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Saturday, October 31, 2009

DON'T JUST SIT THERE!


What are you waiting for? Come on in to Comix Connection's Annual Halloween Sale TODAY AND SUNDAY!

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

ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS IN THE BINS - $1.00 EACH!
ALL 2/99¢ COMICS - 10¢ 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 - 25% OFF!
Special costume offer - Show up in costume and get 10 comic books (your choice) out of the bins ABSOLUTELY FREE!

FREE GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS! (The official Snack Candy of Comix Connection!)

For more Halloween fun, click HERE to carve your very own virtual pumpkin!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Coming soon - Peter Bagge's THE BRADLEYS?


Now this is great news about one of my all-time favorite comic books, HATE (which followed the awesome NEAT STUFF)... Peter Bagge's classic strip about the hyper-dysfunctional Bradley family is in development to be an animated series at FOX! More info HERE and HERE!



It's been 24 years since the debut of NEAT STUFF... I think that America is finally ready for an animated Bradleys! Bring it on!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

RAMONES - "Pet Sematary"

Let's get in that Halloween mood:



Well, they are all dead now except the parade of lame drummers. That's scary.

Oooh, just found this too... an extra-long trailer to one of my favorite movies of all time, 1978's DAWN OF THE DEAD:



It was quite an experience seeing this movie in the theater with my friends (and about ten other people total.) Our brains were sizzling for weeks afterward...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DO NOT FORGET!


During the upcoming Comix Connection Halloween Sale 2009 (this Saturday and Sunday, all day, both stores) there will be a special reward for anyone who arrives in costume:

YOU GET TEN COMICS OUT OF THE BINS ABSOLUTELY FREE, YOUR CHOICE, no strings attached!

That's right. Come to either store in costume, take ten comics out of the bins... and they're yours, absolutely free! Also grab a Goldenberg's Peanut Chew, and check out the great sales that we're having all weekend, including ALL COMIC BOOKS IN THE BINS --> ONE DOLLAR EACH!

CLICK HERE for more information about Comix Connection Halloween Sale 2009!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #6 Brought to you by Stretch Armstrong!

If you can, try to "wrap" your head around this doozy!
Both of these heroes are part of famous teams. Plastic Man is a sometimes member of the Justice League of America and Mister Fantastic is the front man of the Fantastic Four!

The Contender's Powers:

Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards): Genius level intellect, he has the ability to convert his entire body into a highly malleable state at will, allowing him to stretch, deform, and reform himself into virtually any shape and is said to have an "elastic consciousness".

Plastic Man (Patrick "Eel" O'Brian): Can stretch and shape his highly resilient body into any shape he can imagine, even ones with moving parts. Immune to telepathy due to "elastic consciousness".

VOTE WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, MR. FANTASTIC OR PLASTIC MAN?

(Stretch Armstrong voted for himself!)




Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section! Its easy, free, and commitment free!

(Descriptions of characters powers retrieved from Wikipedia.)

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Special Guests at the Comix Connection Halloween Sale at the Mechanicsburg store!

This just in:

Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg is proud to welcome publisher/editor of VAN HELSING'S JOURNAL and SCARLET magazines Harry Long and author John-Paul Checkett on Saturday, October 31st from 1:00PM - 4:00PM during Comix Connection's fabled Halloween Sale!


The Mysterious Mr. Long is the publisher and editor of VAN HELSING'S JOURNAL and the editor of SCARLET: THE FILM MAGAZINE, two publications devoted to cinematic horror/fantasy/sci-fi. He has also contributed articles to many publications devoted to classic movies.


John-Paul Checkett is a licensed psychologist and a contributor to both Scarlet and Van Helsing's Journal. His recent articles have explored Werner Herzog's horror films and the cinematic history of the the lesbian vampire Carmilla.

Come out and meet Harry and John-Paul and gain some insights into horror, mystery and noir fiction in movies and on television, and also the creative process and influences behind the genres! That's at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg from 1PM to 4PM this coming Saturday!

More info about the Comix Connection Halloween Sale HERE!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ask Henson


Do you have a Muppet fascination? Then check out THIS awesome site to find the answer to such burning questions as:

36.) We were curious about the Star Wars version of the Muppets and were unable to remember who played who...Could you tell us?

