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 28 years. From its humble beginnings in the old York Book Emporium in downtown York to its current globe-straddling locations on White Street 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.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Since it's Leap Year Day

I thought we'd touch on one of my favorite topics: Hypnotizing Chickens.

Yes, it is possible for even YOU to be educated in the mysterious techniques of Chicken Hypnotism. Watch and learn:

Click HERE for three different methods to hypnotize your chicken.

And of course, HERE is the ubiquitous Wikipedia link on chicken hypnotism. Note the Iggy Pop connection.

(Strangely now I feel hungry.)


Thursday, February 28, 2008

OK, this was just too funny to pass up

The concept:
Garfield Minus Garfield

Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?


CLICK HERE for more.

Sheer brilliance. Thanks Jeremy!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Yep, the new DC CRISIS Heroclix are in... and boy are they cool! Join us starting this Saturday at Comix Connection - York from 4PM to 7:30PM for 8 weeks of CRISIS madness!

* HeroClix CRISIS Week 1: Sealed 300 pt (744355) on 3/1/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 2: Restricted 300 pt (744356) on 3/8/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 3: Floor:50% 300 pt (744357) on 3/15/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 4: Restricted 300 pt (744358) on 3/22/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 5: Floor:50% 400 pt (754266) on 4/5/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 6: Restricted 400 pt (754267) on 4/12/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 7: Floor:50% 500 pt (754268) on 4/19/2008
* HeroClix CRISIS Week 8: Special Restricted 500 pt (754269) on 4/26/2008

Click over there on the sidebar under "EVENTS" for more details! Win prizes! Will you survive... the CRISIS?

(I'll post the Mechanicsburg schedule shortly.)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 15

This is one of Comix Connection's finest moments. Look at that issue of the Comix Connection Bulletin #3... see the announcement for York-Con VI in March of 1991?

Check out the guest we managed to get: GEORGE EVANS, one of the legendary EC artists! From what I remember, George was the great uncle of local artist and customer Roger Peterson. Somehow that fact came up in conversation and we asked Roger if George would be interested in making an appearance at our show. He did, and the rest is history! (Stay tuned for a post about the "EC Day" we held at the Camp Hill Mall store with George and Johnny Craig!) George Evans was one of the nicest guys I have ever met, and was very gracious to fans and seemed surprised by the attention.

Here's George signing my friend Charlie's copy of the ACES HIGH EC hardcover:

Here's George autographing my SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN strip from 2/25/81:

That strip is hanging up here right by my desk... and I know that somewhere around here I have a sketch of my favorite First World War airplane, a SPAD13. Sadly George passed away in 2001. His talent is sorely missed.

More on EC Comics HERE!
More on George Evans HERE!


Monday, February 25, 2008

Not this Tuesday night, but NEXT!

Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg will be hosting a second MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY for Stephen King's DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME, which will be offered for sale on Tuesday night, March 4th (at 12:01 AM Wednesday Morning)! We will be running a special 20% OFF EVERYTHING SALE from 9:00PM Tuesday night until 1:00AM Wednesday morning, and there will also be prize drawings for special Variant Cover comics and other neat stuff... but don't come poking around this Tuesday night, as it is NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT. We will see you then.

Stephen King's DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME #1 will be released for sale at the stroke of midnight Tuesday night! Spooky! Be there!

(NOTE: Unfortunately we will NOT be holding this event in the York store!)

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 14

Ned sent this old photograph along for me to post here... gaze in wonder at the earliest known photo (and one of the very few in existence) of the original 333-square-feet Comix Connection location in the front of the International Family Restaurant at the Delco Plaza!

(That's Jodie Senft there on the sidewalk... HI JODIE!)

If they hadn't demolished Delco Plaza a couple of years ago, I would sneak over there some night and superglue a brass plaque to that Historic Site!


Saturday, February 23, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 13

Awwwwww... this is too cute! Meet Ned and Jodi's son Ian, and I think that's daughter Brianna hiding in the other shirt!

How old were those kids when this was taken? That's completely awesome!


Friday, February 22, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 12

OK, after all those embarrassing pictures of Ned I put up here recently, I thought I'd give you a REAL treat... a photo of Ned ACTUALLY WORKING!




