I hate casuals so damn much.
>be in local LCS shop
>simple conversation with shopkeep
>tell him to "keep on truckin', like Crumb said"
>he doesn't know what I'm talking about
>he's talking about some "weird battle bunny book" a customer bought
>he's always on the hunt for dirty, filthy furfags
>they're good fodder for him to laugh at
>I look over, it's an Usagi Yojimbo omnibus
>shop setting up for MtG tournament
>he's talking about his Cerebus the hound card
>I tell him he must have meant "Cerberus"
>I tell him that "Cerebus" is an aardvark
>he insists that I'm mistaken
>a middle-aged couple is browsing and arguing with each other
>I call them a couple of love bunglers, ask shopkeep his opinion
>he just stares at me blankly
>customer tries to buy a comic, he stops them
>"Rob Liefeld is the worst cancer to ever hit the industry" he explains
>"for your own sanity, avoid him at all costs" he goes on
>customer returns the comic to the shelf
>it's the 2012 relaunch of Prophet
>stray cat enters the store
>starts rubbing herself against him (he smells like fish desu (to be honest))
>he tries to shoo her away but she won't go
>I remark "that's one crazy cat, amirite?"
>I'm not proud of that
>I wasn't funny, I wasn't clever, I wasn't original
>but damn, he didn't show even the slightest hint of recognition
>ask if he's going to push any Bechdel comics after their success at the Tony Awards
>he yells at me that comics can't win Tonies
>not worth my time, I just walk away
>every time someone comes and asks for fantasy and scifi recs
>all he can recommend is Vertigo (like Sandman) and Cosmic Marvel (like Annihilation)
>I mean, those aren't bad comics
>I mean, the customer will enjoy reading them
>but really, is that ALL he knows?
>is that ALL he can recommend?
All true. He considers himself "knowledgeable" about "comics", but all he really knows is two publishers and one genre. What a casual.