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, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
In the News
I forgot to post this back in August... Manager Joe Hare makes PennLive:
DC applies major makeover to their comicsRead the entire article HERE!
“We have to share this stuff,” Hare said. “We have to understand that if we want other generations to care about Superman and Batman they have to take on a new life every once in awhile or it’s going to die.”
Labels: In the news
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday Highlights 9/28/11
Here's your weekly sampling of the cool goodies lining the shelves this week at Comix Connection... of course there's much more than just these highlights, so come on in and have a look-see!
-ANNIHILATORS EARTHFALL #1
-CODENAME SAILOR V VOL 01
-COVER STORY: the DC COMICS ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND hardcover book
RESTOCK -->> DC SUPERHERO FIGURE COLLECTION MAGAZINE BATMAN, FLASH, TIM DRAKE ROBIN, GREEN ARROW, WONDER WOMAN, CATWOMAN, SCARECROW, SUPERGIRL, SHAZAM, DEATHSTROKE, BIZARRO, BATGIRL, RED ROBIN, MR FREEZE, DOCTOR FATE, HAWKGIRL, BRAINIAC, and AZRAEL
-GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #1
-Frank Miller's HOLY TERROR Hardcover book
-KAMANDI OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 LAST BOY ON EARTH
-KICK-ASS 2 #4
-YU-GI-OH GENERATION FORCE SPECIAL EDITION STARTERS
View the entire list HERE!
Stop on by!
Labels: wednesday highlights
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Your opinion matters! At least DC COMICS thinks so!
I got this emailing from DC Comics today:
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support during the launch of DC COMICS - THE NEW 52. As we made clear from the beginning, our goal was to expand the market by appealing to new/lapsed readers, and our initial sales results would indicate that this has indeed happened. But we want to do more than just assume any results - we want to find ways to measure it accurately in partnership with you. And we need your help. DC has engaged Nielsen NRG, the world-class research company, to survey U.S. consumers and retailers (online and in person), to learn more about DC COMICS - THE NEW 52 and its readership. Your customers can complete a "Reader Survey" by going to http://www.nielsennrg.com/dcsurvey now through Friday, October 7.Go ahead and let DC know what you think!
Labels: your opinion matters
Monday, September 26, 2011
Long-time fan Jon Fertenbaugh submitted Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg to the Fight For Comics podcast website:
On a personal note the guys at Comix Connection helped me out with the decorations for my wedding. I’m getting married to my nerdly lady in October and she wanted to have comics be a big part of our the theme for our decorations...
Read the entire swell article HERE!
Thanks for the kind words, Jon!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Just for the record
This is how it used to look when I was ordering comic books for the stores in 1990:
So at least we've upgraded our technology beyond a Commodore-128.
The pistol is to keep the 5 1/4" floppy drive in line.
Labels: old school
Saturday, September 24, 2011
From behind the counter - Some thoughts on the New DCU52 and sell-outs
Hey everyone! There's been some discussion around here lately about the fact that I have underordered a bunch of the main titles of the NEW DCU 52 launch and a lot of the core issue #1 are unavailable, and for that I apologize. I thought I'd give you my observations on this and perhaps add some insight into the process from my end. Bear with me, this may get a bit long-winded. Here we go...
Due to the nature of ordering comic books, there is always a two-month to two-week lag between the time I place orders and the time the comics actually arrive (assuming they stay on schedule.) Additionally 99% of all the comic books we order are non-returnable... if I order them in and if they don't sell, well you've seen the 2/99¢ boxes, right? On top of that, on the rare occasion that comic books are returnable to the publisher (which actually translates to about 10¢ a comic plus return shipping fees, so it's not without a small cost), the return date is usually several months after I have paid for the comics... I then get a "refund" for returned books, less associated costs up to three months later. In other words, I still have to pay for the comic books up front, regardless of whether they sell or not and are returnable.