Thursday, February 21, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 11

OK, this is really, really cool. Longtime fan and all-around swell pal Todd Sheffer sent this nice tidbit to put up on the website... HIS ORIGINAL CONCEPT SKETCHES FOR THE COMIX CONNECTION LOGO!


I remember that I already was visualizing the "30's DC comic logo font" from titles like ACTION COMICS and ADVENTURE COMICS

and have always liked Art Deco design... Todd played around with all sorts of different ideas and you can see the eventual logo we went with over there on the left side. Also included is a copy of the very first business card there near the middle bottom.
That is just plain amazing! Great stuff, and Thanks, Todd!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

One Last Chance

That's right! There will be ONE LAST CHANCE to get the swell 20% storewide discount recently featured at our 20th Anniversary Sale, because the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection will be participating in the special nationwide Midnight Release of Stephen King's DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME, which will be offered for sale on Tuesday night, March 4th (at 12:01 AM Wednesday Morning)! We will be running a special sale from 9:00PM Tuesday night until 1:00AM Wednesday morning, and there will also be prize drawings for special Variant Cover comics, and possible candy.

(NOTE: we will not be doing this in the York store, as that would require keeping the entire West Manchester Mall open... sorry about that, York peeps!)

Make plans to show up for this... last year's Steve King's DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN Midnight Release Party was a blast!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Big Giant THANK YOU, and hugs all around

On behalf of Ned and I, Managers Jared and Joe, and of course the multitudes of Comix Connection Counter Monkeys:


for the awesome turnout at our gigundo TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY SALE! WOW. What a blast. I hope you all found some goodies in the back issue bins, as they are looking like a tornado hit them. But fear not, we are restocking them as we speak... and they will be nice and ready for all of you on Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 3rd) when we will once again treat you all to a big sale!

It was really quite fun seeing so many of you and reminiscing about the last two decades and talking about how much has happened in those intervening years. The best for me was yakking with a nineteen year veteran and then turning to the next person in line to find that he was visiting us for the first time, and was loving what he saw! Very very cool. That's how we build memories!

Anyway, see you at 40, and thanks again, y'all. You guys and gals are what makes coming to work every day so much fun.


Monday, February 18, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 10

Here's a couple of shots of a fun day:

We moved from the "long hallway" store in Delco Plaza to the "spaghetti factory" store in Delco across from the UA theaters, and to celebrate on August 17th, 1991, we invited artists Tim Truman and Lee Weeks to come out to meet the fans. Tim Truman is a great guy and we had a lot of fun with him... those are big cups of Hawaiian Snow (mine was mango...mmmmm.)

Lee Weeks (who was working on Daredevil for Marvel at the time) ended up not showing for some reason that I cant recall (illness?), but we managed to have a ball without him! Were you at this event?


Sunday, February 17, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 9

Here's one of the the few shots I can find of Tim Smith, Comix Connection's first Store Manager, apparently hard at work maintaining subscriptions on the old computer! Tim was instrumental in managing the store (which he did incredibly well and efficiently) at a time when we were learning all the various processes of running a retail business. He was a true champ and put up with a lot of Comix Connection's early growing pains. Timmy was the York store manager when we were in the "down the long hallway" location, and also when we moved to the "spaghetti factory" location across from the UA Theaters. He eventually joined the Army and was a loader on a tank crew, then moved out to New Mexico (I think) to become a state trooper! Tim, if you're out there, thanks for all the excellent work all those years ago!


Here comes



20% OFF!

And when we say EVERYTHING, we truly do mean EVERYTHING! New comics, old comics, graphic novels, books, trade paperbacks, T-shirts, toys, statues, games, posters... you name it, and it's yours for 20% OFF! Don't miss out!

ALL 2/99¢ COMICS NOW A MERE 20¢ EACH! It's crazy!

Comix Connection 1988-2008: Central Pennsylvania's Ultra-Hip Pop Culture Mecca™ for TWENTY YEARS!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 8

Here's a real knee-slapper... an unused cover for ALL-STEVE COMICS:

(I'll be posting more ALL-STEVE goodness soon!)

I'm pretty sure that Steve did this art when we were in the first Delco Plaza location... note Ned's glasses and rat-tail! And we have been faithfully vacuuming money out of Steve's wallet for twenty years now!

