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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con Panels announced!


1:30-2:30 Comic Rewind: The '70s
The 1970s were an exciting time in comics as a team of mutants gained new life, a muck monster rose from the swamp, fish laughed, mystic defenders faced trippy threats, a hunter of men met a bat, and much more. It was a time of amazing creativity and excitement. Join creators Chris Claremont, Steve Englehart, Walter Simonson, Len Wein, and Bernie Wrightson along with moderator Mark Waid as they take a look back at the comics of the '70s.
Check out the just-released schedule of panels at the Baltimore Comic-Con HERE! Looks to be a ton of fun!

Have you seen the amazing Guest List? Highlights include: Jason Aaron, Mike Allred, Dick Ayers, Nick Cardy, Frank Cho, Chris Claremont, Evan Dorkin, Greg Horn, Adam Hughes, JG Jones, Robert Kirkman, Joe Kubert, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, David Mack, Terry Moore, George Perez, Tim Sale, Marc Silvestri, Walter Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Mark Waid, Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson and many many more! HERE'S the complete list! It's crazy!

Oh and if you're heading to the Baltimore Comic-Con from up north here in Pennsylvania and don't feel like fighting Baltimore city traffic or trying to find an expensive parking space, try Maryland Transit's Light Rail! You just park your car at one of several lots along I-83, and for a small fee (something like $3.00 round-trip!), you can hop on the Light Rail Train, which takes you to a station RIGHT BESIDE THE CONVENTION CENTER! It's awesome! Click HERE to see where you can board the train!

And you can buy your advance tickets HERE!

Comix Connection will be set up at our usual booth as we have been for all ten years of the fabulous Baltimore Comic-Con. Stop by and get a FREE ONE DOLLAR BILL CASH AMERICAN by simply wearing your Comix Connection T-shirt! There may even be a special con-goers coupon for you to use at the stores when you get back home! Or just stop by and say "HI" to Bill and the Comix Connection Convention Monkeys. Crabcake sandwiches gladly accepted!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CLICK HERE!

Seriously, just go CLICK HERE!

Crack me up.

OK, now go vote on Manager Jared's new poll just below!

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Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #2

LET THE CONTEST CONTINUE!

We're back again for another bout of the brave! This time we have two characters who have currently taken over the role of their predecessors. Captain America died and afterward his former sidekick Bucky Barnes took over the helm of Captain America, "Defender of the Free!"
Likewise, Dick Grayson, the first Robin took over Batman's cowl to defend the dark and ugly Gotham City.

We recieved many comments with our last bout and would love to see that enthusiasm continue throughout! So without further ado...

The contenders' powers:

CAPTAIN AMERICA- Skilled acrobat, fighter, scout, and assassin. Vibranium-steel alloy shield, Pistol, Superhuman strength derived from cybernetic arm. Trained by Captain America (Steve Rogers).

BATMAN- Acrobat, master martial artist, tactician, detective, and hi-tech gadgets and weapons. Trained by Batman (Bruce Wayne).


VOTE WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, BATMAN OR CAPTAIN AMERICA?



Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section!

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Spider-man lizard!

Spider-man lizard:



Spider-man lizard!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con Is Two Weekends Away!


That's right! The one comic-con Comix Connection is devoted to attending each year is fast approaching and I couldn't be more excited! If you're thinking of attending and still need information or tickets for the show, please use the link we provide on this website found in our sidebar under the heading "Upcoming Events" or just click HERE. This comic-con is so much fun to attend every year and really does offer a wonderful focus on comics! Not movies, not video games,... COMICS!

This year's show just keeps getting better and better, and is still adding names to the guest list! In fact, Neal Adams was just confirmed as a guest on September 15th!


So mark October 10th and 11th on your calendars and make your way to Baltimore! You'll have a great time and you'll thank us later for the encouragement to go!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Weekend Comic Chat: Banner's in the Band Edition!

