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.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
NEW new IRON MAN trailer
Pretty neat! Ive never been much of an IRON MAN fan, but this movie keeps looking cooler and cooler!
Labels: at the movies
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Shift in SUPERMAN ownership
I found THIS ARTICLE highly interesting. Also see THIS ARTICLE for a little more light on the subject. I'm not sure what this portends for the future but it's a huge shift in ownership of the rights to Superman. I'm sure the legal wrangling is far from over. And I have no idea what the ramifications are for other properties. Pass the popcorn... let's see how this shakes out.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Strife of Antiquity Part 3!
A third strip...and a little more about our main character...also a MONKEY!
Labels: strife of antiquity
(Un)Suprising Results of the "Skrull Poll"
Here are the results of the "In Marvel Comics' upcoming SECRET INVASION storyline, who do YOU think is a SKRULL? (VOTE FOR ATHREE!)" poll from a couple of weeks back:
- 46.9% - Ned Senft, for obvious reasons.
- 31.3% - Joe, manager of the Mechanicsburg store because HE KNOWS EVERYTHING AND MUST BE STOPPED!
- 28.1% - THE SKRULLS of course, you moron!
- 15.6% - Captain America/Steve Rogers, because assassination while handcuffed wasn't degrading enough.
- 12.5% - Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, because that would make him less boring.
- 12.5% - Doctor Strange because he's into weird stuff like some kind of nuclear hippie.
- 12.5% - (Insert name of your personal favorite lame character whose career sure could use the boost.)
- 12.5% - Stan Lee. Whoops, no longer with the company. Does have ability to shapeshift though.
- 9.4% - Metamorpho. Whoops, wrong company. Does have ability to shapeshift though.
- 9.4% - Iron Man/Tony Stark, because he can't be THAT BIG of a jerk. OK, maybe he can.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Strife of Antiquity part 2!
To keep it moving as the first strip was so short...Another (semi) weekly strip.
Labels: strife of antiquity
A (semi) Weekly Strip!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A leaked still from the new WATCHMEN movie!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
OK, this frightened me
Monday, March 24, 2008
Why we love Mike Hawthorne, local artist of DC/Vertigo's UN- MEN!
I got this email last week from artist Mike Hawthorne:
First, let me say you and Ned are old. Yeah, I said it. OLLLLD! See, I can remember coming into your shop as a kid to buy comics! A KID! Now, I HAVE kids! See, you're old!
Second, being old has it's benefits... like nurturing the the coolest comic shop in the world for so long!
Because of this silly comic business I'm involved it I get to see a lot of comic shops across the country, and I've loved them all. I've never met a comic shop I didn't like. Still, Comix Connection hangs with the best of the best! It's still my favorite shop, even after going to all these great shops in bigger cities.
As an independent creator, you were a Godsend. I got more good advice and support from you guys then I can ever adequately say thank you for. I can honestly say you guys played a pivotal role in my career in comics.
So, you know...thanks!
PS - Sorry about the being old cracks... the good thing is that at your age you'll never remember I said it after about 15 mintues!
*sniff* Brings a tear to this old man's eye.
Thanks Mike, and keep it up! (You guys are all reading Mike's UN-MEN, right? RIGHT?)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Weekend Comics Chat... Howling At The Moon Edition
Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a fine holiday weekend and have enjoyed the chance to kick back with some new comics. So what is everybody reading? What's a keen read or what doesn't go down so smooth? How about the last page of Captain America #36? How about that villainous blast from the past in Justice League of America #19?
So if anyone's up for it, post your comments! I'm reading the night away.
Labels: comic talk
Friday, March 21, 2008
Have your favorite comic runs bound!
The other day longtime fan Jeff Bonham came by the store to show us something really cool... his custom-made softcover of the Jim Lee (adjectiveless) X-MEN run.
This book was amazingly well-done and got me to thinking about all the obscure comic book series that I would love to have in a nice trade paperback or hardcover book to put on my shelf.
HERE'S binder David Banks' weblog with lots of additional photos of other volumes he's completed. Go check it out, it's very cool!
