Thursday, December 30, 2010

We Interrupt This Blog For A Burst of Cranial Flurry . . .

By The Comic Book Pusher

A customer came in the store a few minutes ago and asked for current-size comic book bags and boards. Not only do we carry a wide variety of collecting supplies, we happen to be having a sale on those items right now. I told him he could save more in the long run by buying two, because the third one would be free.
    "I really don't need that many," he said blandly.
    "Ah, but you will eventually need them," I said enthusiastically, "and you'll have saved yourself a lot of money in the long run," I encouraged.
   "Wow," he said, rather deadpan. There was a flavor of apathy in his tone. "That's a good deal, but I'm actually cutting back on comics and trimming down my collection."
   Bam! Pow! The sudden, unexpected assault on my capitalistic senses slammed me in the hip, right around the wallet region. I began to feel a little dizzy.
   "Cutting back"? "Trimming down"? I could hear the words, but they felt like someone running barbed wire between my ears.
   Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, brothers and sisters of comic book fandom, I beseech you. Consider the plight of that paragon of American Entertainment Retailing, the comic book seller. In Peter Pan, when someone says they don't believe in fairies, somewhere a fairy's wings shrivel up, it turns stone cold and dies an ugly and horrifying death. So it is in the comic book world. Every time a collector says he plans to "cut back" on comics or "trim down" his collection, somewhere a comic shop owner dies. Drops as dead as another relaunch of Alpha Flight. Struck down while faithfully attending their cash register by another lost fanboy.
   So, just as Peter asked us all to clap our hands if we believe in fairies, I am asking you to unclasp your wallet and believe in the wonder comic books can supply. Your comics are your doorway to other worlds, taking you on adventures far beyond those of mortal men.
   Comic book prices are coming down. Upcoming story lines promise to keep many of the best titles interesting. New genres are being explored. More movies, television shows and games are bringing comic book characters to life. We're in a new Golden Age of comics, a great time to be reading and involved in this great hobby!
   All together now: "I do believe comic books are cool! I do, I do!"
   If you have but one New Year's resolution this year, make it to become more involved in your beloved hobby of comic book reading and collecting. If you have been a long-time Marvel fan, try a DC comic. (A couple of new Batman titles just launched!) If you have been reading mostly DC and Marvel, give Image, Dark Horse, or one of the other "Independent" comic book publishers a try. Grab some friends who have never been "into" comics and take them with you on your next trip to your comic book store.
   If you are new to comic books, or have not been reading them for awhile, go down to your local comic book store, tell the owner or manager about your interests and ask what comic book they would suggest. You may just fine that there is a whole lot more great reading out there than you realized.
   Tell 'em The Comic Book Pusher sent ya.

Next time in "Confessions":
How on Krypton Did I Get Here? Part Four: A Merchant Prince is Born

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4 comments:

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The Comic Book Pusher said...

Thanks for the kind words! Happy New Year!

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The Comic Book Pusher said...

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Happy trails!