Whenever I tell people that I work in a comic shop, they tend to respond the same way.
“Oh how fun!” “Neat.” “Hard work, ey?”
Now technically I only work there one day a week. Once in a while I will chip in a few extra days. However, this time both my boss and coworker are out of the state and/or country. So, presented here for your amusement, is the unfiltered life of one guy running a comic shop.
Day 1, Monday
(Warning: Some spoilers for Arrow’s season finale. But I aim to be vague.)
10:35- Got to work early and made the mistake of watching Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video. Oy.
10:40- Decided to help my brain recuperate by watching Last Week Tonight discuss chickens. Heh. Armadillos.
11:10- A guy bought Watchmen. (Shrug) A classic, but not for me.
Noon- A guy came to check fire extinguisher. He didn’t do anything, but that sucker is officially checked. Wahoo.
12:06- I checked my e-mail again.
12:07- I checked comic/ movie websites again.
12:09- I ate lunch while watching Arrow (which included a TV commercial for my other job on Hulu. Grr.)
12:13- Wasn’t Diggle told at the beginning of the season that he was done fighting on the streets? That lasted… what, an episode maybe?
12:26- There’s no way Hulu accesses my Google search history to target ads for me. Type two diabetes? Aflac? Disneyland? Uh… no, nope, and no thanks.
12:31- Wait, her shirt had no back the whole time? Well okay then.
12:40- What? A fight in daylight? Arrow has scenes in the sun?!?!?!
12:41- I still don’t understand how someone who maintains a full time job as a prosecutor and has been fighting for maybe 6 months can take on 4 assassins that live and breathe this stuff 24/7/365 for most of their adult lives.
12:45- Two customers! At once! Must pause Arrow.
12:55- One was a box customer and now so is the other. We’re winning!
12:58- Why did the spouse have to kill the other? Why should I care? Oh Arrow…
1:05- Customer #5. Score another win for those Star Wars comics
1:06- I am -so- owning this whole “reorder comics through our distributor’s website” thing
1:20- How is this episode still playing? We get it; you’re playing both sides. We understand. Just stop. Roll credits!
1:24- You killed a kid on broadcast TV. How special of you.
1:28- Phew. Only one more episode left. Time to read an actual comic!
1:29- Oh, hello Injustice Year Four #1. Entertain me.
1:33- Uh, why is Diana’s entrance into this comic framed on her butt cheek? Oddly focused panel much?
1:43- Why give Batman a beard? Wouldn’t that rub against his cowl, making a little non-stealthy noise? Criminals can heard face-scruff, y’know.
1:44- Well Howdy, All You Need is Kill. Time to finish reading you.
2:09- Ahhh, another “I spent too much on eBay story”. We get a million of ’em. 😉
2:44- Back to Arrow again. Last one…
2:45- Yay! Flash! There’s hope after all! This may not suck!
2:47- Oh. He’s gone. Poop.
2:48- Who’m I supposed to root for here? The babykiller, the spouse killer, or the vigilante who admits to being killer?
2:49- Y’know, if it was Liam Neeson as Ra’s, he would have won this fight by now.
2:50- We take this commercial break to remind you that if you go to CWTV you can watch their stuff a week earlier than Hulu. And less ads too! …sometimes.
2:51- Paper Towns TV trailer, where they only advertise the first 40 pages of the book. Kids are gonna be sad when that movie comes out.
2:52- LOST flashbacks were so much better than these…
2:53- Time for Oliver to torture someone. Hrmph.
2:56- What is it with Oliver Queen and planes? (Green Arrow #101, for example.)
2:59- If the Dove commercial is to be believed, women let random people videotape them showering. Creeeeeeepy.
3:00- Adams and O’Neil. Yeah, I see what you did there.
3:06- “Must be May?” Ha! Oh Finale humor.
3:08- The poison gives a radiation that can be tracked by satellite? Ugh. This show…
3:14- Um, Speedy? Yeah, your boyfriend’s jacket wasn’t so tight when he wore it. What’d ya do?
3:16- Yes citizens! Go! Run! Spread that plague in a frenzied panic! Good call! Do that! Don’t create a quarantine or anything, just rush to all your loved ones and breathe on ’em!
3:20- Five bucks says Ra’s goes over the railing and into the “waterfall”
3:26- Called it. But with a little surprise.
3:26- Saw that coming too, but shouldn’t it take longer to learn how to use that tech?
I mean, it supposedly took the inventor months. Right? Not 3 minutes?
3:27- How does drumming your fingers on the desk that hold a tablet show that the tablet is spiffy? You aren’t even touching the screen or the keyboard? Weird ad.
3:29- You’re congratulating him on returning to his murderous ways? Hrrm.
3:32- Again, you said you’d quit! Wife and kid! And you’re just now talking about concealing your identity? Three years later? Idiot.
3:38- 3 Ra’s in one episode. None of them Liam Neeson. Sigh.
3:44- Enough hate-watching. Back to comics.
4:35- Checked All You Need is Kill off my list. All done. Not quite the movie, but the source material is just fine.
5- Found out Anna Kendrick was on Late Late singing riff-offs.
5:10-…which naturally led to re-watching the Lip Synch Battle. Again.
5:20- Grabbed The Sculptor to free me of internet-dom
5:40- Took the show outside; courtesy of a tall chair and pleasant weather
7- Time to go home!