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Friday, November 30, 2007

AMELIA RULES the stage!


Local artist/writer Jimmy Gownley's AMELIA RULES! comic is set to take to the stage in December!

From Diamond Comics Distributor's website:

Adapted from a Christmas story that appeared in Amelia Rules! Volume 1: The Whole World’s Crazy, the musical details the adventures of super-hero wannabe Reggie Grabinsky as he recruits other would-be heroes to try to prove Santa is a fraud. Boasting a mostly child cast (featuring 11-year-old Kasey Perkins as Amelia), the production, which runs from December 6-7 in Marlborough, NH features music and lyrics by local musician/composer Michael Cohen and is produced by Small Pond Productions. Plans to make the musical available to other theater companies are in the works. For more information, please visit www.smallpondpresents.com.

“As editor of the Amelia Books I’ve been with these characters since their inception, and watched them grow and mature over the years,” said Cohen. “Knowing them so well made writing the songs for this musical so much easier, more like writing songs for old friends.”

“It’s going to be a real thrill to see all these talented people bring my comic book to life,” said Amelia Rules! creator Gownley. “Michael’s songs are great, and I can’t wait until opening night!”

The widely acclaimed series deals with the relocation of Amelia Louise McBride from Manhattan to a small town after her parents’ divorce, and her efforts to cope with the traumatic event. Like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, Gownley’s funny, poignant and heartwarming stories appeal to a wide demographic, including educators, librarians, parents, kids and the young-at-heart.

The above paragraph is absolutely true... if you've never read AMELIA RULES, stop by either store and grab a copy of the Free Comic Book Day AMELIA RULES! comic book. We like to keep that one in stock all year 'round!

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS, Jimmy! That is very very cool!

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Spirited Away...



Soon DC Comics enormous effort to reprint a complete account of all of Will Eisner's work on The Spirit will come to a close, but there's been a lot of fan speculation as to how much of the character's publishing history we'd see in the Archives series. The solicitation for Volume 24 is part of DC Comic's December Previews Offerings, and this volume will be an over-sized edition that will wrap up reprinting the weekly strip. However that's not where the Spirit's adventures ended, and fortunately, the reprint effort doesn't end there either! Spirit Archives editor, Scott Nybakken, has revealed "There are going to be 26 volumes in the series total! Vol. 25 will include all the dailies in black and white, and Vol. 26 will include everything Eisner himself drew with the character after 1952. (This will not include the New Adventures that Kitchen Sink published.)"

I think DC Comics should be applauded for their efforts on this series of Archives, and I think it's a tremendous accomplishment putting this body of work back into complete and chronological print for audiences today. If you're reading Darwyn Cooke's rendition of The Spirit, but you've never read any of the original work, or have been curious about the character but don't know where to begin, please pick up The Best of the Spirit TPB. For $14.99, you'll be able to sample so many examples of why Eisner's work has influenced so many of today's storytellers from Frank Miller to Brian Michael Bendis.

You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OTHER SIDE - Guest review


Today, I turn things over to avid reader Chris Yother, and this review of the comic OTHER SIDE, by Jason Aaron and Cameron Stewart:

Sunday is comic day for me - whenever I have a moment to read on Sunday, the comics get cracked out.

Just finished "The Other Side"- a Vietnam War graphic novel I bought from you a couple months back - pretty good- heavy hitter with Dale Dye doing the intro - he is a military technical adviser on such movies like Saving Private Ryan (which he is in) and Band of Brothers.

Very well illustrated storyline was OK - a little confusing and somewhat drawn out. The end was kind of anticlimactic - if it weren't for the illustration, the story wouldn't stand on its own.

I give it a solid "B" :)) Still not 'The NAM". I can see something like this coming about in 15 years or so with Iraq - wonder how that one will shake up.

Thanks, Chris!

And any time rest of you want to send me a review, please feel free! I'm a genuinely lazy person, and will put your review up here rather than actually have to come up with something myself. Thanks!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My name is Wahl, Bill Wahl

(NOT a picture of me.)

