A Letter to Comic Shop Owners (and the people who work there)

Dear comic shop owners:

It has come to my attention that not all comic shops are as amazing as my local shop. I have been lucky; as a girl who started reading comics in her 20s, I have never been judged on what I read/don’t read. And what I read is a lot of DC and Marvel, as well as scattered titles from other publishers.

But recently I saw someone who owns a comic shop question whether his customers read crap.

Now I love visiting new comic shops, even though I always go back to “my shop.” And this shop had been pretty high up on my list of places to visit. I will not be going there now. I do not appreciate books I like being called crap. They may not be the best thing out there (in your opinion), but there are still people who love them.

Every title is someone’s favourite. And while you might not agree, the people who buy them are still your customers. Feel free to think what you want, but to state that sort of opinion in a very public place is a mistake.

Most people have multiple choices as to where they purchase their comics from. If they’re like me, there are six comic shops within a forty minute drive, two of which are less than ten minutes away. If they aren’t that lucky, there are websites you can order from. And then there are digital comics.

There is no reason to continue to go into a store that says the books that you enjoy are crap.

Superhero books are not better or worse than non-superhero books. Drama is not better than action. Original stories are not better than tie-in comics.

Comics are a format, not a genre. And people like all different genres.

So if you are going to call the books that your customers read “crap,” you might find yourself needing new customers soon.

Geek Girl


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