South-Central Pennsylvania's Ultra-Hip Pop Culture Mecca™! Since its founding in 1988 by local fans Ned Senft and Bill Wahl, Comix Connection™ has served the Pennsylvania comic-reading community for over 25 years. From its humble beginnings in the old York Book Emporium in downtown York to its current globe-straddling locations in the West Manchester Mall in York and on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, Comix Connection™ has always provided the very best in customer service, selection of neat stuff and attention to detail. Visit us today! Questions? Comments? Call or Email us! Of course, all images are © and ™ their respective copyright and trademark holders! No matter where you go, there you are.

Friday, April 30, 2010

ONE MORE DAY!


As Free Comic Book Day looms, the word is getting out!

See THIS ARTICLE in the York Daily Record and HERE at the Carlisle Sentinel, and HERE on Flipside!!

In approximately 24 HOURS the doors of Comix Connection in both York and Mechanicsburg will open for great sales, tons of fun and FREE COMIC BOOKS FOR ALL! FREE IRON MAN WAR MACHINE HEROCLIX GAME PIECE! FREE GOLDENBERG'S PEANUT CHEWS! FREE BLACKEST NIGHT RING BLING! THE DISTINCT POSSIBILITY OF CAKE!

Remember -->> Everyone gets THREE FREE COMIC BOOKS, plus for EACH CAN OF FOOD YOU DONATE to the York Rescue Mission and the Pennsylvania Food Bank (in Mechanicsburg), you can select ONE ADDITIONAL FREE COMIC BOOK from our selection of Free Comic Book Day comics!

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for full details!

BONUS SPECIAL APPEARANCES:


A special guest, cartoonist JOHN KOVALESKI will be appearing at Comix Connection - York from 10AM until 2PM. He'll be giving away Bo Nanas prints and signing anything that needs to be autographed. This is a great opportunity to check out his work and pick up some of his books... they're HILARIOUS! John promises to bring the fun! More info on Mr. Kovaleski HERE!


Official Star Wars artist Kevin Graham will be appearing at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg from 12Noon until 4PM. Besides his stellar work on Star Wars, kevin has also worked on such properties as Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Iron Man, and Halo. Just beautiful stuff! See Mr. Graham's work HERE!


Elements of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion Star Wars costume characters will invade Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg from 10AM until 2PM, an will be mingling with fans (it's very surreal to bump into someone accidentally and realize it's DARTH FREAKING VADER!) Picture taking is encouraged, and PLEASE drop some unopened toys (preferably Star Wars, but anything is good) into their donation barrel for the children's charities they support! Read more about Garrison Carida HERE!

SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

What's funnier than being bootlegged by some guy in Malaysia?


Why, being bootlegged by TWO DIFFERENT GUYS on the other side of the world, of course!

CLICK HERE to see the dueling Ebay ads!

PRICE WAR!

(Hat tip to MegoSteve for the link!)

Oh, and IT'S ONLY TWO DAYS UNTIL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

WOOO HOOOOO!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

THREE MORE DAYS THREE MORE DAYS THREE MORE DAYS!


I hope everyone's ready for Free Comic Book Day 2010, which of course takes place THIS SATURDAY from 10AM until 9PM at both Comix Connection stores! We've made all our plans and crossed all our "i"s and dotted all our "t"s... now we wait. Of course you're all aware that, in addition to giving away FREE COMIC BOOKS, we're also having giant SALES on almost everything*!

* 20% OFF GRAPHIC NOVELS, COLLECTED EDITIONS, BOOKS, POSTERS, T-SHIRTS, STATUES, TOYS, GAMES & GAMING ITEMS!

* 25% OFF OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL!

* ALL BIN COMICS $1.00 EACH!

* ALL 2/99¢ COMICS 10¢ EACH!



With so much fun and such great bargains to be had, how can you be anywhere else but Comix Connection on Saturday?