Another week, another fine stack of comics have been read! I enjoyed a number of books this week. Madame Xanadu #15 wrapped up Michael Kaluta's five issue story of Xanadu in the 1940s New York. This story has been particularly fun since writer, Matt Wagner, used this story as a chance to use the Golden Age Sandman, Wesley Dodds and his gal Friday, Diane Belmont one more time! I miss his Sandman Mystery Theatre work. The 2nd part of the new story arch "Solve Everything" in Fantastic Four was really enjoyable! I love the concept of the league of Reed Richards from alternate Earths. Superman: Secret Origin was another fine read this week! For another retelling of Superman's origin, it at least didn't read like just another retelling of his origin. Johns has a lot of wonderful moments here and Frank's art speaks for itself. Wednesday Comics took its final bow this week with issue #12 and I'm a little sad. Here's hoping we see a Wednesday Comics Series 2 next summer!

Of course, the big book, or should I say giant-sized book on everyone's mind this week, is the Old Man Logan special that's the finale to Millar and McNiven's brutal saga of a possible Marvel future! Wolverine fans can't miss this issue and really Hulk fans shouldn't either! I don't even want to say anything about this but other than READ IT!!! Nuff said!

What did you read this week? What are your thoughts on this week's comics? Feel free to comment!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The perfect gift

I love bendy straws. They make every drink fun. And now I can get a set of four permanent reusable stainless steel ones:


CLICK HERE to see more! Apparently Oprah loves them!

(And then on another forum, Chris Powell of Lone Star Comics pointed me to THIS for only $155! Everything's better with monkeys!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

First amatuer HD video from the edge of space!

Check THIS out!

The balloon and camera were launched at 7:44 AM, the balloon burst at 10:51 AM at 107,145 ft. and the camera landed via parachute at 11:40 AM, 89 miles from the launch site after a 3 hr. & 56 min. flight. The camera recorded a total of 4 hrs. & 22 min. of Hi-Def Video before it stopped recording 53 secs after landing, when its 32GB of memory was full. The only thing better would have been if the camera had recorded for several minutes more to captured the sound of us approaching and video of us opening its container.

It's amazing what you can get up to with the technology we have today... 40 years ago, this would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to accomplish! We are truly living in the future.

Here's a truncated version of the video with all the high points of the voyage:



Just plain cool.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #1

Manager Jared here! I'm going to be holding a regular weekly "Versus Contest" by polling all of you on who would beat who! We will eliminate each losing character bracket style, until only one hero stands! The first battle is between two of the biggest powerhouses from the Big Two companies. Feel free to explain why you'd think one or the other will win in the comments section below.

Let the contest begin!

The contenders' powers:

SUPERMAN - Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, senses, intelligence, regeneration, and longevity; super breath, heat vision, x-ray vision and flight.

SENTRY - has the power of 10 million exploding suns. And his power is not limited to any one capability, nor to only his conscious mind. His powers are also said to be virtually limitless as seen in the Dark Avengers when he is killed by Morgan le Fay and then somehow re-materializes in front of the Avengers team back at their HQ. It is also mentioned in the Dark Avengers issues that the Sentry no longer requires most human necessities. He can super-heat his entire body, sterilizing it so he doesn't need to shower, and his digestive system also produces enough nutrients that he doesn't require food or drink.

VOTE! WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, SUPERMAN OR SENTRY?



Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

That can on the counter where you put your spare change


Has yielded a whopping $95.00 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Thanks to all of you who have dropped your extra coins (and bills) into the donation cans that haunt the counters of both Comix Connection stores! It certainly adds up and goes to a great cause! CLICK HERE to visit the CBLDF website, and keep those pennies coming... it sure adds up!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Looking Forward to Looking Back, #3

Welcome to my third installment of a weekly post series focusing on the days of comics and pop culture past! This week pulp fiction is the theme. Nothing Tarantino related here though! I'm looking back to talk about the heroes of the pulp magazines of the first half of the 20Th century.

As I've said before, if you're a fan of classic comics this really is the golden age for reprint collections and fortunately the same can be said if you're interested in pulp fiction and the pulp heroes of the 20s through the 50s. I became interested in pulps as a late teenager. My interest in comic book characters started looking backwards as much as forwards, and pulps were that next step backwards after the characters of the comic strips. After all, how can you have Flash Gordon without Buck Rogers! Buck had a comic strip, sure. But he got his start in the pulps! Amazing Stories to be exact! I wanted to know more and at the time I would occasionally find them at the area flea markets. They were often quite cheap and frequently in really bad shape, but from the few I discovered I was instantly intrigued and needed to find and learn more. Sadly I soon learned that original pulps were not easy to find, especially not in any kind of decent condition due to the "pulp" paper stock they were printed on, and second, if I wasn't finding them at a yard sale or flea market, pulps were difficult to afford.

