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, June 30, 2008

ORANGE ALERT! Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel to star in PRISONER remake!

Well, it looks like they picked some good ones to star in the remake of my FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER, The PRISONER! Behold:



CLICK HERE!

Caviezel, who shot to fame playing the role of the idealist private Witt in The Thin Red Line, has been cast in the Patrick McGoohan role as Number Six, the hero who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no memory of how he arrived.

McKellen, who is best known globally for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, will take the role of Number Two, the sinister head of The Village.


WOOT! More info on The Prisoner HERE and HERE!

Be seeing you...

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Phonographantasmascope!

Behold:



You're welcome.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

R.I.P. Michael Turner


Fan-favorite superstar artist Michael Turner has died from the cancer that he has battled for the last eight years. His talent will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Michael.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

TOON TUMBLER news!


Mike Bollinger sent me THIS LINK to an article over on SCOOP! about a limited edition Toon Tumbler pub glass that will be released at WizardWorld Chicago...

Even better, from the article:

PopFun and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics are collaborating to make DC Comics ‘Toon Tumblers.
*snip*
DC ‘Toon Tumbler regular releases will begin during the summer, tentatively consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Joker, Sgt. Rock, and Firestorm. Over the next year, numerous other sets will be released.

WOOOO HOOOOOO! I want a SGT. ROCK glass! If you haven't seen these well-made and sturdy pub glasses, we currently have several Marvel character Toon Tumblers in stock at both stores!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

I am in the wrong business


Check out this amazing Ebay auction that Chris Yother sent me... CLICK HERE!

I'm assuming it's a very rare piece... check your attics, folks!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Crazy Day


Everything came in this week. That's right, EVERYTHING.

Behold:
  • PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #7
  • BPRD ECTOPLASMIC MAN ONE SHOT
  • CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #0
  • FEAR AGENT #22 1 AGAINST 1
  • INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES TP VOL 01
  • PIGEONS FROM HELL #3
  • STAR WARS DARK TIMES #12
  • ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER HC VOL 01
  • BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNITE #2
  • DARK KNIGHT BATMAN BUST
  • DARK KNIGHT THE JOKER BUST
  • DC UNIVERSE SPECIAL REIGN IN HELL 80 PAGE GIANT
  • FINAL CRISIS #2
  • GREEN LANTERN #32
  • GREEN LANTERN TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS HC
  • HUNTRESS YEAR ONE #4
  • JSA CLASSIFIED #39
  • SECRET HISTORY THE AUTHORITY HAWKSMOOR #4
  • SUPERMAN #677 $2.99
  • SUPERMAN CAMELOT FALLS TP VOL 01
  • SUPERNATURAL RISING SON #3
  • TANGENT COMICS TP VOL 03
  • TEEN TITANS #60
  • TRINITY #4
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT DRAENEI PALADIN FIGURE
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 GNOME WARRIOR
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 HUMAN WARRIOR
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 NIGHT ELF DRUID
  • WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 2 TROLL PRIEST AF
  • PILOT SEASON ALIBI #1
  • SPAWN THE UNDEAD TP
  • VIX #1
  • ANGEL REVELATIONS #2
  • AVENGERS FAIRY TALES #3
  • AVENGERS INITIATIVE #14
  • BLACK PANTHER #37
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #39
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC CHOSEN
  • DAREDEVIL #108 $2.99
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #558
  • HOUSE OF M TP AVENGERS
  • HULK #4
  • IMMORTAL IRON FIST #16
  • MARVEL 1985 #2
  • MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #37
  • MARVEL ATLAS TP
  • MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #10
  • MARVEL ILLUSTRATED MOBY DICK #5
  • MIGHTY AVENGERS #15 SI $2.99
  • MMW ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 02
  • MS MARVEL #28
  • MYTHOS CAPTAIN AMERICA
  • NEW AVENGERS #42
  • NEW WARRIORS #13
  • OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 03
  • POWER PACK DAY ONE #4
  • SECRET INVASION RUNAWAYS YOUNG AVENGERS #1
  • SHE-HULK 2 #30
  • SPIDER-MAN BY ROSS POSTER
  • THOR AGES OF THUNDER REIGN OF BLOOD
  • THUNDERBOLTS #121
  • ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #123
  • ULTIMATES 3 #4
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #499
  • WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #4
  • WOLVERINE ORIGINS #26
  • X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #13
  • YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6
  • WIZARD MAGAZINE #202


And that's just the first half. Come on in, there HAS to be something for YOU this week!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Oh yeah, that's a REALLY useful talent



Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill


The corporate chairman throws out a sarcastic remark and those who "get" it laugh, smile, and gain favor. In the same way, if the chair never makes a remark, sarcastic people are making them behind his or her back, forming a clique by their mutually negative, but funny, comments. Either way, sarcasm plays a role in making and breaking alliances and friendship.

