Heroes, Villains, and Me: Local Comic Store Joy

“Heroes, Villains, and Me” is a periodic article on Geeky KOOL by Larry Litle about the world of comic books and my reaction to it. “Heroes, Villains, and Me” is not a comic book review article. I will write about current events, speculation and rumors, or my own wacky thoughts about the world of comic books.


Recently, I attended a KOOL Kickstarter event for the upcoming comic book, Listen to the Thunder I walked into the comic shop hosting the event shortly after 5 pm to support this event.

My plan was simple.  I would go and show my support my artist friend, Adam McLaughlin, and for his KOOL new Kickstarter, grab my comics, and head for home.  I would be in and out in twenty minutes.  At least, that is what I thought would happen.

I arrived to find the comic store in a huge buzz.  People were everywhere.  Everyone was happy and having fun.  They say Disneyland (Disneyworld) is the happiest place on earth but the Comic Cave had to be really close on this day.

At the table for the  Listen to the Thunder Kickstarter, Adam and Chris Annen,  Listen to the Thunder’s awesome writer, were surrounded by excited fans. Each of them was talking to groups at a time. They were sharing art and their vision for this comic series.  They even showed their awesome trailer for this series.

I had a wonderful time catching up with Adam. He is an awesome guy. The art on this comic is really KOOL.  I cannot wait to get my hands on this comic.

It was a pleasure to meet Chris Annen.  I could hear his excitement for his story that he is telling.  He has developed these werewolf characters extensively.  I could see his passion in his eyes.

After talking to the guys, I started wondering around the store. As I was looking around, I kept running into other friends. Most of them were there to support Chris and Adam.  It was a happy and joyful time catching up with numerous friends.

I took a step back and took a deep breath. I looked around and smiled as I saw all sorts of people embracing their different geek loves.  I was feeling intense joy. It reminded me of the first day of a con when you feel the awesome of being with your fellow geeks and nerds.  You could breathe in the geek community.

Not all comic book stores have this.  Many are trying but may not be there yet.  Some want to keep their little stores and communities exclusive to “real geeks”.  Luckily, not all comic stores try to be exclusive but rather some are inclusive of the whole geek community.  At this store, I felt the joy of my geekdom and loved every second of it.  That is why my 20 minute stop ended up being a two hour stay in geek heaven.
Stay Geeky My Friends!

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