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Friday, December 03, 2004
Why Are You Asking Me This?
It's true, comic book store employees are the wisest of all people. We see all and know all, there is no tiny speck of information that is unknown to us. At least judging by some of the questions I've been asked lately we are.
Now, I can sort of understand questions that are tangentially related to comics. "Who's the killer in Identity Crisis?" or "Who's the mystery villain in New Avengers?" are at least based on the supposistion that I, in my posistion as comics clerk, may have access to information that is not available to the general comics buying public. (And tangentially, if the answer to that second question isn't Loki a lot of Avengers fans are going to be angry.)
I can even, almost, sort of understand questions about the inner workings of the comics industry in general, for much that same reason. "What's Stan Lee's secret Hollywood project going to be about?" (I don't know, it's a secret.) or "When is Disney going to start publishing the Crossgen comics again?" (When everyone who remembers the Disney Comics brand, and how successful it was, no longer works for Disney.) I could maybe, kind of, sort of know the answer to if big corporations actually, you know, cared about the tiny American comics market and what it thought about their projects.
No, it's the questions that are utterly unrelated to anything even remotely comics related that get me:
"Where would I find a copy of The Silmarillion?"
"What years was the The Brady Bunch on the air." -- Mike's favorite question "Do you repair slot machines?"
"Is my hard-drive ready?"
"Where am I?" -- I get that one on the phone far too often
"Is it true that all banks are required by law to have a notary on the premises?"
"When will I be loved?"