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Monday, July 05, 2004
Free Comic Book Day will now forever be known to me as "Stinky People Day." Lots of folks who need to be told not only what soap is, but also what it is for. Apart from that, 'twas okay. Lots of books went out the door. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, and only person made enough of a nuisance of themselves (a child continually asking for the bag of "mature reader" comics) to make me think about making them leave.
But then, there were the folks who came in later. It made the whole last half-hour of work one of the most surreal experiences I've had in quite some time. The exchange with one of the women went something like this:
"Do you have any comic books about quantum mechanics?"
Not specifically about that, no. Can you tell me anything else about it?
"I saw it in a movie. It had a black guy with a cape and it was about quantum mechanics."
[racking my brains...] Could it, possibly, have been called "Quantum & Woody?"
"No! It was about quantum mechanics. I saw it in a movie!"
...I'm still not sure what she thinks she's looking for. I half suspect it doesn't actually exist anywhere other than that movie, or perhaps her mind.
One of her other companions also asked me if we had any comics about Hindu gods. I could only think of Rogan Gash, which we didn't have in stock. He then asked me for any comics about Jesus. Then for comics about Thor. I suspect Zeus would have been next, but I was saved from him listing every world pantheon by the fact that we were now closed.
Finally, another one of the women from this group was looking though a Tales of the Bizarro World trade paper-back. I'm not sure why. I think she had asked that scoundrel Mike about comics in which people speak out of order. After flipping through it she puts in down hurriedly, almost as if the thing was some sort of blasphemous tome. It was, she declared to the world at large, "full of anger."
Now, there are a lot of adjectives I can think of to describe Bizarro stories. "Anger" is not one of them.
In other news, I was looking at our in-voice today, and I noticed that the Free Comic Book Day items which were not shipped to us have been cancelled. So with luck we won't have any books showing up a month after the fact, as happened with our Keenspot books last year.
Also, the Crossgen 2005 Wall Calender will be in on Thursday. Everyone can use it to track the release dates of their favorite Crossgen series. Oh, wait...
And someone yelled at me because, by asking him if he needed help with anything, I was apparently the rudest person who ever lived...yeah, some people just aren't happy unless they can complain about other people, I guess.