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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

THIS WEEKS COMICS ARE IN!

WOO-HOOOO! After a painful 24-hour delay, this weeks new comic books have finally arrived! Lots of Good Schtuff coming in this week, plus this month's PREVIEWS! Stop in and refresh your geekdom!

Oh, and as requested, here's some MORE COWBELL!




You're welcome.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

MELTDOWN collected!


Readers of this site will probably remember how I ranted last year about the cool comic MELTDOWN and how much I liked it. Well, if you didn't try it then, here's your chance! I recently received the following email from writer David B. Schwartz:

Hi, Bill!
Thanks again for the great review you gave to our comic MELTDOWN on the ComixConnection.com website!
I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about our latest MELTDOWN news. A press release is below, but I'd be happy to offer up whatever additional info you might like. Needless to say, we're really excited about the book.
Also attached are two pieces of artwork for your viewing pleasure: our cover art (by the incredible Chris Bachalo), and one of the cool pin-ups we've got in the TPB (this one's by Micah Gunnell).
Thanks again for all of your support!
- DBS


IMAGE UNLEASHES A MASSIVE MELTDOWN
Critically Acclaimed Series Collected in Jam-Packed TPB
Just a year ago, very few readers had ever heard of David B. Schwartz, Sean Wang, or their comic book MELTDOWN. Of course, that was before their Image Comics miniseries began garnering some of the strongest reviews for a debut comic in years. Now, due to the overwhelming fan reaction for MELTDOWN, the boys are back at work putting together a jam-packed trade paperback edition.

“We’ve got the full 96 pages of story that were in issues one and two,” says Schwartz, “but there’s gonna be a lot more than that. We’re really thinking of this like an ultimate edition DVD release, and packing it with tons of great bonus features.”

“I’m opening my entire sketchbook,” said Wang. “You’ll get to see all of the design work I did when creating the look of these characters, and I talk you through the whole process.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The senses-shattering collection will also feature:

- “The Making of Chris Bachalo’s Cover," a rare look inside the creative process of one of comics’ top artists, where you’ll get to see his thumbnails, pencils and inks.
- A foreword by superstar writer Robert Kirkman, creator of THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE.
- The original series pitch
- Pin-ups by other great artists, giving their interpretations of the MELTDOWN characters
- Deleted scenes, alternate endings, and more…
- Plus much, much more cool and exciting behind the scenes material!

MELTDOWN tells the story of a reluctant superhero whose fire-based powers are killing him by melting him down from within. With only 7 days left to live, he must put his life in order, and make amends for all of his regrets. The script is by David B. Schwartz, artwork is by Sean Wang (creator of RUNNERS), colors by Guru-eFX, and incredible covers by both Bachalo (issue 1) and Greg Horn (issue 2).

"MELTDOWN: The Definitive Collection" trade paperback, a 152-page full-color comic, ships JULY 5...


Sounds great, David! Looks like I'll be picking this up just for the extras! Veddy cool!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Monday Morning (double heh) Comix Connection Poll 5/29/07

Well, here's the results of last week's Completely Unscientific Poll Question:

ALL-STAR BATMAN and ROBIN is the greatest comic book in the entire universe because:
  • 35.7% - Best. Comedy. Comic Book. EVER. DC is pulling our collective leg. And you fell for it!
  • 17.9% - It's obvious that writer Frank Miller is trying to win some ridiculous bar bet.
  • 14.3% - It's apparently so lovingly crafted that it takes a freaking YEAR between issues.
  • 10.7% - RATS! The other white meat. It's what's for dinner!
  • 7.1% - Where else can you see an insane, potty-mouthed, child-endangering, cop-killing Batman?
  • 7.1% - Huge continuity glitches like Robin's milk carton appearance 10 minutes after being kidnapped.
  • 3.6% - Where else can you see more teeth kicked out by Black Canary than found in a dental supply catalog?
  • 3.6% - Where else can you see an insane, potty-mouthed, severely conflicted Wonder Woman dissing ALL men?
  • 0.0% - That awesome "Variant Cover" for issue number five says it all.
  • 0.0% - Kidnapped by Batman that is. In a flying Batmobile. While he mows down some of Gotham's finest.
So the consensus is that it's some ridiculous joke or bar bet. Good enough. Still fun to read isn't it?


