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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

GOOGLE STREETVIEW ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!


Here's a nice timewaster:

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE STREETVIEW ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

23rd ANNIVERSARY SALE PART 2

That's right! Today continues PART TWO of Comix Connection's gala 23rd Anniversary Sale!

Comix Connection's 23rd Anniversary Sale Part Two
Today, Sunday the 27th from 12Noon - 5PM
EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES
IS STILL
23% OFF!
(except unbagged new comics and Gift Cards)


Here's some photos from Comix Connection - York on Saturday:

Troops from Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion invade the West Manchester Mall in search of Rebel insurgents!


Playing both sides against the middle, Manager Jared posed cheerfully with elements of Vader's Fist while gathering information.


CONAN artist Mike Hawthorne displays the feats of strength required to draw CONAN. He also tore an apple in half and rolled up a real frying pan with his bare hands, then drew with both hands simultaneously! The man is LEGENDARY.


Red rover, red rover, send VADER on over!


Counter Monkey Jim's final moments captured on security cameras for our enjoyment.


Artist Mike Hawthorne chatting with fans and showing off some of his fantastic art!


I... AM YOUR FATHER. OBVIOUSLY.


Writers Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni making the scene... THANKS for the support all these years, Brian! Sorry about closing your subscription box way back when. :)


Jodie Senft is absolutely devastated when Lord Vader completes the mission Bill hired him to perform.


MIKE HAWTHORNE FALLS TO THE DARK SIDE, RATS OUT REBEL SCUM!


That folks, is a 55 gallon can filled with toy donations for Garrison Carida's children's charities! THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO DONATED! These will really brighten a lot of kids days!

And HERE'S a link to tons more photos on Comix Connection's Facebook page! (You do LIKE us don't you?)

Big thanks to the members of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion for making yesterday's event awesome and many, many, many thanks to artist Mike Hawthorne for coming out and displaying his artistic prowess! Everyone should be reading his CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS (written by famed Conan writer Roy Thomas!) Ask for it by name!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

First Day of the 23rd Anniversary Sale!


That's right folks! Today is Day One Of Two of Comix Connection's gala 23RD ANNIVERSARY SALE!


EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES IS
23% OFF!
(except unbagged new comics and Gift Cards)



BONUS YORK STORE ONLY APPEARANCES:

TODAY FROM 12Noon - 3PM
  • CONAN artist Mike Hawthorne for chat and autographs UPDATE: Mike will be preforming something called a "HOW TO DRAW CONAN" demonstration... we have no idea what this mean, so you just better come in and see for yourself!
  • Star Wars costume characters of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion - bring your cameras and unopened action figures to donate to their children's charities
Remember:
For each action figure you donate to Garrison Carida, you get FIVE FREE COMICS OUT OF THE BINS, YOUR CHOICE! YES YOU CAN DONATE ACTION FIGURES AT EITHER STORE TO PARTICIPATE!

(There is also the slim possibility of cake. But don't count on it. Seriously. Bill bought bags of Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, so we're probably gonna hafta make do with them.)

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Oscar crazy

This is from last year, but I think it's still hilarious:



WARNING: CONTAINS A SLIGHT BIT OF POSSIBLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE, TEMPERED WITH HILARITY!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A reminder


23rd Anniversary Sale
This Saturday, February 26th from 10AM - 9PM and Sunday the 27th from 12Noon - 5PM
EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES
23% OFF!
(except unbagged new comics and Gift Cards)


BONUS YORK STORE ONLY APPEARANCES:

SATURDAY FROM 12Noon - 3PM
  • CONAN artist Mike Hawthorne for chat and autographs
  • Star Wars costume characters of Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion - bring your cameras and unopened action figures to donate to their children's charities
PLUS
For each action figure you donate to Garrison Carida, get FIVE FREE COMICS OUT OF THE BINS, YOUR CHOICE!

(There is also the slim possibility of cake.)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An ending... and a new beginning?