Our 20th Anniversary Sale is chugging along nicely... it was great to see so many familiar faces and reminisce... and remember you still have TWO MORE DAYS to soak up the 20% discount on EVERYTHING, and scoop all the back issues you can for a mere 50¢ each!

Speaking of SCOOP, we were featured on the pop-culture website SCOOP today... click HERE to see the entire article and while you're at it, sign up for their daily pop-culture newsletter! Thanks SCOOP folks!


Friday, February 15, 2008

Comix Creators' Congratulations

Bill & Ned are pretty good guys, and part of the fun in thinking about this anniversary was to do something for them. This past fall Jared (York Store Manager), Tony and I attended the Small Press Expo in Bethesda MD, and we all the good fortune of meeting and talking with many comic creators that were there for the show. While we were there meeting people, I had a bristol pad on hand and thought to ask Matt Wagner for a sketch. Not for me, but for the store, and more specifically The Anniversary of the Store. Mr. Wagner kindly proceeded in turning out a piece for us, and soon thereafter all of us divided up with a part of that bristol pad and a mission to get as many more sketches and well wishes out of the assembled creators as we could! When it was all said and done, we ended up with quite a few pieces. So I'll begin sharing these with you now. Here's the first three for today, but I'll post more this weekend. Enjoy!

First up... Matt Wagner, writer, artist, and creator of Grendel and the Mage series. Wagner's also made many contributions to DC Comics on various Batman books, The Trinity mini-series, and his incredible approach to pulp fiction on Sandman Mystery Theatre. Now he's turned his sights to Zorro for the upcoming series he's overseeing for Dynamite.

Next up... Jeffrey Brown, creator of so many original works that are published through Top Shelf Productions, like "Clumsy", "Every Girl Is the End of the World for Me", "Feeble Attempts", and so many more. He also directed Death Cab for Cutie's video for "Your Heart is an Empty Room".

And finally for this installment... artist Becky Cloonan, who many of you know from her collaborations with writer Brian Wood, on books like Channel Zero and Demo. She's also recently been working on American Virgin, and the sequel to her Tokyo Pop book, East Coast Rising, is due out in the first half of this year. She likes Sub-Mariner quite a bit... so who knows, maybe Marvel should pay her some mind!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 7

The Earliest Known Photo:

After much sifting through various boxes of photos and chaff and whatnot, I've come to the conclusion that this is the oldest photo of the very first store location of Comix Connection in the Delco Plaza... the 333 square foot "phone booth" store. The space was previously an insurance office (I think) and it had an air conditioner above the door and... no bathroom. We used to have to go to the restroom in the International Family Restaurant and endure dirty looks from the owner. If there were more than three people in that store, I felt like screaming as I am a tad claustrophobic. We were in that location when BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE came out and we got in a HUGE order of something like TWENTY-FIVE COPIES, with a $2.95 cover price when most comics were still $1.00 or $1.25. I thought we were gonna go bankrupt. Anyway, if any of you out there have any other photos of this store, please send them to me... I'm getting tired of looking at pictures of ME.

(Notice that I was wearing Venom before Venom was cool... and I still have that Hawaiian shirt.)


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

From the vault - 20th Anniversary Edition Part 6

Here's the only picture I can find of the second Delco Plaza location, from an article in the York Dispatch about the 1989 Batman movie phenomenon and it's bounty of merchandise. (You may not believe this, but it was incredibly hard to find a Batman logo T-shirt before 1989. Trust me, I looked.)

As longtime reader stymieresh noted earlier, we called the second store location in the Delco Plaza the "Get Smart" store or the "Long Hallway" store or "Hitler's Comic Bunker", because it was actually a converted storage space in the Delco Plaza Mall that was accessed by a looooong hallway from inside the mall. Invariably as you walked down this seemingly-endless passage, you began singing the "Theme From Get Smart!" Well, I know I did anyway. We moved here from the very first space so that we could expand the back issue and games section. From what I remember, the floor area was 1050 square feet, up from the previous 333 square feet. For potential customers, opening a door and then entering a hallway that seemed like some sort of service/access thing was daunting to say the least, but many of you overcame your fears of finding the Gorgon's lair and instead found new manager Tim Smith or Ned or me at the end of your quest. Which is almost the same.

Oh yeah, and the place had no windows.