A "relaunch" from a major publisher of this size is unprecedented. In the entire history of comic books, and in the 23+ years Comix Connection has been open, the industry has never seen an event quite like this. While relaunches of single titles or families of titles is a fairly regular event, a relaunch of an entire company line has just never been attempted. I struggled with order numbers for the new #1s for several weeks, tweaking and adjusting up and down as I agonized over trying to get it right, with much input from Ned and the Managers. The staff was very active in showing people what information we had on the new titles so we could gather data on interest levels, yet there was a large amount of indifference and outright hostility at the whole idea of a company-wide relaunch. The internet was full of people expressing their dislike of the new direction, well before anyone had seen a single page of a single new book. A month or so passed, and as the dates for the new #1s to ship approached, subscription requests began to tick upward... on the Saturday and Sunday before the Wednesday of the first week's new titles' appearance, the number of people wanting to try the books had steadily increased to double or more of original numbers... and my orders were already locked in! Apparently this phenomenon was not unique to Comix Connection and most stores nationwide had the same experience, to the point where ALL the first week titles were sold out at the national level from the distributor A DAY OR TWO BEFORE they shipped! There were NO reorders available! In all our years in business we had never seen such a set of circumstances. To add to my anxiety the previous week (after we had held successful Midnight Release Parties for JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 at both stores and sold quite a few extra copies that way) it was announced that JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 would go to a 2nd print and those orders were due that Friday... but when I went to place order on Thursday it was announced that the 2nd Printing was sold out BEFORE our Friday order deadline! This was also unprecedented. DC announced a 3rd Printing and I immediately ordered a giant pile that was equivalent to 80% of my initial orders for JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 and I'm pretty sure these will sell out in another week or two. This phenomenon has been repeated for the first, second and third weeks' releases, with ALL TITLES selling out at the national level. The fourth and final week's titles are coming in this Wednesday, but fortunately because of the two-week lag in adjusting orders, I was able to boost the numbers on all titles at both stores! (If you would have told me that I would be ordering HUNDREDS of copies of a new AQUAMAN title, I would have assumed you were hopped up on goofballs or something.) That being said, I still can't guarantee we won't have sell-outs as interest is still increasing, in part driven by DC's national advertising campaign which is bringing lapsed and new readers into stores all around the country! DC has been exceptionally speedy and responsive to demand, with all titles so far being reprinted and made available but finding printing press time takes a couple of weeks, so there is a bit of wait until we can restock.
So where is this all leading? Well, if you were able to get your hands on copies of these comics and like what you read and want to read more, LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Get the titles you like added to your box, or if you aren't a subscriber/box holder, let your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey know that you want copies held for you and you will be put on the list! Do it today, as some of the second printings of the #1 issues are coming in next week, and the #2 issues should start flowing in the week after. Call right now, come in and tell us, or email us, JUST DO IT!
For those of you who want to look at copies of stuff that is sold out on the rack before deciding to purchase, just ask the Manager or Counter Monkey if you can check out a copy and we will gently pull one out of someones box so you can check it out. At that point you can decide if you want us to hold you a copy of a later printing.
Again, I apologize for any inconvenience, but as we go forward I will have some actual history of real sales numbers and will adjust the orders accordingly, so there should be plenty of copies for everyone. Thanks again to DC Comics for at least keeping these in print!
And thanks for your patience and understanding in this, y'all. With 2nd/3rd/4th prints becoming available, EVERYONE should be able to get copies to read... it just might take a little time, and for that I apologize. Onward and upward!
P.S.: I also want to reiterate that it is currently and has ALWAYS been Comix Connection's policy to limit quantities purchased to prevent speculators from scooping up our rack copies of "hot" comic books. We have always made it store policy to sell one copy to ten people rather than sell ten copies to one person. We didn't do it in the '90s and we don't do it now.
ADDED: THIS COLUMN by retailer Brian Hibbs covers a lot of ground on this situation... it's worth a read!
Labels: mea culpa
Friday, September 23, 2011
Be the Alien you always wanted to be!
With Halloween coming, now might be a good time to get busy on that Xenomorph costume you've been dreaming of making every year but never quite get around to completing in time for that office party or your friend's big annual bash! Well, here's a link to all the instruction you'll ever need to get the job done right!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Star Wars: Stand Up To Cancer
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday Highlights 9/21/11
Aaaaand here's a sample of the cool stuff on the shelves this week:
-ARCHIES JOKE BOOK VOLUME 01 BOB MONTANA hardcover book
-AVENGERS #17, AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #7
NEW DCU 52: BATMAN #1, BIRDS OF PREY #1, BLUE BEETLE #1, CAPTAIN ATOM #1, CATWOMAN #1, DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1, NIGHTWING #1, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1, SUPERGIRL #1, WONDER WOMAN #1
and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (3RD print) back in stock!
-CAPTAIN AMERICA #3
-D&D MADNESS AT GARDMORE ABBEY BOX SET
-FEAR ITSELF FEARSOME FOUR #4, FEAR ITSELF HOME FRONT #6, FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE #3, FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT #5
-LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04
-TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2
-ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #1, UNCANNY X-MEN #543, X-MEN #18, X-MEN SCHISM #4
Awesome, no? See anything you like? Well, come on in then!
Labels: wednesday highlights
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
More Batman movie footage!
Monday, September 19, 2011
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 restock!
In case you missed the awesome debut issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Jim Lee and Geoff Johns, Comix Connection has you covered! We're receiving a fresh pile of these on Wednesday, so if you missed it first time around let your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey know that you need copies and they will hold some for you!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Comix Connection's Ambassador to Latveria
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present Comix Connection's Minister Without Portfolio, our ambassador to the Kingdom of Latveria, the honorable Thomas B. Hayes:
ALL HAIL DOOM!