Then I discovered a company called Adventure House and their pulp reprint magazines, such as High Adventure and G-8 & His Battle Aces, complete with illustrations! I was hooked on them! The good news is Adventure House is still in business today, and they are not alone in their efforts to see new generations of readers discover the thrill of these old stories! Sanctum Press and Girasol publish regular editions of classic hero pulps almost every month in their Pulp Double Novel format. If you're curious to read the real legends of pulp fiction, this is where you start with characters such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Avengers, The Whisperer, and The Spider! We stock a number of these at the store, and we can order many, many more.

The appeal of these magazines can be infinite and their connection to the comics we know today is quite evident! Just consider all the characters comic books would be missing without the pulps:

* The Avenger (Published two different times by DC Comics, now back at DC again!)
* Buck Rogers (Comic strips, Famous Funnies, Toby Press, Gold Key, TSR Inc., and now at Dynamite!)
* Conan the Barbarian (Marvel and now Dark Horse Comics)
* Doc Savage (Street & Smith Publications, Gold Key, Marvel, DC, Innovation, Millennium, now back for a second run at DC!)
* Domino Lady (Moonstone has a brand new series featuring her out now!)
* Fu Manchu (I.W. Enterprises and then later appeared in Marvel's Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu)
* G-8 (Dell Comics and then by Blazing Comics)
* Green Lama (Spark Publications and now he appears in the pages of Dynamite's Project Superpowers!)
* Hopalong Cassidy (Fawcett Comics and then by DC Comics)
* John Carter of Mars (40s comic strip, Dell, Gold Key, Marvel Comics, in fact Frank Miller's first Marvel work was on issue #18. Later published by Dark Horse Comics, and then appeared in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!)
* Ka-Zar (Marvel Comics #1 and he's still Marvel's premiere king of the jungle, or rather Savage Land)
* Kull (Marvel and again recently at Dark Horse Comics)
* The Shadow (A comic strip, then comic by Street & Smith, Archie Comics, and then notable runs twice at DC, a Marvel Graphic Novel, and then later at Dark Horse Comics)
* The Spider (Eclipse Comics and now a new Moonstone series!)
* Solomon Kane (Marvel and recently Dark Horse Comics)
* Tarzan (30s comic strip started by Hal Foster, numerous comics publishers, notably Dell, DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics)
* Zorro (a comic strip, wonderfully illustrated by Alex Toth at one point, also a comic for Dell, then Gold Key, Marvel, Topps, and now published currently by Dynamite!)

It's also important to note that these popular characters inspired the creation of so many other characters we know in comics today, from Adam Strange to Tom Strong. Also pulp writers turned comic writers made tremendous contributions to comics. For example, writer, Gardner Fox, spent his youth pouring over the early pulps of the 1910s and 20s. He then went on to pen numerous stories for everything for Detective Comics to The Atom to The Flash, while at the same time writing stories for Weird Tales and Planet Stories. In the 1940s, Fox co-created The Sandman, Doctor Fate, and the concept of the superhero team with The Justice Society of America. Then in the 1960s he introduced in the pages of The Flash #123, the concept that the Golden Age heroes existed on a parallel earth named Earth-2. This saga "The Flash of Two Earths" set up principles of the DC universe that are still acknowledged today. Over the course of the 1500 stories he wrote for DC Comics, his pulp background served him well.

So if you're looking for something different to read, maybe a detour down the avenue of pulp fiction might suit you! You'll discover these thrilling, fast-paced, tales share the same sense of adventure, drama, and mystery of the comic books we all know and love.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Old Man Logan Returns!

After the mind-blowing ending of Wolverine #73 and one long and very cruel delay, the moment Wolverine fans have been waiting for is almost here! Yes, this coming Wednesday, September 23rd, the conclusion to the saga of Old Man Logan arrives on our shelves!

Logan's home, his family is dead, and his claws are out! See the history of the Wolverine vs Hulk conflict reach a brand new level of barbarity this Wednesday! See you then!

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

What If...

