How much longer will this lockdown last? The “snow day”-ness of it is getting old. I’m definitely ZOOMed out (even though I think these remote meetings are here to stay). I can see the fatigue bubble up with debates about when to open up local economies for business. And I’ve also learned about the “epistemic dissidents” – those contrarians who choose to ignore established facts, and instead rely on fringe ideas and crackpot conspiracies. If that sounds hard, it’s meant to be. I am losing patience with these knuckleheads.
Recently, I pulled up to one local comic shop, Ithaca’s Comics For Collectors for some curbside comics. Although the store is officially closed, I was invited in to browse a bit. I kind of felt like rock star who gets to shop privately when no one else is in the store. Kudos to the owner who set it up so the experience was super- safe – social distancing, sanitizer, gloves and masks. (Masks make sense for comic shops too, of course.) I snagged the comics from my pull list, a few recent favorites, and even rescued some treasures from the bargain box.
It was a treat to get the VIP treatment from that store…but we’re all so tired of the pause. I don’t think I’ll ever fondly remember that private shopping trip.
There are other ways to support local stores. I’ve reached out to a few other retailers and purchased comics online or gift cards. I have been so impressed that in every case, these shops have sent me extra stuff with each order. These acts of kindness, when the “other guy” is suffering, will not be soon forgotten.
Getting to Know the Publishers
During quarantine, I feel like I’m getting to know comics publishers better too. Continue reading “With Further Ado #94: Those Good Old Days… That We’re All Hating”