This week marks a milestone in the Marvel Universe with the arrival today of the last issue of FANTASTIC FOUR. That's right, FANTASTIC FOUR #588 is available right now at Comix Connection... make sure you get a copy.

All endings are beginnings in a way, and this is no exception. Replacing FANTASTIC FOUR will be the new FF#1, detailing the construction of the new Future Foundation:


CLICK HERE to read a special six-page preview of FF#1 at the ICV2 website!

This is good comics, people... check it out!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Making your own Tanto blades

Literally.


This guy built his own traditional smelter,


made his own steel (!)


and fashioned his own Tanto blades.


Now THAT'S cool!

See all the pictures HERE!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

6" DEPUTY RICK GRIMES!


Just in case you've been barricaded in that basement fallout shelter hiding from the zombies, it was announced last week that McFarlane Toys will be producing WALKING DEAD ACTION FIGURES!
The Walking Dead Series 1, which is due out in September, will be based on Kirkman’s Image Comics series and will include highly-detailed six-inch action figures of Officer Rick Grimes, Michonne, Zombie Lurker, and Zombie Roamer. The Walking Dead Series 2, which will hit retail in November, is based on the AMC series and will include Deputy Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, Zombie Walker, and Zombie Biter.
Read more HERE on ICV2!


If you are interested in any of these, let your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey know, and we'll put you down for them and hold them when they arrive (Fall 2011)!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's that time again

Welp, once again I'm working on the comic book orders for February (for stuff shipping in April), so I don't have much to say today. Here's a funny picture:


Back to staring at my monitor!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Meet CONAN artist Mike Hawthorne next Saturday!


That's right! You can meet CONAN artist Mike Hawthorne at Comix Connection - York in the West Manchester Mall next Saturday, February 26th from Noon until 3PM during Comix Connection's stupendous 23rd ANNIVERSARY SALE!


Check out Mike Hawthorne HERE and see more of his stuff HERE!

(See also fantastic work being done HERE at the Comic Twart blog, of which Mike is a member!)

ALSO: Meet Star Wars Costume Characters from Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion at Comix Connection - York (only) from Noon until 3PM on the same day! CLICK HERE for more details! Bring new action figures to donate, get your choice of FIVE FREE BIN COMICS for each new action figure donated!

AND OF COURSE: TWENTY-THREE PERCENT OFF EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES (except unbagged new comics and gift cards) for TWO DAYS ONLY, Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th!

Come out and chat with Mike Hawthorne, get your picture taken with some Star Wars characters and pick up some bargains! Guaranteed fun!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

New THOR trailer!

Behold:



AWESOME.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meet the troops


NEXT Saturday, February 26th, Comix Connection will begin celebrating their 23rd Anniversary with a special two-day storewide sale (details HERE) during which everything in both stores will be a whopping 23% OFF (except for unbagged new comics and gift cards).

As an extra special bonus, the York store will be hosting elements of the 501st Legion - Garrison Carida Star Wars Costume Characters from 12 noon until 3PM on Saturday afternoon only. Bring the kids, bring your camera, and most importantly, bring an unused action figure (Star Wars preferred, but any will do) to donate to Garrison Carida's childrens charities!


As a way of sweetening the pot even more, for each new action figure donated, you may select FIVE comics out of the bins absolutely FREE, your choice!

Please donate toys... they go to hospital-bound children and other good causes. Imagine being a kid in the hospital and having Darth Vader hand you a Star Wars toy... that's what the 501st Legion does, folks! Let's help them out by filling the donation barrel with lots and lots of toys!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Even more betterness

The next stage of the Comix Connection - York Upgrade is complete:



Just three more things to go! It'll be all nice and perfect for out BIG 23RD ANNIVERSARY SALE EVENT!

In case you forgot already:

Featuring TWENTY-THREE PERCENT OFF EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES (except unbagged new comics and gift cards) for TWO DAYS ONLY, Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th!

