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Monday, December 20, 2004
More Tales of Christmas Shoppers
(What I expect will be a regular series this week, along with the "Bah, Humbug" pictures...)
"So, do you have any Sailor Moon graphic novels?"
Sure, they're right over here.
"Okay, now, do you know anything about these?"
A little. Why, what's your question?
"Well, when they say 'graphic novel,' how graphic are they?"
Uhm...graphic also means picture, and that's the context it's being used in for this product.
"Oh, I didn't know that. Do you get that question a lot?"
You have no idea...
"Hi, I'm looking for a gift for my nephew, and I wonder if you could recommend something for me?"
Sure. What is he into?
"Well, he's 13 years old, and he really likes these Japanese comic books and cartoons."
"Now, I don't want to get him something he's too old for, and I don't want to get him anything 'girly.'"
(Wondering if girly is being used as code for will turn him gay or not, but what I say is:) Ok.
"But, his mother is really opposed to anything with any kind of sex or violence in it, and she regularly checks his room so it's just better if I don't get him anything that's going to get him in trouble."
All right, here's what I understand; you want a Japanese comic or cartoon for a 13 year old boy that is neither too juvenile nor too feminine, and that won't upset his mother, who is opposed to sex and violence or any connotations thereof. Is that about the gist of it?
"Yes, exactly! What would you recommend?"
Well, if it were my nephew, I'd get him a good lock for his bed-room door and a subscription to either Playboy or Advocate Men, depending on what I suspected his orientation is going to turn out to be...but you might want to look on this shelf here instead.