What runs would you like to have bound? I'm thinking ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HATE, ALIEN WORLDS, TWISTED TALES and more obscure stuff like EYE OF MONGAMBO! And how about a classic hardcover of BROTHER POWER THE GEEK! I'd love that!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Incredible Winsor McCay movie from 1911!
Manager Jared sent me a link to this:
Yes, that's actually fabled newspaper strip artist Winsor McCay in a film about him making a short animated movie of LITTLE NEMO in 1911! Just incredibly cool. And if you've never read LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND or DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND, what are you waiting for? We can getcha that!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The return of the DRAWERBOXES™!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
INREDIBLE HULK movie trailer!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Har har har! Best regards of the day to all my friends on the Emerald Isle, and to all the sons and daughters of Erin!
Pionta Guinness, le do thoil!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
20 Questions with a Comix Connection Counter Monkey
Do any of you remember a month and a half ago there was a post here on our site gathering ideas for a series of questions that would then be set to each of the members of our elite staff here at Comix Connection? Well, this it the first post in this series today. So because no one demanded it, here's our first entry in the "Know Your Counter Monkeys 20 Question Survey"! And because chivalry is not entirely dead, let's allow ladies first and present answers from Nicky.
1) What's your name?
2) Any nicknames, codenames, etc?
Nicky, Rogue Two
3) Store of Operations?
4) Favorite thing to do on a day off?
5) Any hidden talents or uncanny abilities?
The ability to find any hole or bump in any given expanse of flat ground that could conceivably be tripped over, and then doing so dramatically.
6) If you could live off only one food or beverage what would it be?
7) Favorite kind of Pop Tarts?
8) Favorite monster?
9) Favorite fictional character?
10) Top five favorite video games?
Knights of the Old Republic, Morrowind, Jedi Academy, and...umm, I think that might be it, I haven't played many, actually.
11) Top five favorite bands?
Kamelot, Cursive, Hungry Lucy, TaTu, Tartan Terrors...although any list of music I like fluctuates pretty widely.
12) Top five favorite television shows?
Battlestar Galactica, Thundercats, Firefly, Stargate: Atlantis, Avatar: The Last Airbender
13) Top five favorite films?
Star Wars, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, Thelma & Louise, Casablanca, Lord of the Rings
14) Top five favorite books not in comic book form?
Good Omens, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Star Wars: Republic Commando, Terrier, Lord of the Rings...at the moment. There's really too many for me to choose!
15) Top five favorite comic books?
V for Vendetta, Castle Waiting, Star Wars: Legacy, Lucifer, Green Arrow & Black Canary
16) What cancelled or finished comic book series should be revived?
17) When and how did you discover comic books?
Late elementary school, in Toys 'R' Us, there were a few packs of comics next to the X-Men action figures.
18) What appeals to you about comic books as an art form?
The combination of art and writing; the best of both of the best things ever! With both prose and visuals, you can get the best story possible.
19) Earliest memory of Comix Connection?
"What do you mean there's a store nearby that sells these? Why didn't anyone tell me this before? Curse my un-girlie ignorance of the local malls!" ...Or words to that effect.
20) Anything interesting we should know about you?
Umm...beware the CLAW? According to Bill, at any rate... ;)
Labels: know your counter monkeys
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Last Thing The Monkey Ever Did Edition
Soooo... what did you read this week?
I read an advance copy of JUDENHASS by Dave Sim, the creator of 300-issue spanning CEREBUS. JUDENHASS (German for "hatred of Jews") is the story of the antisemitism through history as it led up to the Holocaust in the Second World War... and beyond. It's a highly interesting, illuminating and ultimately depressing read, and perhaps it will educate readers. I highly recommend JUDENHASS and we will be stocking this in depth when it arrives. CLICK HERE for more info.
So what's on your stack?
Friday, March 14, 2008
Labels: what's wrong with bill
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Comix Creator's Congratulations Part 3
Here's another round of great pieces that were done by some very cool comic creators, a bunch of us from the shop approached at SPX back in October to do a sketch to help celebrate the Store's 20th Anniversary this year.