*The only things not on sale are gumballs, gift cards, new comics and collection supplies.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vader's Fist Descends on Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg this Saturday!


As part of the Free Comic Book Day 2010 festivities, Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion (a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans) will appear at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg this Saturday from 10AM until 2PM! Come out and meet these amazing 100% authentic costumed Star Wars characters as they mingle with excited Free Comic Book Day attendees! Bring your camera and get some pictures of you and DARTH VADER, BOBA FETT, a TIE FIGHTER PILOT, STORMTROOPERS and more, just like the Hampden Township Police did last year!


ALSO: Bring in UNOPENED TOYS to drop in the donation barrel for children's charities supported by Garrison Carida! Please donate!


Click here to read more about Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion!


"First To Advance, Last To Retreat"

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Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #30

Only 5 more rounds left, but first...a "Just FOR FUN"!

MARY JANE IS A MODEL/ACTRESS. She is/was married to Spider-Man.

LOIS LANE IS A REPORTER. She is married to Superman.




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, April 26, 2010

Hungry for more Free Comic Books? Feed someone!


As you all well know, THIS SATURDAY, MAY 1st is Free Comic Book day 2010! As usual, Comix Connection is allowing every single person who comes in the stores on that day to select THREE COMICS from our selection of Free Comic Book Day 2010 comics ABSOLUTELY FREE, no purchase necessary!

In addition, this year we are trying something new! For those of you who crave more than three free comic books, we have a solution: FOR EVERY CAN OF FOOD YOU BRING IN to help the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the York Rescue Mission, you can select ONE ADDITIONAL FREE COMIC BOOK!

0 cans of food = 3 Free Comic Books!

1 can of food = 3 Free Comic Books + 1 additional Free Comic Book = 4 Free Comic Books!

2 cans of food = 3 Free Comic Books + 2 additional Free Comic Books = 5 Free Comic Books!

3 cans of food = 3 Free Comic Books + 3 additional Free Comic Books = 6 Free Comic Books!

4 cans of food = 3 Free Comic Books + 4 additional Free Comic Books = 7 Free Comic Books!

ETC.

Lets fill those donation barrels, people!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The classics never get old

Here you go:



You're welcome.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

SEVEN DAYS AND COUNTING!


That's right folks! Only SEVEN DAYS until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 at Comix Connection!

THIS COMING SATURDAY, MAY 1st is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010!
  • EVERYONE GETS TO PICK THREE ABSOLUTELY FREE COMICS FROM OUR WIDE SELECTION OF FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 COMICS!
  • For each can of food you bring in and donate to the York Rescue Mission and the Central PA Food Bank (in Mechanicsburg), get one extra Free Comic Book Day comic; bring in one can, get FOUR FREE COMICS, bring in two cans get FIVE FREE COMICS, bring in three cans get SIX FREE COMICS, etc.!
  • Free Heroclix figure of War Machine to first 200 people at each store (pictured above)!
  • Free Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, the official snack food product of Comix Connection!
  • Free Assorted color Blackest Night rings while they last! (One per person, please.)

THE REALLY BIG SALE DETAILS:

  • 20% OFF GRAPHIC NOVELS, COLLECTED EDITIONS, BOOKS, POSTERS, T-SHIRTS, STATUES, TOYS, GAMES & GAMING ITEMS... everything except collecting supplies, gumballs and gift cards!
  • 25% OFF OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL!
  • ALL BIN COMICS $1.00 EACH!
  • ALL 2/99¢ COMICS 10¢ EACH!

  • In Mechanicsburg only - Meet official Star Wars costume characters from Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion from 10AM - 2PM - bring unopened new toys for donation to the children's charities they support!

(Sorry, sale discounts cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts!)


SPECIAL GUESTS:

At Comix Connection - York: ARTIST JOHN KOVALESKI from 10AM - 2PM (Click HERE for more info!)

At Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg: ARTIST KEVIN GRAHAM from NOON - 4PM (Click
HERE for more info!)