PLUS: Special Guest Mike Hawthorne (Conan: Road of Kings) from 12Noon until 3PM on Saturday at Comix Connection - York ONLY! Mike will be showcasing original CONAN artwork and more and will be available for autographs and chat! This is your chance to buy some original art from our favorite comic book artist, so stop by!

ALSO: Elements of the 501st Legion - Garrison Carida Star Wars Costume Characters will be appearing from 12Noon until 3PM on Saturday at Comix Connection - York ONLY! Bring the kids and bring your cameras! And bring new action figures (Star Wars preferred, but any will do) to donate...

BONUS! Donate new action figures at either store to Garrison Carida and receive the following: For each new action figure donated, select FIVE comics out of the bins absolutely FREE, your choice! All donated action figures will be used in support of Garrison Carida's children's charities work!

CLICK HERE to check out Mr. Hawthorne's website!

CLICK HERE to check out Garrison Carida's website!

As usual, there is also the possibility of cake! Don't get your hopes up though. Maybe doughnut holes. Maybe not. Maybe Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. I dunno.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It just keeps getting cooler and cooler

Check out the latest improvements to Comix Connection - York:


And yes, both of those posters are available for sale (unframed)!



Spidey! And some weird guy!

Pretty cool looking, eh? Well, we're not done yet... stay tuned!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Crass commercialization of the holiday


Don't know what to get that Special Geek or Geekette? Give the gift that keeps on giving:

A COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD!

*Handy Size - can be tucked into a card or used as a stand-alone present
*Super durable, waterproof
*Values from $5.00 to $5,000,000
*Quick, easy (last minute) purchase
*Good for anything that Comix Connection sells
*It's the geek equivalent of roses, trust me
*Ensures Comix Connection's continued viability, so in a way you're helping all of fandom and the world at large too

Ok maybe not the last one so much, but still. Comix Connection Gift Cards are a great gift for ALL occasions, so why not treat your Sweetie right today?

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

MOVIE MADNESS!!!

Thor
Release Date: May 6th, 2011
Starring: Chris Hemsworth

Why should you be excited? Ties into the Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. thing that Marvel Studios is doing, the rainbow bridge and the Mjolnir are both featured, and the origin story looks as close as it could be in a movie.



X-Men: First Class
Release Date: June 3rd, 2011
Starring: James Mcavoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

Why should you be excited? It's based in the 1960's which is an interesting concept, the dialogue between Professor X and Magneto in their early years promises to be cool, and we get to see more of our favorite mutants display their powers on the big screen!



Green Lantern
Release Date: June 17th, 2011
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Why should you be excited? For starters this is the only DC superhero movie this year. We get to see the Guardians, Oa, Kilowog and Sinestro on the big screen. We get to count the different constructs that come from the Green Lantern ring and Hal Jordan's will power!

*Superman: Man of Steel and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises are shooting for a 2012 release!



Captain America: The First Avenger
Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
Starring: Chris Evans

Why should you be excited? World War II, like Thor it ties into the Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. thing that Marvel Studios is doing, and Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull!



Which are you looking forward to the most?

See you at the Silver Screen!

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

The 23rd Anniversary Sale!


Here it is, folks! Join us for our gala 23rd Anniversary Sale weekend celebration!


Featuring TWENTY-THREE PERCENT OFF EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES (except unbagged new comics and gift cards) for TWO DAYS ONLY, Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th!

PLUS: Special Guest Mike Hawthorne (Conan: Road of Kings) from 12Noon until 3PM on Saturday at Comix Connection - York ONLY! Mike will be showcasing original CONAN artwork and more and will be available for autographs and chat! This is your chance to buy some original art from our favorite comic book artist, so stop by!

ALSO: Elements of the 501st Legion - Garrison Carida Star Wars Costume Characters will be appearing from 12Noon until 3PM on Saturday at Comix Connection - York ONLY! Bring the kids and bring your cameras! And bring new action figures (Star Wars preferred, but any will do) to donate...

