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What are the best and worst parts about working in a comic store?
The best part is definitely just being around comics and getting to see new stuff before other people do. If you go into an office and walk from cubicle to cubicle you don't hear people talking about comics. You hear, "Oh I have to do this report." I get to talk comics at work. I get to recommend stuff to people. That's also one of the hardest parts — not getting too carried away. It's a job and I have to pay attention to the floor, make sure there are enough comics on the wall and do inventory. You can't get too involved.
The real worst part is when it gets super busy on new-release day, Wednesday. Around 5 o'clock there's a line goes from one end of the floor to the other and around the book shelves. The floor is huge. Keeping that in control is pretty crazy.
What's the least nerdy thing about you?
I'm a big sports nut. I'm a huge Yankees fan. It's still nerdy because I'm a stats guy. But I'm like any jock, screaming when someone scores.
What's the worst misconception about comic books and their fans?
That we are people with no hygiene and that comics are for kids and that it's stupid stuff and you can't take it seriously. There are certainly fantasy elements, but why do people take Hollywood movies seriously and give them awards? I think the last few years with Dark Knight and Ironman, they legitimize the format for us. Go into a comic shop and pick up something. Don't judge it until you try it.
Why is there such a big crossover between comic book fans and tech junkies?
That's easy. You've got characters like Batman and Ironman who are human. But what makes them different is their training and their gadgets. What tech junkie wouldn't love to get in the Batmobile and test that GPS and all the other gadgets in there? Who wouldn't want to make their own piece of armor and fly around and shoot people? Comics have always had an element of sci-fi and have always had technology that was semi-futuristic. Techies love it. I'm also a Trekkie. I love new technology and stuff. It's all sort of related.