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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New WATCHMEN trailer

with commentary from director Zach Snyder:



(I know FOX and Warner Brothers are fighting over who has the rights to WATCHMEN right now, but I am not a lawyer so I don't know what will happen. I assume Warner Brothers will pay Fox a fat pile of money.)

(Thanks for the link, Jason Resh!)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 in 40 seconds

Here you go:




You're welcome.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

NEW BOOKS WILL ARRIVE ON FRIDAY THIS WEEK!


REMEMBER: THIS WEEK'S SHIPMENT OF COMIC BOOKS AND STUFF WILL NOT ARRIVE THIS WEEK UNTIL FRIDAY!

Adjust your schedules accordingly!

(Of course we'll all still be at the stores, with long faces.)

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Agent of Nothing


Check this out! CLICK HERE to go to the official S.H.I.E.L.D. DataCore!

"Listen up Agent, the reason you're here is because you want to know. You want to know what's going on. You want to know how to help. Hints have been dropped all over in places you'd least expect and it's up to you to find them.

Oh and Agent, be careful, the last thing you want is an eyepatch like mine.

Fury out."

Your secret password is "eagleeye".

Woot!

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

EARTHQUAKE!


So, did anyone else feel the earthquake that struck Central Pennsylvania last night? I was checking my email on the computer in my basement family room at a little after midnight when I heard and felt a low, somewhat loud rumbling sound for about 4-5 seconds, then felt a "pressure wave" pass through me and then another second or two of rumbling. I emailed my friend Steve and asked if he felt it, but he was on the second floor of his house and didn't hear/feel anything. (I guess it was more pronounced from where I was sitting because I was in the basement, underground.) He immediately sent me THIS LINK on the U.S. Geologic Survey website. It was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake centered just north Landisville in Lancaster County! (CLICK HERE to see the maps.) Earthquakes in this area are uncommon. HERE'S another map of Pennsylvania showing previous earthquakes in an around the state. The last one I remember feeling was in 1980 or so when I was at Millersville State College. We Earth Science nerds were ecstatic! Pretty cool.

Did you feel it?

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Just in case you never saw this


I give you the complete STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL! (Click on this.)

Contains the first appearance of Boba Fett!
Watch Chewie and his family clelbrate Life Day!
See Bea Arthur give Greedo some lip!
See Harvey Korman host a cooking show!
See Princess Lei sing!


It doesn't get any better than this for Star Wars fans!

(I remember eagerly awaiting this 1978 TV broadcast only to be, shall we say, somewhat let down by all the singing and stuff. Still, it was the first spin-off produced, and it was official!

HERE'S the Wiki entry on this true classic.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

A York, Pennsylvania Christmas tradition

If you live in or near York, Pennsylvania, you've certainly heard the haunting sounds of the New York Wire Company's steam whistle playing traditional Christmas favorites:



It's a very spooky sound that fills up the valley and reverberates against the hills surrounding York. Did you hear it last night?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

All I want for Christmas is


EDIBLE CANDY CANE SHOT GLASSES!

(CLICK HERE to order.)

Have a great Christmas, everyone!

--From all of us to all of you!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Oldest Santa Claus School


Yes, there is such a thing. From the website of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School:

During the Santa School, you will meet Santas and Mrs. Santas from around the world, whom together have over 400 years of Santa experience. Everyone will contribute stories and suggestions that make up the Santa lore. The knowledge gained and the wonderful people attending will assure lasting memories.


CLICK HERE for more Santa Claus School fun! C'mon, tuition is only $380!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Microwave Jingle Bell

The title pretty much sums this up:



(Hat tip to Mike Bollinger for the link!)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

This girls has more talent in her little finger

than I have in my entire body.

Behold the new face of Rock-N-Roll:



You're welcome.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Every time you make a cheap joke

GO HERE

and press the red button. Try it, it's fun!

OK, I'll start.



"I just flew in from Dallas... and BOY are my arms tired!"


You're welcome!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Next week's comics ship ON TIME ON WEDNESDAY, Christmas Eve


That's right, next weeks comic book shipment will arrive ON TIME ON WEDNESDAY, December 24th Christmas Eve, and we will be closing early at 5PM!


However, the following week, the WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS (New Years week) the delivery day will be TWO DAYS LATE on FRIDAY, JANUARY 2nd!


