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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
The Remainder of New Comics Day
Suitably decompressed now to talk about the things I missed photo-blogging.
As Mike mentioned, first customers of the day were the very nice Chris Brown and his wife Kelly Brown. Which was a nice way to start what turned out to be a very busy and hectic day. Wednesdays are always a bad day for people to try and buy back-issues...we're simply too busy and have too little space to do it properly, yet we had tons of people, either folks we rarely see or had never seen before, coming in with very specific shopping lists. I'm guessing they were folks headed to SDCC.
Speaking of SDCC, say hi to Ian and Sean while you're down there. And on Friday try to hunt down Kid Chris. And, I don't know, make fun of his ankle tatoos or something.
The Big BooK this week is, of course, Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but the few pages I did look over struck me as Frank Miller doing his best to out-do, well, Frank Miller. It's pulpy and over-wrought and the people who praised Hush and hated Dark Knight Strikes Again are absolutely going to loathe this book. Look for lots of scathingly negative reviews from people who didn't get the joke. My suspicion: the book won't be very good, but it will be fun in an unapologetically trashy way.
Most Seriously Wrong Comic of the Day: Zombie King by Frank Cho. This was the book that had everyone who flipped through it asking "what the hell is wrong with Frank Cho?" If necrophiliac bestiality is your thing, you might enjoy this comic.
Most Frustrating Customer Moment of the Day: "Do you have any back-issues?" Sure, we have plenty, what are you looking for? "Do you have any independent comics as back issues?" Sure, lots. Which ones are you looking for? "Do you have any Pied Piper comics?" I'm not familiar with that title, do you know who published it? "I think it was just Pied Piper." So...is that the name of the comic or the name of the publisher? "Oh. I think it might be the publisher, I guess." Okay...well, I don't actually have a section for back-issues from a company called Pied Piper, which means that if I do have any of their comics, they'll just be put away by their title. Was there a particular title you were looking for? "Yeah, there was one title I was looking for. It was called Ex-Mutants." ...Uhm, yeah, we have that. (See, because a sane person would have just asked me if we had any Ex-Mutants comics...not approached the problem from the back-angle, so to speak.)
Guessing game! Who said: "Having sex with men? Is that some kind of gay innuendo?"