First up is Robert Ullman, who is a freelance illustrator and independent comic creator I first met at the Baltimore Comic Con this year. To try to relate what I enjoy about his work, I'd say that if Bruce Timm channels Kirby in his work, and Darwyn Cooke channels Alex Toth, then Robert Ullman might be channeling Dave Stevens, and if you want evidence to this statement look at the women he draws!
At the show, I was in line to get James Jean to sign my Process Recess 2 book, but there was his table with all these cool little comics and cartoon pin-up drawings competing for my attention. So I had to stop by his stand, and I think I spent as much at Ullman's table as I did at the Top Shelf table, and that was where the bulk of my purchases at the show occurred! Ullman has an impressive list of artistic credentials for a variety of publications, such as Spin Magazine, Make, Richmond Magazine, Virginia Living, Nickelodeon, and The Washington City Paper. And somehow he still finds time in the day to make his own mini-comics, Atom-Bomb Bikini, Grand Gestures, Lunch-Hour Comix, and Old-Timey Hockey Tales. I enjoy his work a great deal (and not just because he draws the cutest, sexiest female cartoon pin-ups I've ever seen), and I appreciate the time he took to do a piece for us. I'd like to have some of his comics grace our counter, so if you see this Robert, let's figure something out!
Next then, is a sketch by Canadian creator, Jeff Lemire, whose Essex County books come highly recommended at the shop, and they're kind of old-timey hockey tales themselves! These tales are a trilogy that has two books currently available, with the third to be released in October of this year. The first book, Tales From the Farm, is the story of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old, who is having trouble adjusting to life on his Uncle's farm. His relationship with his Uncle isn't an easy one, and out of his need for company, Lester befriends the town's gas station owner, a former damaged hockey star, named Jimmy Lebeuf. At first Lester is a little uncertain of Jimmy, but in no time the two enjoy a mutual escape from reality of in pretending to be super-heroes, defending the woods from Martian invaders, and enjoy a few pond hockey matches, of course. The second book, Ghost Stories, details the relationship of brothers Lou and Vince Lebeuf over a period of nearly seventy years. The eldest brother Lou, now a deaf and lonely man, wastes his final days on his farm mired in personal regret for the decisions he made years ago that tore his family apart. It's a sad tale of a broken man and the one thing he has left -his memories.
Lemire's debut graphic novel, Lost Dogs, is unfortunately out of print, but I think a couple of us guys were lucky enough to pick up copies form Jeff at the show. Hopefully this book will be back in print and readily available though in the future.
And that's tonight's installment... there's still more to come!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
What do you think?
What would you guys and gals think of Comix Connection canvas tote bags, of the kind that grocery stores are starting to carry? I got the idea from another comic retailer and I thought it was brilliant... stop wasting those brown paper bags that we use for every purchase... instead bring your bag in every week, thus saving some trees. Would you use one? Would you be willing to buy one? Right now I'm looking at a cost of around $5.00 each (I know, that sounds high, but we wouldn't be ordering 10,000 like the GIANT grocery stores order. I'm also checking to see if DC Comics would cover part of the cost if we put Batman or something on one side, thus reducing the cost.) Perhaps we can link it to purchases over a couple months time or something and give them out, but I don't want them to go to people who might not use them.
What do you think? Try to imagine the above tote bag with our logo on it, and without the bread and flowers. We don't sell those yet. (Ask about our soup!)
Tell us in the comments section of this post, please
Labels: your opinion matters
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Dave Stevens R.I.P.
This is just sad... Dave Stevens, one of the truly talented artists in the comic world, has passed away today due to complications from leukemia.
HERE'S his Wikipedia entry.
And HERE'S his official website.
Very very sad. Dave Stevens' work was one of the highlights of the early '80s and was instrumental in bringing me back to comics. He will be greatly missed.
Monday, March 10, 2008
One step closer to invisibility
"... like a river streaming around a smooth boulder, light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation would strike the cloak and simply flow around it, continuing on as if it never bumped up against an obstacle. That would give an onlooker the apparent ability to peer right through the cloak, with everything tucked inside concealed from view.
Read the article HERE!
Remember, the technology we have today would be considered magic witchcraft 100, 200, 500, 1000 years ago...
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
SECRET INVASION is coming!