Todays' news tidbit comes from ICV2: Fantastic Four Movie Promotion a Violation of Federal Law?

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Boalsburg, Pa.

The Birthplace of MEMORIAL DAY?

Boalsburg is a quaint little village situated in Centre County, Pa., just off Route 322, in the picturesque foothills of the Alleghenies. It's only a dot on the map, and you as a casual driver might drive past it without even being aware that it is nestled there in the rolling valley beneath a coverlet of oaks and pines and cedars - were it not for a plain little marker by the side of the road: "Boalsburg. An American Village - Birthplace of Memorial Day."

What about that boast?

It happened in October, 1864. It was a pleasant Sunday and in the little community burial ground behind the village the pioneers of colonial times slept peacefully side by side with the recently fallen heroes of the Civil War.

Click HERE for more...

And let's not forget:

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Star Wars Holiday Special

in just five minutes:



You're welcome.

(Chewbacca's kids look like womp rats. And Beatrice Arthur scares me.)

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Comix Connection Geek Chic wear!


Yep, it's time for us to get another batch of those fabulous Comix Connection T-shirts! We are taking reservations at both stores from now until... about a month from now. Shirts are available in most colors up to XXL, then in more limited colors for larger sizes.

Price: Medium to XXL - $10.00
XXXL to 5XL (where available) - $13.00

If you are interested in any Comix Connection shirts, stop in, call, or email me!

Don't forget about the cool No(Yes) Prizes to win! Click HERE for more info...

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Friday, May 25, 2007

BREAKING NEWS!

STAN LEE RUNS FOR KENTUCKEY ATTORNEY GENERAL!

CLICK HERE TO READ!

That's pretty cool! You know, you just can't keep a good man down! That Stan Lee is such a pistol! Most guys his age would be sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping adult beverages with big hunks of fruit and umbrellas in them, but NOOOOO, not Fearless Leader Stan Lee! I mean, after having co-created most of the Marvel Universe and...

What?


Oh.
Never mind.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Return of the Ripovs!


Warning: Links not for the faint of heart and the young!

This note found it's way into my In-Box recently:
Hey Bill:
Just wanted to let you know that we're playing Smalls on 2nd Street in Harrisburg again on Saturday, June 2. Lots of good old-school garage and punk bands on the bill this time, too, including: The Hall Monitors, Mondo Topless, and The High Tops (from York, PA). We go on last (I think). Should be a wild night!
Best,
Mike
The RIPOVs!

That's my old pal Mike Smith of the Ripovs, one of Charm City's rockingest bands EVER! Don't believe me? Go see for yourself. And tell them Bill sent you.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

You asked for it, you got it!

In response to the recent Completely Unscientific Comix Connection poll results from last week, I give you...

MORE COWBELL!



That is probably the greatest air-guitar EVER. You rock, Anonymous Internet Dude!

And the cowbell... the cowbell was SUBLIME!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Plain Janes - A Guest Review

Have you seen this book on our shelves?


It's THE PLAIN JANES, the first book of a new line from DC Comics... the MINX line of "manga digest"-sized graphic novels. What is THE PLAIN JANES? Well, you're in luck! Local fan Olivia Hayes sent along this review:

The Plain Janes
Reviewed by Olivia Hayes, 14

Plain Janes is a graphic novel written for high school girls. Jane is a girl who lives in the big city. One day, while walking down the street, a bomb goes off. She manages to save the life of an unknown man, who goes into a coma. In response to the horror that just befell her, the once preppy Jane cuts her hair and dyes it black. She gets into art, and her friends don't know what to say. Her parents are overprotective, so they move to the suburbs to feel safer after the bomb. The popular girls at Jane's new school want her to sit with them at lunch, but she would rather sit with the rejects. All the girls at the table are named Jane. Soon, she creates P.L.A.I.N., which stands for People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. In an attempt to beautify the town, the P.L.A.I.N. Janes go out in the middle of the night to attack the town with art! Unfortunately, most residents think P.L.A.I.N. is a group of terrorists. The Janes aren't sure how to get the people to realize they're really trying to help. No matter what acts they do, (such as beautifying the animal shelter to try to get people to adopt a pet) nothing seems to work. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I love art, and I really liked the ideas the Janes had to beautify the town. They really went all out with this book. There was romance, action, rebellion, comedy, and even some tragic moments. The writers were very insightful and the art was well done. Plain Janes was only the first to come out in a series of graphic novels for girls, so if you don't like the look of this book, try out another! And, if you DO like the look of this book, you should still try the others!

