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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Guide to Obama Comics

Whether you agree with his politics or not, it's hard to dispute that the popularity of newly inaugurated President Barack Obama has touched off an unstoppable merchandising juggernaut. Thanks to the wall-to-wall coverage inspired by President Obama's appearance in a recent issue of Amazing Spider-man and a brief item in a UK paper claiming Obama collects Spider-man and Conan the Barbarian comics, Obama's merchandising muscle is being felt at your friendly neighborhood comic book shop Comix Connection.

Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-man #583 may have been the first Barack Obama comic to receive a tremendous amount of media attention, but it wasn't his first appearance in comics, and, thanks to the sales success of its four five printings, it certainly won't be the last.

In that spirit, here's a guide to some of Barack Obama's other comic book appearances:

Savage Dragon #137 from Image Comics

Released in early September, Savage Dragon #137 was Obama's first appearance in comic books; however, this is a cover appearance only. No Obama inside! This cover was a natural tie-in, since Savage Dragon, like Barack Obama, is a Chicago-based superhero. The first printing was actually a retailer incentive variant with a relatively low print run, so it's very difficult to find. However, Image has gone back to press for three additional printings to meet demand, making subtle coloring changes with each printing. The fourth and last printing, according to creator Erik Larsen, will be in stores February 25, in conjunction with the release of another Obama appearance in Savage Dragon #145.

Presidential Material: Barack Obama from IDW Publishing

The first appearance of Barack Obama on the interior of a comic, this biography comic was released on October 8, 2008 in conjunction with a similar issue featuring John McCain's bio, and also as a flip book (one side Obama, the other side McCain). Its success inspired three printings, and publisher IDW is going back to press with a fourth printing with a photo cover of President Obama being sworn in on the Lincoln Bible. The fourth printing will be available at Comix Connection on February 4.

Obama: The Comic Book from Antarctic Press


Marketed by Antarctic Press as a bioGRAPHIC, this text-heavy illustrated biography of Obama was originally released October 29. A second inaugural edition will be available in March.

Mad Magazine #493, #495 and #498 from DC Comics

Though technically not a traditional comic book, Mad Magazine has featured several Barack Obama appearances and covers over the past year or so, the most recent of which was Mad Magazine #498, released on January 14; the cover depicts what I'd imagine is the most truthful portrayal of Obama's feelings when taking office.

Thunderbolts #128 from Marvel Comics

Though he's not on the cover of this issue, President Obama plays an integral role in the story of Thunderbolts #128. Imagine that! Thunderbolts #128 was released January 21 and is sold out. However, Marvel will be doing a second printing, and that will be available February 18.

Youngblood #8 from Image Comics

In a six page backup story by comics legend Rob Liefeld in this issue, President Barack Obama selects the next Youngblood team to protect the United States. Hasn't he already done that? This issue is due in stores on February 25.

Savage Dragon #145 from Image Comics

Savage Dragon #145 is Barack Obama's first appearance as president in Savage Dragon's universe. Smartly enough, this is also a good jumping-on point for the Savage Dragon series, as Dragon rejoins the Chicago police department after a decade as a freelance vigilante. This Obama cover is one of my favorites because it apes the color palette used by Shepard Fairey in his iconic Obama posters and also features the famous terrorist fist bump. Savage Dragon #145 is also due in stores February 25.

Wizard Magazine #210 from Wizard Entertainment

Again, not a comic, but a comics publication... President Obama appears on the cover of this special edition of Wizard #210, featuring a painting by fan favorite Alex Ross. This 96 page collectors edition also features an article on presidential appearances in comics, from Jimmy Carter in the Dark Phoenix saga to Ronald Reagan in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. This one also ships on February 25.

If you are interested in any of these issues, please visit your local Comix Connection branch and we can put you down on a hold list if they are still available. And if you have any Barack Obama comics to add to our list, please post them in the comments section.

ADDED 2/3/09- From an email I received:


Love how you're tracking the Obama Comics, but you guys forgot about Licensable BearTM #4. He made a brief appearance as a U.S. Senator.
Justin Heberle
Duly noted and THANKS!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Motionography again?



Volstok Telefunken is a great artist I just discovered over on Drawn.ca. I had no idea before this discovery that motionography was used so often. I couldn't find the embedded code for these motionography clips, but trust me when i say, if you want to smile, just watch the way this artist incorporated animation into everyday situations. It brings the type of smile to my face that I haven't smiled in a long time, maybe with the exception of watching Pixar films. Go to this link to watch a few!

If you like what you see there, check out the artist's page, where he does some great animation work! What a creative guy! Thank you Volstok Telefunken!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rorschach debuts


Yes, we now have the ultra-cool RORSCHACH action figure from the WATCHMEN line of toys, along with SILK SPECTRE, NITE OWL and OZYMANDIAS. The are all available at both Comic Connection locations... stop in and check them out!