We'll see you there!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

ARTIST KEVIN GRAHAM TO APPEAR AT COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG!


That's right fanboys and fangirls! Official Star Wars Artist Kevin Graham is slated to appear at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 (Saturday, May 1st) from Noon until 4PM! Come out and meet Kevin Graham, the artist on such diverse trading card art projects as Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Iron Man, Halo, STAR WARS and more!


CLICK HERE to view Kevin Graham's website! You gotta go check out his work! Simply amazing!


And HERE'S a great interview with Kevin at the Galactic Voyage website.



So come on in on Free Comic Book Day 2010 (between Noon and 4PM) and meet a master craftsman... artist Kevin Graham!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

CARTOONIST JOHN KOVALESKI TO APPEAR AT COMIX CONNECTION - YORK!


That's right, folks! Cartoonist John Kovaleski has just confirmed that he will make an appearance at Comix Connection - York in the West Manchester mall on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010! Join the Comix Connection Counter Monkeys and monkey-centric Cartoonist John Kovaleski on Saturday May 1st from 10AM until 2PM! He'll be bringing Bo Nannas prints and books and he promises to also bring the Fun™!


Check out John's website HERE!

From his site:
BIOGRAPHY

Before becoming a cartoonist, John Kovaleski had
"done time" at an ad agency, a consulting firm,
a newspaper and a big, faceless corporation.

His humorous scribblings have adorned magazines,
newspapers, greeting cards, puzzles, billboards,
and that new-fangled Internet that all the kids
are talking about.

In 2003 his comic strip "Bo Nanas" was unleashed
on an unsuspecting world by the fine folks at
The Washington Post Writers Group.

In 2006 he became "one of the usual gang of idiots."
In other words, a contributor to MAD Magazine.

In his spare time he practices the ukulele and does
the occasional escape-artist trick

He is also taller than he is wide.

Just another in the long list of reasons you should be at Comix Connection this Free Comic Book Day! (ONLY NINE DAYS UNTIL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! WOOO-HOOOO!)

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MORE FREE GREEN LANTERN RING MADNESS!

IN STORES TODAY: GREEN LANTERN #53, continuing the BRIGHTEST DAY story!


What's special about this you ask? Well, get a copy of GREEN LANTERN #53 at Comix Connection, and we'll give you YOUR CHOICE of either this awesomely heroic Green Lantern Ring:


Or this terribly powerful Black Lantern Ring:


You choose... and it's ABSOLUTELY FREE! (These go very nicely with the FLASH ring you got with the purchase of FLASH #1 last week, don't you think?) Get yours today!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #29

Two fast talking animal men.

GO!

Spider-Man's Abilities:

* Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability
* Accelerated healing factor
* Ability to cling to most surfaces
* Precognitive spider sense
* Genius-Level Intellect


Beast Boy's Abilities:

* Metamorphic ability to transform into ANY animal.





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, April 19, 2010

12 Days until GO TIME!


That's right folks! Only TWELVE LOOONG DAYS until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 at Comix Connection!

In case you live under a rock in a cave, here's the skinny:

SATURDAY, MAY 1st is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010!
  • EVERYONE GETS TO PICK THREE ABSOLUTELY FREE COMICS FROM OUR WIDE SELECTION OF FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 COMICS!
  • For each can of food you bring in and donate to the York Rescue Mission and the Central PA Food Bank (in Mechanicsburg), get one extra Free Comic Book Day comic; bring in one can, get FOUR FREE COMICS, bring in two cans get FIVE FREE COMICS, bring in three cans get SIX FREE COMICS, etc.!
  • Free Heroclix figure of War Machine to first 200 people at each store!
  • Free Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, the official snack food product of Comix Connection!
  • Free Blackest Night rings while they last! (One per person, please.)
  • 20% OFF GRAPHIC NOVELS, COLLECTED EDITIONS, BOOKS, POSTERS, T-SHIRTS, STATUES, TOYS, GAMES & GAMING ITEMS... everything except collecting supplies, gumballs and gift cards!
  • 25% OFF OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL!
  • ALL BIN COMICS $1.00 EACH!
  • ALL 2/99¢ COMICS 10¢ EACH!
  • In Mechanicsburg only - Meet official Star Wars costume characters from Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion from 10AM - 2PM - bring unopened new toys for donation to the children's charities they support! ALSO: Meet artist Kevin Graham from 12 Noon - 4PM!
  • (Sorry, sale discounts cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts!)


