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.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Don't just sit there in front of your computer


GET YOURSELF TO COMIX CONNECTION for the
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SALE!

ALL DAY, ALL WEEKEND
TODAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY
BOTH STORES

MOST STUFF 20% OFF!
ALL COMICS IN THE BINS ARE NOW ONE DOLLAR EACH!

ALL 2/99¢ COMICS NOW A PALTRY 20¢ EACH!

WEAR A COSTUME and get TEN FREE COMICS out of the bins, your choice!


In these troubled financial times, what could possibly be a better investment than a big stack of fine comic book entertainment?

Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEEN!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

This is how I drink too



Remember, if cats had opposable thumbs, we'd all be dead.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Are you ready?


Do you have a "sincere" pumpkin patch picked out yet? No? Then why not come to

COMIX CONNECTION's ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SALE!

THREE DAYS, ALL DAY, BOTH STORES!
Friday, October 31st, 10AM - 9PM
Saturday, November 1st, 10AM - 9PM
Sunday, November 2nd, 12 Noon - 5PM

ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS IN THE BINS - now $1.00 EACH!
ALL 2-for-99¢ COMICS - now 20¢ EACH!
ALL COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS and BOOKS - 20% OFF!
ALL STATUES, TOYS, T-SHIRTS and POSTERS - 20% OFF!
ALL OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL - 20% OFF!
FREE GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS (of course)!

SHOW UP IN COSTUME, GET 10 FREE COMIC BOOKS (YOUR CHOICE) OUT OF THE BINS ABSOLUTELY FREE! Let's see some cool costumes, people! I'll be the pear-shaped middle-aged guy in the Prisoner (TV show) costume!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Comix Connection Cartoonist Cookout a smash success!

The day was beautiful, with rather warm, clear skies. I had arrived early to set things up and everything was running smoothly. Joe ran to get the ice and some weird form of Cheese Food Product to put on the burgers, and a few other last-minute items. We were all set and ready for the hungry throngs. Counter Monkey Tony arrived before noon, while he was walking past me the wind picked up and lifted my carefully constructed canopy (GO Gators!) up in the air and tried to dump it on the hot grill. Fine. Tony and I wrestled it to the ground and threw it back in the van. OK, no canopy. No big deal. We'll move the grill closer to the store to get it out of the wind, and rearrange everything else, including the artist's table. Speaking of which, where are the artists? The phone rings. It's Mike Hawthorne. He's just leaving York due to an unforeseen problem and he'll be here ASAP. No biggie. Except Mike has the hamburgers and the kebabs! Better get the hot dogs cooking, the hungry wolves are starting to circle the campfire...
And then, Mike Oeming and Taki Soma appear and everything's cool. Mike Hawthorne and Paul Azaceta arrive shortly thereafter, so it's all good. Burgers fry, marinated pork kebabs sizzle, and the soda pop flows! A great time is had by all. A reporter from the Harrisburg Patriot-News appears to do a story on comic books and interviews the Boyces and the Yothers and the artists and Joe and I ... CLICK HERE to read the full details!

Anyway, we all had a blast... it was cool hanging out with everyone on a fine Fall afternoon, shooting the breeze and grubbing out! Kudos to Mike Hawthorne for the brilliant idea of throwing an artist's cookout! We should do this again, don't you think?

And last but not least, we raised over $150.00 for the Hero Initiative, a charity that helps freelance artists who have no insurance, and more! Thanks everyone who came out and had a tasty grilled treat, and thanks for your generous donations!

Without further ado, here's some pics:
Olivia, Megan and Tom Hayes chat with artist Paul Azaceta, while in the foreground Mike Hawthorne works his magic!


Behold the culinary delights, the subtle flavors of which you can only get from grilling meat in a parking lot!


Counter Monkey Tony Magni, who saved my life by selflessly flinging himself between me and the runaway canopy. He's pretty super, man.


Wonder Woman fan Annelene Wahl, ready for Halloween.


Mike Oeming, Taki Soma and Mike Hawthorne chatting in the foyer of Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg, while a youth with a proper haircut looks on in awe.


Three parts of The Four Wahls!

