At any rate, when the local comic shop was looking for help this past week, I knew I had to respond. I don't aspire to own a comic book store or anything like that, but I've always had a desire to work at one, just for a little while. I suppose that it's on my list of things to do before I kick the...well, you get it. I'm not going to kowtow to popular sentiment!!!
It seems that Fanboy Comics, the shop close by in Wilmington, is moving to a new location, as I mentioned a little while ago. The move has provoked them to do some spring cleaning, which has lead to sales aplenty and a reorganization of a number of back stock items. I was lucky enough to be a part of the organization effort - not just because of the mounds of store credit I piled up, but because I can say that the list of jobs I've had in my life now includes working at a comic book store.
My main tasks were to organize, alphabetically and by publisher, a mountain of back issues. Afterwards there was some re-bagging and boarding. This may sound like the height of monotony, but I am nothing if not meticulous when it comes to organizing my own comics - so this was second nature from the get go. I mean, my goodness - I do this stuff at my own house, for free! Why wouldn't I jump at the chance of doing it for some form of payment?
As I mentioned, I racked up a nice sized tab of store credit in this process, and I've proceeded to cut into it already. I've snagged a bunch of back issues, including nearly 40 issues of Marvel's Greatest Comics - which are reprints of old Fantastic Four issues (but I need to get anyway...I do), and some great trade paperbacks: SCUD The Disposable Assassin and Kyle Baker's Nat Turner, for starters. The capstone I'm looking forward to is the gigantic Secret Wars Omnibus, which clocks in at nearly $100. I'm gonna get it for free. Basically.