Got it?

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

What will you do with the extra time?


This year will be one second longer than most years.

That's right. What will we do to fill the time?

CLICK HERE to read the story.

Then there's THIS:

The ephemeris second thus defined is the fraction 1/31,556,925.9747 of the tropical year for 1900 January 0 at12 hours ephemeris time.

A second of atomic time in the International System of Units (SI) as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom.


which is why we have this problem... that info was taken from THIS SITE. Go read it if you dare. HERE's the obligatory Wikipedia Page on Leap Seconds.



I plan to burn up my additional Leap Second in the traditional New Year's Eve manner, which naturally involves Adult Beverages. Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

For the fan who has everything


Does he like SPIDER-MAN or SCALPED? Is she reading X-MEN or FABLES? What size T-shirt does Bob wear? Does Traci already have that volume of the COLLECTED KRAZY & IGNATZ?

Stop fretting while trying to decipher that hand-scrawled Christmas List and get what EVERYONE WANTS... a COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD! Comix Connection gift cards are good for anything in the stores and spend just like real money! They're convenient and handy and are available in amounts from Five Dollars to THREE MILLION DOLLARS! Stop running all around town and just get your favorite fanboy or -girl exactly what they want - their choice of pop culture goodness at Comix Connection!

See your friendly Comix Connection Counter Monkey today and give the gift that keeps on giving!

Comix Connection Gift Cards! Ask for them by name!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

R.I.P. Bettie Page


I'm sure most of you have heard this news from one source or another, but famous pin-up queen Bettie Page passed away this past Thursday night after suffering from an initial heart attack on December 2nd. She was 85 years old.

To read more on Bettie Page's death, click here.

Who was Bettie Page? CLICK HERE (WARNING: CONTAINS IMAGES NOT MEANT FOR CHILDREN!) for the most comprehensive biography or HERE for a good summary.

The Bettie Page Phenomenon arose from obscurity in the 1980s due mostly to artist Dave Stevens' use of her images as the love interest in his period-piece comic book THE ROCKETEER, which was subsequently made into a movie by Disney Studios, starring as Jennifer Connelly as the Bettie Page character Jenny Blake. Sadly, artist Dave Stevens passed away earlier this year.

Rest in peace, Bettie... you have become an American icon and will remain forever young in my eyes. As my friend said in an email:
If heaven exists, I'd like to think Bettie and Dave Stevens are planning a candlelit Christmas Eve dinner at midnight. They're both 25 years young, together in a perfect world. RIP. Respectfully, Charlie Roberts

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Monday, December 15, 2008

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE trailer!

WOOT! The new X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE trailer! I think this looks awesome... it's got a bit of the Barry Windsor Smith WEAPON X storyline!


CLICK HERE
to see it in all it's glory!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Still sick... funny pic!



Yes, I'm having a Barrel O'Fun right now. Oh and allow me to highly recommend the Upper-Respiratory/Influenza Diet™! I must've lost ten pounds since Friday, including two pounds of lung! Everything tastes like the stiff cardboard base of those yellow legal pads! M&Ms, scrapple, KFC, Cocoa Puffs, whatever - ALL taste like wet cardboard!

Here let me just get the cap off this bottle of NyQuil Absinthe NiteTyme BrainHammer™... *glugglugglug*

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sick Day


I'm actually too sick today to come in and lean against the counter, trading bon mots with y'all.

HERE'S a handy "Sick Call Excuse Generator." Try it!

I got: I fell out of bed and broke something. Ok, let's run with that.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

This Book's the Best Club in Town!


Is a mix tape more than a mix tape? Is it a spell woven in sentiment and beats, pop songs well chosen for a perfect line or inference of a desire? Is a DJ a wizard? Are tracks cast to effectively catch dancers in the spell of 12" remix after remix? Writer, Kieron Gillen, and artist & letterer, Jaime McKelvie, pondered this kind of stuff and worked up a bit of magic of their own in the comic book series, Phonogram, which showed us a world where music is power, there's magic in the airwaves, pop genres are religious denominations, and bands serve as ministers of the music to the masses. Who hasn't been caught in such a spell? Being slightly music obsessed, especially with the Brit Pop of the mid 1990s, this series was easily one of my favourite books of 2007! Phonogram introduced us to David Kohl, a Brit Pop enthusiast ten years on after the scene had imploded, selfishly wielding his magicks on women, haunted by the ghost of his fallen goddess, Brittania, his life a nostalgic stand still, in opposition to the "now" spirit of the pop music he covets. However, when Britannia's place in existance is in danger, David has to fight to save her memory and harness the embodiment of her spirit! It's a little hard to explain, especially in trying to maintain an unspoiled reading experience for those whose curiosity this post might pique!