You gotta make the next Comix Connection Cookout!

(Oh, and Counter Monkey Linnen was there too, doing whatever it is that Linnen does. You got me.)

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Have you seen this cat?


That's all for today... I'll post a recap of the enormously fun Comix Connection Cartoonist Cookout real soon, like tomorrow. I promise.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The History Was Thick.

I was able to attend the York Book and Paper Fair yesterday and it was a great experience. I worked our booth from 9 A.M. till closing at 4 P.M. Looking out over the stacks of wonderful ephemera I was anxious to get out there and rifle through all the cool possibilities hidden amongst the great cover designs of books and must-laden paper product. In the meantime Bill found a surprise when he opened a Bible to pray for an end to the rain that plagued the outside world.



Once allowed to wander I visited our neighbors booth and found two comics I was looking for. Intro to Absorbing Man and the beautifully illustrated Silver Surfer #1



Also I found an amazing compass ring. This allowed me to claim that my super power is to tell directions (The Compass Corps) which everyone unanimously agreed was...'LAME', as they put it.



While roaming and mingling with the veterans of the event I could tell these people loved what they did. I fell into it, the sounds of old vinyls spinning and crackling, the smell of books born way before me, and the feeling that the attendees history was thickening.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cartoonist Cookout tomorrow!


Join us tomorrow for our first Cartoonist Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg! Join creators Mike Hawthorne, Mike Oeming, Taki Soma, and Paul Azaceta for a fun-filled lunch of artist-cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and maybe some special meat treats courtesy of Mike Hawthorne! Everything is free, but we will be accepting donations to the Hero Initiative in memory of Mike Wieringo. As a special treat for all the brave souls who show up tomorrow, ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS WILL BE ONE DOLLAR EACH from 12PM to 5PM in the Mechanicsburg store. Get a jump on the upcoming annual Halloween Sale and scoop up some goodies out of the bins! See you there!

(PLEASE NOTE: Author Brian Keene will NOT be able to make this event, due to a family medical emergency.)

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Unfortunate update

Hey everyone!

Due to a family medical emergency, author Brian Keene will NOT be able to attend tomorrow's York Book & Paper Fair and Sunday's Cartoonist Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg. Let's all send lots of good thoughts to Brian and his family.

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York Book & Paper Fair is tomorrow!


That's right, the York Book & Paper Fair is tomorrow at the Old Main Building at the York Fairgrounds! Jared and I set up our intricate display of enticing goodies today so that we are ready to go tomorrow at 9AM sharp! It was fun to see some old familiar faces amongst the book dealers, including Mark Boyce and his pal! I can't wait to go through the boxes of records, pulps and yes COMIC BOOKS! Stop in and see us tomorrow... we're in the back where the old ladies boil hot dogs.

Oh, and CLICK HERE! to get ONE DOLLAR OFF the price of admission!


(And I flashed back to THIS, the first time we set up at this show, back in 1988. Man, Ned's getting old.)

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Is your costume ready yet?



Because... if you wear a costume to Comix Connection during the Annual Halloween Sale, you get to pick ANY TEN COMICS OUT OF THE BINS FOR FREE! Crazy isn't it?

THE RETURN of the COMIX CONNECTION HALLOWEEN SALE!

THREE DAYS, ALL DAY, BOTH STORES!


Friday, October 31st, 10AM - 9PM
Saturday, November 1st, 10AM - 9PM
Sunday, November 2nd, 12 Noon - 5PM

ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS IN THE BINS - now $1.00 EACH!
ALL 2-for-99¢ COMICS - now 20¢ EACH!
ALL COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS and BOOKS - 20% OFF!
ALL STATUES, TOYS, T-SHIRTS and POSTERS - 20% OFF!
ALL OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL - 20% OFF!
FREE GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS (of course)!

SHOW UP IN COSTUME, GET 10 FREE COMIC BOOKS (YOUR CHOICE) OUT OF THE BINS ABSOLUTELY FREE! (Please try harder than just putting a mask on... and no, "comic geek" is NOT a costume.)