CLICK HERE to view the entire article.

That's the greatest thing I ever read. I'm being sarcastic.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Love that Perry Bible Fellowship!


Perry Bible Fellowship creator, Nicholas Gurewitch, was cool enough to do this sketch to honor Comix Connection on twenty years of business, so I wanted to thank him and stress to anyone who has not picked up The Trial of Colonel Sweeto to do so now! It's quirky, funny stuff, and the only graphic novel I know of spurned by Hasbro toys and served a cease and desist letter because of the likeness of the cover to Candyland.

And... readers should be pleased to know a second collection of Perry Bible Fellowship strips is on its way this fall! This new book will span the entirety of the strip's print run with bonus features like lost strips, sketches, and a behind-the-scenes interview by Wondermark's David Malki and an introduction by Juno writer, Diablo Cody.



Sorry for the delayed post, gang, but if I hadn't dropped the ball, you would have missed out on the cool guy with the pickle!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Joe was supposed to post something today

But I guess he forgot, so here's a picture of some German dude with a giant pickle:



That's all I got. Later.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

20 Questions with a Comix Connection Counter Monkey


Another exciting entry in this series with a guy who needs no introduction, a guy many customers know and love, veteran employee Josh (Joshie) Strouse!

So without further ado... the Q&A!

1.) What's your name?
Well, I know it starts with a “J” because I work in York. It’s Jim….no wait…I’m Josh. Joshua ADAM Strouse (props right back to Jared for the middle name emphasizing).

2.) Any nicknames, codenames, etc?
Well, Bill has been known to call me Jared or Jim.

3.) Store of Operations?
Who knows? It’s always changing, but for now I am frequenting the York store.

4.) Favorite thing to do on a day off?
Homework! 2nd favorite thing to do though is hang with my favorite fiancé (I do only have one these days, but I keep forgetting)

5.) Any hidden talents or uncanny abilities?
Does being awesome count?

6.) What’s the best part about being half carney?
Free carnival rides and not being a rube.

7.) Favorite kind of Pop Tarts?
Burnt in the Mechanicsburg microwave. I have a feeling this question was just waiting for me to answer it.

8.) Favorite customer?
I love them all. You’re all so great, but if I had to answer honestly I would say…me.

9.) Favorite fictional character?
Jerry Wolf

10.) Top five favorite video games?
Root Beer Tapper, Root Beer Tapper, Root Beer Tapper, Root Beer Tapper, and Pong.

11.) Top five favorite band-aids?
There’s more than one? Um… Batman, Superman, Spidey, Pooh bear, and balloons

12.) Top five favorite television shows?
The Office, Heroes, Scrubs, most Adult Swim, and Ninja Turtles.

13.) Top five favorite Comix Connection employees?
I love ‘em all. Don’t you? Have you visited lately? We miss you!

14.) Top five favorite comic books that should be made into a movie?
Dark Knight Returns, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Superman:Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Civil War, more Tales from the Crypt

15.) Top five favorite characters that actually haven’t been resurrected?
Azrael(had to get that in here somewhere), Superboy, Impulse( that’s right, not Kid Flash), The original Sandman of the JSA, and Ch’p of the Green Lantern Corps

16.) What canceled or finished comic book series should be revived?
I’m going with the crowd because I give in to peer pressure and am going to have to vote for Young Justice too. That and Sandman Mystery Theatre, that was some good stuff and I want to be the Sandman when I grow up.

17.) When and how did you discover comic books?
I had had a few as a kid but it was in 5th grade when a couple of my friends were reading them. I then decided instead of continuing to read medical journals in my hopes of being a world class surgeon, I would read Batman instead.

18.) What appeals to you most about comic books?
It’s like Christmas every Wednesday, there’s always something new and exciting to look forward to!

19.) Earliest memory of Comix Connection?
My very first comic purchased at CC was Armageddon 2001 #1 back in 1991 because it was the book that contained the most superheroes on the shelf at the time. That and being yelled at for sitting on the floor and reading.

20.) Anything interesting we should know about you?
I’m pregnant. Oh wait, that’s some other (kind of) guy. I faked being a hero once and made the front page of the paper and then a few weeks ago my sister-in-law made the front page for actually being a hero (as an EMT).