Ever wondered what some of the most popular movies of this day and age would be like if they had been made during the Hollywood of yesteryear?

Well, wonder no more! Think back and you'll remember...

Remember the thrills and adventure of the 1951 version of Raiders of the Lost Ark




Recall how much you laughed when you saw the 1954 version of Ghostbusters



And how could you forget James Stewart's memorable and heartfelt 1949 performance in the inspirational story of Forrest Gump? Here's a reminder!




I think these clips are very impressive! It's a blast recalling all the source material used in these trailers! Check out more of YouTube member whoiseyevan's stuff HERE! Found via Metafilter!

I hope you enjoyed them! Have a good weekend folks!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

To prevent forty-five of you from needing to send me this link

I give you...

THE DOOM-O-MATIC!



Thank you and good night.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Google "Impressionist Street View"



Check this out:

Vincent Van Google: Artist uses Street View website to travel the world virtually

For the past year wannabe globe-trotter Bill Guffey, 45, has spent hundreds of hours traveling thousands of virtual miles to visit places he feels he will never get to see in person.

But using the internet giant's mapping tool, with which web-surfers can visit locations across the globe, Bill, from Kentucky in the U.S. has been able to capture iconic landscapes far from home.




Read all about it HERE! I would think this is a handy concept for any artist... want to know what a street in Singapore really looks like? Google Map it! Want to travel the back streets of Moscow? Google Map it! Quite the handy artist's reference tool!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Best comic book this week

was ARCHIE #601 (Part 2 of 6 "Archie Marries Veronica: The Wedding") simply for this panel:



Of course that's an EC/MAD reference, dontcha know. (EC for me, see?)

Behold, from the magical pen of Will Elder, written by the inimitable Harvey Kurtzman, circa 1953:



*snicker*

As for what I think of Archie proposing to Veronica? This is what I imagine (St)Archie should be thinking right about now:



Crack me up.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Now the mice are levitating


See levitating mouse here.

You're welcome.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Looking Forward to Looking Back, #2

Welcome to my second installment of a hopefully regular weekly feature here on the Comix Connection blog! This time out I'm narrowing my look back to focus on the legacy of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This standard of classic children's' literature was first published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, and sold 21,000 copies by that year's end. By 1902, the book's popularity spawned an adaptation for a stage play dubbed simply The Wizard of Oz, and Baum went on to write and publish thirteen more Oz books. Oz got the comic treatment with a comic strip saga, Queer Visitors From the Land of Oz, which ran in newspapers from 1904-1905. Later, Baum's work was of much interest to filmmakers, and from 1910 to 1939, the land of Oz was brought to cinematic life in film efforts that ranged from now nearly forgotten silent shorts to a talking technicolor full length feature that is now a television tradition! The wonder of Oz is an experience known generation after generation, and its importance has really been felt this year.

Why Oz, why now?

Well, this is the year for Oz and for Oz fans for many reasons! On the comics side of things, Marvel's adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a very well received 8 issue mini series this year. In fact, the series was so popular that in November, writer Eric Shanower and artist Skottie Young take readers back over the rainbow in The Marvelous Land of Oz, an eight-issue adaptation of the second Baum classic. So if you enjoyed the first series, this new mini is certainly not to be missed! If you didn't pick it up have no fear as the collected edition, in hardcover no less, is available now! It's a wonderful and most faithful adaptation of the book. You can also tell that this book was really a love affair for the entire team that worked on it! As both writer and illustrator, Eric Shanower has devoted much of his comic career bringing readers new adventures from the land of Oz. His name was an expectation almost on this project, but I was initially surprised he would only write this series allowing the penciling chores to fall on the shoulders of Skottie Young. Fortunately, Skottie Young was the perfect choice! He knows this world, he knows the characters, and it shines through in how he's interpreted each one of them! Young's dramatic and energetic pencils combined with colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu's adept sense of applying his colour palette to perfectly enhance every change of atmosphere and setting, every bit of character and mood, creates a comic that reads in a vibrant technicolor of its own!

For classic movie fans this is a big year for Oz too as this is the 70Th anniversary of the most beloved film version of The Wizard of Oz. I doubt there's anyone who hasn't seen Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale with her little dog and that cast of characters skipping down the Yellow Brick Road, but Warner Bros. would like fans to experience this MGM classic in a whole new way by giving them the chance to experience Oz in Hi-Def both at home and at theatres!