The Plain Janes
Written by Cecil Castellucci; Art and Cover by Jim Rugg
Minx - 176pg - B&W - Softcover - $9.99

Thanks, Olivia!

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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 5/20/07

Hokay, we're back again with the results of another Completely Unscientific Comix Connection Poll. Last week's question, with answers ranked:

What Would YOU Like To See At Comix Connection?
  • 23.7% - More Cowbell!
  • 21.1% - More Old Comics!
  • 15.8% - More Ned!
  • 15.8% - More Bill!
  • 7.9% - Less Bill!
  • 7.9% - More S'mores!
  • 5.3% - More Trinkets and Geegaws!
  • 2.6% - More T-Shirts!
  • 0.0% - More Games!
  • 0.0% - Less Polls!
A few random thoughts:
1) More Cowbell it is! We will divert some of our scarce and precious resources to ensuring that in the future, Comix Connection will provide MORE COWBELL! (It's a lot easier and cheaper than providing more old comics.)
2) Actually, I will keep in mind that "More Old Comics!" came in second.
3) I'm glad that Ned and I tied third place. I wouldn't want to disrupt the delicate Ned/Bill balance, or have to face him in a no-holds grudge match to the Death... or be stuck with him like those two guys on that old Star Trek episode where they're wearing opposite black-and-white costumes and they're choking each other for eternity trapped in some kind of mini-timewarp or whatever. That would stink.
4) THAT'S IT. All you sonsofguns that voted for "Less Bill!" are OFF my Christmas card list. And don't ask me to get your books for you - I'M BUSY.
5) Mmmmm... s'mores. Man, I could eat a couple right now, couldn't you? S'mores! Yum!

Thank you all for participating! Except the you-know-whos.

Moving right along, here's this weeks poll question:


Vote early and vote often!

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Simpsons 400th Episode is Tonight! WooHOOO!


That's right, the milestone 400th episode of fantastically popular cartoon series The Simpsons will air tonight (check local listings for time.)

From ICV2:
The show is in its 18th year, the longest running comedy in television history, and is only two years from breaking Gunsmoke's record as the longest running scripted series ever.
I can't believe it's been 20 years since we first saw them on The Tracy Ullman Show:


Let's see... what else happened in 1987?

-President Ronald Reagan mired in Iran-Contra investigation.
-American Motors Corporation is acquired by the Chrysler Corporation.
-WrestleMania III is held at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, setting the North American indoor attendance record at 93,173.
-19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, flies his Cessna airplane into Red Square, Moscow.
-Construction of the Channel Tunnel is initiated.
-Pennsylvania celebrates its bicentennial statehood.
-Square Co., Ltd. releases Final Fantasy in Japan for the Famicom.
-Prozac makes its debut in the United States.
-World population reached 5 billion people.
-Died: Andy Warhol, Liberace, Dean Martin Jr., Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Jackie Gleason, Clara Peller, Lee Marvin, Lorne Greene, Peter Tosh, Woody Herman, Joseph Campbell.
-Born: Hilary Duff, American actress and singer.
-Median Household Income (current dollars): $26,061
-Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.22
-Snapple ready-to-drink bottled iced tea is introduced by the 15-year-old Snapple Beverage Co.
-U.S. microwave oven sales reach a record 12.6 million units sold.