Check this out:
And if you didn't grab a copy of this cool freebie, Marvel's SECRET INVASION SAGA:
stop in and get one right away, while they last. The SECRET INVASION SAGA catches you up on all things Skrull related and is a great starting point for the upcoming SECRET INVASION event.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Comix Creators' Congratulations Part 2
Here's a few more sketches that were contributed by some of the coolest creators working today with this wonderful artform we all know and love!
On my top ten graphic novels for 2007, Super Spy was definitely on the list! If you haven't read it, definitely check it out. Especially if the connected drama of six different spies working during the period of the second World War might be your cup of tea. It's a fascinating look at not only the world of espionage but the effect of that world on who you are when you're always pretending to be something you're not. I could go on and on about this book... so first up in this installment is a sketch from artist Matt Kindt. I believe he may have completed the most involved sketch of anyone we approached about contributing a piece for our big 20th anniversary. He's an incredibly nice guy, and a very clever and talented creator. I highly recommend any of his works like Pistol Whip, Yellow Menace, Two Sisters, and of course, Super Spy!
Next then is the creator of another great book released last year, Paul Karasik, who compiled 15 of the best stories of a Golden Age character known as Stardust, into a book called I Shall Destroy All Civilized Worlds. Created by Fletcher Hanks, Stardust was one of the more creatively different books featuring a mystery man on newsstands in the 1940s. In the early days of an emerging art form, Hanks was a mad genius of comics and his brutal champions of justice tore through bizarre stories of over-the-top plot twists and violence unbound by any sense of convention or censorship. On top of compiling the book, Karasik researched the life of Hanks and the mystery of his disappearance from comics, in the story "Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks". The details of his inquiry are written and drawn by Karasik and included as the final chapter to the book. I thought I knew a lot about characters of the Golden Age, but Stardust was unheard of to me until I educated myself on the character with this book -a very interesting read for sure!
Last for tonight's post is Nate Powell, indy comic creator, punk rock musician in the bands Soophie Nun Squad and WAIT, helps run indy label Harlan Records, and for a while did work with people suffering with developmental disabilities. His book Please Release presents four autobiographical stories, all "linked by a series of open questions on work, mental disorders, aging, punk rock, developmental disabilities, horror movies, and a little unrequited love to boot". His new book Swallow Me Whole will be released this fall. Is there anything this man can't do?
So enjoy these fine sketches for now... there's still a few more to follow!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
One Year and Counting
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
OK, that was completely awesome
Thanks to all of you night owls who came out for our second Midnight Release Party for Stephen King's dark Tower: The Long Road Home at the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection last night! That was a ton of fun, wasn't it? I saw quite a few of you taking advantage of the special Four Hour 20% Off Everything Sale... and I hope everyone got a Goldenberg's peanut Chew! Speaking of munchies, special thanks to Mrs. Boyce for providing the delicious Peanut Clusters With the Secret (HA!) Ingredient. Shout outs to Chris for bringing in his cool diecast biplane (I love that stuff), to Josh and this secret mission (by the way, I located a Wonder Woman T-shirt for your gal), and to Brian for playing POMPEII with me and well, for just being Brian. And to the rest of you: thanks for showing up to another fun event... we couldn't do it without you! Next stop: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY in May!
Here's the Prize Drawing winner list:
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Long Road Home autographed dust jacket - Brian Linnen
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 1 in 75 Sketch Variant - Andrew Brown
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 1 in 25 Jae Lee Variant - Chris Yother
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 1 in 25 Jae Lee Variant - Bill Phoenix
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1 1 in 25 Jae Lee Variant - Paul Gethovas
- Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born hardcover book - Jason Jones
- Ten Dollar Comix Connection Gift Certificate - TC Petty
- Ten Dollar Comix Connection Gift Certificate - Carol Boyce
- Ten Dollar Comix Connection Gift Certificate - Joshua Ritchey
- Ten Dollar Comix Connection Gift Certificate - Easton Beauverd
- COMIX CONNECTION T-SHIRT - Keith Previc
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
From the vault - 20th Anniversary edition Part 18
Here's something cool... this was sent in by long-time fan Matt Amberman. The event was an in-store signing with Tim Truman (GRIMJACK, SCOUT) and Tom Lyle (ROBIN, COMET) at the York store.
