It occurred to me last night, while rambling on about Amanda Conner and then how thrilled I was to be blogged by Erika Moen, just how much I’ve learned about comics in the last 9 months. If, in summer 2010, you’d asked me who did the art for Batwoman, I would have stared blankly at you and said… who? Batgirl, you mean? Yet just last week I had an extensive conversation with a fellow J H Williams III fan who ended up picking up the TPB of The Black Glove and issue #5 of Batman, Inc just to get a fix. It was supposed to be February 23, I said, then they pushed it to April, and now it’s slated for a fall release, meanwhile Previews was already soliciting issue #2 last month! Not to mention Batwoman: Elegy is already out of print! It’s like they’re TRYING to lose readers.
I pore over the invoices at work and shriek things like Oooh! New issue of The Sixth Gun! or Oh good, a restock of Nonplayer #1! I speak a language now that would’ve alienated me completely not too long ago. I’m still learning, and I’m lost when it comes to most cape titles (please, PLEASE don’t ask me about JLA or Green Lantern) but I surprise myself constantly with what I do know.
So to the middle-aged guy who, last week, stumped me with a question regarding The Flash and then asked Why do you even work here? I say: I work here because this is what I love. This is what I do, and I work at it every single day.
And you don’t know who the fuck Erika Moen is, anyway.