Popular Music:

1."Open Your Heart" ... Madonna
2."Livin' on a Prayer" ... Bon Jovi
3 ."Jacob's Ladder" ... Huey Lewis and the News
4."Lean on Me" ... Club Nouveau
5."Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" ... Starship
6."I Knew You Were Waiting" ... Aretha Franklin & George Michael
7."Died in Your Arms" ... Cutting Crew
8."With or Without You" ... U2
9."You Keep Me Hangin' On" ... Kim Wilde
10."Always" ... Atlantic Starr

Popular Movies:

1. Beverly Hills Cop III
2. Dirty Dancing
3. Dragnet
4. Fatal Attraction
5. Full Metal Jacket
6. La Bamba
7. Lethal Weapon
8. The Living Daylights
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street
10. Outrageous Fortune

Most Popular Television Shows:

1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Roseanne (ABC)
3. A Different World (NBC)
4. Cheers (NBC)
5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. Who's the Boss? ( ABC)
8. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
9. Empty Nest (NBC)
10. Anything But Love (ABC)

-The Beastie Boys become the first act to be censored by American Bandstand.
-Nirvana formed.
-Twisted Sister disbands.
-"Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles, "Why Can't I Be You?" and "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure are all hits.
-Superman turns 49
-Comix Connection one year away from being founded!
-Some of you weren't even born yet, were you?

Man, I'm old. Anyway, congratulations, Simpsons people! The show doesn't show any signs of slowing down, so I figure they're well on track to break the record in a couple of years... and it would be very cool that the longest-running show in the history of television might be a cartoon!

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

"New shoes." - Leo, Twin Peaks

This has nothing to do with anything, but my good pal Brian L. hooked me up recently with a pair of these cool "SWAT boots", as my US Army combat boots were looking like they had some serious mileage on them, which they did because I've been wearing them for about five years:


I highly recommend 511's A.T.A.C. (All Terrain, All Condition) boots to anyone who likes this kind of stuff... they're incredibly light and comfortable, and have this cool side-zipper feature that eliminates the need to lace up every time you put them on:



That is all. DIS-missed.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Calvin and Hobbes animated!

I just ran across this over at Metafilter... apparently an Italian animation student made this as a project. Behold:



That has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I really hope Bill Watterson doesn't make them yank this.

ADDED 5/19/07:
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Bill Watterson

Rats.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

He's no good to me... Ooooh, chocolate!

I ran across this interesting tidbit on the super-cool instructibles website... how to make a Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bar!

Behold:



Chocolate on the outside, chewy on the inside!
No, Han.
What?
Not Chewy at all, Han.
Han what?
Han Solo.
Yeah, I know but still chewy, right?
What?

etc., etc.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Free Comic Book Day 2007 Photos!

Well, I finally managed to get these together... they're from the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection. I'm waiting for certain people *coughnedcough* to send me their photos of the York store during FCBD. In the meantime, enjoy these:


AMELIA RULES! artist Jimmy Gownley chats with fans Tom and Olivia Hayes.


Just some weird random dude. JUST KIDDING, John-Paul! Great shirt, by the way!


Jimmy Gownley studiously ignoring the Channel-21 camera guy.


Triple-G (Gregg) finally reunites with dear old Dad Vader.


An early shot right after the doors opened and before we got busy. Wotta crowd!


Dave and Josh unaware how close they are to sudden death. Luckily there's no bounty on Counter Monkeys! Hahahahaha!



Rebel scum Dan is accosted by ever-vigilant Imperial Troops for throwing candy wrapper on sidewalk.


Lord Vader personally "takes care" of the problem while Dan vainly attempts to explain that it was Bill who dropped wrapper. Boba Fett is amused.


Joe and Tony Baloney Takin' Care of Business! Good job, guys! (HEY. Why is that display on the front counter EMPTY?)



A bored sandtrooper pulls over a camouflaged landspeeder with expired tags.


Well, that's all for now. What did you think? Want to see more? Lemme know.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Monday Morning (heh) Comix Connection Poll 5/15/07

Hey everyone! Here's the results of last week's Comix Connection Poll Question, "HAWKMAN IS THE LAMEST SUPER-HERO EVER BECAUSE..."
1st - 31.3% Awkward moment when offered omelette.
2nd - 21.9% Don't they have SHIRTS on Thanagar?
3rd - 18.8% Don't park your car near his house if you just washed it is all I'm saying.
Four-way tie for 4th - 6.3% Constantly knocking stuff over because of those darn wings.
- 6.3% Numbers thinned by high-tension powerlines.
- 6.3% Killed and ate Dove; Robin, Sparrow next.
- 6.3% Birdseed bill is astronomical!
5th - 3.1% Feathers EVERYWHERE!
Two-way tie for last place with no votes - 0.0% Makes nest with your entire hedge.
- 0.0% Difficult to get back into his cage once he escapes.

