I found this "review" on youtube. An attempt by the proprietor of a local shop to step into the digital age. He doesn't seem to realize that common retail practices could probably help him gain customers more than any video he ever posts on youtube.
But there's this creepy, understated vibe I get from many comic shops. It's hard to want to revisit a place week after week where the radio is always tuned to a crappy rock station that blasts from the speakers at an undeniably painful volume. It's hard to want to go back to a store week after week where the guy running the register treats you like you're some sort of subhuman just because you aren't aware that there was a new issue of Powers on the stands. It's difficult to muster the energy to wander back into this same store where you're met with only two types of employees; those who just needed a job and therefore can't answer a single question you ask them or those so irritatingly elitist that they almost seem like they're doing a parody of Jack Black's character from High Fidelity.
So, I said I had a point to make and it's this. We could all do better to help a dying fanbase. We could all do more to limit the amount of weird looks we're giving girls in our local shops. Maybe we could smile at each other when we pass in the local shop instead of looking down on each other because instead of the latest issue of Unwritten you've picked up a superhero title. We can all take little steps to help this feel like a welcoming community instead of a closed one that wants nothing to do with "newbs".
But our local shops and their employees? Come on guys. Turn down the crappy music, try talking like normal human beings to your customers. Maybe smile occasionally and treat women like you would any other paying customer instead of like a weird bug that just landed on your counter. The customer is still always right. Sure we know that isn't always true but that's the golden rule of retail and like it or not you're here to serve your customers. If you don't do it right I can promise you they'll move on to other things. We can do our part to resuscitate fandom just by being friendly.