Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.
My LCS employs many awesome ladies who know lots about comics and dudes who are great but I’ve had the above experience too.
I’ve also taken customer service training and I know it’s way fucking harder to win a new customer than to keep an old one, something comic shop owners/operators should keep in mind.
I got (back?) into buying comics mostly because my friends create them. IT would be a lot easier/faster/cheaper to get them online but I’m all about the tactile. I also love to buy books so alienating me is kissing money goodbye, even if it’s icky girl money.