I'm not going to even begin to analyze this poll because it's entirely too silly.

Moving on to this week's Very Serious Comix Connection Poll, we ask the burning question:



Have at it!

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Monday, May 14, 2007

It's that goldurn BATMAN comic!


Believe it or not folks, the long-(awaited? anticipated? dreaded?) ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #5 is headed to stores this Wednesday! It will arrive exactly 364 days since the last issue. That's gotta be some kind of record... way to go Jim Lee! *golf clap*

In other astonishing news, ULTIMATES 2 #13 is ALSO shipping this Wednesday! No kidding.

On a related note: pigs have learned how to fly, Heck freezes over.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!


Have a great day, Moms everywhere! Thanks for everything!

(You thought I forgot, didn't you?)

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NASCAR HEROES update!


I recently received the following email:

Hi, Bill--
Thanks for featuring our new NASCAR Comics publication on your website. This is the first of many titles and issues to come. The lead characters will make their "live" debut at the NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge next Wednesday in Charlotte. They will then be announced before the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge on Saturday the 19th at Lowe's Motor Speedway, along with the rest of the real drivers. The support around the launch has been terrific. I can promise you lots of cool story lines to come over the years.
Thanks.

Jamie Crittenberger
Chief Executive Officer
Starbridge Media Group, Inc.


Well, that sounds pretty cool! Thanks for the update, Jamie!

(Some of you old-timers may remember the LEGENDS OF NASCAR comic that was put out by Vortex Comics back in the early 1990s. That comic sold like CRAZY to all the rabid NASCAR fans and sadly wasn't all that entertaining... this one actually has a story!)

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The My Bulgarian Uncle Was Reincarnated as a Cat Apparently Edition


So what was good this week? I read THE GAMEKEEPER #2... I've already given a brief review of the first issue of this book, but this is really turning into one great comic. Guy Ritchie, of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels fame wrote it... check it out if you like a good suspense/intrigue thriller. Like Brubaker's CRIMINAL.


(That cat picture just cracks me up. Yes, I know there's a typo in the picture. No, I don't have a Bulgarian uncle.)

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Whatevuh


OK, THIS is just sad, folks.

We gave away multiple hundreds of these for FREE and that's the only price you should have to pay for them.

'Nuff said.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

STAN LEE (Media) SUES MARVEL!


I was digging through my "Blog Ideas" files when I came across an old entry about this story and decided to "Google it" for any updates... and lo and behold there was THIS, from the Red Herring business website:
Stan Lee Media sued Marvel Entertainment for $5 billion Thursday, claiming it co-owns Marvel’s superhero characters, including Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Incredible Hulk.

The company is no longer owned by Stan Lee, the comic book legend who more recently hosted the TV series Who Wants to Be a Superhero? on the Sci-Fi Channel, which was produced by his latest company, Pow Entertainment.

In the suit, filed in the Southern District of New York, Stan Lee Media seeks to assert rights to the revenue generated by its superheroes that Marvel Entertainment is profiting from.

I have no idea if this group as any firm ground to stand on, I just thought it was interesting... being sued for FIVE BILLION DOLLARS? That's gotta be annoying.

P.S.: Stan The Man has nothing to do with any of this apparently...

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

NASCAR fans rejoice!

There is now something for you to read about your favorite pastime... behold:




NASCAR COMICS PRESENTS NASCAR HEROES #1 ($3.95) is now available at Comix Connection! Lay some rubber and stomp that pedal as you head down the home stretch and get yours today... but don't strip your gears, because we've got a bunch!

(*EDITOR'S NOTE: Entire paragraph full of lame racing metaphors deleted to spare readers' sensibilities.*)


So take a pit stop at Comix Connection and grab a copy today!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Giant Monster invades Carlisle Theater!


