I had hoped that some music would be blasting or something so I could quickly and discreetly ask my question, and not give away my virgin-to-comic-book-world status. Without the cover of noise, I bravely asked the kindly gentleman behind the counter for the comic book I had come searching for. As an introduction to comic books, I had been told this was a good starting point.
He thought for a moment and then pointed out a large bible-esque book on the bottom shelf. "Hey," I thought to myself, "I though I was looking for a comic book?" I played it cool. I played it like I knew it was going to look nothing like what an actual comic book looks like. Under my breath, I rued the day that I didn't look this god damn thing up on the internet before I came galavanting in here like a know-it-all.
"Oh. It's a real book?" I didn't of course say this aloud, fearing that the random men in the store might stone me for implying that comic books aren't real books.
I bought the book anyway. Apparently, it's an illustrated novel and it's called Blankets and I've read a few pages and I'm like totally into it.
aside: although this story is true, I left out some key facts:
- j-po was with me.
- j-po was gently scolded by the so-called kindly gentleman for almost ripping some posters that hung loosly at toddler-level.
- Despite the gentle scolding j-po was given a free comic book for being a first-time customer. He almost had the free comic book taken away because he wanted to switch it for a scarier one, but the not-so-kindly gentleman was standing his ground and had final say about giveaways.
- For a brief moment, I thought I was going to have to buy a bunch a comic books that j-po was about the scrunch up. He didn't scrunch them, so I didn't buy them. Nonetheless, the quiet we found upon entering the store was broken often and with much enthusiasm on j-po's part during our visit.
- The mean guy behind the counter was either ridiculing me for being a newbie or praising my taste when he said as I left: "It's an interesting choice -- all the rage right now."