I CAN'T WAIT!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oktapodi



You're welcome.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Behold! Unseen Jack Kirby Art Unearthed This Week!


The New York Times ran a piece on Monday, April 12, 2010, reporting that over 700 drawings of a 1000 undeveloped character concepts by Kirby may soon be developed for cartoons, TV, movies, and video games! The concepts were conceived while Kirby work for the animation studio, Ruby-Spears in the 1980s, where he initially designed characters and backgrounds for its Saturday morning action series “Thundarr the Barbarian”, but then he worked as a designer doing presentation boards for new projects. The new projects though never go off the drawing board, but that's about to change as a partnership between that studio’s founders, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, and Sid and Marty Krofft, the well known children’s entertainment producers of “H. R. Pufnstuf" and "Land of the Lost", are working to develop these unseen Kirby characters in as many forms of media as possible.

This article's a worthwhile read. If an artist's work is how we remember their life, this find is a further testament to Jack Kirby's prolific imagination and creative spirit. So if you're interested, read the NY Times article here.

(Thanks to all nine of you who sent this article to us!)

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Star Wars action figures as envisioned by Akira Kurosawa?


Samurai Wars is a line of custom figures that imagines what a Star Wars movie directed by Akira Kurosawa would look like. George Lucas has said what a fan he is a Kurosawa and also the influence that Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" had on Star Wars.

CLICK HERE for more!

(Hat tip to Jason Resh for the link!)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

This just made me laugh and laugh

and laugh and laugh and laugh:



I'm impressed how they all make jokes and still stay in character. Well done!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Get your ultra-cool FLASH RING!

FLASH #1, which will be in stores TODAY, comes with a very special promotion... an ultra-cool one-size-fits-all FLASH RING:



Just buy a copy of FLASH #1, and you will receive a FLASH RING absolutely free!


Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL

A BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in! Get in on the ground floor of DC's next epic in the making! The Flash races out of BLACKEST NIGHT and into his own monthly title as the all-new adventures of The Fastest Man Alive start with "Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!" Barry Allen runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it's up to The Flash to not only solve this bizarre crime, but protect those that are still targeted by the elusive killer. Plus, don't miss a peek into the future of the Flash universe in this special, extra-sized starting point issue!

Come on in and get yours while supplies last!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Manager Jared's Weekly Matchup Poll #28

Only seven more battles left until we enter the semi-finals!

Two favorites at Marvel and DC enter the stadium of elimination this week and I have a feeling its going to be very fast and very loud regardless of the outcome!


Thor's Abilities:Superhuman strength, speed, durability and longevity (via the golden apples of Idunn)

Abilities via Mjolnir:

* Flight
* Energy absorption & projection
* Weather manipulation
* Dimensional transportation
* Electric manipulation

Flash's (Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen) Abilities: Speed Force
Self-molecular control, time travel.



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, April 12, 2010

Looking Forward to Looking Back #17

As Bill's still busy completing April's Previews orders for both stores, I thought I'd step in with another long winded post about classic comic collected editions on the horizon. Like last time, I'm just going to focus on one upcoming book, because it's easy to say so much about the man it is devoted to cover. The man was Alex Toth, the book is called Genius Isolated, and publisher IDW has scheduled this book for Fall 2010. This book is the project of IDW's king of comic reprints, Dean Mullaney, and he had this to say recently to Zack Smith of newsarama.com:

"We're in the midst of a sprawling biography of Alex Toth, titled Genius, Isolated and due out in October. We view it as sort of a bookend to our 2008 Scorchy Smith & The Art of Noel Sickles, which I think would tickle Alex, since he was such a huge Sickles fan."

