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this is beautiful: http://ourvaluedcustomers.blogspot.com/
or use in place of 'better than average'
The look the mid-30s staff at Forbidden Planet gave me when I bought my first Sandman trade = the look I gave people buying James Blunt albums when I working as MVC's staff angry teen.
whenever I'm served by a hot girl in a comic shop (and you DO get them in London, I swear), despite being 27 and having made love to at least five women now, I just get flustered and mumble and stare at my feet like I'm 16 again. What's THAT about?
Comic book shops are the only place that I feel much cooler, sexier and tougher than everyone else in the immediate area.
Are you sure you've not got me confused with Theo?
(if the answer to this is yes, I am going to brain you)
I feel sorry for his mum.
That makes it sound like you don't actually know how many it is. Was there a sixth, but you only got the tip in?
i'm gonna stop typing now
or an adrian tomine
'it's one of those'
i used to go to borders to buy really popular graphic novels, in case they laughed at me in gosh comics
Mega City Comics forever etc
Incredible. I might do that for a laugh next time I'm in FB.
and i made sure i went in on a weekday with fewer dorks milling around so i would be laughed at less
oh no no no
i'm just a dilettante
BUT this kind of attitude does sort of bother me
like yesterday, i went into Close Up, the film library on Brick Lane and mostly because i was bored waiting for the guy to serve me, I was like 'recommendations would be good, a sort of staff picks like in the OLD waterstones. there's so much stuff here...'
AND HE STARTED CONVULSING
"Waterstones! We're not Waterstones! The reason why we're here is so you can ask US for recommendations"
And then I was like, pointing to my film: 'El Topo, any good?'
And he was like 'Yeah, it's crazy. You have to see it'.
And that was it. Great recommendation.
people should just FIND things on their own in my opinion, rather than be force-fed what's good.
moral of the story: don't laugh at people who buy daniel clowes' GRAPHIC NOVELS
assist, help or something
but the few times I've used "graphic novel" around hardcore comic readers they've reacted much in the same way I do when people use "apartment" to mean "flat".
A Trade Paperback is a collection of comics that were originally released as single issues but combined form a larger story.
A Graphic Novel is a comic that was written specifically with the sole intention of being released as a complete work in a single volume.
but a lot of PROPER COMICS FANS take umbridge with the term "graphic novel" because it's used a lot of the time by people who don't want to be known as comic readers, because obviously comics are for kids and nerds only right and I'm an educated professional and this isn't even about superheros or robots so how can it be a comic?
Both the Teletubbies and The Sopranos are TV shows - the fact that you can watch them both on TV does not mean they're aimed at the same audience.
what do they have against Clowes/Tomine? Too popular?
Thank god I never ever ask shop staff for anything.
between comics about superheroes and comics not about superheroes. people on both sides have pretty withering opinions about the other.
these are filed downstairs as 'alternative comics'.
Mentally I just have them down as "not ass-ugly comics"
there's a 'Mainstream' section in the comics/graphic novels bit. I don't think anyone ever browses it though, out of fear of looking like a MAINSTREAMER. "MAINSTREAM-O!", I would shout at them.
and maybe Image at a stretch. they're the MAJOR LABELS of the comics world. In that they most publish (a) licensed titles of varying quality or (b) wussy romance comics aimed at Smiths fans
They were selling Marvel comics of "Great Battles of the American Civil War"
Really wish I'd bought them now, instead of my fridge magnet of the declaration of independence
Jessica Abel, Peter Bagge, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Roberta Gregory, Joe Sacco, and Chris Ware...just some of the people published by Fantagraphics
I feel like things like preacher or Y are the bridge in the middle for people scared to commit to a side...
multiple writers, multiple continuities, endless retcons and CRISIS OF INFINITE CROSSOVERSs
continuities, retcons and INVASION REIGN WAR MULTIBALLS *are* incredibly annoying.
Multiple writers I like, for the different interpretations of characters.
And just to say, I also read a ton of vertigo - I have just further embraced my geekyness.
Transformers / Star Trek / Ghostbusters / GI Joe / ZOMBIES crossover next year. it's going to be either amazing or a car crash of totally baffling proportions.
the car crashes are kind of good to shout at, even if they're shit.
see the DC/MARVEL Amalglam.
'That is a rare photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore. It is worth one hundred and fifty dollars.'
'What can I get for 75 cents?'
'[Sigh] You may purchase this charming Hamburglar adventure. A child has already solved the jumble using crayons. The answer is 'fries'.'
"Is this cel worth anything?"
"Huh, let me show you something. This, this is a Snagglepuss drawn by Hic Hiesler. It is worth something. This, this is an arm drawn by nobody. It is worth nothing."
"Can't you give me anything for it?"
"I can give you this telephone, it is shaped like Mary Worth."
"No groaning in my store."
and the guy said "good choice". I think he was being sarcastic and/or customer-friendly.
Totally took it as a compliment though.
The missus asked an attendant "Have you got the buffy comics?"
He replied "Yes" and then just stared at us.
Then he said "BUT FIRST YOU MUST ANSWER ME THESE QUESTIONS THREE! Nah, I'm just kidding. This way"
He then proceeded to tell us the entitre history of the comics that run during the show and the ones to pick up the story after it ended. Before telling us they didn't have #1 in stock
nah bro you dont wanna work here the shop is depressing and the customers are worse but if you really wanna work here come back in two weeks and you can have my job
did you go back?
But the one in Cov is a proper old boys network of "employ my mate" stuff
it's somewhere where i don't feel the pressure of being out geeked by people because i know it will happen.
to have as a toilet book
i don't like superheros
has to LOOK amazing
it's amazing, and you can read a little bit at a time to study the pictures, and it's really thick so will last you ages.
this bit 'you can read a little bit at a time to study the pictures' sounds like i can't read
this is probably the most depressing book I have ever read.
i don't want to be depressed while going to teh loo
tis brilliant but so full of angst, regret, emotional pain and other dour emotions.....
it has amazingly detailed pictures, so even if you can read you will like them.
That book is far too beautiful to languish in your toilet.
How about Tomine's Summer Blonde, a collection of four monochrome, cinematic short stories.
i'll have you know
everything by him is great
do you have the original early optic nerve series?
i started buying copies from ebay then just got a book of them all, which i assume is just all the collected mags
you'll look superfly