And hey! now the magic's back in the sequel, Phonogram: The Singles Club, which is a seven issue series, all telling a piece of "an evening of ecstatic pop songs, magic by proxy of dance and discovering what you do when the music stops". Brit Pop of the 1990s is mainly sitting this one out from what I see in this first issue, but there's still much love of great music and lots of lyric dropping, which always makes me a little giddy because I am fascinated with how song lyrics creep into our conversational speech or at least they do for me!

The entrance fee for this experience is $3.50 an issue, as was the first series, but the sweet treat this time is it's in full colour! The first issue, entitled "Pull Shapes" is on our fine shelves now! And if that issue's title doesn't conjure up an image of The Pipettes in your head, let me remedy that now!

CLICK HERE to watch The Pipettes - "Pull Shapes" Official Music Video!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The son of the return of DrawerBoxes™


That's right cats and kittens, Comix Connection will be restocking the fabled DRAWERBOXES™ either next week or the following week, definitely before Christmas! If you need any let your friendly Comix Connection Counter Monkey™ know and we will set them aside for you. They're still only $13.99 each, as we managed to hold the price down for now!

What are DrawerBoxes™ you ask? CLICK HERE to find out!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A funny picture

is all I got:



Oh, and since we started this weblog back in October 2005, we have posted every single day since October 13th! That's over 1200 days in a row! We also passed a half-million page views a month or so ago, and we get 500+ hits a day! (Subtracting out my Mom's visits and me incessantly refreshing, it's probably like 200 hits. Heh.)

Anyway, I guess what I'm getting at is THANK YOU FOR STOPPING IN! We really appreciate it! And don't be afraid to comment! We'd love to hear from more of you! Even elephant-riding Batman has something to add!

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

FABLES heads to the small screen!


DC's "realistic fantasy" comic FABLES may soon be an ABC TV series!

DC Comics' "Fables" is heading to ABC.

The network has handed out a put pilot commitment to the fantasy project, based on the comic book created by Bill Willingham and published by DC's Vertigo imprint.

"Six Degrees" creators/executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are penning the script for the hourlong drama set at Warner Bros. TV.

David Semel has come on board to direct "Fables," which revolves around characters from fairy tales and folklore living in exile in modern-day New York.

(snip)

Zicherman and Metzner wouldn't elaborate which fairy tale characters will be featured in the TV series, but noted that Big Bad Wolf and Snow White, who are central to the comics, will have a similar role on the show.

(snip)

"We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode," Metzner said.

The fairy tale characters will keep some of their trademark characteristics. For instance, Prince Charming will be handsome, while Big Bad Wolf will have to shave a four-day shadow from growing back every day.

CLICK HERE to read the whole story at The Hollywood Reporter. This could be incredibly awesome!

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Monday, December 08, 2008

HAUNTED TANK #1 - Guest Review by Chris Yother


Here's a great guest review of DC's new HAUNTED TANK #1 by war comic fan Chris Yother:

Stopped off at the shop and got my copy on Friday night. Read it early Saturday morning. The first word balloon or so woke me up - whoa, this isn't my old haunted tank! Lots of profanity which took away from the "innocence" of the old HAUNTED TANK. Fine, I guess that's what is needed to sell comics to some folks these days - maybe it makes it feel more "realistic". I did laugh quite a bit and will admit it certainly brought back a lot of old memories of me and my old GI buddies. Still, if they are going for "realistic" then there is no way that an Abrams tank would have been caught like it had - especially in the beginning where a Iraqi pickup truck full of insurgents caught the team by surprise in the middle of the desert. The electronics on those things just wouldn't let that happen.

Another big change- the General now has an actual presence - he actually takes out several Iraqis (tremendous action artwork). In the old HAUNTED TANK, he was just a spirit who advised, nothing more - he wasn't allowed to manifest.