Acclaimed Korean monster movie The HOST will be playing a limited engagement at the Carlisle Theater this month.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Carlisle Theatre, and CLICK HERE for The HOST's website, with a cool trailer. Looks great! And hey, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 92% rating, so it must be pretty good!

Genre: Thriller

Rating: R - for creature violence and language

Dates and Times:
Sunday, May 13, 2007 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:30 pm

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Free Comic Book Day 2007 Prize Winners!


The following is a list of lucky Prize Drawing Winners... IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN CALLED YET, WE WILL BE CALLING YOU SHORTLY!


YORK:

  1. GHOST RIDER STATUE - Stephen Sagar
  2. PHOENIX PENDANT - Emma Simcoe
  3. SPIDER-MAN and WOLVERINE GLASSES - Katrina Cline
  4. BATMAN and SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES - David Shiffler
  5. FANTASTIC 4 PROMO MOVIE POSTER AND T-SHIRT - Kim Roberts
  6. HARRISBURG SENATORS BASEBALL TICKETS - Robert Shaffer, Jamie Over
  7. WITTAKER CENTER IMAX SPIDER-MAN MOVIE TICKETS - Philip Rearich, Darren Wildasin
  8. UNDERDOG GLASS - Brian Feeheley
  9. CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 (BOTH COVERS) - Michael Rittenhouse
  10. STEPHEN KING'S DARK TOWER #2 VARIANT - Kim Phillips McNair
  11. AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #1 VARIANT - Alex Raymond
  12. JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #7 VARIANT - Josh Mitchell
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #8 VARIANT - Felicia Grice
  14. CIVIL WAR #3 VARIANT - Andrew Feltenberger
  15. ANNIHILATION #1 VARIANT - Dave Hart
  16. GHOST RIDER #1 VARIANT - John Fishel
  17. DOCTOR STRANGE #1 VARIANT - Lisa Pontius
  18. ETERNALS #1 VARIANT - Kathy Bittner
  19. DAREDEVIL #89 VARIANT - Jesse Dyer
  20. INCREDIBLE HULK #98 VARIANT - Tom Hollway
  21. STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION #1 VARIANT - Paul Stelper

MECHANICSBURG:

  1. GHOST RIDER STATUE - Glenn Foxx
  2. PHOENIX PENDANT - Alexandra Oles
  3. SPIDER-MAN and WOLVERINE GLASSES - Phillip S. Wagner
  4. BATMAN and SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURES - Mike Wolter
  5. FANTASTIC 4 PROMO MOVIE POSTER AND T-SHIRT - Miranda Ballard
  6. HARRISBURG SENATORS BASEBALL TICKETS - Sarah Hollenbach, Dennis Low, Shawn Kimmel, Dale Ballard, Elija Boyer
  7. WITTAKER CENTER IMAX SPIDER-MAN MOVIE TICKETS - Emil Thomas, Mason Long, Noah Tell
  8. UNDERDOG GLASS - Paul Raymond
  9. CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 (BOTH COVERS) - James Mattaboni
  10. STEPHEN KING'S DARK TOWER #2 VARIANT - Matt Rodriguez
  11. AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #1 VARIANT - Dawn Foose
  12. JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #7 VARIANT - Bill Hanna
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #8 VARIANT - Eugene Connolly
  14. CIVIL WAR #3 VARIANT - Vance Morey
  15. ANNIHILATION #1 VARIANT - Jacob Serfass
  16. GHOST RIDER #1 VARIANT - Jason Forney
  17. DOCTOR STRANGE #1 VARIANT - Noah Rife
  18. ETERNALS #1 VARIANT - Nicholas Stefanowich
  19. DAREDEVIL #89 VARIANT - Addison Flogle
  20. INCREDIBLE HULK #98 VARIANT - Seth Flagle
  21. STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION #1 VARIANT - Bruce Long
  22. SPIDER-MAN 3 FRAMED MOVIE POSTER - Andrew Brown


There you have it! Congrats to the winners!

