Comic shops are great(ly exclusive).

So comic shops are great and all, but they really aren't very welcoming to anyone who lives further than 10 miles away from them. You see if you want to follow comics in single issue format, you kind of have to be there every week. However, I can't do this because I'm not close to a local comic shop, (the closest one being 14 miles north of where I live) so I can't go there every week or even every month. Every time I do end up at a comic shop I feel overwhelmed by how much stuff I've been missing out on because the trade isn't out yet, (for instance, Flash, JMS's Superman, and the Batman Beyond mini) and I just end up feeling down when the guy with a pull list comes in and picks up his weekly books. It all ends up feeling very exclusionary whenever I go to a comic shop. Now, I'm not saying that the people have been unwelcoming to me or have acted like elitists in their socialite club, (heh, that's not really any comic book fan) but their kindness and enthusiasm when I ask them for help only deepens the sense of how far away from home this place really is.
 
So why do I feel excluded when I could just learn to drive, and pony up the gas money? Because, I feel that locking up all the cool comic books, action figures, T-shirts, Trades etc. in a comic shop really doesn't help comics as an industry to move forward. I'm not stupid, though, I'm not expecting Publix or Borders to start selling back issues or Macy's or Toys 'R' Us to start dedicating entire sections of their store to Iron Man or Green Lantern. I realize that the closing of comic shops would negatively impact (or even send out of business) the writers, artists, colorists, letterers, publishers, etc. Still, I think there are better ways to bring the product of comics to the people who want them on a weekly or monthly basis.
 
Internet stores like Things From Another World and Midtown Comics have done a great job (they're great comic shop pull list alternatives, don't ask me if they're profitable) with their "subscription" services. In fact, once I can support a hobby, I plan on using this alternative of having an internet pull-list where your comics come in the mail. Sure, you don't get the interaction or game nights of a brick-and-mortar, but wasn't that what the internet was invented for? So why don't more shops do this? Why aren't there more shops that simply forgo maintaining a retail space, and simply have a warehouse space full of comics? Now I know Midtown Comics and Things From Another World are big, multi-store chains of comic stores, but why bother with the retail stores if you can provide an ever better buying experience online. I want to know what you all think. I want to know, how can comic shops reach more people? I want to know, how can more people reach comic shops? Finally, I want to know, what can the comic industry do to stay afloat?

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Nerd vs. Geek

Hello ComicVine, I'm relatively new here, and I'm also relatively new to comics. However, I'm not an alien to the terms 'nerd' and 'geek'. These terms are often used synonymously, but I don't believe they are synonymous. Looking it up on dictionary.com yielded mostly the same definition with one variation (excluding the chicken head biting bit). The variation between nerd and geek in the dictionary is that nerds are described as obsessed with a single non-social hobby. While geeks are simply described as very knowledgeable about computers, machinery, cars, the cotton gin, etc. My perception of nerds and geeks is a little different. Nerds, in my opinion, care very much about fictional universes and timelines. These kinds of people care very much about things that may or may not have meant to be cared about. Some great examples of this is movies like Ghostbusters, Gremlins (not so much Gremlins,) and TV shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, He-Man Masters of the Universe, and many other TV shows or movies with large merchandising campaigns. This is largely a nostalgic factor, but it begs the question why don't other shows/movies get this kind of attention? For instance, Batman in the Dark Knight Returns is my favorite Batman, and the only one who ever exists, in my mind. Could that be extended to Blue's Clues? Steve Burns is my favorite Steve, and the only one who ever existed, in my mind. Why wouldn't that fly, but the Batman comment would. Geeks on the other hand get paid for what they do. However, this is all just my opinion, and I would welcome some feedback. Because, I need someone to justify this stupid piece that I should've done a video on.

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