BONUS! Donate new action figures at either store to Garrison Carida and receive the following: For each new action figure donated, select FIVE comics out of the bins absolutely FREE, your choice! All donated action figures will be used in support of Garrison Carida's children's charities work!

CLICK HERE to check out Mr. Hawthorne's website!

CLICK HERE to check out Garrison Carida's website!

As usual, there is also the possibility of cake!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Fantastic Four is Over! Long Live the Future Foundation !


Unless you live under a rock or simply never get into the shop or visit us on Facebook or our website(shame on you!), you are aware that Marvel's First Family just lost one of their own in Fantastic Four #587. During the course of the storyline "Casualty", writer Jonathan Hickman did well to put each of The Four in danger. Danger that resulted in Johnny Storm, The Human Torch, taking a stand to save the lives of The Thing, Franklin, Valeria, and the other whiz kids of the Baxter Building. Many a seasoned comic reader has reasonably assumed this death will result in the expected period of mourning, a simple announcement of "so and so joins the team", and a classic comic book resurrection. And rightfully so! But... but... what if... this death not only shook the team, but ended it. Fantastic Four no more! Bye bye! Well, that's all fine and well, but the threats the Fantastic Four face are still out there! In fact, they grow greater and more dangerous by the day, or should I say issue, and these are characters that certainly know that great Marvel mantra "with great power comes great responsibility", so they're not going to just go away when the stakes have never been higher! So what's a First Family to do? They embrace the future! And a simple mission: "Save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising."

Taking the concept Reed Richards introduced in FF #579, his manifesto for tomorrow is made manifest for today when The Fantastic Four ends and Future Foundation #1 begins on Wednesday, March 23RD! Yes, that black and white teaser page with "FF #1" and little other details we showed you in our little magic book of Previews here at the shop, this is that! If you were not excited then you should be excited now! You should be very excited! My recommendation is if you picked up Fantastic Four #587, and assuming you stopped that poor comic from suffocating in that dreadful black bag and actually read it, then please pick up Fantastic Four #588, join readers and the Family in a moment of silence, and say good bye to The Fantastic Four as the team and the book ends there. But as my favourite traveller of time and space recently said "Everything's got to end sometime. Otherwise nothing would ever get started."

So mark it on your calendar, note it in your mobile's events reminder, phone a friend, The Future Foundation arrives on March 23RD, and a whole new age of adventure and the World's Greatest Comic Magazine begins!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Manager Jared's Weekly/Monthly Matchup Finals #2

We are left with very few contenders here at the end of the match-ups.

This is who we have left going into the end of battle:

From Marvel: Scarlet Witch, Nightcrawler, and Thor.
From DC: Superman, Green Lantern, and both Batmen(Wayne and Grayson)

*Also the forgotten Booster Gold, who somehow fell off the board at some point.
(Thanks TrickyWalrus!)

Mr. Fantastic and Deathstroke are still at a stand still, so go vote if haven't already. Each vote is a blow!

***The arena for these matches is a JUNKYARD!

Nightcrawler's Abilities: Teleportation, enhanced night vision, superhuman acrobat/gymnast, Prehensile tail, Ability to stick to walls, Blending into shadows,
Skilled in martial arts, hand to hand combat and fencing training.

Booster Gold Abilities: Possesses advanced technology allowing flight, power blasts, force fields, enhanced strength, and other abilities.

FIGHT!



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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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Four Color Process


I have been really enjoying the Four Color Process website (click HERE to check them out) with their examination of old four-color newsprint comic books - CLOSE UP.


By isolating out-of-context images and textures at such extreme magnification, they are creating art.


Art from comic books.


I love it. Go poke around and see what you find.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Coming to Comix Connection TOMORROW!

YO GABBA GABBA:



I know, right? Fifteen bucks each, plus tax.

(UPDATE 2/9/11: *Sigh* Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg's supply of these awesome dolls is apparently somewhere in Iowa, according to UPS... they should be coming in to the store by Friday... let the Counter Monkey know if you want any of them held for you.)