(What do you see in the inkblot on his face mask? I see a pretty butterfly.)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More '70s Sci-Fi goodness: QUARK!

Who doesn't love a sci-fi spoof penned by Buck Henry (GET SMART) starring Richard Benjamin about a space-going Garbage Scow and it's crew of misfits? Behold:


(More info on the series HERE via Wikipedia.)

HERE'S Part 1 of the pilot episode, with the other parts listed on YouTube.


And who can resist Betty 1 and Betty 2? Captain Quark is in love with the original Betty, has no interest in her clone even though he can't tell them apart!

Great fun and apparently available on DVD!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mike Hawthorne Original Art available at Comix Connection!


That's right! We now have a choice selection of original art by creator Mike Hawthorne available for your perusal right now at the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection. Feel free to drop in and check the selection of original sketches, cover art, pencil pages and finished artwork. Remember folks, these are ONE OF A KIND ITEMS that the comics were made from! Own an original! (More info HERE at Mike's site. I'll try to get some pics of the actual artwork to put up here.)

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Monday, January 26, 2009

I never knew there were so many types of pizza


Check THIS LINK out!

Neapolitan
New York–Neapolitan
New York–Style
Sicilian-Style
Grandma-Style (aka 'Nonna Pizza')
New Haven–Style
Grilled Pizza
Bar Pizza
Trenton Tomato Pies
Old Forge–Style
Detroit-Style
Deep Dish
Stuffed Pizza
Chicago Thin Crust
Midwest-Style
Saint Louis–Style
California-Style
Ohio Valley–Style

and more.

Man reading this makes my mouth water. And now I'm hungry! Back to comics tomorrow, but tonight I have pizza on the brain!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

PRISONER opening

I just thought I'd pop in here real quick and put this up:


Just in case you never saw this show. It's well worth your time.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

It's gratifying to realize that scientist are working around the clock


To give us THIS, the solution to something which has plagued us all for far too long. I'm speaking of course about the scourge of "Plumber's Butt".

No longer will the psychic scars from viewing acres of pasty butt flesh linger in our psyches, causing us to turn away at every drop of a hat (literally!) in fear of seeing an unscheduled "daytime moonrise"!

Thank you, Duluth Trading Company for bringing us the Longtail T!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

A Motionographer?

First of all, I've never heard of an motionographer, but I think I like it. This is an example of motionography. It appears to be stop start animation.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's the future 1980!

I found this YouTube video for the opening credits of the television show UFO:


It's awesome, isn't it? My sister and I watched it in reruns in the mid-1970s and I instantly had a crush on the purple-haired Moonbase Girls... that is, until I saw the submarine crew! Whoof!

Do you remember this small-screen gem?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Man, this WATCHMEN stuff is killing me! BRING IT ON ALREADY!

Check this out:

NBS Nightly News with Ted Philips, March 11th 1970



Found at THIS SITE which is completely awesome. (HERE if you Twitter.)

(Hat-tip to Tom Hayes for pointing me to this site, and to Jason Resh for pointing me to this video! Thanks guys!)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spider-man #583 Update

The second printings of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 that feature an appearance by President Barack Obama are coming in to the stores tomorrow, and if you want a copy let us know as soon as possible. We've got several hundred coming in, but we've been taking reservations for them all week and only have a few up for grabs! If you want a copy, call in and we'll hold one for you! Once these run out, there is a THIRD PRINTING coming in NEXT Wednesday that features a different cover - the addition of the American flag to the background... we are also taking requests for those so let us know!

Here's what the 3rd printing cover looks like:


Get your copy of this historic comic book milestone!

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Monday, January 19, 2009

I forgot how awesome this opening song is

Behold, the SPACE: 1999 opening credits:


I used to love this show, as there really wasn't much SCI-FI on TV back in the '70s, plus I was in love with Catherine Schell's character Maya the shapeshifter...

the only hotter SF gals were from the submarine crew in the TV show UFO, but that's a story for another day.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Comix Connection on TV

In case you missed it, here's the video of Comix Connection on Channel 21 this Saturday, at the top of the hour:



Manager Joe, you're a star!

(Thanks to MegoSteve for setting everything up. Your WebFu is very very strong.)

UPDATE! Here's the somewhat different segment that Channel 21 ran at 11PM:



Except for the "Amazing Superman" gaffe, very cool! Good job Joe!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hollywood Joe Hare


The crew from local Channel 21 was in the Mechanicsburg Comix Connection today interviewing Manager Joe about the Obama appearance in last week's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583. Be sure to set your recording devices for either tonight at dinner time or tonight at 11PM!


