It didn't occur to me until yesterday, I hadn't read a comic book in nearly two weeks.
It was freeing.
Comics. They aren't my whole day anymore.
Yesterday, I made my way to Fantom Comics (Good people there) and looked at the racks and something interesting happened. I looked at them as a fan. Not as a retailer, as a fan.
I didn't look at their racks and wonder how many they ordered or how many they needed to re-order. I didn't have to worry about any of it. They were just there waiting for me.
I looked at the racks and realized that I didn't have to read anything I didn't want to anymore. I realized wouldn't have to put up with the nonsense I was subjected to in order to do something I loved.
I really wasn't enjoying my comics like I used to.
I had come to regard them as folded pieces of colored paper.
I walked out with 6 comics. No Countdown crossovers, no X-anything, just the things I wanted to read at the time.
I walked out knowing that I was free to be a fan, again.