The stars of Star Wars (Luke, C3PO, R2D2, and Chewbacca) appeared as guest stars on Episode 89 of The Muppet Show during the 1979/1980 season. Miss Piggy dressed as Princess Leia and was called The Princess. Gonzo dressed as Darth Vader and was called "Dearth Nadir". The cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Muppet Magazine featured Kermit (dressed as Luke) and Gonzo (dressed as Darth) having a light saber fight while Piggy (dressed -- and coifed -- as Leia) looked on. Inside is a comic book parody called "Super Stars War" starring Link Hogthrob as Ham Solo, Miss Piggy as Princess Loina, Kermit as Fluke Shywalker, Gonzo as Barff McVader and Superschnozz, Dr. Strangepork as Okiwan Fenokee, and Fozzie Bear as Chewbackwards.

Karen Falk
Archivist, The Jim Henson Company

Too cool!

(Found via Metafilter.)

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

For a gloomy day

I just felt like posting this:



Now, doesn't that feel a lot better?

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Here, have some nightmare fodder:


BOO!

What? It's just Michael Jackson getting his makeup on for his role as the Scarecrow in the movie The Wiz:

Nothing to be afraid of.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

D & D and Touchcscreen technology

CHECK THIS OUT, all you Dungeons & Dragons fans! An incredible use of a touchscreen tabletop to use while playing D & D!

Surfacescapes Demo Walkthrough from Surfacescapes on Vimeo.



More info on Surfacescapes HERE!

We truly are living in the future!

(Although as Brian Linnen pointed out today,I think rolling real dice is preferred to a virtual die!)

Pretty darn cool.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Comix Connection's Annual Halloween Sale offers a harvest of values!

That's right, reap a harvest of incredible bargain values! Scare up the savings at this spooktacular yearly event! Something something holiday-themed pun! Treat yourself to the trick pumpkin witch black cat graveyard oh forget it.

Just make sure you come in for this:


TWO DAYS, ALL DAY, BOTH STORES!

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

ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS IN THE BINS - $1.00 EACH!
ALL 2/99¢ COMICS - 10¢ 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 - 25% OFF!

Special costume offer - Show up in costume and get 10 comic books (your choice) out of the bins ABSOLUTELY FREE!

FREE GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS! (The official Snack Candy of Comix Connection!)

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #5

Let the arrows fly! And the votes!

Clint Barton (Hawkeye) was an orphan, and ran away from the orphanage as a pre-teen to join the circus as a carnival performer, where he was trained in the use of the bow and arrow. Eventually, he got really freakin' good!

Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) was a millionaire who was pushed off his yacht one day by someone and he ended up on a deserted island. He built a bow-and-arrow from some old generator parts and learned to hunt. Eventually, he too got really freakin' good!


Their powers? They shoot arrows really freakin' good! They both have martial arts training and trick arrows. They are both skilled acrobats.

VOTE WHO WOULD WIN A FIGHT, HAWKEYE OR GREEN ARROW?



Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section! Its easy, free, and commitment free to sign up for a Google account!

(Descriptions of characters powers retrieved from Wikipedia.)

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Monday, October 19, 2009

York Book & Paper Fair is coming!


This Saturday, October 24th marks the 25th (I think!) annual YORK BOOK & PAPER FAIR, featuring all things book related. Peruse shelves of antiquarian books or dig through mounds of vintage paperbacks - the York Book & Paper Fair always delights and has something for every collector! CLICK HERE for more information. This years vendor list includes sellers of paper ephemera, antiquarian books, rare and out-of-print books, PA books, prints, manuscripts, science fiction fantasy and horror books, records, pulps, non-sports cards and even comic books! Stop in and wallow in all things paper - this Saturday from 9AM - 4PM at the Old Main Building at the York Fairgrounds!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Another Comix Connection No(YES)-Prize winner!

Looks like we have another winner!

(Wearing a Comix Connection Geek Chic Wear™ T-shirt someplace famous could win you a a coveted No(Yes)-Prize and a Comix Connection Gift Certificate!)