Designer extraordinaire Steve Leach made this great flier that showed people where we were located within the mall. And check out our neighbors: "FOOD?" "LIQUOR" "JEWELS" "TEETH"... Funny stuff! Sounds like a weekend in Vegas that goes horribly wrong.

I always said I needed to paint footprints from the mall entrance to the store so that people could find us. We dumped those fliers EVERYWHERE.

Three things I remember:
  1. Never knowing what time of day it was or what the weather was like, except for the time golfball-sized hail pounded on the metal roof and you couldn't hear yourself even though you were shouting.
  2. Hearing people coming down the hall all rowdy-like and fooling around until they finally popped into the store and realized everyone could hear them all along and knew exactly just how much screwing around they were doing. The reverse of that was hearing the door open at the far end and not hearing ANYTHING... until the silent person suddenly burst into the store just as you forgot someone was coming.
  3. Beating Ned at a squad-level wargame on the Commodore-64 by cheating and blindly flipping hand-grenades around corners and over walls and whatnot so that all his guys would drop to the ground in panic and then I could then come around the corner and wipe them out. Worked like a charm. Hee hee.

What do you remember?


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Who Watches The Watchmen?

Apparently the lawyers do.

From the ICV2 website:

20th Century Fox is suing Warner Bros. over the rights to produce and distribute a film based on the DC Comics property Watchmen. Zack Snyder is currently shooting the Watchmen film for Warners in Vancouver with a March 6th 2009 release date planned, but Fox's suit seeks an injunction to stop production until the rights dispute is cleared up.


CLICK HERE to read the whole thing.


Musical Interlude: BENT FABRIC - "Jukebox"

I thought this was a pretty cool animated music video:

Here's a cleaner, higher-quality version without the added sound effects!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg to host MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY!

That's right! The Mechanicsburg Comix Connection will be participating in the special Midnight Release of Stephen King's DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROAD HOME, which will be offered for sale on Tuesday night, March 4th (at 12:01 AM Wednesday Morning)! We will be running a special sale from 9:00PM Tuesday night until 1:00AM Wednesday morning, there will be prize drawings for special Variant Cover comics and more... stay tuned for details.

(Unfortunately we can't do this in the York store, as that would require keeping the entire West Manchester Mall open...)

Make plans to show up for this... last year's Steve King's DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN Midnight Release Party was a blast!

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 5

I know I've already posted a couple of these in the past year or so, but I still wanted to throw this up here in keeping with the 20th Anniversary stuff:

This is issue #4 of the short-lived Comix Connection Bulletin, which I used to produce on my COMMODORE-64. We also kept our mailing list on the old C-64... we'd print out the 1200 address labels, affix them to the Comix Connection Bulletins that we would fold and tape/staple by hand, then run each one through a postage meter. Wheeee.

Do you still have yours?


Saturday, February 09, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 4


We are... THE DORKS!


Wow. Just wow. That was at some FOX-43 Family Fest event we were a sponsor of that was held at the York Fairgrounds, I think. And yes, that was an Official Marvel Comics Character Actor Guy Who Needed Fifteen Minute Breaks Every Twenty Minutes. You can see how we went all out on booth decoration - those lonely posters just look sad. Nowadays I would hang at least THREE posters.


Friday, February 08, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 3

A fine shot from the York Store (the Spaghetti Factory)... if you look close, you can see the gleam in our eyes that will be the Camp Hill Mall store, still a year or two away at this point (1990 or so)...

I can just make out an issue of ROGUE TROOPER on the rack, and that's a copy of COMICS VALUES MONTHLY above my shoulder. I can also see BATMAN DIGITAL JUSTICE and ELEKTRA LIVES AGAIN hardcovers...

Oh yeah, and there's some kind of SALE going on at Comix Connection next Friday, Saturday and Sunday...


Thursday, February 07, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 2

Continuing our examination of Comix Connection's 20 year history, we come to this image of the (second) storefront at the Delco Plaza Mall:

That is pretty lackluster looking now, but it seemed like a marquee on Broadway when we first saw it lit up! We're in business!

