This year I decided to get into comics and anime. I’ve always been intrigued by them but for some weird reason, I’ve never immersed myself in the culture or even sampled bits of it. Prior to early May when I bought these comics, the only comics I’d ever read were Archie and Sabrina when I was a little kid. As for graphic novels, there were Maus I and Maus II (both of which I hope to collect soon) and The Rime of the Modern Mariner, a modern retelling of the famous poem, which I read a few years ago and enjoyed.
So with plans to read more comics, I sidled into Fantom Comics, a comic bookshop in Dupont Circle, to look around. The sellers were friendly and quickly shared recommendations of what I should get. Even the customers were eager to offer some input. I’m not interested in the superhero comics so I ended up getting these. Upon cashing out, I learned a harsh truth—comics are FRIGGIN expensive!