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Friday, June 20, 2008

WONDER WOMAN Lyrics


And since we're on the subject of song lyrics, here's the words to the theme song to the 1970s TV show WONDER WOMAN, starring the incomparable Lynda Carter:

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.
All our hopes are pinned on you.
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fall,
Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You're a wonder, Wonder Woman.



You're welcome.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Old Man Logan

WOLVERINE #66:


Just go read it. Seriously.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

GNAR WARS!

Behold:



May the Force assist your grinds!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crime fighting the old fashioned way

The other day BATWOLF™ and SUPERJOSH™ were hanging out at Comix Connection - York chatting about the implications of FINAL CRISIS

when suddenly Josh's Supersense™ began tingling, and with a wink,


he shot out of the store faster than a speeding bullet to NAB A SHOPLIFTER!


GOTCHA, BAD GUY! Thanks, o defender of truth! And let that be a warning to all the foul criminals out there... JUSTICE NEVER SLEEPS!

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Monday, June 16, 2008

ALL the Batman Black & White statues in one place!

Longtime fan and collector Scott Hammer was recently in the Mechanicsburg store and the subject of the ultra-cool line of BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE statues from DC came up in conversation... when Scott told us he had ALL of them, I realized I had never seen them all in one place! I asked Scott if he could send us a picture of them, and he said SURE, and here they are:




Can you name them all?

Thanks Scott, that is awesome to see!

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

I got nothin part 493

NARCOLEPTIC CAT:



That's all I got this Father's Day...

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Weekend Comics Chat Open Thread - The Skrullcows Edition



So what was on your stack this week?

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Friday, June 13, 2008

For the person who has everything

Get them a remote-controlled steam-powered centipede, of course:



Enjoy your weekend!

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Punisher War Zone teaser trailer



Longtime fan Mike Bollinger sent this link to the new PUNISHER WAR ZONE teaser trailer...

CLICK HERE to view.

Pretty cool looking, not a lot of clue as to the plot besides your basic Punisher revenge story, but it's gotta be better than the previous PUNISHER movie, right?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I got a Tiki Bar for my birthday

My kids built and painted this for my birthday:



The perfect gift! Now I can always be at the Tiki Bar!

(That custom action figure of Yours Truly was made twenty years ago by MegoSteve!)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Star Trek lyrics


Recently my family and I have been watching the original STAR TREK TV show episodes... all 78 of them. I used to be a huge Star Trek fan, and watching these again reminds me why... the colors, the passion, the possibilities, the easy-to-grasp morality plays. I love it! Karen loves it! (And she never saw an episode before!) Max and Leni love it! It's great! Watching these UNCUT episodes (when I saw these in rerun in the '70s they had removed an additional four minutes from each show to fit in more commercials) on my 36-inch TV (I had a 12-inch TV in my room that I bought myself at an auction for $100 back in 1976 or so!)... well, let's just say I'm in Trek Heaven. Strangely, a lot of the trivia about the show that I used to know is coming back to me... like the LYRICS to the Star Trek Theme Song! You all know the melody, but do you know the words? No?

All together now:

Beyond the rim of the starlight,
my love is wand'ring in star flight.

I know he'll find In star clustered reaches
Love, strange love
A starwoman teaches.
I know his journey ends never.

His Star Trek will go on forever.

But tell him while He wanders his starry sea,
Remember, Remember me.

And HERE'S a short article on the sordid story of WHY the lyrics were created, with some additional background on Snopes.com.

Enjoy!

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Monday, June 09, 2008

WARHOLIZED!

Longtime fan DanO sent this "Warholized" picture of his pooch:



The dog's name? ACE, of course.

Thanks DanO, and keep those cards and letters coming in, kids!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Jack Kirby goodness

I was just paging through Mark Evanier's wondrous Jack Kirby retrospective




KIRBY KING OF COMICS

when I remembered an odd website I found several months ago. Kirby fans, have you ever heard of Jack Kirby and "LORD OF LIGHT"? CLICK HERE to see some unpublished Kirby art for a very interesting project, an adaptation of Roger Zelazny's LORD OF LIGHT.



Think some of that art is bizarre-looking even for Jack Kirby? Check this out:

The CIA, the Lord of Light Project, and ScienceFictionLand

In the winter of 1979, after more than a year's preliminary development and $500,000 in pre-production fund-raising, spanning potential sites from Reno, Nevada, to Toronto, Canada, then Mirabel, Quebec -- 1000 acres were finally leased for a Theme Park called ScienceFictionLand, set to be built in Aurora Country just outside of Denver, Colorado. The Park's buildings were to be based upon the production designs and sets of the film, Lord of Light, designed by Jack Kirby and Barry Geller.

