About a month ago, I made my very first trip ever to a comic book store. I went on comicshoplocator.com and went to the one closest to me, and I think I picked well. I basically love it.
My first time in was with the honeyman, because we were on vacation together and because I rarely like going new places on my own. The comic shop is located in the downstairs area of a building, there ruining the images in my head inspired by The Big Bang Theory‘s comic shop. (Although now that I think about it, TBBT’s comic shop’s atmosphere is very much one of “girls don’t belong”. Blech.) I felt a little awkward at the close-quarters at first, but eventually I relaxed. It’s actually pretty well organized, and I was able to snap up the first issues of Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, two comics I had been hearing a lot about on the internets.
Since my first time, I’ve been back there twice. The guys that work there are very friendly, and didn’t at all make me feel like I was some silly girl. (I get that this is a ridiculous presumption, shut up.) I shared what comics I’ve been getting in to, and got some good recs. I started a pull list for Ms. Marvel and Rat Queens, and ask that they order me a volume of Deadpool to start reading. And from what I understand, their discount on your pull list is pretty great: 20% to 30% off of whatever is in your box when you come in, depending on how much is there. They also offer discounts on regular merchandise in the store, including trade books, which is fantastic.
I could easily spend hours looking around in there, if I let myself, and I could VERY easily spend too many of my dollars. But I love having a comfortable place to go for comics. I love that I have comic book pros to ask questions to. And, imagine my delight when I went on their website and discovered that they have a podcast! I downloaded a bunch of episodes and can’t wait to listen to them this week. I’ve been thinking about trying to find a good comics podcast, and then I stumbled on that. WIN.
For anyone of my readers who is annoyed with all the comics-related talk on my blog… suck it up. I can’t help it. I’m kind of addicted to comics now, and I only want to throw myself deeper into them. And now that I have a local favorite comic book shop, nothing is stopping me from trying to catch up on decades’ worth of comic-y goodness. Maybe a Marvel Unlimited membership is in order… Hmm.
Have you been to your local comic book shop? What was it like? What comics are you into right now?