And, yes we have a pile of reprints of the issue coming in to both stores this coming Wednesday... if you need a copy or two, let us know!

UPDATE: According to the TV guy, the segment will run during the 6PM News!

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Friday, January 16, 2009

At last, our long national nightmare is over


Well, we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief... behold:

Warner Bros. and Fox have resolved their dispute over "Watchmen," with the studios scheduled to present a settlement to Judge Gary Feess this morning and request that the case be dismissed.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the deal is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film's boxoffice grosses; Fox will not be a co-distributor on the film, nor will it co-own the "Watchmen" property, but it will share in revenue derived from it. The studios released a joint statement last night.

Click HERE to read the entire Hollywood Reporter article. It's about lawyers earning their pay.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips bring us INCOGNITO


Are you reading CRIMINAL and now INCOGNITO, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips? If not, you're missing some of the best comics coming out right now. If you like intensely-plotted crime noir, you'll eat this stuff up like candy. And INCOGNITO throws super"heroes" into the mix. Very tasty.

For a nice sampling of more Sean Phillips goodness, CLICK HERE to view his ultracool blog and enjoy the artwork! Seriously, he's good. And Ed Brubaker has to be one of my top ten favorite writers in comic right now.

Check this stuff out when you're in the stores!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

R.I.P. Patrick McGoohan


Sad news today... Patrick McGoohan, the star and writer of my favorite television series ever THE PRISONER, has passed away today. He was 80 and died after a brief illness.


HERE'S his Wikipedia entry.


THE PRISONER was a unique program... if you have never seen it, I encourage you to try it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Here's a nice brief recap from this site:

The Prisoner TV show was one of those rare sci-fi series that was so different, it became a cult classic! A British secret agent resigns from the service and is immediately rendered unconscious and kidnapped! He awakens in a resort village that is isolated from the rest of the world by mountains on one side and ocean on the other. Those in charge of the village interrogate him about why he decided to leave the service. They won't tell him why they want to know or who they work for and he won't co-operate with them unless they do so. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of other villagers who seem to be accepting their "imprisonment" willingly. Well, most of the time anyway. If you like entertainment that keeps you in suspense and you never are sure of what's going on, this is one for you. There really never has been another program that could be compared to this TV show.



Opening credits:

The Prisoner: "Where am I?"
Number Two: "In the Village."
The Prisoner: "What do you want?"
Number Two: "Information."
The Prisoner: "Whose side are you on?"
Number Two: "That would be telling. We want information. Information! Information!"
The Prisoner: "You won't get it!"
Number Two : "By hook or by crook, we will!"
The Prisoner: "Who are you?"
Number Two: "The new number two."
The Prisoner: "Who is number one?"
Number Two: "You are number six."
The Prisoner: "I am not a Number! I am a free man!"
Number Two: (Laughs)




R.I.P. Patrick McGoohan. Thanks for the many many hours of viewing enjoyment.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Spider-Obama


Hey everyone! Have you head the news that President-Elect Obama is in the new issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN? You haven't? Do you live in a cave?

Anyway, let me clear this up for all of you...

WE DO NOT HAVE THE "OBAMA COVER VARIANTS" OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583!

WE HAVE THE USUAL AMOUNTS OF THE REGULAR COVER VERSION OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583. WHATEVER IS LEFT AFTER PULLING SUBSCRIBER COPIES (HI GUYS AND GALS!) WILL BE RACKED FOR GENERAL SALE AS USUAL.

WE DO HAVE 2nd PRINTINGS OF THE "OBAMA COVER VARIANT" OF AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 COMING IN NEXT WEDNESDAY (the day after the Inauguration)! IT IS IDENTICAL TO THE 1st PRINTING WITH OBAMA ON THE COVER, BUT IT HAS A DIFFERENT COLOR BACKGROUND. ASK TO BE PUT ON THE LIST IF YOU WANT A COPY!

I'm sorry we don't have a ton of these coming in for all the fans... believe me, I want to sell you whatever you're looking for. Who knew back on December 16th when I finalized my orders for this "beat previous order levels on a slipping title like AMAZING SPIDER-MAN to get Obama Cover Variants" that it would get the publicity it has? I apologize to all the unhappy folks out there... I goofed on this one. Still, we'll have plenty of the 2nd printings for anyone who wants this historic issue as a nice souvenir.

UPDATE 1/14/09: We just got word that the 2nd printings are SOLD OUT even though they ship next Wednesday, and Marvel is going back to press for a 3RD PRINT! We have a couple hundred 2nd printings coming, so we should be good for a while! Again, let us know if you want to reserve a copy by calling the stores!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

For the evil genius who has everything


it's HENCHMAN'S HELPER!

