By Youmika 13 Comments
When I was younger I didn't really notice, so I can't tell you if it was like this in the eighties and nineties, but I'm noticing now. Whenever I go in public with a comic (usually a TPB or HC, I wouldn't take my single issues outside ;-) ) people tend to look. I can imagine them thinking: "What the hell are you doing?" or "Are you insane?" or "But you're a woman." and many other things that are not very positive. Whenever someone even dares to mention it I get one of those looks with one raised eyebrow and their going "So... you read comics?". Because I like to rub feathers my usual reaction is "Yes, what gave it away?" (Sometimes I just point down to my Converse All Stars Wonder Woman shoes). Sometimes I try to explain about the story lines or the great artwork or whatever is great about that particular comic, but it just doesn't seem to register apart from it being a comic and apparently nothing good can come of it. People who read books don't get half as much hassle. I don't actually feel I'm doing anything different than reading a book.
Trough press and comic-reading-caricatures in movies and the likes the all over image of comic-reading-people isn't all too great to the 'outside' world. Either we lock ourselves away reading comics and planning a new Columbine or we're extremely smart people who read comics and spend our evenings on each others couch. Let's just say, for arguments sake, that I don't fall into either category. What then am I? Well... nothing more than you can tell from watching me. I'm a mum that likes to read comics. No more, no less.
So my question is this: Do you ever get strange reactions when someone sees you reading a comic and if you get them a lot, what's the strangest comment anyone has made to you in regards to you reading a comic?