The Producer's vision (in 1979) was to include computer-controlled rides, magneticaly levitating cars operated by voice command, billboard-sized Holography, a bullet-train from Japan, and many other venues for children to envision the future. The park was heralded in the press as the first theme park ever to become a center for new technologies invented, developed, and presented to the public solely on an entertainment basis. Commercial applications of new technologies would further act as continuing revenue for scientific, educational, and research foundations set up by the parent company. The creation of the Theme Park ScienceFictionLand was also the Producer's plan for the funding of the film, Lord of Light.


Read the rest HERE.

Pretty neat, huh?

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

The Weekend Comic Chat Open Thread - The Grandma Quit the WalMart and Is Now Working In the Private Sector Edition


So what comics did you all read this week?

CRIMINAL was pitch-perfect, as usual... and SECRET INVASION was great!

What's on your stack?

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Comic Artists On My DVD Shelves

I enjoy watching movies as much as I love reading comic books, and one of my favourite producers of DVDs is The Criterion Collection. Known for their "continuing series of important classic and contemporary films on DVD", they release some of the finest editions of DVDs available today, and this fall they'll be putting out their first discs on BluRay.

In addition to the in depth bonus features and commentaries on their collections, the packaging for their discs is often just as impressive. In fact, several comic artists have contributed work to their discs.

Mike Allred with a cover for director, Pietro Germi's, comedy Seduced and Abandoned (1964).




Jaime Hernandez with the cover for the hilarious satire of Sicilian male-chauvinist culture, Divorce, Italian Style (1962) also directed by Pietro Germi.



Darwyn Cooke with art for the boxset of horror and science fictions classics, Monsters and Madmen, which collects four films by producers Richard and Alex Gordon. The image here of the boxset cover features imagery from the individual covers for the four films in the set: The Haunted Strangler(1958), Corridors of Blood (1959), The Atomic Submarine (1959) , and First Man into Space(1959).



And most recently, Criminal artist, Sean Phillips, contributed appropriately the cover and some interior book art for the packaging of Allen Baron's film noir classic, Blast of Silence(1961). This release did get some attention on Newsarama for the comic connection.



Probably not the kind of thing you'll see Wizard including in their comic book artist's checklist feature, but definitely cool nonetheless!

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Pictures of Bo from me old pal Chollie

I got this email on Tuesday, the day pioneer Rock-N-Roll legend Bo Diddley died:

Bo Diddley R.I. P. Attached are two photos I took at a free Disneyland concert around 1985. The venue was a little area in the park, and the little woman and I were able to get right up front. There were only 35 or 40 of us there for a great intimate show that lasted 45 minutes or so.....even got an autograph backstage (!) Note to surviving members of the Foundation of Rock 'n Roll Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard : Thank you ALL for all you've given us, and .........don't leave the building !!!! Bestest, Charlie




Great photos and thoughts. Thanks, Charlie!

Is there anyone you haven't seen?

(Oh, and all photos Copyright Charlie Roberts Archives 2008)

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Comic Artist Bob McLeod to appear at Hanover, PA Public Library!


This just in:

What’s it like to draw X-Men, Batman, and Wonder Woman for a living? What are some tips to make your characters come to life? What are the ABCs of superheroes and comic creation? Join Bob McLeod, comic artist, who’s worked for DC and Marvel creating some of America’s favorite comic book characters for over 25 years! He will talk about the life of a comic artist and share some tips for your own creations! Sponsored by Silver Penny Studio. (REGISTRATION IN READING CLUB REQUIRED.)

Not sure what that last bit means, but HERE'S a link to the Guthrie Library's website!

Intended Audience: All Ages
Date: 6/26/2008
Time: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Place: Program Room

Contact the library for more details!

Oh, and HERE'S the link to Bob McLeod's site!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I got nothin'

Except this appropriate and timely image I've had kicking around on my desktop for a couple of years:



HA HA HA HA!

*SOB*SOB*SOB*SOB*.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for Episode One of

ITALIAN SPIDER-MAN! (Not for the faint of heart!)



That is quite possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen.

Hat-tip to MegoSteve!

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

20 Question with a Comix Connection Counter Monkey


Remember this series of posts? I've been too busy to continue it and since I haven't gotten any answers to the questions lately... c'mon Josh!... you guys are stuck with me for this installment.

1.) What's your name?
Joseph Barrett Hare

2.) Any nicknames, codenames, etc?
Joe, Joey, Jojo... I answer to anything.

