I spent some time at @bookmansflag on Sunday, relaxing with a coffee and some browsing of the shelves. On a whim I picked up volume 7 of the Walking Dead and took it to the counter with a couple of other books. What followed was a scene that combines the best of High Fidelity, Clerks and the Comic Book Guy, but with just the enthusiasm for stuff they like and none of the judgmental bits. It made me laugh, and it made me happy.
Dude cashier 1: (holding up the book) Are you … reading the … Whole thing?
Me, casually: No, I mean, I just thought I’d pick it up.
Dude cashiers 1 and 2 together, ahgast: Duuuude. You have to start at the beginning.
2: Seriously, it’s SO GOOD.
1: Sooo GOOD, dude. (Fanning through the pages, showing some to #2) See, it’s the one…
2: That ends with the…
1: The this…?
1 and 2, looking at the final page: Ooooooh, d00000d!
2: You can not read this. Not YET.
I left with the book and guidance on how to pick up the first several volumes, and I promised that I would not, under any circumstances, read ahead, entirely happy with this chance encounter with enthusiastic fans of their store’s product. Thanks, guys!