Matt sent this along with the pictures:
I remember being a senior in high school and being extremely excited to see Tim Truman and Tom Lyle. Tom was the "hot" artist due to the upcoming Robin series. Being a fan of the Scout series, looking at Tim's sketches was awesome. My older brother Mark was cool enough (as older brothers always are) to commission Tim to draw me a sketch. Tim drew Scout's son, who was to be the lead in the next Scout series. Well there hasn't been a new Scout series, but I do have the first sketch of the "Scout: Marauder" if it ever comes out. Tim's inscription on the sketch reads, "Yo, Bubba!" "Scout: Marauder" "For Matt" "York 91” and with his signature he wrote "#1". Tim has been very cool every time that I have met him and I appreciate Bill and Ned for bringing him in. My brother Mark (in the picture with Tom) got a sketch of Robin and Captain America, which still hangs on his walls. A big thanks to Bill and Ned for all the cool things they have done for us fans and customers. A much bigger congratulations on Twenty years.
Thank you, Matt!
(Got some old photos of Comix Connection events? Send them in so I can post them here!)
Labels: 20th anniversary
Monday, March 03, 2008
*NEWS FLASH* THIS JUST IN ->
STEPHEN KING-AUTOGRAPHED DARK TOWER DUST JACKET to be given away at Midnight Release Party tomorrow night at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg!
That's right! We just received a very cool Stephen King-autographed dust jacket from the DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN hardcover book direct from Marvel Comics! We will be GIVING IT AWAY tomorrow night after the Midnight Release Party for Stephen King's DARK TOWER: THE LONG ROD HOME #1, which will be released for sale at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg at MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT!
In addition to the cool autographed Stephen King dust jacket, we will also be giving away a bunch of other cool prizes, so don't forget to enter. There is no purchase necessary and you don't have to be present to win. We are one of only 90 stores nationwide that are participating in the second ever Midnight Release Party, so come on out and join the fun!
Need more incentive? All right, how about this: we will be running a special 20% OFF EVERYTHING SALE from 9:00PM Tuesday night until 1:00AM Wednesday morning at the Mechanicsburg store in conjunction with the event, so come on out!
Labels: free Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
FUN HOME creator to speak at Dickenson College
From the College's website:
7:30 PM Award-winning cartoonist and author
Keynote speaker will be Alison Bechdel, author of the critically-acclaimed "Fun Home" and the syndicated comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF)." Bechdel has become a cultural institution for lesbians and discerning non-lesbians. At the podium, Bechdel redefines race and gender roles while taking aim at some of the most controversial topics of the day. Bechdel grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, after graduating from Oberlin College, moved to New York, where she began drawing "Dykes to Watch Out For" as a feature in the feminist monthly Womanews in 1983. Four of her books won Lambda Literary Awards for Humor and "The Indelible Alison Bechdel" won a Lambda Literary Award in the biography/autobiography category. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the 20th-century.” Sponsored by the English, American studies and women's studies departments and the Dean of the College.
Location: Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
For more information:
Go to http://www.dickinson.edu/departments/engl/events.html
Hat tip to Chris M!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
From the vault - 20th Anniversary edition Part 17
Here's a cool photo:
This was taken at the Camp Hill Mall store before construction was finished. That's one of the built-into-the-wall showcases that spruced up the bulkhead where the old mall front was. Remember the big movie screen where we projected cartoons? Well, these were right under that. Anyway, before they installed the showcases, I thought it would be cool to leave a message for future generations, so everybody who was there to help signed the wall. The date is May 28th, 1993, and I see the following signatures: Me, Ned, Jan Laird, Bob Laird, Gary Worley, Rick Ferris and my wife Karen.
Who knew that in ten years or so that store would be torn down and replaced.
Labels: 20th anniversary
Saturday, March 01, 2008
From the vault - 20th Anniversary edition Part 16
Here you go, folks... a picture of good old Manager Ralphie (wearing one of those nice yellow crew shirts):
Oh, and here's a better picture of Manager Timmy!
These two were instrumental in Comix Connection's early success... take a bow guys!
Now get back to work!
Labels: 20th anniversary