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Monday, February 07, 2011

PEW PEW PEW PEW



I always dreamed of doing this.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

You all do know we're on FACEBOOK, right?


You folks all do know that Comix Connection is on Facebook, right? If you are on Facebook, find us and become a "FAN" so you can keep up with all the cool store events and whatnot. Find out what we're doing for our 23rd Anniversary, find out if the weather is affecting store hours, and find out what's "Overheard At Comix Connection" instantly! It's the future!

(Click on the sidebar thingy over there on the right.)

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Comix Connection's 23rd Birthday Event coming soon!


That's right folks, brace yourselves for the upcoming

COMIX CONNECTION 23rd BIRTHDAY EVENT on Saturday February 26th and Sunday February 27th.

Come in and help us celebrate 23 years of serving the Central Pennsylvania comic book-reading community! There will be special sales and treats for everyone... details to follow soon!


SPECIAL APPEARANCES AT THE YORK STORE ONLY (Where it all began!):

* Come and meet current CONAN artist MIKE HAWTHORNE for some chat and snag an autograph or maybe a sketch! Mike will be joining us on Saturday, February 26th from NOON until 3PM at the Comix Connection - York ONLY! More info on Mr. Hawthorne can be found HERE!

* Elements of the 501st Legion - GARRISON CARIDA of Star Wars costume characters will also be appearing at Comix Connection - York ONLY on Saturday, February 26th from NOON until 3PM! Bring the kids and the cameras and get your pictures taken with some of your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains! And while you're at it, bring along an unopened toy (Star Wars preferred, naturally) to donate to the Garrison Carida's children's charity of choice! More info on Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion can be found HERE!



THANKS FOR 23 GREAT YEARS, FOLKS!
Star tuned for more details... it's gonna be a good one!

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Friday, February 04, 2011

I thought this was cute



Sent in by MegoSteve!

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Secret FANTASTIC FOUR #587 variant!


Apparently random copies of the senses-shattering FANTASTIC FOUR #587 are signed by author Jonathan Hickman! Marvel isn't telling anyone how many signed copies there are, but I would assume they're pretty scarce. Go check your copy and see if you are one of the lucky purchasers! And if you did get one, please let us know because that would be awesome. It's like finding the Golden Ticket!

Read more about it HERE on Comic Book Resources.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

IS THAT ALL YOU GOT, OLD MAN WINTER?


Needless to say, both stores are open normal hours.

Winter storm FAIL.

THIS JUST IN! My dad in Daytona Beach emailed me to tell me that it's 80° there today... and he sent me this picture of TWO FEET OF SNOW:


HA! Thanks, Pop!

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Manager Jared's Weekly/Monthly Matchup Finals!

We are left with very few contenders here at the end of the match-ups.

This is who we have left going into the end of battle:

From Marvel: Mr. Fantastic, Scarlet Witch, Nightcrawler, and Thor.
From DC: Deathstroke, Superman, Green Lantern, and both Batmen(Wayne and Grayson)

The matches would be uneven if I paired it Marvel vs. DC and so we'll have a little fun with our last few matches. Still with me?

***The arena for these matches is a JUNKYARD!


Mr. Fantastic will have to try to hold his own against Deathstroke.

Scarlet Witch will go toe to toe with both of the Batmen!

Thor will lay down thunder on the Green Lantern power.

And the Sentry will rise from the ashes to battle once again against the unflinching Superman!

So lets do this, shall we?

MR. FANTASTIC VS. DEATHSTROKE!

Mr. Fantastic's Abilities: Superhuman intellect and body elasticity.

Deathstroke's Abiltites:

* Enhanced physical and mental attributes
* Regenerative healing factor
* Expert martial artist
* Skilled armed/unarmed combatant
* Master tactician and strategist
* Access to hi-tech equipment
* Skillful manipulation


***The arena for these matches is a JUNKYARD!



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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