YORK-CON VII:


(Ned and I put on a total of 14 comic book conventions in York back in the late '80s/early '90s!)


YORK-CON VI's featured guest was the legendary George Evans of EC Comics fame. George was one of the nicest people I have ever met, and seemed astonished that anyone would want to come see him. I could be remembering wrong, but I'm pretty sure Ned and I had to convince him to ASK FOR MONEY for his original art pages, rather than GIVE THEM AWAY! I asked him to autograph one of my EC hardcover reprint books, and he insisted on inking a full-sized drawing of my favorite First World War biplane, the SPAD-13. That, and an original SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN daily strip by Mr. Evans are two of my favorite possessions. Good times.


Kim Demulder was the special guest for YORK-CON VII, and he was great to chat with too. His delicate line work would soon be featured in DCs SWAMP THING. I have a wonderful watercolor painting by Kim of a lovely nymph bathing in a waterfall that is one of the keystones of my original comic art "collection". I wish I could post it here for all to see, but she's a bit topless. Ah-OOOO-ga!

Thanks, Todd for the scans, and for stirring the memory pot!

Were any of you at these comic conventions? What do you remember about them?

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

By the way...

I sent out another one of our COMIX CONNECTION WEEKLY-ISH e-mailings yesterday. If you did not receive one in your inbox and think you should have, let me know via email. Thanks!

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Batman VS. Green Hornet!

With BRUCE LEE as KATO!



Too cool!

Hat tip to Mike B.!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 Update!


Well, Free Comic Book Day 2007 is just over a month away and you can just FEEL the excitement in the air, can't you? Here's a list of all the different FREE COMIC BOOKS that will be available at both locations on SATURDAY MAY 5th, Free Comic Book Day 2007:

  • Archie Comics -> Archie Comics Little Archie
  • Bongo Comics -> Bongo's Free for All
  • Dark Horse Comics -> Umbrella Academy Zero Killer Pantheon City
  • DC Comics -> Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century
  • Dynamite Entertainment -> The Lone Ranger/New Battlestar Galactica Flip Book
  • Gemstone Publishing -> Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse
  • IDW -> Transformers the Movie Prequel # 1
  • Image Comics -> Astounding Wolf-Man # 1
  • Marvel Comics -> Amazing Spider-Man Swing Shift
  • TOKYOPOP -> Tokyopop Choose Your Weapon
  • Antarctic Press -> Pirates vs. Ninjas # 1
  • Ape Entertainment -> Ape Entertainment’s Comic Spectacular
  • Arcana Studio -> Arcana Studio Presents
  • Archie Comics -> Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Aspen MLT -> Worlds of Aspen
  • Blatant Comics -> Last Blood # 1
  • Boom! Studios -> Hunter’s Moon/Salvador Flip Book
  • CastleRain Entertainment -> Jack the Lantern: Ghosts
  • Comic Genesis -> Comic Genesis
  • Comic Shop News, Inc -> Comic Shop News
  • DC Comics -> Justice League of America # 0
  • Devil’s Due Publishing -> Family Guy/Hack-Slash Flip Book
  • Digital Webbing -> Digital Webbing Jam # 1
  • Drawn and Quarterly -> Lynda Barry Sampler
  • Fantagraphics Books -> The Unseen Peanuts
  • First Second Books -> The Train Was Bang On Time
  • Heroic Publishing -> Liberty Comics # 0
  • Impact Books -> Impact University Volume 3
  • Keenspot Entertainment -> Keenspot Spotlight
  • Legion of Evil Press -> Comics Festival
  • Maerkle Press -> Love and Capes # 4
  • Marvel Comics -> Marvel Adventures Three-In-One
  • Oni Press -> Whiteout # 1
  • Renaissance Press -> Amelia Rules! Hangin’ Out
  • Rude Dude Productions -> Nexus Special
  • Sky-Dog Press -> Buzzboy/Royboy Red: The Buzz & The ‘Bot
  • Too Hip Gotta Go -> Wahoo Morris # 1
  • Topshelf Productions -> Owly & Korgi
  • TwoMorrow Publishing -> Comics 101: How to & History Lessons from the Pros
  • Viper Comics -> Viper Comics Presents: Josh Howard’s Sasquatch
  • Virgin Comics -> Ramayan 3392AD
  • Wildcard Ink -> Gumby Special
  • Wizard Entertainment -> Wizard’s “How to Draw” Sampler

For more information on individual titles go HERE and HERE to the Free Comic Book Day 2007 website.


Additionally, we will be handing out one of these cool Batman Heroclix game pieces


to the first 200 customers at each location!



And of course, we'll be having our huuuuuge sale:
  • ALL COMIC BOOKS in the bins are a mere ONE DOLLAR EACH!
  • ALL OLDER BACK ISSUE COMICS on the back wall are a whopping 25% OFF!
  • ALL STATUES AND TOYS are an amazing 20% OFF!
  • ALL GRAPHIC NOVELS AND BOOKS are a spectacular 20% OFF!
  • MAYBE SOME CAKE!
  • HOWEVER, NO MONSTER BEVERAGES. Sorry about that.



PLUS:
  • MIKE HAWTHORNE, artist on TERMINATOR, BALLAD OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, HYSTERIA, EXTERMINATORS (starring yours truly!), etc. will be on hand in the YORK store from 1PM to 4PM for autographs and chit-chat!
  • JIMMY GOWNLEY, artist and writer of AMELIA RULES! will be appearing in the MECHANICSBURG store from 1PM to 4PM for a meet-and-greet with fans!


Mark your calendar already would ya?

ADDED: Whoops, I forgot to note that we will also be giving away a slew of cool prizes, including rare variant-cover comic books and tons of other neat stuff... keep your eyes peeled for details!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 4/2/07

OK True Believers, to recap last week's Comix Connection poll question:

"Can Superman rip off his own head?"
  • 8.9% - YES of course he can!
  • 2.2% - NO he can't!
  • 33.3% - NEITHER!
  • 55.6% - WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Hmmmm... I'd say the consensus is that Superman's super-strong neck prevents him from ripping off his own head. That, and there is something desperately wrong with me. Fair enough.

Moving along to this week's poll:





Vote!

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

DC COMICS BUYS MARVEL!


In a move that shocked industry watchers, New York-based DC Comics, a subdivision of Time-Warner, Inc. reported the purchase of MARVEL COMICS today at a hastily-called press conference. Spokesman Bob Wayne had this to say:

"After much deliberation and followed by negotiations that stretched out over several months, DC Comics is proud to announce the acquisition of long-time competitor Marvel Comics Group, Inc." Wayne further stated "At this point we will begin retiring a slew of characters from Marvel's bloated roster, starting with all characters whose names begin with the letter "P"."

Stan Lee, Editor Emeritus at the now-defunct Marvel Comics had this to say:

"What do I care? Pass me another one of these pink drinks with the fruit hanging out of it."




P.S.: April Fools!


ADDED: Oh, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, my sweetie! 16 years of fabulous fun and still going strong! Thanks for sticking with me through sick and sin...

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