Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and I am just as patriotic as the next geek, but I am still going to miss my new books that come out that day. However, the employees of your Local Comic Shop deserve to celebrate and have a day off too. So, in common geek blog fashion, I have put together a short list of alternative (and possibly neurotic) things to do this Wednesday:
1. Show up at your Local Comic Shop anyway. Hang out in the parking lot, randomly running up to a glass window or door and pressing your face against it, just to make sure that there’s no one in there that could get you your new comic books.
2. Stay inside in your air conditioning. Where I live, it has been around 100 degrees (F) for the past few days, and it looks like it will continue to be that way. Since I also do not have to work, by not going out to pick up my new comic books, I have no real reason to leave the house until the sun goes down. At which point the temperature should be down to a mild 90 degrees (joy).
3. Go outside, enjoy a BBQ with friends or family. Do the opposite of #3 (how long has it been since you’ve seen the sun, really). The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family. Or, to sweat off a couple of pounds while you stand around a grill in the previously mentioned 100 degree weather. I’m sure your successful cousin with the convertible and the hair plugs would LOVE to hear about how you think Batman and Catwoman are “really going to make it work this time”.
4. Reorganize your comic book collection. Be warned, every time I set out on such an undertaking I find it usually takes more hours than I had planned. Like, 12 more hours than I had planned.
5. Check out your favorite blogs and websites where people who have gotten their comic books on time discuss them. Let your mouse arrow hover over *SPOILER* links, until you calm down and just realize you only have to wait until the next day to get your own.
6. Blow things up. With fireworks I mean….yes…fireworks.
Notice I didn’t suggest a couple of things, like beating your head against a brick wall until they open up, or going to a chain book store to spend your hard-earned money on their sparse offerings.