Come on in, grab some bargains and have some fun!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CARTOONIST COOKOUT THIS SUNDAY in Mechanicsburg


This is the last fun outdoor event of the year! It's all downhill from here! Soon we'll all be shoveling snow and you'll be wishing you had stopped by on a fine fall afternoon in October to Comix Connection and had a burger or hotdog with a bunch of cool comic book creators! Trust me on this one!

In case you didn't know, comic creators MIKE HAWTHORNE, BRIAN KEENE, PAUL AZACETA and MIKE OEMING) will be hanging out and chatting with fans while showcasing their work and FLIPPING BURGERS and GRILLING DOGS! Stop by for a nice lunch cooked by some of the coolest guys in the comic book business! Food is free, but if you'd like to make a charitable donation, please do so! All donations will go to the HEROES INITIATIVE in memory of Mike Weiringo!


That's THIS COMING SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th, starting at NOON at Comix Connection-Mechanicsburg!

SPECIAL SALE:

Get a jump on the upcoming Halloween Sale, as ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS ARE A PALTRY ONE DOLLAR EACH, plus ALL 2/99¢ COMICS ARE 20¢ EACH, from NOON until 5PM on Sunday in the Mechanicsburg store only!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More fun than a barrow full of Orangutans


That's right! You will have more fun than a wheelbarrow full of orangutans this Saturday at the York Fairgrounds when you spend your day looking at books, records, prints and yes, even COMIC BOOKS!



WHEN: THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th 9AM-4PM, with bonus auction starting at 5PM!

WHERE: The OLD MAIN BUILDING at the YORK EXPO CENTER/YORK FAIRGROUNDS

WHAT: Books, records, prints, comics, autographs, paper ephemera, etc., etc.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Mike Oeming, Paul Azaceta, Mike Hawthorne, Brian Keene, Andy MacDonald

For more info, click HERE! Comix Connection will be set up at this one - we wouldn't miss it for the world! Looks to be a hot one!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

A Guide to Masterful Pumpkin Carving

OK, this guy is amazing... look at this carved "jack-o-lantern":



And this one:



Yep, those are hand-carved pumpkins. Check out artist Ray Villafane's site HERE, with step-by-step instructions on how to carve your own masterpieces.

Simply amazing.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

A peek inside my library...




Whoops! I meant Jay Walker's library.

Man, that's some swell place... it's the kind of library I'd like to imagine I would build should I happen to win the lottery. Who doesn't crave owning the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket?

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monkey Business

Why merely staff your business with "counter monkeys"? This Japanese restaurant actually employs Waiter Monkeys!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Decorating tips


Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie

Simply amazing. Thanks to Nicky for the linky!

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh my gosh!



Some of you may remember when Bill posted about customizing yourself as a Simpsons character but check out what these guys did HERE!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

R.I.P. Neal Hefti

You probably know of his work from this:



Read more about him HERE.

(I was surprised to see that he did the score to one of the quirkiest movies I've ever seen, 1966's Lord Love a Duck starring Roddy McDowell, Tuesday Weld, and the ever-wonderful Ruth Gordon. Weird movie.)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cartoonist Cookout coming to Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg!



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26th
(Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg store ONLY!)

FREE HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, ETC. with charity donations to the HERO INITIATIVE in memory of Mike Weiringo accepted!

Special guests:

MIKE OEMING

MIKE HAWTHORNE

PAUL AZACETA

plus
BRIAN KEENE


Get a jump on the upcoming Halloween Sale, as ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS ARE A PALTRY ONE DOLLAR EACH, plus ALL 2/99¢ COMICS ARE 20¢ EACH, from NOON until 5PM on Sunday!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Mandalorian Dance

Nicky sent me this one (of course):



A better version found HERE!

Thanks Nicky, you strange, strange girl.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The coolest clock ever

Behold, The Corpus Clock:



(Inventor) Taylor deliberately designed it to be "terrifying": "Basically I view time as not on your side. He'll eat up every minute of your life, and as soon as one has gone he's salivating for the next.


More info HERE!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

You Can Stand Under Their Umbrella!