Labels: league of awesomeness
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Alka-Seltzer added to spherical water drop in microgravity
Friday, September 16, 2011
Labels: a word from our sponsor
Thursday, September 15, 2011
This has absolutely nothing to do with comic books
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Wednesday Highlights 9/14/11
Here's a brief glance at some of the new cool stuff on the shelves at Comix Connection this week!
-ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 01
-FEAR ITSELF #6
-FEAR ITSELF HULK VS DRACULA #1
-JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS #1
-JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES #1
And that's just skimming the surface! Come on in and check out all the cool goodies!
Labels: wednesday highlights
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Ah, the sound of a dial-up modem
Monday, September 12, 2011
The return of COMIC TWART!
After a year and a half of daily postings by a loose group of very talented folks, followed by a month's sabbatical to allow the COMIC TWART artists to get caught up on various projects, COMIC TWART has returned. With a vengeance. Behold the latest from York's own Mike Hawthorne:
CLICK HERE to visit the COMIC TWART blog, and CLICK HERE to visit the fabulous Mr. Hawthorne's website!.
Good to see you guys back!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Well, I've been spending the last couple of days bonding with my family as we remove sopping wet rugs from our basement family room, cleaning up and then laying down nice cheerful new rugs, so I don't have anything to post today except for this:
CLICK HERE to read all about it.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
EVEN MORE Eaglemoss Marvel Figurines!
That's right! In addition to the last two weeks' shipments of these awesomely-detailed Marvel Character figurines (WOLVERINE, DOC OCTOPUS, THING, SILVER SURFER, BETA RAY BILL, PUNISHER, BLACK CAT, GHOST RIDER, CYCLOPS, ULTRON, MR FANTASTIC, ROGUE, BLACK PANTHER, ICEMAN, RED SKULL, LOKI, CARNAGE, MAGNETO, GREEN GOBLIN, CAPT AMERICA, DR DOOM, ELEKTRA, HUMAN TORCH, GAMBIT, SUBMARINER, SCARLET WITCH, MYSTERIO, LUKE CAGE, see HERE), we are now anticipating restocks on the following long-thought-out-of-stock figures this coming Wednesday:
SPECIAL SPIDER-MAN BLACK COSTUME ON GARGOYLE ($29.99)
and DC SUPERHERO FIGURE COLLECTOR MAGAZINE #03 JOKER!
And remember, each one of these swell figurines comes with a cool full-color magazine with the character's complete illustrated history! Awesome! If you want any of these hard-to-find items held for you, just contact the Comix Connection closest to you and have the Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey set one (or two or three or fourteen) aside for you! Do it today, as these never last and are exceedingly difficult to restock!
Friday, September 09, 2011
AVENGERS filming in Manhattan!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
DrawerBoxes™ SOLD OUT again!
They were here, now they're GONE! We've sold out of all the long DrawerBoxes™ at BOTH Comix Connection locations and only have a very few short DrawerBoxes™ left! We will be putting together another restock order again Real Soon, so if you want any DrawerBoxes™ held for you from this next shipment, let your Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey know how many you want.
BUT PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TO NO STORAGE AREA FOR THESE BULKY ITEMS, SO WE CAN ONLY HOLD THEM FOR YOU FOR A FEW DAYS AFTER THEY ARRIVE! Be prepared to pick up any that you want held shortly after we receive them! Sorry for the inconvenience, but we really just don't have the room and we can't have them underfoot for long!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Wednesday Highlights 9/07/11
Here's a brief look at just some of the wondrous things that came in the stores this week:
From the New DCU52: ACTION COMICS #1, ANIMAL MAN #1, BATGIRL #1, BATWING #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #1, GREEN ARROW #1, HAWK AND DOVE #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1, MEN OF WAR #1, OMAC #1, STATIC SHOCK #1, STORMWATCH #1, SWAMP THING #1
-ATOMIC ROBO GHOST OF STATION X #1
CLASSIC MARVEL FIGURE COLLECTOR MAGAZINE - MAGNETO, GREEN GOBLIN, CAPT AMERICA, DR DOOM, ELEKTRA, HUMAN TORCH, GAMBIT, SUBMARINER, SCARLET WITCH, MYSTERIO, LUKE CAGE
-GON GN KODANSHA Edition Volume 01
-MUNCHKIN +6 BAG O MUNCHKIN LEVEL COUNTERS, MUNCHKIN ZOMBIES 2 ARMED AND DANGEROUS
-NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1
-SPIDER-ISLAND AVENGERS #1
and an enormous pile of other cool stuff!
That's why we're South-Central Pennsylvania's Ultra-Hip Pop Culture Mecca™, yo!