Did you see me on the front page of the York Daily Record today under the headline "From Sir Sean Connery to this guy?" Behold:

6° of Sean Connery: Qscar-winning actor and knight has ties to York comics store

(Heh heh heh. That's TWO "Bill Wahl" stories in as many days... why don't we just go ahead and declare this NATIONAL BILL WAHL WEEK?)

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Monday, November 26, 2007

OK, that's weird


So I was just poking around in SiteMeter, looking at some of the stats for this website and I was checking out the "referrals" section to see how web surfers find our site when I ran across this:

october 18 murder bill wahl

That's right, someone found the Comix Connection website by Googling that group of words. Intrigued, I poked around the Google search results page and found this news item:

Some guy in Springfield, Illinois named William Wahl was murdered!

At least this Bill Wahl made it past October 18th! So did my dad, William G. Wahl.

Like I said, weird.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

THIS WEEK'S COMICS SHIP ON THURSDAY, NOT WEDNESDAY!


Just thought you'd like to know.

And have you voted in the "I don't post in the 'comments section' of the Comix Connection 'blog because" poll? Click on that link to do so!

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Four music videos

No comics today, just four music videos I like right now:

Holy Hail, COOL TOWN ROCK:



I WILL:

Click Here

PARIS BLUES:



and

The Hives TICK TICK:

Click here

That is all.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

BLACK FRIDAY!


Be careful out there.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day

than to look at photos from the big HALLOWEEN SALE at the York store! (Yes, I finally got around to resizing these for the website. What can I say, I'm slow.) Behold:


Ghost of Gettysburg


How the West was won.


I think this kid could destroy me.


Spooky!


Dangerous characters.


I think I had this dream before...


Aren't they cute?


YARRRR!


Uh-oh. Trouble.


Luckily, Lobo's a fan.


Artist Mike Hawthorne and some fans.


Great costumes! Thanks to everyone who wore a costume... I assume you all got your TEN FREE COMICS from the bins, right? See you next year!

Oh, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, everyone!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Just Curious

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished.

While poking around on the INSTRUCTABLES site the other day, I found this:


Step-by-step instructions on how to make a Guy Fawkes mask using origami! Click HERE to make your own!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Alan Moore on The Simpsons!

OK, last week's episode is probably the most comic book-nerdy episode of the Simpsons ever... behold:



Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Christmas Story House


I'm sure you're all familiar with the modern classic A CHRISTMAS STORY, so there's no need for me to remind you of the adventures of Ralphie and his family at Chistmas in some indeterminate late-1930s/early 1940s America in some indeterminate middle-American town... author Jean Shepard really taps into what we all would imagine a purely nostalgic Christmas would look like. Anyway, I'm sure this'll be on again around the holidays and you can see all the familiar A CHRISTMAS STORY icons like the Old Man, The Furnace, The Bumpass's Dogs and of course The Lamp.

Well how about a visit to the actual HOUSE used in the filming? Yes, you can journey to that quintessential American Christmas icon, and maybe even meet some of the actors from “A Christmas Story”, like Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus, Grover Dill, Miss Shields, and the evil elves at FIRST ANNUAL “A CHRISTMAS STORY” CONVENTION on FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOV. 23 & 24, 2007 in Cleveland!

Whadda ya say? Who's up for a ROADTRIP?

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Got some free time?

Then why don't you try making one of these kids-sized Flinstones cars:



CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on the INSTRUCTABLES website. There's all kinds of cool things there!

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Friday, November 16, 2007

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - the That's Not Your Father's Batmobile Edition


So, read anything good lately?


(To post on this blog, you need to set up a FREE Google/Blogger account. Click HERE to learn how to set one up. It's easy to do and did I mention it's FREE? I set the blog up this way to prevent spamming in the comments sections. Sorry about the hassle, but it really needs to be done this way. If you have any problems or questions, email me at bill@comixconnection.com)

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Halloween photos from Mechanicsburg!

Dad, is that you?



Quail-Man. I hope.



I have no idea who this is supposed to be.