I had this as my desktop the other day when the appliance repair guy came to fix the dryer. I acted real distracted when he was telling me what was wrong with it, and I finally pounded my fist on my desk while frantically clicking my mouse shouting "WE LOST CLEVELAND! SEND IN THE ULTRA-TERMITES!"

I think he knocked a few bucks off the price.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Attention all personnel... this is the Captain speaking

OK, this is just too cool:


From the Diamond Select website:
This iconic sci-fi release measures an astonishing 3 1/2 feet wide by 3 1/4 feet deep and stands just under 3 1/2 feet tall. The chair itself is constructed of high-quality fiberglass and features plastic, metal and wooden accents to recreate the legendary original prop. Highlights include a newly-engineered base to allow full 360° rotation, a leather seat cover, working indicators and switches as well as your favorite sound effects from the classic Star Trek series!

Detailed schematics of the Captain's Chair supplied by Paramount were used to iron out the various chair designs and create the ultimate Star Trek lifestyle accessory. The right-hand console includes settings for Yellow and Red Alert, Pod Jettison, Micro Tape and the ship's Intercom while the left-hand panel features Hailing Frequencies, Viewscreen Activation and Shuttle Operation controls - each with sound effects or light-up details.


And it's only a bit over $3000.00! If you want to order one, let me know!

(Did anyone else giggle when they read the phrase "ultimate Star Trek lifestyle accessory"?)

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Another fun timewaster


Try THIS FUN GAME!

It's making me crazy. Enjoy.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

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You're welcome.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

AAAAAaaaa the anticipation is killing me

The MINUTEMEN:


From WATCHMEN, naturally. This stuff is killing me. I can't wait for the movie.

(Thanks Jason Resh for the tip!)

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

It just keeps getting better

Mike Bollinger sent me a link to this Japanese WATCHMEN trailer:



It pretty much confirms my suspicions about the Comedian and JFK!

Now let's see if I'm right about a B-29 and Doctor Manhattan!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Is this wrong?

I was just checking out the newest LEGO stuff on their website, when I ran across this playset:

So of course my first thought was "Do they have a bunch of little red Lego pieces for when the mechanic gets blendered by the propeller?"



Heh heh.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Did anyone read the latest issue of WOLVERINE (#70) yet?


It's part of the "Old Man Logan" story-arc that's running through WOLVERINE right now, and explains why Wolvie refuses to pop his claws and fight back. What did you think? It made the hair stand up on my arm, personally! This is the best story about Wolverine that I've read since the "Weapon X" story that ran through MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS back in the '90s. I love Wolverine as a character, but in my opinion he's rarely done right. This is great stuff.

What do you think? I'm wondering if it's more fake reality from Mysterio, or not.

Oh, and don't get too excited... the next issue has been resolicited until MARCH! Grrrr.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Who watches the

WATCHCATS?

Here's an oddity from back in the late '80s/early'90s:



I remember this being out, but I don't think I've ever held a copy in my hand. You'd think it would be worth more than this.

There are two WATCHMEN parodies scheduled to ship soon... WATCHMENSCH and ...-uh-... I can't remember the other one. Everything old is new again, eh?

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Germans


(This has absolutely nothing to do with comic books, but still.)

I am of German heritage (Mom was naturalized a US citizen in 1971, Dad's dad came over to America in the 1920s, they're from opposite ends of Germany), and I am always fascinated by the German language of which I speak a little and understand more. One of my favorite things about the German language is the seeming ability of the Germans to mash a couple of words together to make a new word when one is needed. And like the French language, the Germans have words for stuff we didn't know we needed.

One of my favorite German words is this:

"Schadenfreude", or a pleasurable emotion resulting from the misfortune of others

Of COURSE the Germans would have such a word! I'm sure it comes up all the time. Strangely enough, we Americans use it a lot too.

Recently I discovered a new German word:

"Backpfeifengesicht" - a face that cries out for a fist in it

Yes, that seems very German too, doesn't it! Crack me up.

Oh and the (second) longest German word, made of mashing a bunch of smaller words together when they needed a new one?

Behold:

"Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhaupt
betriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft"
which of course means Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services


I sure love those compound nouns!

You're welcome.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

We got a WiiFit this Christmas


and it got me thinking about this 1983 SEARS Wishbook containing state-of-the-art Vectrex, Gemini, Colecovision, Intellivision, Odyssey 2, Atari 2600, Atari 5200 systems and even some nifty handhelds for the 1983 Christmas season.

I had a Vectrex and an Atari 5200 at this point, plus a handheld football game. Pretty cool memories.

Did you have any of these?

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Left 4K Dead


Check out this cool mini-game by clicking HERE!

Left 4k Dead was made by Markus Persson, for the 2009 Java 4k Competition. The entire game is less than 4kb.

I just wasted an hour of my life. And I'll probably waste more. It's pretty addictive.

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