With 19 graphic novels read this year, it seems appropriate that I made my first trip to the comic book store this week. I was on the hunt for Paper Girls, vol. 6, as our local libraries weren’t carrying it yet, nor was OverDrive. Volume 6 is the final book in the series, and is one of my top 5 books I’m looking forward to reading. I could order it from Amazon, of course, but when I noticed the comic book store in a neighboring town a few months ago, I was looking forward to visiting the local shop.
My daughter and I walked inside and we were immediately greeted with a “Hello! Do you need help finding anything?” My five-year-old noticed all the action figures right away – especially all the Wonder Woman figurines (she was Wonder Woman for Halloween last year). I looked around at the shelves and boxes full of comic books and decided, yes. Yes, I did need some help finding what I was looking for! I asked, “Is there a difference between graphic novels and comic books, and do you carry both?” The worker told me something like, “Graphic novels is just a fancy term bookstores came up with to make comic books sound better.” He led me to the right set of shelves, and sure enough, I spotted the spines of the Paper Girls series all lined up. After picking up volume 6, my daughter and I looked around on our own. We spotted lots of characters we knew, like the Teen Titans and Harley Quinn and Batman. We found a children’s area and discovered lots of things we were interested in! We quickly had a stack of books to purchase. We saw action figures and figurines displayed in glass cases, a He-Man Castle Grayskull playset, and lots of games. Eventually, we carried our stack of books to the counter and paid. I think you’ll find us at the comic book store again some day.
Our Comic Book Store Haul:
- Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
- DC Superhero Girls Giant #1 from DC Comics
- Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-life! & Other Stories Part One by Disney Comics
- Disney Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Book 2 from TOKYOPOP