I went to the comic book store today to buy the book 2 of Astonishing X-Men. This is what I came home with:
I bought Serenity because: duh. Hawkeye was on the 40% off shelf. I have a soft spot for Hawkeye because he’s human and has to fight along superheroes. I also don’t know much about him. I had a short conversation with the man behind the counter. We talked about how Marvel movies are so much successful than DC movies. He thinks that Avengers 2 is going to come out before 2015 and that no one is going to see Ant Man. I mentioned that I was interested in it because Edgar Wright was directing it, but it might suffer the same fate as Scott Pilgrim. I said that I was kinda backwards because I got into the movies before the comics and did so at an older age. He said that was common. I spent $60 in the store, but I think it was worth it. This was the second time I ever bought something in a comic book store (the first time was when I bought Astonishing X-Men Book 1), but I like the experience and I believe that it was worth it to support the store.
Even though I spent way more than I planned to, I am not too upset. I like to support local businesses when I can, especially bookstores and comic book stores because they are up against some very strong competition. I also made sure to visit the used bookstore nearby even though my reading list is already bloated. Quite frankly, used book stores are amazing. So much better than Amazon which has taken the heart and soul out of discovering and buying new books. In order to provide their low prices they have streamlined the process and taken all the fun out of it and I believe you lose more than you gain by shopping at amazon. If money is your issue, there is always the library. It’s free! The next time you don’t know what to read or if you are thinking about exploring a new genre, go to your local bookstore and just read down the shelves. You might make a great discovery or have fun imagining what the book might be about based on the title. Ask someone for help. They might have suggestions for you that you haven’t thought of and provide a personal service that no website could provide.
The title of this post is a reference to this scene from Futurama: