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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

UN-MEN Artist Mike hawthorne interviewed


Go check out this cool interview over at comicon.com with artist Mike Hawthorne discussing his upcoming UN-MEN series from Vertigo/DC. Who are the UN-MEN? Click HERE to find out. And click HERE to see more of Mike's art... that guy is SO talented!

UN-MEN #1 ships real soon (early August 2007), so reserve yours today! This is looking awesome!

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Monday, July 30, 2007

A very strong woman, possibly super-powered

Check out what this Amazon can do:



She's just like a super-hero!

I can barely fold paper, let alone roll up a frying pan.

Found via MetaFilter

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Comix Connection flogs Duff Beer in local newspaper article


Read it here, courtesy of the York Daily Record!

Always wanted to try a can of Duff Beer? Comix Connection at West Manchester Mall is selling Homer's favorite beverage, almost.

"It's actually an energy drink," said Comix Connection manager Jared Wolf. The beverage costs $2.49 per 12-ounce can, he said.

Wolf also said the store sells "Simpsons" comic books - which are popular with several customers. One "big 'Simpsons' fan" that was at the store recently donned a new Bart Simpson tattoo, Wolf said.


See the Simpson's Movie, grab a Duff!

(See the photos of Josh and Becky and friends journey to the Qwik-E-Mart HERE!)

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

What's your superpower?

Apparently my friend Steve's is that he can play PAC-MAN on a world-championship level.

Behold:



Steve sez:

My best run at Pac-Man CE on Xbox Live Arcade, currently #1 in the U.S. and #3 in the world on the All Time 5:00 Championship Mode leaderboard. I didn't die once, but I think it's still possible to improve... I missed a few 3200 point ghosts and made a couple of minor mistakes.


I am in awe.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Guest Review: Stop Forgetting to Remember


My wife Karen happened upon this book on my stack and read it cover to cover. She says it's great and that she couldn't put it down! Author/artist Peter Kuper is roughly my age and Karen says she can see a lot of parallels with Kuper's semi-autobiographical book and my life. If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is! Thanks, Sweetie! Now gimme back my book so I can read it!

HERE'S a link to Random House's site for Stop Forgetting to Remember... it's very cool.

(Peter Kuper is the current creator of MAD Magazine's SPY VS SPY, and a long-time underground/alternative artist.)

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Tragic Effects of Grey Kryptonite



That is all.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tim Hunter and the Thief of Ideas


That's what I would call his movie. GO HERE to see what I'm talking about. Another link HERE. Neil Gaiman says any resemblance is purely coincidental. I really don't care. I've never read the Harry Potter series, but I might soon as my son Max would probably like them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

No, I didn't forget my Mom

Just in case you folks think I forgot to get some munchies for my Mom, lookie what I just found at the Weis Markets:


Click HERE for more info about Sweetzel's Spiced Wafers.

Usually these don't become available until the fall, but here they are. Mom and I both love these... they are exceptionally good dipped in a glass of cold milk!


Oh, and READ MORE COMICS!

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Munchie Quest

The Four Wahls went on our own little "road trip" today... we were seeking munchies to take my parents when we visit them in Florida this August. My Dad is a snacker, and boy does he love his "junkfood".


Our first stop was in Lancaster, at the Hammond Pretzel Factory, the oldest continuously-operated hand-made pretzel factory in America. It's a pretty small operation, literally behind a rowhouse in downtown Lancaster, but they sure make good pretzels. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING like a hot hard pretzel, right off the line. Dee-licious! They still make 'em by hand, and as you walk up to the front door, you can look in the windows and see the ladies twisting them up right there on long tables. The kids loved it when they all said "HI!" When you walk inside, the first thing you see is the end of the oven conveyor, which is constantly issuing a stream of fresh, hot pretzels. The nice lady let both of the kids have a pretzel right off the line! Two four-pound boxes of the broken ones, please!


Our next stop was the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in Lititz. It's a fairly small factory with a pretty neat two-room candy museum. The candy shop is right below the giant churns, and you can feel and hear the machinery making delicious chocolate! The candy museum has all sorts of antique candy tins, molds, tools and other items used in the making of chocolate on display. We always look for the Wilbur Chocolate tin broom holder that Karen and I found in the garage of her grandmother's house... we gave it to my Dad because he loves Wilbur Chocolate, and he immediately went to the museum and traded it for a five-pound bar of chocolate! It's right in the middle of one of the display cases, and we always check to see if they still have "Opa's broom holder". Let's see... thee pounds of the milk-chocolate Wilbur Buds, three pounds of the dark-chocolate!

Anyway, we loaded up a pretty good pile of stuff... just a few more things and we'll head to Daytona like Santa with a sack of goodies! Look out, Dad, here we come!