Yes, theatres!

The Wizard of Oz 70Th Anniversary Hi-Def Event will be the first ever High Definition presentation in movie theatres nationwide of The Wizard of Oz! This One Night Event will take place in over 440 movie theatres on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. (local time). In addition to the feature presentation of The Wizard of Oz, this exclusive event will include a special introduction by Robert Osborne, a classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, followed by “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” a look into how L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was transformed into one of the most beloved films of all time including archival interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and rare musical outtakes. Also featured will be an exclusive clip of the Scarecrow, Ray Bolger, dancing in High-definition for the very first time. If you'd like to see The Wizard of Oz, we are fortunate that the Regal 14 in Harrisburg is offering this experience! Again, this is one night only on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7PM. Tickets are on sale now!

If you prefer your movie experience within the comfort of your own home, then pick up the 70Th Anniversary Edition DVD or Blu-ray on September 29Th! Frame by frame, this film has been given new Hi-Def life through the newest achievements in remastering and is one of the first films ever scanned and transferred at an incredible 8K resolution. Many Oz fans such as myself may own the previous 4 disc anniversary set, but there's some wonderful additions to this release along with the new state of the art transfer and an incredible amount of collectibles within the box set.
CLICK HERE to view the astonishing list of Special Features!

Well, that's all for now folks! More looking back next week... maybe you'll be off to see the Wizard too!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

A great time was had by all at the Second Annual Creators Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg

Mike Hawthorne and his magic spatula!


Many, many, many folks donated canned food for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank... you guys and gals filled this barrel! THANKS!


J.F. Gonzalez autographs his books for his avid fans!


The dust settles on the special ONE DOLLAR EACH back issue bins! It looked like a tornado hit them, so I guess a lot of you filled some of your want lists!


What are these folks waiting in line for?


To sample some of Mike Hawthorne's GREEK-STYLE PORK KABOBS and insanely delicious hamburgers, that what! Note the poor abandoned hot dog.


Horror novelist and comic book author Brian Keene takes a break from signing his books to grab some of Mike's delicious grub and chat with some fans.


J.F. Gonzalez, Brian Keene and Mike Hawthorne... thanks for making Creators Cookout 2009 a smash hit!


Many thanks to all of you who donated canned goods to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank!

And special thanks go out to the awesome Comix Connection Counter Monkeys -> Nicky (The CLAW!) , Tony (Baloney), Brian (fake Triple-G) and Manager Joe (The Continuity Kid) for holding down the fort! We seriously couldn't do it without you! Thanks!

And there are lots more photos HERE on the Comix Connection Facebook page!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

For the Star Wars Fan Who Now Has Kids


Yes, my friends... this is a Tauntaun Sleeping Bag! Your child could slumber in the warm belly of this gentle beast of Hoth! But only if this product idea is approved by LucasFilms! It seems the fine folks at ThinkGeek cooked up this sleeping bag as a trick product listing for April Fool's Day, but people were furious when they discovered it was merely a joke. Fortunately due to all the interest, ThinkGeek's been working to get an official license to produce this bag for real! So if you'd like to support the development of this as an actual product visit the ThinkGeek site and make your interest known now!

I am merely jealous that this was not a possibility when I was a kid. The youth today have it all.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Meet Famous Creators, help feed the people of Central Pennsylvania


That's tomorrow at Comix Connection-Mechanicsburg!

FREE Hotdogs, hamburgers and etc. will be available from 12 Noon until 2PM-ish... come early and watch comic creator Mike Hawthorne work his culinary magic!

Also meet and greet with authors Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez while you partake of the goodies.

PLEASE BRING SOME CANNED FOOD to feed the donation barrel for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank!

Cash donations will also be accepted, so come on in and grub out at Comix Connection!

Grab a burger, get an autograph, and chat with talented creators! What a great way to spend a rainy afternoon!


Oh and feed your brain too: ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS ARE $1.00 EACH ALL DAY!

See you there!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Stuff left on the Moon


Stuff left on the moon via the Lunar Legacy Project.

I think that's where my remote is.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Secrets of Comics Creation revealed!