"We're working with the approval and support of the Toth family, and in addition to detailed coverage of Alex's life story, we'll be presenting many rare or never-before-seen visuals, as well as complete reprints of several of his stories. We're excited to be offering readers new insights into the mind of Alex the man, and fresh, full-color examples of the work of Alex the artist's artist."

To say I'm very excited about this project would be an understatement. I find the older I get as a fan of comic books and as someone who is still trying to develop as an artist just in my own right, that there's this list I have of creators who inform and inspire me and Toth has taken a firm seat at the top of that list. My first exposure to Toth was the reprint of his and writer Archie Goodwin's story "Death Flies the Haunted Skies"(Detective Comics #442) that saw Batman go up against a killer using a Spad XIII plane as an instrument of vengeance. It was a thrill of a tale. Well paced, action packed, cinematic in its panels' angles and changing points of view, beautifully rendered (of course) with a line style honed to capture the important,elegant, and realistic points of a scene, this mere 11 page story left me wanting more. Okay... back then I just liked the fact that the blacks seemed so stark and the panels felt "simple". But I liked it. I wouldn't know until years later how much thought went into the "simple" simplicity of those well crafted pages. It also took me years to find much more of his work. Original comics with his stuff are hard to find and there was little reprinted by any publisher. When I did have the luck of finding something though I was really in luck because his stuff never disappoints.

Born in 1928, Toth had a long career in comic books from the early 1940s to the 1980s, but sadly to many readers today he is not a creator that has the recognition of a Jack Kirby or Joe Kubert. Maybe this is due to the fact that he didn't produce a body of recognisable work to match that of his contemporaries. Toth certainly produced many early super hero stories at DC Comics in the pages of All-Star Comics, All-American Comics, Green Lantern, and All-American Western, where he created the western hero, Johnny Thunder, with writer Robert Kanigher. As Toth developed as an artist though he seemed to gravitate more to work on genre books, which he enjoyed. He thrived as an artist on westerns and romance comic books. His eye for character interaction and his knack for drawing believably beautiful and captivating women enhanced his work greatly on these comics. He produced some incredible war comics for Standard Comics, DC Comics (see his story, "Burma Sky" in Our Fighting Forces #146) and other publishers, particularly when focusing on his admiration of aviators. In this area, Toth earned a distinction that not even Kirby could claim, as he received work from EC Comics on their two of their war titles.

Toth produced many comics based on TV and movie personalities, his most famous work on Zorro for publisher Dell. He also worked developing cartoon properties for Hanna Barbara such as Space Ghost and also DC Comics' Super Friends. Toth created many memorable horror stories for Warren Publishing and numerous other companies in his day. His sense for shadows lent itself perfectly to the atmosphere of the work and Toth could bring more terror to a scene more even in just using silhouettes than most artists now will ever understand in the violence they portray on page. Toth also had a passion for cars, and his Hot Rod comic stuff is highly sought after by comic and car enthusiasts alike! Toth was particular about projects he was offered and had many frustrations about the direction he saw comics going as a creator, and by the 1980s he bowed out of comics entirely but for the occasional pin up for he felt "the party's over, kiddies" and the comics had become too bleak, the heroes too twisted, the value of the storytelling too weak. Toth was never shy about these feelings, and through his correspondence with other creators and friends, and his magazine contributions often made his feelings known.