3.) Store of Operations?
Mechanicsburg

4.) Favorite thing to do on a day off?
Watch old movies, read, draw, paint, go shopping, see friends or family.

5.) Any hidden talents or uncanny abilities?
Hmmm... I memorize a lot of facts really easily - song lyrics, comic book details, most of our subscribers names and box numbers.

6.) If you could live off only one food or beverage what would it be?
Chocolate and coffee!

7.) Favorite kind of Pop Tarts?
Strawberry with the frosting and sprinkles

8.) Favorite monster?
The Creature From The Black Lagoon

9.) Favorite fictional character?
Top five comic faves would be...
Hal Jordan, Green Lantern
The Spirit
Captain America
Jack Knight, Starman
Hellboy

10.) Top five favorite video games?
I don't really play video games. My experience with video games involves Dance Dance Revolution, Extreme Karaoke Revolution, and a PC game called Movies where you can build your own film studio, create your stars, and make mini movies. It's great fun!

11.) Top five favorite bands?
This is almost too hard to answer... there's so many bands I love!

The Smiths
Sleeper
The Divine Comedy
Pulp
Belle & Sebastian

12.) Top five favorite television shows?
The Office
Flight of the Conchords
Black Books
Spaced
Twin Peaks

13.) Top five favorite films?
Another question almost too hard to pair down to five choices!

Casablanca
The Great Dictator
Roman Holiday
Jules et Jim
Les quatre cents coup ~ The 400 Blows

14.) Top five books you read that were not in comic book form?
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland ...best book ever recommended to me!
Best Known Works of Oscar Wilde, ...specifically The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Portable Dorothy Parker ...ah, for sour times.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ...such a tale of want and ruin, love it!
Ethics of Ambiguity by Simone de Beauvoir ...a primer for the existentialist in you!

15.) Top five favorite comic books?
DC: The New Frontier ...thank you, Darwyn Cooke!
Current Green Lantern series ...thank you Geoff Johns!
Starman by James Robinson, Tony Harris, & Co. -still amazing!
Madman ...fun, fun stuff by Allred in every series so far!
Hellboy ...Mignola has kept this character interesting since the beginning!

16.) What canceled or finished comic book series should be revived?
Xenozoic Tales, Sandman Mystery Theater, the Rocketeer -although it wouldn't be the same without Dave Stevens

17.) When and how did you discover comic books?
I loved to draw as a kid, so my dad gave me a bunch of his when I was about five years old. My first comic was a copy of Superman #115, with the logo stripped from the top of the book. I still have that book and I hope I always will. He also gave me a lot of other silver age DC and Marvel super-heroes, war comics from various publishers, specifically I remember a lot of Fightin' Five. Also my mom gave me a few DC romance comics she had, and I remember using these a lot to learn how to draw women.

18.) What appeals to you about comic books as an art form?
It's kind of the last bastion for work and creativity for illustrators today. The golden age of newspapers and magazines going to artists is past, so comics is by and large the best avenue for illustrators, I think. The art form allows for various styles and various subject matter, and exposes an artist to an audience that could potentially be world wide. Comic books are a cocktail of the aspects of literature and art, and even film really, into a book based art form. There's so much that can and could be done in this medium!

19.) Earliest memory of Comix Connection?
I had come in and opened a box, and signed up for a title called Golden Age Men of Mystery, and asked Bill if he had any comics or books with artists like Alex Toth, Mac Raboy, Reed Crandall, Noel Sickles, etc... Bill's response was "What... no, hell, who reads that stuff these days?" I left a little disappointed, but the next time I picked up my box there was this bundle of stuff with a note that said "could you use any of these?", and there were like twelve books full of reprints of old comics from the 30s and 40s and an issue of a magazine called Nemo. I was speechless! He found exactly what I was after and introduced me to a magazine I didn't even know had existed full of classic comic strip artists!

20.) Anything interesting we should know about you?
Well, a year ago today I became the manager in Mechanicsburg, and it's been a pleasure doing this job of running the store and serving our customers as well as I might. I don't get everything right all the time, but I'll try even harder now in year two! I have enjoyed getting to know more and more of our subscribers, and this job has really made what would have been one of the worst times in my life this past year with my divorce much more bearable for me. I thank Bill and Ned for giving me an opportunity to do this job, and for all the extra help when I really needed it the most. These guys are really two of the best guys to have in your corner when life's knocked you down. I am thankful to work with such a great staff, and again our customers really make this place, so I thank all of you too!

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