Uncle Betty. Or Aunt Jim. Anyway, best mullet EVER.



This guy looks familiar.



Very cool Golden Age Sandman, Wesley Dodds.



I think he dresses like this every day, but I could be wrong.



Number Six, the Prisoner. Who is Number Two? Wait, that didn't sound right.



A very dangerous woman.



The Unknown Comic and his son Superboy.



Football Devil!



Good ol' Charlie Brown.



Peppermint Patty and Snoopy!



Some wiseacre.



Vader VS. Princess!



EDDIEEEEE!



Olivia sports her new hairstyle, the Shag.



My parole officer. Kidding! A guy dressed like Mike Hawthorne, artist! And he made the costume himself!


I know I missed a bunch of you because of camera (OK photographer) malfunction, etc. Sorry about that! At least every one who showed up in costume got their TEN FREE COMICS (your choice) out of the back issue bins, right?

See you all next year.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So did anybody read WORLD WAR HULK #5 yet?


My head done near asploded. What did you make of that ending? I thought it was pretty darn cool.

Leave comments about what you thought, and be aware that the Comments Section WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS if you haven't read WORLD WAR HULK #5 yet!



(On a completely different topic, I will be posting the Halloween Photos REAL SOON, as I am finally reunited with my camera!)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier

WILL BE IN THE STORES TOMORROW!



WOOOO HOOOOOOOO!

That is all.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

BUCKAROO BANZAI RETURNS!


I saw this story on ICV2 today: THE RETURN OF BUCKAROO BANZAI!, or at least a new prequel comic by the original creators of the greatest movie ever made: THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE EIGHT DIMENSION!

HERE'S more info from the publisher, MOONSTONE.

And I just had to post the original trailer:



I am a proud Blue Blaze Irregular, codename "Caddy" Wahl. I'll be buying the comic. Believe it.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

DRAWN: The Illustration and Cartooning Blog


Manager Jared sent me THIS LINK to the cool DRAWN blog. Check it out. It's loaded with tons of great links to many cool sites of a non-superheroic comic bent. Poke around and see what you find.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wonky Holiday shipping


Hey everyone! I just wanted to give an early heads-up on the odd shipping dates for the comics over the upcoming holidays.

DIAMOND HOLIDAY SHIPPING SCHEDULE: NOVEMBER 2007 – JANUARY 2008


Week of NOVEMBER 26 (AFTER Thanksgiving), comics ship
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29th!

Week of DECEMBER 24 (Christmas), comics ship
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28th!

Week of DECEMBER 31 (New Years Eve), comics ship
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4th!


We'll try to remind everyone as those weeks appraoch!

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Friday, November 09, 2007

While we're on a "STAR WARS" theme

My pal Steve sent me this completely awesome picture a while back:




That is all.

UPDATE: MegoSteve points us HERE to see the full image... it's EVEN MORE AWESOME!

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

OK, this just cracked me up Part 739

Behold:



You're welcome.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

R.I.P. AQUAMAN creator Paul Norris


Well, this is sad news. Paul Norris, the co-creator of DC Comics' AQUAMAN and long-running creator of the BRICK BRADFORD daily strip, has passed away. Click HERE and HERE to see previous stories about Paul on the Comix Connection website.

(My old pal Charlie Roberts lived near Paul in Oceanside, California and supplied those photos.)

Rest in peace, Paul.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

HEROES HARDCOVER

IN STORES TOMORROW!



Come on in and grab a copy before they're gone!

(Just kidding. We'll have a pile of this eagerly-awaited book. But still.)


PS: I will post the pictures I have from the Halloween Sale REAL SOON... I lft the flipping data cable up in the Mechanicsburg store, and here I sit in York.)

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Don't Blunder With Dunder


Are you geeky about a TV Show? Many of us are -there's no shame in it. I talk to a lot of people each day at the store who love Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Star Gate, some incarnation of Star Trek, or lament the need to bring back Firefly. While I don't watch any of those shows, I do have my own little TV obsession: The Office. And now just like all the Trekkies (or are you Trekkers?), us fans of The Office had our own convention, October 26-28th, in the Electric City, Scranton, Pennsylvania!