Dark Horse Comics has a rather unusual item due to arrive in our stores, Wednesday, October 15th, in the form of an official Umbrella Academy umbrella. It probably couldn't protect you from an Eiffel Tower gone berserk or from a crazy violinist sister, but it will certainly keep you dry!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Just thinking, maybe.







Following Manager Joe's post from a while back about Adam Hughes' Catwoman/Audrey Hepburn cover, my wife noticed a similarity in the cover of the upcoming Joker hardcover. This time, she thought it looked like an image she saw of Angelina Jolie' mouth. We had trouble finding this image but came up with another similar image. What do you think?

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Reflecting on Comics and Memory


I've been reading this beautiful book, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco. The book tells the story of an aging antique book dealer, Yambo, who suddenly finds himself without his life's memories due to a stroke. Oddly, his memories of books and songs and such remain with him, but it is his life memories, even knowledge of his own name that are seemingly lost. In order to rescue the mental traces of his life, Yambo begins to dig through the paper trail of his early life in an attempt to kick-start his memory. This journey takes him to his childhood home where he immerses into a world of old newspapers, vinyl records, books, magazines and childhood comic books in hope of reclaiming himself, and his nostalgic journey takes him through a not just recollection of himself, but of his family, his generation and society. Now, I wouldn't spoil the rest of the book for you, but I'm talking about this here because of how Eco's novel has paused me tonight to flash through the memories of my own collection of ephemera and the recollections that accompany it.

Like anyone, I have associations with books, comics, music, and films... especially for the things that have carried on so much and for so long in life. For example, I can bridge an incredible amount of life experience thinking about all the steps that have just accompanied reading my first issue of Superman as a child living in my family's apartment in Summerdale, to the most recent issue with Krypto that I read sitting here in my apartment last week. This terribly beat Mego Batman here on my shelf carries the memories of my dad giving it to me when I was a kid and how it kept me occupied playing while my parents inspected the initial work that was being done to build their house. There are so many things in my life that are seemingly just a "thing" on the surface, but they have so much connected to them that establishes their meaning in my life. This is why I think quite a bit about the nostalgia present in this hobby of collecting comics. In my life, I have had the pleasure of following fictional characters as long as I have known most of my oldest friends. The X-Men, The Justice League, The Avengers, The Titans... these teams and their members have always been in my life via my mind and my imagination since my early childhood. I always remember Marvel's Atlantis Attacks as the big event that fun summer before I started high school. X-Men X-Cutioner's Song kicked off during the fall of my senior year of high school, and I fondly remember the excitement everyone in my group of X-Men obsessed friends had over what was going to happen with this event! I have a deep attachment to the Jack Knight, Starman, character because that was my book in college and my life was changing so much as was his! As I look at the listing here in December's Previews for the next Starman Omnibus, I eagerly await picking that book up not just for the mere sake of purchase, but because I have something of myself invested in those tales.

I like the persistence of these things, the junk, the cultural artifacts that occupy my life and my mind. I think that is what is most important to me about the stuff I keep with me in life. I don't need it to survive, but it reminds me that I have survived and thrived and lived and loved. So maybe we're all buying more than a stack of printed, stapled 32 page pamphlets every week, we have considerations bigger than grade and condition when we finally track down that old issue of Sgt. Rock or G.I. Joe for the collection, and there's more history collected in that trade paperback or hardcover than any publisher is aware of when it goes on sale! All of us are also stockpiling memories, markers for who we are, where we are, where we have been, and what we'll be reflecting on one day when we all take time to pause and reflect on the life we have led.
Reflecting on my life, I'd certainly appreciate seeing plenty of faces of family, and friends, and loves, and losses flash through my mind, but I also would like a montage of my favorite films clips, a soundtrack of my favorite songs, and a nice slide show of classic color comic panels!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Comix Connection Cartoonist Cookout!



Be there!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Where does the Lone Ranger take his piece of junk car?



More info HERE!

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Names of great creators that Bill doesn't believe exist!



Farel Dalrymple, Rafael Grampa, Tomer Hanuka, and Vasilis Lolos, all names debated by Bill to be fabrications of my imagination. The names represent something different to me, creators who fabricate in order to drive my imagination.

