Posted 08 June 2010 - 04:24 AM
I know what you mean. When the board was inaccessible for me for a couple of days I really missed coming here.
"Most people think of comic book fans and action figures as guys that can't get girlfriends are live with their parents until they are 40. We've all pretty much crapped on that stupid stereotype!"
Now just hold on there, Riddick. I'm certain that in the next 8 years I can still qualify for at least one of those stereotypes.
Maybe people are extra vapid in L.A. (I think actually they are), but I think collecting anything at all is enough to rule you out of the dating pool around here. I have in fact had quite a few girlfriends over the years, but none of those especially courageous individuals could really tolerate my various collecting habits. I've been single since I started to collect these toys last year. Now that had more to do with my girlfriend not accepting that I needed to go back to school and study art than it did any horror she may have felt when gazing upon my fledgling toy collection, but I have been out a date since then, and I have to say, I'm a little nervous about what some girl might think if she were to see my place now. Stuffed wall-to-wall with foreign film posters, books, DVDs, and over a hundred comic book figures covering the front of two DVD shelves. It might frighten this hypothetical girl all the more that I would not only know the names of every character depicted, but that I would know stories about them, their origins, their histories...as if they were real, or of consequence.
Actually--funny story--I had a girl over for the night once, and in the morning I woke up early and looked something up in a book from my library. She woke up and saw me reading to myself, and she was so offended to see me reading that she gathered up her things and left without a word! She got into a car accident at the base of the hill I live on, to boot. We've come a certain, strange distance in the modern world when people find it offensive to see you reading a book in their presence. I've had people think I was eccentric, or even downright creepy, just for my book collection.
Of course, nowadays, with all the movies coming out this summer being based on comic books, having some of that comic book knowledge gets you quite a long way with people in SoCal. Regular people don't know that Iron Man is the most famous alcoholic character in comics, or that whole storylines centered around his drinking problems. Revealing that information to them just enraptures them. Dunno where this leaves my discourse. I'm just rambling now. Anyways, people, keep posting on this thread! Nice to see new faces here, and link them to names and previous conversations. Larger sense of the world, and all. It's great to learn something about your lives, and you guys all seem very cool.