Behold these awesome images I just got via email from Bill Hannah at the Chicago Comic-Con several weeks ago:

With artist Gene Ha!

With artist Geoff Darrow!

With artist Skottie Young!

With artist Richard Starkings!


That is very cool, Bill! Thanks for sending these in! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Let's see...

Level of difficulty: 7/10

Creativity and imagination: 6/10

GEOFF DARROW!: +10 POINTS

Your NO(YES)-PRIZE:

a TEN DOLLAR GIFT CERTIFICATE!


Thanks, Bill!

CLICK HERE to real all about the Comix Connection No(Yes)-Prize and how you can win!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just a picture

Spock and his 1966 Buick:


That's all I got.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Imagine the possibilities


That's right, now we can put logos on Corn Flakes™ (but not corn flakes.)

Awesome. Read more HERE.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

RING-A-DING-DING!

(Hand modeling courtesy of DC Comics Administrator - Direct Sales Stuart Schreck!)

In conjunction with their cross-company story arc BLACKEST NIGHT, DC Comics will be releasing a set of life-size wearable Lantern Rings that are tied to various crossover titles that are FREE with purchase of select issues! Those issues are:

Adventure Comics #4 (Blue Lantern Ring)
Blackest Night #5 (Green Lantern Ring)

Booster Gold #26 (Agent Orange Ring)

Doom Patrol #4 (Sinestro Corps Ring)

Justice League #39 (Red Lantern Ring)

Outsiders #24 (Star Sapphire Ring)

R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 (Indigo Tribe Ring)


(And hopefully you already got the Black Ring with BLACKEST NIGHT #1)

DC Comics kindly sent us a set of the rings on Wednesday so that we can show everyone how amazingly cool they are... stop by the stores and check them out! They are featured right at the counter to get your fanboy drool flowing.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ONGOING TITLES, WE CAN SIGN YOU UP FOR JUST THE INDIVIDUAL ISSUES THAT COME WITH THESE COOL RINGS! Of course we CAN sign you up for the various titles if they interest you!

Just email us, call either shop or speak directly with your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey and we will fix you right up! Don't miss the coolest promotional item to come down the pike since... well, since the ultra-cool Green Lantern ring that was given away back in the 1990s!

RESERVE YOUR BLACKEST NIGHT RINGS TODAY!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bank Holidays Schmank Holidays


YES WE HAD NORMAL WEDNESDAY SHIPPING AND ALL YOUR COMIC BOOKS ARE HERE WAITING FOR YOU!

The only time a holiday pushes back our normal Wednesday comic book shipment is when it is a full-fledged National Holiday, not a penny-ante Bank Holiday. Figure that if UPS is closed for a day, it pushes our shipment back a day so blame those slackers. (Just kidding, UPS guys please don't "lose" my boxes, OK?)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #4

We're in the water this week to see two fish-men battle it out! Both royalty and both very strong and fast! We'll see these two battle it out under water with all the resources of the sea at their call.

The Contender's Powers:

Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner: Amphibious physiology, superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, longevity, flight. Telepathic and bioelectrical powers. Namor's strength level is such that he has held his own in hand to hand combat with beings as powerful as the Hulk in the past. He IS NOT in possession of the Time Gem from the Infinity Gauntlet in this fight!

Aquaman (Arthur Joseph): Undersea adaptation, telepathy, enhanced senses, super strength, durability and stamina, resistance to heat/energy based attacks. He is a long time member of the Justice League of America and has helped battle many dangerous foes. He IS NOT in possession of a Black Lantern ring in this fight!

VOTE WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, SUB-MARINER OR AQUAMAN?



Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section! Its easy, free, and commitment free!

(Descriptions of characters powers retrieved from Wikipedia.)