Farel Dalrymple's drawings were most recently seen in the pages of Omega the Unknown and Meathaus SOS. I first fell in love with his style after discovering Pop Gun War, an urban fantasy.



This image above is from Mike Mignola's Jenny Finn. The artist who accompanied Farel on this project was a guy by the name of Troy Nixey, who has an incredible talent but not a strange enough name to convince Bill that he is make believe.



Above: Tomer Hanuka is a fellow Meathaus representative, drawing his own unique tales in Bipolar, collected in Placebo Man. The stories in this collection are far out, almost subconscious dreamworlds. Often times you'll find Tomer working alongside his brother Asaf Hanuka (Pizzeria Kamikaze), another name that Bill believes to be fake.





Similarly, Rafael Grampa and Vasilis Lolos have worked in cahoots. Their compilation, 5, with Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, has won many awards.
Rafael Grampa has a great style and his paneling and effects expand the medium. His is, as I see it, a mix of Paul Pope and Frank Quietly. The small details are innovative and cinematic.




Below: Vasilis Lolos works on projects such as Pirates of Coney Island and Last Call. His style, to me resembles Becky Cloonan's (American Virgin)and Nathan Fox's(Pigeons from Hell) also both really cool art styles worth a look, but not weird names.


So here is proof that they do in fact exist, strive on the form and are successful at maintaining my interest for the future.

Thank you to all the artists named here for keeping comics going into the future and for putting your heart and back into it! Furthermore, most if not all of the books mentioned here are currently available from our distributor, so please, come in and ask any of us, if you're interested.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Mail-Order Monkey Ruminations


MegoSteve sent me to THIS ARTICLE over at Comic Book Resources... pretty interesting.

Did any of you out there ever order a monkey from a comic book? Did you every order ANYTHING from a comic book?

I did. I got a couple of wargames like "Supreme Commander" and "Tank Trap" that had tiny plastic pieces... I still have the cool little tanks and ships and jets somewhere around here.

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

It's debatable

MegoSteve sent me this:



Crack me up.

(As always, beware of YouTube comments sections. They let ANYONE post there.)

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Friday, October 03, 2008

Young America Horror Club to screen WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS!


This just in:
The Young America Horror Club will present a special Monster Matinee this Saturday (October 4) at 1:30 PM in Weiss 235 on the campus of Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. The film featured will be War of the Gargantuas, one of the most beloved giant monster movies of all time. The film is for viewers of all ages, and a number of children will be attending. Admission is free, and prizes will be given to attendees.


What can be better than a FREE giant monster movie on the big screen?

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Latest entry for Comix Connection No(YES)-Prize!

Longtime fan Rebecca Pagano sent us these great photos, along with this note:

Ours friends Mark and Ashley got married on 9/13/08 in Ocean City Maryland on the beach!





CONGRATS MARK and ASHLEY! Way to go!

And Rebecca, you have most excellent taste in wedding attire!


Let's see...

Level of difficulty: 7/10

Creativity and imagination: 7/10

PERMANENTLY MARRING A COUPLE'S MOST SPECIAL DAY: +10 POINTS


Your NO(YES)-PRIZE:

a TEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE!


Just remind your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey about your ten bucks store credit. Thanks for the great photo!


Unfamiliar with the Comix Connection No(Yes)-Prize? Just CLICK HERE for all the details.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Cartoonist Cookout slated for Mechanicsburg!


OK, here's some cool news:

The day ofter the YORK BOOK & PAPER FAIR (Saturday, October 25th at the Old Main building at the York Fairgrounds), Comix Connection-Mechanicsburg will be hosting our inaugural

CARTOONIST COOKOUT!

Comic creators MIKE HAWTHORNE, MIKE OEMING, ANDY MACDONALD, IVAN BRANDON and PAUL AZACETA will be hanging out and chatting with fans while showcasing their work and FLIPPING BURGERS and GRILLING DOGS! Stop by for a nice lunch cooked by some of the coolest guys in the comic book business! Food is free, but if you'd like to make a charitable donation, please do so!


That's SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th, starting at NOON at Comix Connection-Mechanicsburg!

I'll post more info in a week or so.

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