The artwork was A+++ just tremendous and very very engrossing and detailed.

All in all, a B+ book. Could be an A series if they try to get the reality angle straightened out - i.e. profanity and Abrams tech. The trick here is to create a believable tank story with the most devastating combat tank in history. With the old HAUNTED TANK, they at least went with the Stuart, which was outdated by early 1942. The Abrams is just so dominating but if the reader goes with it, he will enjoy the story.

Between the 2 new releases - HAUNTED TANK and SGT. ROCK - It's ROCK hands down. Some historical inaccuracies with that one but far far more improved that ever before.

Great times, great great books for War comics fans...

(BTW - Finished the SHOWCASE: ENEMY ACE compilation - freakin' excellent- maybe one of the most underrated DC heroes of all. Just great great stories. Not as repetitive as some of the Rock and Haunted Tanks were.)


Thanks, Chris!

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Apparently elves have nothing to do with it

How they make CANDY CANES:



I love factory tours and "how it's made" stuff like this. Fascinating.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

R.I.P. The Ackermonster

Sad news... Forrest J. Ackerman has died.


From his Wikipedia entry:

Forrest J Ackerman (November 24, 1916 - December 4, 2008)[1] was an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and a science fiction fan. Ackerman, known as "Forry" or "4e" or "4SJ", is influential not only in the formation, organization, and spread of science fiction fandom, but has long also been a key figure in the wider cultural acceptance of science fiction as a literary, art and film genre. Ackerman is also known as the editor-writer of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an occasional author, actor, producer (Vampirella), and literary agent.



Who amongst us hasn't been influenced by Forry? A sad day indeed.


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Friday, December 05, 2008

Better than a Spider Tracer?

I'm sure you know about Spider-man's little gizmo called the Spider Tracer, a tiny tracking device that emits a homing signal, right?

Well, check this out:


The DelFly Micro is a 'Micro Air Vehicle' (MAV), an exceptionally small remote-controlled aircraft with camera and image recognition software. The Micro, weighing just 3 grams and measuring 10 cm (wingtip to wingtip) is the considerably smaller successor to the successful DelFly I (2005) and DelFly II (2006). The DelFly Micro, with its minuscule battery weighing just 1 gram, can fly for approximately three minutes and has a maximum speed of 5 m/s.

(CLICK HERE to read the whole article.)

Technology continues to catch up with fiction. (Ask me about Buckaroo Banzai and crew's "Go-Phones" sometime. OK, don't.)

Or:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke, "Profiles of The Future", 1961 (Clarke's third law)

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Greatest Single Comic Panel?

Found over at Jim Woodring's blog:


The Greatest Single Comic Panel Ever?

You decide.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Solar Death Ray hijinx!

Mike Bollinger sent me this some time ago:



SolarDeathRay.com: The #1 Death Ray On The Internet!

Everyone but me thought we should shake the Jiffy Pop, and I finally agreed. Shaking the Jiffy Pop means shaking the entire Solar Death Ray, which is why I hesitated. However, shaking proved to be critical, and soon we could hear popcorn poppin'! After Jiffy Pop's trademark dome had deployed, we shut down the death ray and examined the popcorn. It was a bit overdone, no doubt due to being heated in an unconventional orientation by an unconventional heat source. Race tasted some. The popcorn, which had been forged in the glow of the sun's fusion energy, didn't give Race superpowers as we had hoped. It did bestow a burnt aftertaste, however, so we all considered this a huge success.


I love science!

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Vader Vader Vader Vader Vader Vader

M&M Vader:


Vader Otter:


Unhappy meal Vader:


Call your mom, Vader:



Scooter Vader:



Weekend Vader:



Relieved Vader:


AND

Hey Trooper 1138, Vader wants to see you in his office right away:

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Yes, it's very sad


but this week's comics won't arrive until THURSDAY!

Please don't cry. At least there's lots of cool stuff like BATMAN #682, CRIMINAL 2 #7, HAUNTED TANK #1, HELLBOY WILD HUNT #1, more JOKER hardcovers, MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #3, NEW AVENGERS #47, SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #2, SECRET INVASION #8, WORLD OF WARCRAFT SER 3 toys, X-INFERNUS #1, X-MEN NOIR #1 and much much more. Should be a hot one!

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