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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
He pretty much insisted I post this...
(postmodernbarney.com) presents: The People Kid Chris Got To Deal With While Dorian Got Caught Up On Inventory Related Tasks!
People who wanted to know how much their "really old" Spider-Man comics are. The ones with the "holographic" covers.
How can you tell your comics are worthless? They say "collectible" on the cover.--Kid Chris
People who kept describing the Rock-N-Roll biography comics as "ragin!" Without any detectable irony.
People looking for war comics to send to soldiers in Iraq.
I'd think the last thing they'd want to read is a war comic. They'd probably like some rock comics more.--Kid Chris
People who wanted to negotiate the prices of bags and boards.
Customers who "help" put back issues away, who of course put them in no determinable order whatsoever.
People coming in and using Wizard as a shopping guide, then getting testy when we happen to be out of whatever book Wizard says is "hot" this week.
People arguing with him about the actual content of comics. "Hey, I'm looking for a comic, it came out in the mid nineties, it's about this girl with like demon wings and she's got a little demon pal and she fights demons." Kid Chris: Darkchylde, maybe? "No, that's not it. I think it might be called Darkness." KC: No, it's not Darkness. Here, this is Darkchylde, it came out about ten years ago, it's about a girl with demon wings, she has a little demon pal and she fights demons. I'm pretty sure this is probably what you're looking for. "No, that's not it."
(As an aside, I'm now desperate to know how many other comics came out in the mid-90s about girls with demon wings and demon sidekicks who spent all their time fighting demons, since he couldn't possibly have been looking for Darkchylde...)
The other one he got was: "What's the name of the first Sin City book?" KC: Well, the current edition of the trade is The Hard Goodbye. "No, I'm pretty sure it's just Sin City." KC: Uh, we have it right here, it says on the cover The Hard Goodbye. "Well, then that's not the first one. Do you have the first Sin City comics?" KC: Actually, the first Sin City comic ran in Dark Horse Presents. "No, it was just in a comic called Sin City."
People looking for Sin City and 300, getting testy when they find out we're a)out of 300 and b)only have a limited selection of Sin City trades in at the moment. Especially when it's obvious that the people asking for 300 only care about it because a movie is coming out (they tell us this, by the way. "It's going to be a movie, I want to get it before it gets expensive!"), and a good number of the people looking for Sin City are "artists" looking for stuff to trace. And, I half suspect, people looking for tattoo designs. "I want Nancy on my back!" "So...you want me to cover your back with black ink and only leave a couple of white spots that vaguely suggest a female form?" "Yeah!"
(And, as an aside again, why is it that the sudden interest in Frank Miller isn't translating to any of his, you know, good comics? Why are people only asking for Sin City, 300 and occasionally Hard Boiled. Why isn't anyone asking us for Martha Washington comics? Hell, I'd even settle for people asking for Daredevil, but as it is I've had customers insist that Frank Miller never worked on any superhero comics...)