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The Monday Morning Comix Connection Poll 5/7/07

Once again, folks... here's the results of last week's Comix Connection Poll Question: "What I Like Best About Free Comic Book day at Comix Connection is:"

#1 - (by a huge margin) - It's ALL good!
#2 - The ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS ARE ONE DOLLAR EACH SALE.
#3 - Meeting Guest Artists MIKE HAWTHORNE and JIMMY GOWNLEY.
#4 - Free Comic Book dowhatnow?
#5 - The FREE COMIC BOOKS. Duh.
#6 - (two-way tie) - The 20% OFF ALL BOOKS, TRADE PAPERBACKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS.
- The CAKE. Whoops. Forgot. NO CAKE. But there will be Goldenberg's Peanut Chews available.
#7 - The incredibly awesome PRIZE DRAWING GIVEAWAYS!
#8 - (two-way tie, with no votes) - THE 20% OFF ALL GAMES and GAMING ITEMS!
- The 25% OFF all the older comic books on the back wall.

There you have it. Examining the data scientifically, I see that by a huge margin, IT'S ALL GOOD. Glad to see you people enjoy Free Comic Book Day as much as we do! Every year we add more cool things to the day to make FCBD fun and exciting... if there's anything you think we've left out, leave a suggestion in the Comments Section of this post. Sorry about the distinct lack of cake. The "cake logistics" were just insurmountable... and it was crazy enough without it. We'll try to make it up to you all at our next big Halloween Sale! And to all you mooks who voted for #4... why, I oughta...

Thanks to everyone who voted! Remember, you can't complain if you don't vote!

And here's this week's completely unscientific Comix Connection Poll:

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Post-FCBD Update!


I would be remiss in not thanking Mrs. Boyce (Sharon? Carol? Cheryl? Betty?) for bringing us those incredibly delicious CHOCOLATE-ENROBED STRAWBERRIES! Thank you very very much. They were absolutely wonderful! Mark, do you always get such great treats? Remind me to give Karen (Clarice?) a free Disney comic...

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Photos from Garrison Carida!

See, that's why I need a digital camera! The fine folks at Garrison Carida who made Free Comic Book day at Mechanicsburg that much more fun have already posted a bunch of pictures from yesterday:






HERE's the link to all the pictures the shot... very very cool guys and gals! THANKS AGAIN!

(I hope the Garrison Carida people don't mind that I put a couple of their pics up here... my film hasn't been developed yet. Go check out their website... their costumes are amazing!)

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WOW!


Holy mackerel, that was the BEST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVER!

Thanks to all of you who came out for the festivities... I hope you enjoyed the freebies! There was quite a good selection this year, with something for every taste. Did you catch us last night on Channel 21 News? The camera crew showed up at the Mechanicsburg store and did a short piece on Free Comic Book Day! Woot!

Special thanks go out to our guest creators Mike Hawthorne and Jimmy Gownley! Thanks guys, it's always a pleasure to see you!

We'd also like to thank all the folks from Garrison Carida of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion who appeared at the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection... your costumes are insanely GREAT! I still can't get over how cool it was to walk among Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, Sand People, a Tie Fighter Pilot, Scout Trooper (Speederbike rider) and -um- the guy in the black outfit who fired up the particle beam weapon on the Death Star. It was amazing and very surreal.

Oooh, and thanks to SPORKMAN for visiting!

I will have photos up as soon as I get them developed (yeah, I still use film), but if any of you out there want to send some cool shots my way, I will post them here on the blog.

WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE DRAWING WINNERS ON MONDAY! I will post the lists here and we will call the winners on Monday! Good luck!


Remember, only 364 days until Free Comic Book Day 2008!

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Edition


So, here it is... Free Comic Book Day 2007! Thank You from all of us here at Comix Connection for being there all year! I hope you all had fun!

What free comics did YOU pick out? What else did you get? Did you get a tasty Goldenberg's Peanut Chew? Did you enter the fabulous prize drawing? Did you miss the cake? Did you chat with the artists? Tell us!


P.S.: We will announce the winners of the Prize Drawings on Monday... we need some time to recover!

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Free Comic Book Day is in the House


House of Representatives, that is.