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Diamond Retailer Summit 2009 impressions



OK, here's my impressions from the first day of the Diamond retailer Summit 2009, in no particular order:

HEROCLIX HAMMER OF THOR, DWARVEN FORGE, BRAVE & THE BOLD WITH DUO FIGURES
TAROT VIDEO
GODADDY SHOPPING CART?
TASTEMAKERS!
MOUSE GUARD VOL 3 BLACK AXE
ARCANE LEGIONS!
NEW CBLDF DONATION CANS PLEASE!
DARK HORSE SOLAR, MAGNUS, TUROK and MIGHTY SAMSON ARCHIVES!
UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION
KILLJOYS by BECKY CLOONAN AND GERARD WAY
ALIENS VS PREDATOR THREE WORLD WAR
ERIC POWELL IS COMPLETELY CRAZY AND HILARIOUS VIDEO
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE
PROVE BILL WRONG
CHOKER -> HST + CHANDLER = AWESOME?
AL SIMMONS RETURNS
GO GO MONSTER FROM VIZ
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP
LADY DEADPOOL
KID DEADPOOL
DOGPOOL
DEADPOOL CORPS
"Through lightest dark or darkest light
don't need no bling..."
CAP REBORN NOW 6 ISSUES
NEW YEARS EVE EVE PARTY - CALENDAR, AVENGERS I.D. CARD, SIEGE SAGA FREEBIE
MARVEL WOMEN, SECRET WARS 3
SPIDER-MAN RUNS THE GAUNTLET OF HIS SINISTER FOES
DOOMWAR!
PHOENIX RISES?
AVENGERS CHILDREN'S CRUSADE
ULTIMATE X
"The stronger they are, the harder they fall." - FALL OF THE HULKS
NEW ULTIMATES
WORLD WAR HULKS
1963-2010 - SIEGE!
THE HEROIC AGE
FINAL ISSUES OF PHANTOM STRANGER, ATOM + HAWKMAN, POWER OF SHAZAM, WEIRD WESTERN TALES, SUICIDE SQUAD... NO LIE!
JONAH HEX MOVIE TRAILER! BOOM!
I, ZOMBIE BY ALLRED
SOMETHING ABOUT NEIL YOUNG
VIKING PRINCE COLLECTED HC
ATOMIC KNIGHTS COLLECTED HC
ABSOLUTE PLANETARY VOL 2, PLUS VOL 1
11 X 17 HARDCOVER WEDNESDAY COMICS!
BLACKEST NIGHT #6 ON SKIP WEEK (DECEMBER 30th!)

That's all I got. I cobbled this together late at night after my fourth straight day in Baltimore from my notes, so your guess is as good as mine.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 - Day Two: The Quickening

Yikes! What a crazy day! Lots of shoppers, lots of artists and writers milling around, lots of costumed people, lots of fun:


Bill was trapped on the escalator for almost two hours until convention hall staff finally heard his pleas for help.


Where's Bill? Josh: "Bill who?"


Finally rescued by Henchman 21! Thanks, Henchman 21!


I LOVE COMICAL FUNNY BOOKS!


The unwary victim.


The anonymous threat!
Was it carried out?


Just another day at the fantastic Baltimore Comic-Con!

Well, that's it for now... we're all pretty beat and are tired of hauling 1200 pounds of comic books around two states. Tomorrow begins a two-day series of seminars at the Diamond Retailer Summit, so there may be delayed posting... we will report back soon with what we learn about upcoming projects and whatnot!

(Oh and this Wednesday, come in and check out samples of ALL THE AWESOME GREEN LANTERN RINGS! They're not for sale yet, DC Comics just sent one of each of them for us to show all of you!)

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 - Day One

Here we go:

The Comix Connection booth at the Baltimore Comic-Con 2009! Behold the mighty comic book goodness!

There are no words to explain this. Just ... absorb...


This had my dander up for the first few hours. Joe rescued the dolly, much to my appreciation. The cost: Ten dollars and a heartfelt hug. Thanks, Joe!


Stuart Schreck of DC Comics shows us where the power lies... holy mackerel, that is the coolest thing I've seen in a very long time. THANKS, DC COMICS!


Some Dead Guy: Ten Bucks
In a GAP bag?
Same price.


Sometimes things are hazy.


Sometimes it's completely crazy.


Max and a wa(h)ll of comic books.


When the Green Flash does the paperwork, it's all a blur.