Check this out:
"Media Boomtown’s new documentary is a look inside the creative process. Told in the arena of comic books, we asked several prominent comic book artists what any kid would want to know about success in their field. The result is an engaging and motivating call to arms for ANYONE interested in doing anything creative."
"Media Boomtown is very excited to announce "Pure Imagination: The Secrets Of Comics Creation" will make its local debut at Harrisburg's Midtown Cinema! Please join us Saturday, September 26th from 10am to Noon. Mark you calendars now and pre-register at info@mediaboomtown.com."

WHAT: Release event for "Pure Imagination: The Secrets of Comics Creation"

WHERE: Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA


WHEN: Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at 10AM - Noon


Bonus: Meet comic creator JIMMY GOWNLEY (Amelia Rules!) who will be on-hand to sign books and chat!

Sounds like a cool event!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

THIS SATURDAY AT COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG!

HOT DOGS


HAMBURGERS


HORROR NOVELIST BRIAN KEENE


COMIC CREATOR MIKE HAWTHORNE


HORROR NOVELIST J.F. GONZALEZ



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK


THIS SATURDAY
12 NOON - 2 PM-ish
COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG
DONATIONS TO THE CENTRAL PA FOOD BANK WELCOME!

LET'S ALL PITCH IN TO HELP CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIANS!

(ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS ARE $1.00 EACH ALL DAY!)

JOIN US!

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Looking Forward to Looking Back

We're more than a few decades removed from the 1930s and 40s, but this really is the golden age for the comic book fan! I say this not because of all of the video games and films based on comics or because The Disney Corporation just bought Marvel Comics, but because there's such a wealth of incredible material both new and old for fans to read! For me, the "old" material is mostly what I'm after, and thanks to the numerous reprint, archive, and masterwork efforts going on today, even though I have reduced the number of regular comic books I buy I never go without something to read! I also have plenty to go on about when it comes to discussing this material which brings me to this post on the Comix Connection blog. This my inaugural edition of a regular column to discuss my love for classic comic material in reprint or original form along with some other things classic and cool, and if I'm lucky it'll prove of interest to some of our site's fine visitors!

So what's up for this first edition? Well, the new Previews is here, so I think I'll start with talking up some of the goodies from the September listings for items which begin shipping in November!

Dark Horse Comics is offering the first of a two volume Archives Series featuring Barry Windsor-Smith's work on marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian. This material has been offered up before in the softcover Chronicles of Conan volumes, but this is the first time this work gets the hardcover treatment. I'm passing on this collection, but for Conan fans this is the stuff! Volume two will close out with issue #24, which while featuring the last of BWS's art, it also holds the distinction of being the first full Red Sonja story. Artist-centric collections such as this often skip any other artists' work, so I wouldn't expect to see John Severin's work on Kull or Gil Kane's work on issues #17-18 as part of the book. 200 pages of full color Conan for $49.95!

DC Comics gives me only one item to have on my Previews order this month with Showcase Presents: Wonder Woman Volume 3 TP. Collecting issues #138-156, this boasts almost 500 pages of Silver Age goodness for a mere $17.99! Gotta love the value of the Showcase series!

It's worth mentioning there's a nice Absolute Green Lantern:Rebirth collection offered this month featuring the mini-series that reestablished Hal Jordan and all the wonders of the Green Lantern Corps to the DC Universe again! If any recent material deserved Absolute treatment, this is it! This edition also includes the GL preview story from Wizard Magazine and material from Green Lantern Secret Files 2005. This collection can be yours for $75.00!

Green Lantern fans should also note, GL Chronicles Vol. 2 TP, collecting Green Lantern(vol 2) #4-9, is available to order in this Previews! Lots of key Silver Age material there, including battles with The Weaponers of Qward, Sinestro, Hector Hammond, and the 1st appearance of fellow Lantern, Tomar Re!

Now onto the reprint slate for Marvel Comics...

Marvel is the powerhouse when it comes to reprints, and this month is no exception! They have two amazing Masterworks editions, a softcover Masterworks, two spectacular Marvel Premiere Classic HCs, another Essential... volume, and a new Visionaries TP!