I caught an article on Diamond Comics' website that noted that Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland will introduce this new resolution into the House:


H.L.C.
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(Original Signature of Member)
110TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION H. RES. ll
Congratulating and commending Free Comic Book Day as an enjoyable and creative approach to promoting literacy and celebrating a unique American art form.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. RUPPERSBERGER submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on .......

RESOLUTION
Congratulating and commending Free Comic Book Day as an enjoyable and creative approach to promoting literacy and celebrating a unique American art form.
Whereas Free Comic Book Day promotes literacy by distributing free reading material on the first Saturday of May;
Whereas Free Comic Book Day is dedicated to increasing awareness of and an interest in comics through an innovative marketing campaign;
Whereas comics have proven to be a wonderful educational too to help reluctant readers to take an interest in, and develop a life-long love of reading;

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H.L.C.
Whereas comic books are a fun and exciting way to introduce kids to reading and help children comprehend storylines;
Whereas a growing number of schools are using comics to teach kids narration, dialogue, and visual design;
Whereas the fastest growing section of public libraries is the comic book ‘‘graphic novel’’ section; and
Whereas comics and graphic novels are increasingly being recognized as serious literature: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates and commends Free Comic Book Day as an enjoyable and creative approach to promoting literacy and celebrating a unique American art form.


Well, there you have it. Let's hope they pass this resolution!

EXCELSIOR!

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

We have a winnah

We interrupt the relentless Free Comic Book Day (this Saturday, May 5th) hype to bring you a new winner of the Comix Connection T-shirt No(Yes) Prize. Behold:



Long-time fan and all-around great guy DanO writes:
Hey Bill,
My wife took these shots for me while we were on our honeymoon in Florida. The cannon shot is at Ft. Desoto near St. Pete. The stingray shot is from Tarpon Springs - alternate title "Tell Didio that I'll buy Aquaman's book when he brings back Storm, Imp and Tusky!" They'll be a few more as I get the pics developed from the vacation.
--DanO


HAW HAW HAW! Well, DanO, these are just GREAT! I love the cannon shot!

Let's see...

Level of difficulty: 6/10

Creativity and imagination: 9/10

Being the first person to send us an entry with a giant ocean creature in it: +10 points

Wasting your time with this while on your HONEYMOON +20 points


Your NO(YES)-PRIZE:

a FIFTEEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Woo-HOOO! Thanks for playing, DanO!

Unfamiliar with the Comix Connection No(Yes) Prize? CLICK HERE to get the lowdown! I'm assuming you ALL have a fabulous Comix Connection T-shirt, right? RIGHT?

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Even more Free Comic Book Day Swag!



And the hits keep coming: 20th Century Fox just sent us a bunch of posters for the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR 2 movie to give out at both stores on Free Comic Book Day (THIS SATURDAY)... sweet! Supposedly we are to receive an authentic movie poster and limited edition T-shirt from the movie to give out at each location, but they're not here yet. If we get them by Saturday (FREE COMIC BOOK DAY), we will add them to the mountain of cool stuff we're giving out! Just stop by either store on FCBD and fill out an entry blank... no purchase necessary and you need not be present to win. We will draw the winners and make the calls probably on Monday, as we expect to be totally wiped out from the Coolest Day Of The Year!


UPDATE: stymieresh posted THIS LINK to the new FANTASTIC FOUR 2 trailer... go watch it! *Whew*

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

More cool giveaway prizes for Free Comic Book Day!


This just in:

Comix Connection will be giving away FREE TICKETS to see the HARRISBURG SENATORS baseball team, courtesy of the fine folks from the Town Planner Calendar! Thanks a bunch, very cool!

We would also like to announce that we will also be giving away FREE TICKETS to see SPIDER-MAN 3 at the IMAX Theater at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg! Again, thanks to the great people there for giving us the opportunity to give these away!

The cool thing is, both prizes will be available at BOTH COMIX CONNECTIONs, in York and Mechanicsburg! No purchase necessary, and you need not be present to win! Just drop your entry blank in the box on Free Comic Book Day (this Saturday, May 5th) and cross your fingers! Winners will be posted here on Monday and we will call you if you win!

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