Monday, April 24, 2006

Scary Creepy tales of parenting.

While the household recovered from the icky cold-and-flu, er, ickiness...I fulfilled a VERY longstanding promise to NOS to take him to the comic book store.

Mind you, I am not (nor have I ever been) a Comic Book/SciFi/D&D sort of guy, but I seem to know a lot of those people, so I was wary.

And with good reason.

We went looking for old, classic Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge comic books (before you scoff, these are SEARINGLY intelligent comics, and you'll be shocked at the stuff you learn reading them) but, instead, we were treated to an, um, environment, that reminded me of a cross between the comic book store from The Simpsons and the pawn shop scene from Pulp Fiction. Most of the comics were odes to dycfunctional sexual fantasies (now that oughta pick up my Googleness) featuring female characters with too much silicone and not enough costume, or pretty violent imagery.

Fortunately, we found what we sought and scampered out before I had to explain to my 8y.o. why there was a guy named The Gimp with a black zippered mask.


P.S. The comics we picked up--at random!--dealt with themes such as Jason & the Argonauts, plate tectonics and the history of gold shipments from South America to Spain. Yes, there were cartoons ducks, but still.

Posted by Joke at 1:14 PM


  • Blogger MsCellania posted at 4:51 PM, April 24, 2006  
    I fear these days. You were brave to even attempt the trip, and you left victorious with books in hand. Have you tried Ebay for the DD comic books?

    And yes; I spose Vail is akin to PB with a distinct chill in the air. But there was nary a sighting of anyone elderly. It was pretty much all Blindingly white big-toothed 20 something's in Range Rovers or clunking around in the latest ski attire. Or parents with kids who fit the above description (except make the age 30-50).
  • Blogger Badger posted at 4:52 PM, April 24, 2006  
    The Gimp ... hmmm, was he Marvel? Or DC?
  • Blogger Joke posted at 4:58 PM, April 24, 2006  
    More AC than DC, methinks.


    P.S. It was more the going into a store dedicated to comic books than getting the books.
  • Blogger MsCellania posted at 6:58 PM, April 24, 2006  
    Oh, must be another Boy Thang I am going to have to gird my loins for. Boy Retail Comic Therapy. Gives one the goosebumps just with the saying of it.

    On second thought, this will have to be a task for the dad. Yep, I'm delegating.
  • Blogger Carolyn posted at 10:07 PM, April 24, 2006  
    Totally off topic here, but your title page, the one that shows the name of all three blogs, isn't showing the name of any of your blogs. Grrrrr, darn blogger.
  • Blogger blackbird posted at 7:11 AM, April 25, 2006  
    Of course I read the title -
    pondered the frights most of us have had over the past few weeks with our number one's, two's, and three's and assumed that you were required to perform some sort of cardiac surgery on one of your boys.

    After I got my heart rate to return to a normal rythm, I was thoroughly bored to read about the comic book store.
    Did you mention the clientele and sales help therein?
    Now I will have to go back and check.

  • Blogger Sarah Louise posted at 8:01 AM, April 25, 2006  
    I'm with Blackbird (except I did read the post). I'm a little confused, though. Was the person in leather named Gimp a comic strip or a live personage you met at the comic store?

    And BB made me laugh out loud, ::cough::
  • Blogger Joke posted at 8:37 AM, April 25, 2006  
    Um, SL, the "Gimp" reference has to do with a kinda scary character in Pulp Fiction.

  • Blogger Poppy Buxom posted at 1:24 PM, April 25, 2006  
    Yeah, Joke, you should be more sensitive. You're such a guy. What about the feelings of your readers who have been spending all their free time in the hospital with their offspring?

    (The last time I was in the hospital, it was because I had tendonitis in my right wrist. No doubt from leaving obnoxious comments.)

    Oh, and speaking of obnoxious comments, I have a question about the cartoon ducks. Did they have cartoon accents? Because if they did, I think Speedy Gonzales might want to sue for copyright infringement.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 1:37 PM, April 25, 2006  
    I'll amend the title to read "creepy." Hospital stuff is usually under the heading of "worrisome" not "scary" (i.e., vampires are scary, hospital stays are worrisome), but in view of the vox populi thing going on, I'll adjust accordingly.

  • Blogger Poppy Buxom posted at 3:56 PM, April 25, 2006  
    Well, OK, but you haven't answered my question about the comic book ducks.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 4:39 PM, April 25, 2006  

    The accents are entirely in my head. My cranium, as you well know, is not actionable.

  • Blogger Poppy Buxom posted at 5:07 PM, April 25, 2006  
    "¡Aye carumba, Señor Yoke!"
  • Blogger BabelBabe posted at 10:12 PM, April 25, 2006  
    you'll only get internet weirdos if they too mistype dycfunctional - so you might be safe. or was that intentional?? : )
  • Blogger Joke posted at 12:00 AM, April 26, 2006  
    I thought it was a damned clevah pun.


    P.S. I have Pulp Fiction on the brain, sue me.
  • Blogger daysgoby posted at 8:40 AM, April 26, 2006  
    Where does Felix the Cat fit into the intelligent comics list?

    We've started collecting the old ones for C.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 8:49 AM, April 26, 2006  
    I think Felix--IIRC--is up there intelligence-wise.

    Ya done good.

  • Blogger Sarah Louise posted at 9:29 AM, April 26, 2006  
    I used to love watching Felix--he had this thing about jumping over pocketbooks...or jumping was a long time ago...

    SL, ever clueing out Joke's abbreviations, asks, what is IIRC? The only RC I could think of was Roman Catholic, and I doubt Felix is, no offense.
  • Blogger Sarah Louise posted at 9:31 AM, April 26, 2006  
    and the fact that you think hospitals are "worrisome" rather than "scary" just shows your xy chromosones more.


  • Blogger Joke posted at 10:21 AM, April 26, 2006  
    IIRC + If I Recall Correctly.


    P.S. Poppy will confirm that Felix the Cat is High Church Anglican.
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