"I'm rewriting this for the umpteenth time, in different ways, yet saying the same thing -- that the party's over, kiddies! Since I was born in 1928 -- and was just old enough to applaud the first comic books in the early and mid-1930's, I've witnessed the best and worst of the form from then to now -- I loved the medium of the comic book as I did the syndicated comic strip in its countless forms, subjects, treatments -- in my time. Now in the autumn or winter of my life, my eyes have seen the bad drive out the good, the terminal deterioration and all-but-lost/dead adventure strip -- and the fun and magic, and delicious innocence and surprises in the comic book; which, unless room is made for such again, will not, cannot, should not, survive..."

Maybe Toth would have benefited being born maybe 20 years earlier, as his heart was always in the spirit of classic comic adventure strips of his earliest days. Maybe if he could have worked in that field before "everything changed after the Second World War" as he often lamented, his abilities and his pursuits would have placed him firmly amongst those comic strip creators like Roy Crane, Milton Caniff, and Noel Sickels whom he admired so much. But Toth worked in the time he lived and stayed true to who he was, and showed us the best of what he could do and contribute to the medium of comic books. One can receive a serious art education just reading Toth's work. I have taken his cue of framing shots naturally, not being afraid to obscure a character -even their face if it serves the scene, changing up perspective and point of view, using close ups only as needed... the list goes on and on. It serves my work as well as honouring his work. I think that's why Toth is an artist's artist. For as much as he was ever critical of the work of comic books, he also truly loved it as an art form and has left a body of advice as a creator that any artist could take to heart and apply to their own work.

"Study films, photographs, paintings, etc. for composition! For cutting, cropping out of non essentials, pacing, punch, economy, forceful and direct impact. But also for beauty and subtlety -tension, suspense, action, humor, light and dark, balance, line vs mass, ad infinitum! Use it all!"

"Emphasize what is important in a scene. Save drawing!"

"Strip it all down to the essentials and draw the hell out of what is left!"


"See---observe---remember! Build up your memory file!"

"Analyze everything you see-be critical! Positively so!"


"You must be your own best teacher all your life- with no 'middleman' to muck it up/confuse/dazzle you, with peripheral concerns having nothing to do with the truth, as you see it, draw it -your truth! It'll carry you through life."

"Don't play Maestro! It's a killer, for the adding to the accumulation of knowledge! Stay the wide-eyed student who needs to know more! Be curious!"


This isn't bad advice for most fields in life -artistic or otherwise.

There's been some notable books on Toth's work and his career by Kitchen Sink and Auld Publishing, but all of these are long out of print, so this news from IDW's very worthwhile. Toth deserves a retrospective like this on his life and his career. After reading the book IDW did on Noel Sickels, I can't wait to see the material that will be offered in this book!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

I'm working on the Diamond comic orders for stuff shipping in June

So I really don't have anything to post today except this:



(By the way do all of you know that the York store moved to a new location within the West Manchester Mall? We're up between GameStop and The Bon-Ton now. Come and see us!)

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Comic Creator James Sturm Has Quit the Internet!


James Sturm, creator of comics including The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, and this week's book, Market Day, announced Wednesday through the online magazine Slate that as of Friday, April 9th, he would give up the internet and not look back for four months. Sturm's hope is that this hiatus from the "cyber world" will give him hours of his life back in the real world to better serve his family and his creative output and just generally slow down the fleeting passage of time in his own life.

In his article, Sturm states:

"It all goes by so fast," is one of the those clichés you hear throughout your life, but now, when another parent says it as we discuss the joys and sorrows of child rearing, it sounds like the most poignant thing I've ever heard. The question I've been wrestling with lately is whether it's all going by so fast because that's just the reality of middle age or because of the way I've been living my life. Specifically, I've started to wonder whether that feeling might be connected to all the time I spend online. Too often I sit down to dash off a quick e-mail and before I know it an hour or more has gone by."

"Over the last several years, the Internet has evolved from being a distraction to something that feels more sinister. Even when I am away from the computer I am aware that I AM AWAY FROM MY COMPUTER and am scheming about how to GET BACK ON THE COMPUTER. I've tried various strategies to limit my time online: leaving my laptop at my studio when I go home, leaving it at home when I go to my studio, a Saturday moratorium on usage. But nothing has worked for long. More and more hours of my life evaporate in front of YouTube. Supposedly addiction isn't a moral failing, but it feels as if it is."