Starting with the Masterworks, this time out Marvel offers Golden Age Daring Mystery Comics Vol. 2, which reprints Daring Mystery Comics #5-8 and then a post Silver Age volume of Fantastic Four reprinting FF #117-128! Some fun stuff there! The FF Masterworks is significant as this volume sees the culmination of Stan Lee's run on the book, having stayed on after Kirby's last work on issue #108!

The softcover series of Masterworks soldier on this month with the Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1, collecting Giant-Size X-Men #1, and X-Men #94-100! If I have to explain the importance of these issues to you, then you need to waste no more time on this post and read some classic X-Men!

The Marvel Premiere editions this month are both really top-notch stories and come highly requested from fans of this line. So because we demanded it... The Avengers: The Korvac Saga(Avengers Vol. 1, #167-168 & #170-177) HC and Fantastic Four: In Search of Galactus (Fantastic Four 204-214). Byrne fans should note this now reprints his earliest work on FF! Also features the 1st appearances of Terrax the Tamer and H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot! Yay!

Keeping the Fantastic Four theme rolling this month, there's a FF Visionaries:Walter Simonson, collecting another chunk of his work on the book(FF#347-350 & #352-354)!

Essential Moon Knight is the lone black and white phone book thick reprint book this month, and features 528 pages of goodness!

Ghost Rider fans, particularly on Danny ketch, will want to note the listing for the first Ghost Rider Classic book reprinting issues #1-10.

My final Marvel note is they're offering the first of their efforts to reprint The 'Nam in this Previews. This book reprints #1-#10. Glad to see that series on the reprint list!

IDW has a variety of worthwhile books offered in Previews. First up, there's the Art of Ditko HC, promising a collection of Steve Ditko's most innovative and rare work, an introduction by Stan Lee, essays by Jerry Robinson, John Romita, and P. Craig Russell in a large format full colour book designed by Craig Yoe! In fact, this book kicks off an entire line of Yoe! Books, so keep an eye on IDW in future for other offering by Yoe!

IDW's efforts to produce deluxe reprints featuring classic comic strip material, introduces two new lines of books in November with a focus on family, as both Bringing Up Father and The Family Circus join The Library of American Comics line! IDW's first volume of The Family Circus offers the first chronological reprint ever done for Bil Keane's strip, starting at February29th, 1960, and compiles two years of material for this first volume in the series.Bringing Up Father however skips ahead to 1939-40 for its first volume to reprint the much beloved "From Sea to Shining Sea" storyline, rather than starting with the initial start of George McManus' book in 1913. This storyline sees Maggie and Jiggs treating their daughter and her new husband to a trip across America that's full of funny gags and comic hijinx from start to finish! I'm really anxious for this collection, especially after reading the recent collection of the earliest Bringing Up Father strips published by NBM.

If classic British comic material is your cup of tea, then Book Palace has two fine examples of British comic magazine work in November. The first is another fine collection of Frank Bellamy's work, The Story of World War I. I have Book Palace's books which reprinted his Hulton Press' Swift work in The Complete Adventures of King Arthur and The Complete Adventures of Robin Hood, and Bellamy's such an amazing draftsman that I can't pass on this book. Bellamy's a self-taught artist whose talent can't be denied. I can only hope Book Palace also publishes The Complete Swiss Family Robinson to further highlight his top notch adventure comics work!

The other Book Palace release for November is the Complete Adventures of the Three Musketeers illustrated by Chilean artist, Arturo del Castillo. After starting his career working for ad agencies and South American magazines, Del Castillo became well remembered in the UK for the comic strip adaptations of Alexandre Dumas' novels, such as The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask, he illustrated for British magazines in the late 1950s. He also drew a number of key British western comics such as Top Spot ('Ringo') and Ranger ('Dan Dakota - Lone Gun') and for the Cowboy Picture Library.

Pure Imagination has the second volume of Bill Ward's Torchy in their listings! If Theakstonised black and white reprints of America's blond bombshell from Modern Comics and Torchy Comics sounds appealing, this book's for you!

TwoMorrows Publishing has two artist books of note to mention here. First up, Sal Buscema: Comics' Fast & Furious Artist and then the newest edition to the Modern Masters series, Volume 21 with Chris Sprouse! The book on Sal will be available as a 172 page SC for $26.95 or as a 192 page HC for $46.95.