My friend Kate and I attended the second day of the convention, and it was a blast! We waited in line at registration for a good 45 minutes for our intern passes Kate ordered online, but luckily it was a good time to be in line that morning because we each scored one of the limited tickets to the Q&A session that evening with the cast which is what we really wanted in on. Once we had our badges, tickets, and NBC packets we headed downtown for the street fair, where all sorts of local businesses joined in on the fun. We got to see stands for some of the real businesses that are part of the world of the show like Poor Richard's Pub and Alfredo's Pizza Cafe("The Good Pizza") . Poor Richard's had the best stuff for sale like their "Ain't No Party Like A Scranton Party!" shot glasses and pub glasses. We also got a pretty cool bag of free office supplies from One Point. Yes, I really am so weird that a free bag of office supplies seemed very cool! I love highlighters!

After wandering around through the fair, we dodged the rain inside Fagley's Pub (a spot Kevin talks fondly of), and after talking a bit to a couple at another table, we got a tip that if we headed back to the NBC tent, we might luck out and get through the crowds and snag some autographs. This was great because we thought you had to be a higher level ticket holder than we were to get in for autographs, but it turns out that wasn't the case at all. We got to see Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Lapin) and her other half on the show Bobby Ray Shafer (Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration). Creed was there and so were Calvin Robinson(Darryl) and Melora Harding(Jan), but we had just missed them. So we bolted from the tent to the main stage to see the Scrantones do the Office theme and then suddenly they were joined by none other than Crazy Creed Bratton, who I'm not sure even knows he's a character on a TV Show. The whole day he was just Creed, and he was hilarious! I think my favourite moment with him was his telling of the saga of how he came to be the "four toed Creed". So for those of you who remember the episode "Take Your Daughter To Work", but have never heard the story:

"Creed was orphaned at a very early age and left on the doorstep of a poor Chinese family. Upon taking Creed in, they bound his feet to make him more attractive to potential future suitors. However, in time the family came to discover this tradition is performed on little girls, and they tried to undo what they'd done, but their folly cost Creed a toe on each foot. Fortunately Rogain could be used to get the hair on his feet to grow thick enough to cover the place where the toe had been."

How crazy is that story?!? I'd love to know if that was scripted or an ad lib!

So in addition to sharing some odd anecdotes of Creed's life, he also played us "I Got the Hots for You Blues", proving to the crowd that really was him playing on the "Booze Cruise" episode. He was also joined on stage by Craig Robinson (Darryl) and Kate Flannery (Meredith). The most random thing about this was probably Craig and the band just randomly breaking out their version of Radiohead's "Creep". It was awesome!

After the Scrantones and company, we rushed to the University of Scranton Athletic Building for the Q&A, and that was just amazing! For over two hour series creator Greg Daniels and nearly all of the cast answered fan questions and dropped some hints at things to come in the show. I couldn't believe how much my face and my stomach hurt afterwards from all the laughing I'd done during the session. It was so much fun!

Once the Q&A wrapped up, we headed downtown to get some more pictures, including the "Welcome to Scranton" sign the show uses in its opening, which is on display in the food court at the Steam Town Mall, and then we had to head to Poor Richard's to have a beer and relax before hitting the road.

So that's a summary of my Office Convention experience. I could go on and on, but I think I've recounted enough here. I think from the turn out of over 50,000 people they'll do it again next year.

If they do, I'd definitely get on this and do it again.

That's what she said.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

What a great weekend!


WOW indeed. Thanks to everyone who came in for the three-day Halloween Sale! Boy, that was fun! Many customers were spotted in costume, for which they received their TEN FREE COMICS! I will be posting the photos I took later in the week because I FORGOT THE STOOPID DATA CABLE for my camera at the Mechanicsburg store... Ned also took a bunch in York, so I'll put those up too once I get them. As always, it was a real pleasure hosting artist Mike Hawthorne... THANKS, man!


Oh, and the HEROES hardcover book is shipping this week! Woot!

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