This idea to walk away from the Net was inspired by time he spent two years ago at the MacDowell Academy, a retreat for artists, writers, composers, and other creative types.

"Although the main lodge was wired, the studios were not, and for three weeks I worked on Market Day, a graphic novel, without any intrusions. (Lunch was dropped off by my door in a basket.) I realize that I can't replicate that ideal setting for sustained focus in my daily life, but I can certainly improve my current situation."

While James certainly admits there's plenty of useful functions the time online serves with his creative work, his work with his school, planning the family vacation, bill pay, etc., he clearly understands that all this time well spent online often and easily slips into time spent checking the email one more time, sports scores, videos, and Amazon.com rankings for his books and that's where the trouble really lies with internet usage. Strum also has some very legitimate concerns about the health of his vision in relationship to computer usage.

"Another reason for going offline is to give my eye a rest. Three retinal operations in the early '90s left me with one working eye. I wear a corrective contact lens in the good eye, and in the last year have had to bump up my prescription twice. Last year, I noticed an odd speck in my field of vision and was convinced that the retina in my good eye was also in trouble. I saw my eye doctor the next day. It turned out to be nothing serious—a little abrasion that healed quickly—but it scared the crap out of me. I want to go blind making comics, not blog-hopping."

So can Sturm do it? Will this get the Internet-Monkey off his back? How will the time off go? Well, if you're curious, he will be share a report of the experience which will be posted on Slate.

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I'll do my best to document the no-fi experience with words and pictures. This way, even if I am not any wiser in four months, I'll at least have a bunch of drawings to show for it. And for the next four months, I'll be describing my life without the Web in words and pictures on Slate with a new post every two weeks. The irony of blogging about not being online doesn't escape me."

Good luck, Mr. Sturm! I've pondered such an existence myself, but for all the work I do through email, and the information I can discover online I can't see it happening. I know my personal time at home was a much different experience recently when I didn't have Internet access for 24 days in February, but who knows. It's something to ponder...

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Friday, April 09, 2010

I have just one question about the iPad...

WILL IT BLEND?



That's horrifying, but I couldn't turn my eyes away.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

TWENTY-THREE DAYS UNTIL THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR!

That's right kids, it's only 23 short days until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010!


SATURDAY, MAY 1st is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010!
EVERYONE GETS TO PICK THREE ABSOLUTELY FREE COMICS FROM OUR WIDE SELECTION OF FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2010 COMICS!

For each can of food you bring in and donate to the York Rescue Mission and the Central PA Food Bank (in Mechanicsburg), get one extra Free Comic Book Day comic; bring in one can, get FOUR FREE COMICS, bring in two cans get FIVE FREE COMICS, bring in three cans get SIX FREE COMICS, etc.!

Free Heroclix figure of War Machine to first 200 people at each store!

Free Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, the official snack food product of Comix Connection!

Free Blackest Night rings while they last! (One per person, please.)
20% OFF GRAPHIC NOVELS, COLLECTED EDITIONS, BOOKS, POSTERS, T-SHIRTS, STATUES, TOYS, GAMES & GAMING ITEMS... everything except collecting supplies, gumballs and gift cards!
25% OFF OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL!

ALL BIN COMICS $1.00 EACH!

ALL 2/99¢ COMICS 10¢ EACH!

In Mechanicsburg only - Meet official Star Wars costume characters from Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion from 10AM - 2PM - bring unopened new toys for donation to the children's charities they support! ALSO: Meet artist Kevin Graham from 12 Noon - 4PM!

(Sorry, sale discounts cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts!)

Here's a gallery of some of the FREE COMICS that will be available... CLICK HERE to view all of them!












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