I just dealt with probably one of the sourest Newbury Comic employee's I have ever dealt with. I've never had any complaints about the store. Apart that they really don't sell a lot of comics. But most of the people that work there have been either very friendly and personable to indifferent and just trying to do their job. Which I can't fault them for. I never enjoyed retail.
But this employee... who we won't say her name is Caitlin... had absolutely the worst attitudes towards me. She looked like one of these Emo kids and so obviously way too cool to be dealing with the likes of me.
Well, here's how the story begins. I was poking around Newbury Comics after work. I was nosing around their wall of comics. And remember what I said earlier, they only have ONE WALL with comics on it. Much to my surprise I noticed they had a copy of my own book Diary of the Black Widow. I had thought distribution to them hadn't worked out but lo and behold there it was. The very first graphic novel I had ever done staring me back in the face.
I thought it might be an nice gesture if I signed the book for them. It was apparently the last copy of the book left there, so I stroll up to the front desk with my purchase as well as the copy of the Black Widow and ask my unnamed cashier named Caitlin if she had a pen. She hands me a pen and I tell her that I am the author and I was signing the copy.
You would think that this would be met with some sort of appreciation or at least mild amusement that the author of said book happens to be in the store and is offering, FREE OF CHARGE, to sign said book for the store.
You would be wrong. The look of annoyance and disdain I got from her you would have thought I either told a really tasteless joke or I just ate a kitten in front of her. But I just smile. She still looks at me with that same look that screamed kitten devourer.
Did I mention I was buying something. It wasn't like I was just signing the book and then leaving the store. I was being an active consumer that day.
By this time I was annoyed by her attitude towards me. So, after I make my purchase I turn on my heels and as I'm opening the door I mutter "Next time lose the attitude" and leave. To be honest with you, I probably didn't mutter it. It was probably more like a Harvard Cheer.
BUT HONESTLY!! That was ridiculous!! Sorry I can't be a complete phony like you and wearing a My Chemical Romance t-shirt with my hair dyed back and heavy eyeliner. I'm 33 years old. I have no interest in wearing anything that makes me hip. I like to be comfortable when I dress nowadays.
Nevertheless, it DOES make me less inclined to want to go shopping at Newbury Comics anymore. Or ever consider doing a book signing there.
HOWEVER, if any of you happen to be up at Newbury Comics and Caitlin is working there, be sure to ask her if they have any signed copies of Diary of the Black Widow available for purchase ;-)
As my good buddy Andy Fish would say, if you don't like to work with people you shouldn't be in retail.