NO!

Evidently Tulsa, OK is divided into districts. In one of these districts is a string of shops unofficially known as “Nerd Row”.

This makes me angry. There’s a gaming store, a comic book store, AND NOW A BOOKSTORE. 😡

In my video yesterday I said that it’s always readers who claim to be nerds, right? Guess who came up with this informal nickname? One of the store owners!

WHY, WHY, WHY?

Why does everyone have to try to make themselves out to be different or special? Just be you. Forget the stupid labels.

What’s the Difference Between Comics and Graphic Novels?

Okay. I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I don’t read comics. And recently I started thinking of the difference between comics and graphic novels. And I can’t seem to find one.

We sell both at my store and the only difference I can see is that graphic novels often come in hardback and are priced extremely high. Which is so unnecessary when they’re less than 100 pages. I’ve looked through a handful of both comics and graphic novels and still don’t know the difference. All the characters you can think of seem to appear in both. I don’t know.

So what’s the difference between graphic novels and comics? I haven’t a clue.

What About Comics?

I realized recently that I’ve never written about comics on here. Not once. I guess I must be discriminating against them. Ha. But really, comics can tell a story too. They can have characters people relate to. And they can be just as popular as anything else.

But I have to first acknowledge that I’ve never even had a comic in my hand. Nor have I ever seen one, except in movies or on TV. But when I was thinking of writing this post, I realized that Barnes and Noble has a manga section. Aren’t those comics? But I’ve never seen any other comics at the largest brick and mortar bookstore in the US. I wonder why that is. Do they not sell very many? Or…I don’t know.

I only know of one comic book store in my area. And the only reason I even know it exists is because I’ve seen people randomly check-in on Facebook. I’m not saying it’s the only one around here, but they do seem to be few and far between. Perhaps I’m not the only one who’s never had his hands on a comic?

I don’t really have a negative view of comics, I’d call it indifference. Because one can’t really form an opinion about something he knows nothing about. But I will say that I’m not big on all the comic book movie adaptations that keep coming out. I understand that they make money, but I can’t be the only person who doesn’t want to see remake after remake of the same characters.

What about you? What do you think of comic books?