There are three things I remember looking at this picture:

#1 - The size of our sign was predicated by the amount of frontage we had... it could only be a certain percentage of our storefront, which in this case was only 15' wide (and 100' long. We used to jokingly refer to this store location as "The Archery Range" or "The Spaghetti Factory.")
#2 - Ned and I asked the sign-maker what the best colors were to be seen at a distance, and he said "Green on Yellow", and thus was born Comix Connection's traditional colors.
#3 - Oh, and I think that sign was $450.00, which was an enormous amount of money at that time. Actually, $450.00 still IS an enormous amount of money.

What do you remember about this location?

PLUG: Don't forget the FABULOUS COMIX CONNECTION 20th ANNIVERSARY SALE that is scheduled for February 15th, 16th and 17th (NEXT WEEKEND!) Click HERE for all the details!


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 1

SO, as we're on the cusp of our 20th Anniversary, I thought I'd dig out some stuff from The Vault and post it up here for all to see. Follow me down memory lane as we visit Comix Connection at various points on its twenty year journey...

Here's one of the earliest photos I can find (but I'm still looking for a shot of our very first 333 square foot location at the Delco Plaza - anybody out there have one?), plus a newspaper article for the first York Con (sounds like some kind of big crime score, but it was just a shortened form of York Comic Book Convention)... enjoy:

That's Ned, artist extraordinaire Jim Steranko, and Bill.

Our main competition is the San Diego Comic-Con? Hoo boy, full of it then, still full of it now...

Oh, and you do know about the FABULOUS COMIX CONNECTION 20th ANNIVERSARY SALE, right? Just click HERE for all the details!


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Heads-UP: LOCKE & KEY by Joe Hill looks completely awesome

I recently received an advance copy of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's LOCKE & KEY from the folks at IDW, and lemme tell ya, IT'S GREAT! If you like excellent writing, enigmatic locations, and fear-filled suspense, LOCKE & KEY is for you!

From IDW's website:
Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder: Locke & Key. Written by Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show, Beowulf), Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...

HERE'S an awesome video trailer for LOCKE & KEY.

HERE'S more info from IDW for LOCKE & KEY.

And HERE'S Joe Hill's very own 'blog.

Oh, and did you know that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son?

Sign up today! Tell the Counter Monkey that Bill sent ya!

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I thought this was kinda neat

CLICK HERE to see this website in a whole new way.

Pretty darn funny. Play around with the settings there... the zeppelin one is cool.


Monday, February 04, 2008


Just to let everyone know, we still have some of the swell Bonus Items from this weekend's big WizKids Heroclix Sale available, including a couple of the awe-inspiring PURPLE-PANTS Fin Fang Fooms! Here are the details:

  • Buy THREE Heroclix booster boxes, get one Wizkids Convention Special Batman FREE!
  • Buy FIVE booster boxes, get one Wizkids Convention Special Thor PLUS one Batman FREE!
  • Buy TEN booster boxes, get one Wizkids Convention Special Johnny Thunder, PLUS one Thor and one Batman FREE!
  • Buy FIFTEEN booster boxes, get Wizkids Convention Special Fin Fang Foom (Purple Pants Version!), PLUS one Johnny Thunder, one Thor and one Batman FREE!

* PIRATES SUBMARINE - Buy THREE Pirates Constructible Strategy Game booster packs, get one Wizkids Convention Special Submarine FREE!


* VLAD the IMPALER - Buy ONE Horrorclix booster box, get one Wizkids Convention Special Vlad FREE!

This sale will continue while special items last. Quantities are limited, so get 'em while you can!

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Human Tetris!

You're welcome.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Reader Photo - The 13" Justice League of America!

Long-time fan Jaime Martinez sent this cool picture of his collection of 13" Justice League figures that he assembled:

That is completely cool, Jaime! Thanks for the pic!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

What makes Hulk angry? Let me count the ways.

What makes David Banner "hulk out" on the old TV show and turn into the Green Behemoth? Kenneth Johnson has compiled a list of 117 reasons that Bruce got mad enough to turn into the Hulk. Here's a couple:

15. Having a row of computers fall on him

19. Being pushed down a mountainside by a bigfoot impersonator

32. Getting his jacket caught in the printwheels at the newspaper printing room, and then inexplicably sticking his hand into the rollers

63. Being grazed in the face by a bullet while running after the bus carrying his friend's hysterical mother, and then running into the messy, overturned garbage cans

CLICK HERE to read the full list. It's incredible.

Hat-tip to Mike Bollinger