I have this customer that shows up every three or so months from, as she puts it, “The Evil Empire.” (I’d put some explanation into that, but I have a feeling that the statement by itself is far more interesting than the reason.)

Today when she came in we got to talking about what we’ve been reading, and (if you can imagine) we got on the topic of Joss Whedon. For those of you tuning in for the first time, I’m something of a Whedonite. I belong to Whedonesque, I own several DVDs of Buffy, I watch Firefly episodes ritually on Sunday mornings, I own graphic novels written by Whedon and I recently paid a small fortune for a book titled, “The Existential Joss Whedon.” (The latter compares Whedon to Dostoevsky and Kierkegaard.)

Anyway, in this conversation several other authors cropped up. Darren Shan (we are not worthy!) and Mari Mancusi to name but two. Funny that Richard Mattheson didn’t get mentioned … he is, of course, even King’s king. During this conversation P. (I won’t use her full name – lest the Evil Empire learn of her fraternizing with the enemy), held up a bag she had with the name “COMIC SHOP” on it. She had the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s 8th episode!
So, no real point to this post except that I am consumed with wanting my own edition of the new Buffy graphic novel. (A customer dared tell me today that I read “comics.”) Perhaps that will be my Sunday afternoon indulgence!

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