Wednesday is the best day of my week—and no, it’s not because it’s “hump day.” (If you bring up the Geico commercial, I will hurt you.) Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad my week is half over, but the main reason I’m excited for Wednesday is that it’s New Comic Book Day: the greatest of all days.
As someone who loves comics, Wednesday trips to my local comic book store have taken an almost religious connotation. I go at nearly the same time every week, to the same store, by the same route, much as other people go to church. Not that I think reading comics is the same as going to church, but the consistency with which comic lovers show up, week in and week out, does draw a few parallels.
I look forward to new comics all week, because I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. I usually tease myself early in the week by looking over Midtown Comics’ list of what is coming out in the week. I peek at covers and try to guess what might be happening inside, knowing full well that covers rarely give things away anymore. Sometimes I’ll read the little blurb telling me what the comic is about, but I usually try not to spoil them too much. I want to read the comic unbiased in order to draw my own conclusions.
New Comic Book Day also provides me with a chance to be social in a community dedicated to an activity which lends itself to solitary participation. Aside from the store owner, who always provides lively conversation, there are plenty of other folks present. The best part is that I know they are all there for the same reason I am! While we may not be the most naturally social group, we can sure go on about new comics. We talk about what we like and don’t like, the latest gossip or rumor to come from publishers, and books that we’ve enjoyed that we think other people might also be interested in. Some days I have to get my books and leave pretty quickly, and don’t get much time to talk, but other days these conversations can go on for well over an hour.
When I get my new books in hand I give them a quick thumb through to see what they’re all about. Usually I save this for when I get in the car, but there are some books (like Saga) that I just can’t wait to take a look at, and so I check them out as soon as I get them in my hands. This is mostly to satisfy myself while I drive home. My local comic book store is a little bit of a drive from my house, so I have to be patient before I can read my comics. Once I get home though, there’s no stopping me. I read my favorites first and then I’ll switch to whatever grabs my eye. Typically I’ll take all the issues that come with digital copies, enter in the codes, and then read them all together. I’m not as good about reading those that don’t have codes (sorry DC), but if they are something good, like Batman I’ll still dive into them.
Comics are suspenseful by design. The fact that there is a continuing story—not unlike that of a soap opera—and that we have to wait a month between issues (except All-New X-Men, which comes out every eighteen seconds) cliff hangers are almost a given. This keeps fans coming back week after week, and month after month, just to see if Spider-Man will be able to overcome whatever foe has a diabolical scheme this time. By the time I have finished my stack I am already super excited to see what is going to happen next month, but I have to be patient and wait it out.
I try to enjoy life’s simple pleasures as much as possible and New Comic Book Day is one of those. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I can always sit down on my couch in some comfy cloths with a nice cup of tea and make my day better, just by reading some brand new comics and losing myself in their wonderful stories.