Joe and his old comic book store boss Calum Johnston of STRANGE ADVENTURES in Halifax, Nova Scotia! It was a real pleasure for me to meet Calum!

I'd just like to thank all of you who came out today! It was great seeing so many of you making the trek to Baltimore to wallow in so much comic book goodness. Very cool, y'all! Thanks to every one of you, especially Tom and Olivia (kudos for the costume Olivia, and the Green Lantern love you give, Tom), Kel (first time! WOOT!), Mark Herr (you will always be The Man), Jason for the cool postcards (I'm gonna put a couple of them up here once I scan them, but not THAT one!), Albert (good to see you dude, I can't believe your son is in his second year of college!), Steve (for bringing Master Wahl to the con in his sleek white sports car), Evilkitty36 and hubby and son (for making the trek, by the way remind me I forgot to give all three of you your Special 20% Off Baltimore Comic-Con Discount Coupons!), and anyone else I may have forgotten at this point. Thanks to all of you who wore your Comix Connection T-shirt and I really hope we remembered to give your your FREE DOLLAR! Special thanks to Mrs. Boyce for the treats, you're ACES!

I guess we'll see the rest of you tomorrow, right?

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con: Friday Set-up

Well, it begins... Comix Connection's TENTH annual Baltimore Comic-Con! Here's some pictures from today with Joe and Josh at "load-in" for the Baltimore Comic-Con!

NINTH IN LINE! WOOOO-HOOOO! Even with Bill's usual round-the-block detour. You would think he'd know how to get to the convention center by now...

The crew, eagerly awaiting set-up!


Into the Concrete Canyon of No Return!


In the BELLY OF THE THUNDERDOMEDOMEDOMEOMEOME!


After much hard work, the booth is primed and ready to go. Who knows what delicious comic book goodies will be displayed for the multitudes tomorrow? Stop by and see! We are booth number One-Double-Oh-Seven, naturally.



What magical place is this? Baltimore truly IS full of wonders!


More tomorrow! Stop by our booth for your free dollar!

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Baltimore Comic-Con: The Place To Be This Weekend


As you probably know, the TENTH Annual Baltimore Comic-Con will be held this weekend (Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th) at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The guestlist is HUUUUGE this year and there are many scheduled panels and programs where you can sit in and join the discussions of various comic book related topics! There will also be a first-ever Costume Contest with a $1000 Grand Prize on Sunday!

Some tips from this longtime Baltimore Comic-Con veteran:


1) BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME! This will save you from waiting in very long lines to get in. Seriously BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME!

2) If you are coming from Pennsylvania, USE THE LIGHT RAIL! Most exits along I-83 have Maryland Light Rail stations that you park for free at, then hop the light rail train that takes you to a stop at Camden Yards which is literally right across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center! HERE'S the schedule if you're coming down I-83! A train comes along every 15 minutes, so don't sweat it if one is pulling out as you are pulling in... another will be along soon! Oh, and I'm pretty sure a ROUND-TRIP TICKET IS ONLY $3.20! So you would save the hassle of trying to find parking in Baltimore, paying $15-$20 for said parking, and having to negotiate Baltimore city traffic! Win-win-win!

3) WEAR COMFORTABLE, SOFT-SOLED SHOES! You will be doing quite a bit of standing and walking about, so bring your most supportive, comfortable shoes! And nice comfy socks. And pants. Don't forget your pants.

4) WEAR YOUR COMIX CONNECTION T-SHIRT and I will hand you ONE DOLLAR CASH AMERICAN no strings attached! A free dollar! By golly, that's what America is all about! Don't be shy, get yours!

5) Also, ask for your SPECIAL CONVENTION-GOERS 20% OFF ANY PURCHASE COUPON that is redeemable in either store for when you get back home! It's just our way of showing appreciation to those adventurous customers who travel to Baltimore to see us and the guest artists and writers and the millions of dollars worth of comic books and the four dollar pretzels! Take some of that excitement home with you and get 20% OFF your next purchase at Comix Connection!

6) This one is critical: BRING THE COMIX CONNECTION GUYS CRABCAKE SANDWICHES! You must all bring Bill, Joe and Josh hot and tasty Maryland crabcake sandwiches. Or candy apples. Either one.