And my final note for this Previews...

In August, Fantagraphics released their first deluxe volume of Prince Valiant strips, and it was a truly beautiful reprint effort worthy of Hal Foster's pages. Now Fantagraphics brings us Brian Kane's Definitive Prince Valiant Companion, a 160 page hardcover, reprinting the out of print and highly sought after showcase expanded with new material! I am very excited for this new edition! Brain Kane's examination of Hal Foster's significance as an illustrator and creator, in Hal Foster: Prince of Illustrators is my favourite documented book of an artist, as well as his book on James Bama. Mr. Kane visited our store in Mechanicsburg on vacation more than a summer ago, and he was even nice enough to send me a replacement dust jacket for my copy after I confessed my original took on a bit of paint and damage from being on my drawing table at home. I thank you Mr. Kane! You are a true gentleman and scholar! This collection is also dear to me as the proceeds of the sale of this book will go to an organisation I joined a number of years ago, The Friends of Hal Foster Society, which has been raising money for the creation of a statue of Prince Valiant to be erected at the site of Foster's birthplace in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Well, that's a lot for now! Thanks for reading! Check in next week for a new post!

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

York's very own flash mob

Longtime reader Jim Bellenbaum sent us this awesome clip of a "flashmob" on the Square, downtown York, PA:



Great stuff! Kudos, dancers, and thanks, Jim! Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Weekend Comics Chat - Primed and Ready Edition!


Another week, another stack of comics to read! Incognito and Wednesday Comics are my favorite reads this week! I also enjoyed Daring Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Edition featuring the Phantom Reporter! Reading this special really made me want to see last issues of the series The Twelve! Hopefully we'll see the book return soon as planned!

But enough about me, what did you read this week? Share your thoughts, don't be shy!

If you haven't gotten through your books this week, may you find some time this holiday weekend to do so! Our hours for the weekend are regular business hours Saturday and Sunday, and 10AM to 5PM on Monday! If you do stop by, feel free to start making non-perishable food donations in the store before the big Creator Cookout hits next weekend! The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank got a barrel here for us on Thursday and it's a little empty so far! So please help if you can! We appreciate it, and the folks it helps certainly will too!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Arkham insanity!


Call this (toll free) phone number:

1 (888) 827-5426

No, seriously, it's pretty cool. Apparently part of the marketing campaign for the ARKHAM ASYLUM game.

And also CLICK HERE for the awesome ArkhamCare website. Very well done, folks!

Ooh, and try to see if you can login HERE. (Thanks Jason!) Let me know if you find anything!

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

MATTRESS DOMINOES!

World Record Attempt:



You're welcome!

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Creating Memories to Last a Lunchtime!


On Saturday, September 12th from 12 noon until 2PM, Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg will be hosting our 2nd Annual Creators Cookout! We'll be offering free hot dogs & hamburgers with a side order of a few special guests:
Marvel/Vertigo/Image/IDW and all-around swell artist, who is currently wowing us with his pencils on G.I. Joe Origins, MIKE HAWTHORNE!

Two time Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2004 Shocker Award Winner for non-fiction, and writer of Marvel Comics' Dead of Night: Devil-Slayer , acclaimed horror and crime author BRIAN KEENE!

Author of several acclaimed novels of terror and suspense, including Clickers I & Clickers II, and over sixty other short stories, J.F. GONZALEZ!

Last year our Creator Cookout raised a sizable donation for the Hero Initiative, but with this year's event we chose to focus on a cause that's immediate to the mid-state, so we are seeking to collect charitable donations for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. A donation barrel for non-perishable food items will be available in our store starting on Friday, September 4th, 2009. Cash donations may also be made during the cookout event on Saturday. All donations will be collected by the Central PA Food Bank on September 14th. So please as you come in to our store next week, make a donation if you can of a food item, or if you're joining us for our festivities on Saturday make a donation then! Folks in our area are really depending on the Central PA Food Bank now more than ever.

Also for our loyal customers, all back issues in the bins will be just a dollar each for the entire day! So even if you can't make the cookout, feel free to come in for the back issues!

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

NEXT WEEK'S COMICS WILL SHIP ONE DAY LATE!


That's right! Due to the holiday, next week's comic shipment will arrive one day late, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th! You have been warned!

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