Today @ Challengers… This kind of comic fan discrimination seems to happen all the time, and it’s deplorable. Thank you, Eric, for the kind words.
Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.
I have been to so many comic stores where you get this sort of vibe the second you walk in the place. It’s inexcusable, juvenile and downright shitty. Hell, I’ve been to one where the store owner would berate people for buying comics by an author he didn’t like and then go on to rant about how that author was “afraid of him”. He would attack this author on social media sites and his own message board. He would walk around his store like this was an accomplishment. Like that sort of behavior was something to be proud of. But the biggest thing that made me decide to never give this jerk another cent of my money was when he “jokingly” berated and called his girlfriend (who also worked for him) names in front of customers.
This sort of thing shouldn’t be common. It shouldn’t be encouraged. It shouldn’t be allowed, really. It’s a horrible part of the comics culture. There are places where this sort of thing doesn’t happen and I’m very happy to have found a place like Challengers that is so inclusive and welcoming of everyone who sets foot inside the store.
Challengers is a fantastic store, with so many fun events, great products and excellent service. I’ve never set foot in a better store. I honestly have a hard time picturing myself being a regular customer anywhere else at this point.
But it says a lot about comic book stores when one of the selling points is “they show basic human decency!”