Oh yeah, these both go GREAT with comic books!

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Please buy me this


Lookie whats up for grabs on Ebay... one of the awesome Silver Surfer displays from the recent movie! Now you know what to get me for Christmas!

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

From Mister Wahl

My dad (HI POP!) sent me these pictures a while ago... I'm not sure if it's a real piece of emerging technology or just some made-up thing. There was very little text accompanying the pictures and unfortunately no website. I wonder if it's for real? If anybody has any additional info, please let me know!

Behold:









Wave of the future or pipe dream? Your guess is as good as mine...

UPDATE:
sam in comments points us to THIS, so at least the "projected keyboard" thing is real. Pretty darn cool.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Batman Legends!



OK, I realize this is another fan-made "trailer", but it looks GREAT! Very very cool. Wouldn't it be neat if there was a TV series called "Batman Legends" that would retell classic comic book stories like this? I'd watch.

Hat-tip to Mike B.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ormond "Loop" gets Scenic Highway designation


I just read this article in the Daytona beach News-Journal about a stretch of roads in the Ormond Beach area that was always known as "The Loop"... it's getting a "Scenic Highway" designation from the state of Florida. This probably isn't very interesting to most of you, but when I lived in the Daytona Beach area back in the early 1980s, I used to cruise that road to take in the sheer, unspoiled "Old Florida" beauty. The road meanders through the Tomoka State Park, beneath huge, old-growth oak trees that are hung with orchids and Spanish Moss. It follows the edge of the Intercoastal Waterway along miles of tidal marsh and brackish-water lagoons. In the summer it's cool, with light breezes from the nearby beach, and is filled with all kinds of tropical wildlife, from herons to alligators. I used to take my motorcycle out at night and just soak in the cool night air, my ears filled with the unearthly croaking of a million frogs.
In the last decade or so, development has encroached on this fairly pristine wilderness, threatening to consume one of the most beautiful stretches of Volusia County, Florida. It was nice to see that this first step has been taken to preserve this area for ALL OF US. Way to go!


Can you tell I'm ready for vacation?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Cool Video by the band zZz

Just thought I'd put this up here:



From the antville website:

Grip is a video clip for the band zZz. Grip is a one take, top shot videoclip with professional trampoline gymnasts simulating typical video effects. The video has been recorded live as part of the opening 'Nederclips' at the Stedelijk museum 'S-Hertogenbosch SM'S (Curated by Bart Rutten).

It also might help to be familiar with MACs and IPODs to get some of the references. I really liked the guy painting the "taskbar" at the bottom...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

ROAD TRIP!

I'm sure you all remember THIS POST I did about how there are 7-Elevens being tricked out as Kwik-E-Marts, right? Well, the intrepid Josh and His Band of Fabulous Babes actually made a road trip to one of the stores in Maryland! Check it out:




























Too funny!

And for wearing your Comix Connection shirt in those photos, you get a TEN DOLLAR gift certificate!

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Music Video Cliches


As some of you know, I am a fan of music videos and spend a good deal of time seeking out cool ones on the internet (and sometimes I even have to settle for low-quality YouTubeage.) Recently I ran across this list of overused music video cliches over at videoville. Go check it out. I'll wait here until you get back.

Pretty darn funny, but that rules out almost all the videos I've ever seen...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Iggy in Persepolis


I just caught THIS ARTICLE over at ICV2:

Variety is reporting that Sean Penn and Iggy Pop have joined the English language dub cast of the animated version of Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis. Penn will provide the voice for Satrapi's father, while Iggy Pop will do the same for her politically active uncle. Other cast members include Gena Rowlands, Catherine Deneuve and Ms. Deneuve's daughter Chiara Mastrioanni, who will voice the movie's central character.

Very cool. Iggy rules. You just cant keep that man down.

And yes, Mister Linnen, this means I will finally have to read both of these. You were right!

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Cloverfield


What on Earth is going on?

Check THIS out!

Then GO HERE, and HERE and finally HERE.

What does it all mean?


If you ask me, it means a lot of work is going into a viral internet marketing campaign for a pretty cool looking movie.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

DC Comics casts it's internet


This is interesting...

From the Publisher's Weekly website:

DC Comics has announced plans for Zudacomics.com, a Webcomics imprint and online community that will solicit original Web comics from fans for Web serialization and possible print publication. The majority of the comics published by the site will be selected by the Zudacomics community, which will vote in monthly competitions to pick the best comics submitted to the site. Winners will be published online for a year and published in print.


Might be worth checking out.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

"You don't need any brains to listen to music."


Luciano Pavarotti said that.

Anyway, I'm SURE you all remember when I posted THIS, right? Basically I am completely tired of all my music and I begged all of you to bring me a mix-CD of whatever it is YOU are listening to. In return I will give you a $5.00 Gift Certificate, good towards anything in the stores. This is the second of many "reviews" of the disks you folks have dropped off for me. Thanks, everyone! Oh, and those of you who haven't done so yet, BRING 'EM ON!

Comix Connection Music Disk Two:

RICK'S TECHNO MIX from Rick Antell (Spider-man Boy)

What can I say? I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA who the artists are on this disk, as it came with no notes, and I must admit I wasn't looking forward to this as a lot of techno just sounds self-indulgent and boring to me, but BOY was I wrong! I actually enjoyed this A LOT! Very peppy and rhythmic (as you can imagine), and... FUN! Keeps the toes tapping and is a nice "background soundtrack" to the store. Thanks Rick!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Steampunk Batmobile?


Nah, just a high-performance steam-powered car, attempting to break 200 MPH. Check it out at WIRED Magazine HERE.

"Steampunk" via Wikipedia for those who need educating...

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Lego my Escher

Check this out! This guy Andrew Lipson makes 3-D Lego building block re-creations of some of the dimension-bending artwork of the legendary M.C. Escher:




(Found via Metafilter.)

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Graphic Lit/ Panels and Pixels



If you aren't already, you should be reading Chris Mautner's review column, Graphic Lit, that appears regularly in the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Always insightful and entertaining, Chris has gotten me to check out various comics and graphic novels that I somehow overlooked. A great example of Chris' spot-on reviews can be found HERE where he checks out the first issue of WORLD WAR HULK. His videogame/comic review weblog is Panels and Pixels, found HERE.

It's nice to see that an excellent comic review column can flourish here in Central Pennsylvania. Kudos, Chris! And the rest of you, go read and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Batbear Edition


(I have no idea what that image implies... maybe he's Spider-Camel's friend. A tip of the hat to Mike B. for Batbear.)

So, are you all rested up from your Independence Day vacation? Good. Did you finally plow through that precarious stack of comics on the nightstand? Good.

So what was good?

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Worldwide Magic: The Gathering Game Day is Saturday JUly 14th!



Attention! Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg will be participating in Worldwide Magic: The Gathering Game Day on SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2007!

From the Wizards of the Coast website:
The format for Magic Game Day is Sealed Deck. Each player receives five Tenth Edition 15-card booster packs to build their deck (minimum of 40 cards). Both tournament and league play will be supported at Magic Game Day.
Click HERE and HERE for more info on Worldwide Magic: The Gathering Game Day...

STARTS: 10:00AM

TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: $20.00 for five packs of Magic 10th Edition cards

BONUS: Receive an exclusive foil promo card of Reya Dawnbringer (while supplies last)

It's the perfect day to learn OR play!

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Do you like music? Everyone says they do.

I'm sure you all remember when I posted THIS, right? Basically I am completely tired of all my music and I begged all of you to bring me a mix-CD of whatever it is YOU are listening to. In return I will give you a $5.00 Gift Certificate, good towards anything in the stores. Well, quite a number of you have brought me CDs, and BOY what a wide variety of stuff you comic fans listen to! This is the first of many "reviews" of the disks you folks have dropped off for me. Thanks, everyone! Oh, and those of you who haven't done so yet, BRING 'EM ON!

Comix Connection Music Disk One:


RIP A DIP by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers provided by Karl Kurtzenaube.

Great stuff! I always enjoy listening to the Cuban radio station out of Miami when we visit my parents in Florida, so this is right up my alley... latin music/salsa just seems to go with ocean breezes and palm trees and plays well in the store. Light and peppy and fun, and it keeps you moving! Thanks Karl!

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

231 years ago today


The Declaration of Independence itself.

And here's James Smith from York, Pennsylvania, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was the only lawyer in York until 1769, and he's buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Market Street in York.

Have a great day everyone!

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: After Hours

Ned sent me these hilarious videos from YouTube. I guess they started out as parodies of MAC vs. PC commercials, but they seem to have taken on a life of their own...

Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: After Hours (Part 1):



Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: After Hours (Part 2):




Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: After Hours (Part 3):




Too too funny.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Life imitating art imitating life


I just ran across this story:

7-Elevens Become Simpsons 'Kwik-E-Marts'

That's a pretty funny/neat idea. I'd love to get my picture taken in front of one.

The article did have a factual error, though. You CAN get DUFF "Beer" (actually an energy drink) as you all well know... they're for sale right on the front counter at Comix Connection!

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Funeral for a fallen soldier


This coming Thursday (remember, new books arrive this week a day late), we will receive the rather ponderously-titled FALLEN SON DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA IRON MAN, wherein America's Super-soldier is laid to his final rest. (I assume he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, but we'll see.)

Read the Associated Press article HERE on Yahoo.

R.I.P. Captain America.

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