7) As a courtesy to you, we invite everyone to drop their stuff off at our booth so that you don't have to lug around that 40-pound WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS that you want author Robert Kirkman to sign. We will gladly stash your stash under our tables (WITHIN REASON, FOLKS!) so that you can be free to roam the convention floor without a paper anchor.

8) Enjoy Baltimore and especially the Inner Harbor (museums! aquarium! shops! food!) which is just a few blocks away by aerial walkway. If you really want some fun, take a short trip to Fell's Point and stop in Bertha's for the mussels or Sound Garden or any number of cool shops, pubs and restaurants in that hip little neighborhood. Or pop over to Little Italy for some great Italian Cuisine... I recommend a stop at Vaccaro's Bakery for dessert treats.

9) BRING STUFF TO HAVE SIGNED! Most creators will sign stuff for free or for a small charity donation. If you want fully-rendered sketches or drawings, you may have to wait a while and of course pay for your commission. There will also be comics and stuff done by the visiting creators that you can purchase from some of the vendors, like US! Or bring a blank sketchpad like a lot of folks do and have creators do a quick sketch for you! It's easy and fun and you can build a collection of one-of-a-kind artwork!

10) Mostly BE PATIENT and enjoy yourself! You will be amongst thousands of folks just like you! There are literally hundreds of thousands of comic books to look at, and hundreds of creators to see and chat with. HAVE FUN!

TOM MAKES A GOOD POINT IN THE COMMENTS, SO I'll PUT IT UP HERE:
Definitely take the light rail if you go on Saturday. Saturday is also the running of the Baltimore Marathon, and many downtown streets will be closed on and off throughout the day, making traffic and parking even more of a nightmare.


SEE YOU THERE!

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Superhero Facebook Status Updates!


HAHAHAHAHA!

Click HERE for more!

Too funny!

(By the way, if you're on FACEBOOK, become a fan of COMIX CONNECTION!)

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #3

Its Tuesday again and that means another battle of wit and power! Today's contenders are two of our favorite female heroes. One of them is one-quarter of the Fantastic Four, The Invisible Woman! In the opposing corner is one-third of the famous DC comics Trinity, Wonder Woman!

NOTE: The place of battle has come into question. So allow me to lay the grounds on which these battles take place. It is arena-like, with no objects outside of what each contender is carrying and will most likely be listed amongst the abilities. The are no other objects, barriers, or cover. They can not leave the stadium. Someone referred to the "Hyperbolic Chamber" from Dragon Ball Z.

ALSO, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, WE ARE TALKING CURRENT INCARNATIONS OF THE CHARACTERS MENTIONED!

The contenders' powers:

WONDER WOMAN- Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, stamina, and durability, flight, hand-to-hand and weapons combat skills, animal empathy, regeneration, resistance to magic and ability to discern truth through use of magic lasso. She has been trained since infancy in the 3000 year old Amazon legacy of armed and unarmed combat and stategy!


INVISIBLE WOMAN- Invisibility. Force field projection grants: Ability to generate protective invisible shields and invisible power blasts as well as flight. Controls and manipulate objects and can generate invisible energy constructs! Susan is a good hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained by The Iron Fist. Her force field generating ability makes the Invisible Woman (arguably) the most powerful member of the Fantastic Four and one of the most powerful Marvel characters, and their deadliest enemy Doctor Doom has commented on many occasions that Sue is the most dangerous of the foursome.

VOTE WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT, WONDER WOMAN OR INVISIBLE WOMAN?



Don't forget to tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section! Its easy, free, and commitment free!

(Descriptions of characters powers retrieved from Wikipedia.)

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Looking Forward to Looking Back, Vol. 4

After a week off from posting, I thought I'd compose a rather timely "Looking Forward to Looking Back Baltimore Comic-Con Edition"! I make this post for two reasons. First of all I am definitely looking forward to going to Baltimore this coming weekend and I hope you are too! Second, despite all of my vast duties as a Comix Connection Convention Monkey, I do hope to find a moment or two for myself to seek out some of the items on my own want list while I'm there. After all, what's a comic-con if you can't do a bit of shopping?

So what's on my wish list for the show? Well, a lot of classic stuff, of course. Items I'll probably have very little luck finding, but I'll still share a few with you. But not too many, as you should be busy making up a convention list of your own!

First up in my notes are some classic back issues from DC Comics! On average, I don't buy a lot of back issues these days, but due to DC's significant scale back on Archives and their odd habit of delaying and canceling reprint books, my back issue attention is focused on some of the rarer DC Comics. I love DC Comics, so that critique while negative is simply because I enjoy their books so much!

So what overlooked gems of DC Comics past are on my wish list? Well, at the top of my list is Brave and the Bold #38 featuring Task Force X! I have wanted to collect all of this team's appearances ever since I read Darwyn Cooke's DC: New Frontier! Also the kid in me still enjoys seeing soldiers versus dinosaurs! That's just fun stuff! Task Force X first debuted in Showcase #25 through #27, before a certain cast of characters decided to go and form a Justice League of America. Task Force X got the book back though with issue #37-39, before TB&tB was then turned over to feature the return of Cave Carson to the series. If anyone at DC Comics is listening these 6 issues would make a fine collected edition, hard cover or otherwise! They would also fit nicely in the canceled Showcase Presents Suicide Squad collection. Wink, wink... nudge, nudge...

Another DC: New Frontier inspired comic I would love to find is Danger Trail #1(1950), which introduced King Faraday to the DC Universe! Of course, a comic like this doesn't come cheap. Fortunately, DC did reprint the King Faraday stories from Danger Trail #1 in 1964 in Showcase #50 and #51, and those two issues tend to be way more affordable. Either way, I may just have to keep dreaming here! But what a great comic to dream about! Danger Trail #1 packed 4 stories of espionage written by Robert Kanigher with art by Carmen Infantino and inks by Alex Toth! Kanigher's stories here read like a great movie thriller just loaded with snappy, wit-sharp dialogue and driven by that classic first person narrative while Infantino's art drops the remarkably dressed cast of characters into a dangerous world of high contrast, deep shadows, and Expressionist camera angles that would make Fritz Lang proud! If any comic book ever should have made the boast of being "Noir" this was it! I'd love to see the four issues of Danger Trail reprinted plus the King Faraday "Spy Train" story from World's Finest Comics #64(1953). DC did reprint this one tale in 1990 in their Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told hardcover collection. It's probably one of the best DC anthology collections I have in my library, and if you ever find a copy I highly recommend it for yours! The book's full of so many great characters and talented creators, and there's especially a lot of great examples of Alex Toth's work at DC. I have read mine so much I've kind of wrecked the book's spine a bit!

Speaking of Toth, another little gem I have been hunting high and low for is the Dragon Lady Press 1987 reprint of Alex Toth's Bravo For Adventure. This magazine reprinted Toth's "Bravo..." stories that originally ran in issues #3 & #4 of the Warren magazine, Rook, published in 1979. I remember buying the book Toth: Black and White years ago, and this bit always stuck out to me. In my mind I see the Jesse Bravo character as an amalgamation of two old Hollywood personalities I admire, as Bravo's got the dashing looks of actor, Errol Flynn, which Toth always freely admitted, and the fearless aviator spirit of director William "Wild Bill" Wellman. How could a guy like that not encounter plenty of women and plenty of adventure?

Other than these fine books, I'd love to find some various collections that would complete some of the series on my bookshelves, like a few volumes of the Tarzan in Color HCs that NBM published, AC Comics Golden Age Men of Mystery Treasury Volume 2, the first book of Radio Patrol comic strips of 7/31/39 - 1/13/40, Charlie Chan comic strips volume 3, and the list goes on and on! One never knows what you're going to find at a convention, so it pays to list even those nuggets of comic gold you never hope to find!

I hope everyone that ventures to Baltimore this weekend has a safe and enjoyable experience and may you find those items your heart desires! Don't forget to stop by our booth at the show to say "hello", and pick up a special coupon from us for use at the store! Sport a Comix Connection t-shirt and Bill will reward your fashion choice with a prize of one dollar! See you there!

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