Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics.
This makes me really sad. There are so many good comic shops out there. I work for one! I’ve visited dozens! It’s the reason I started the Valkyries, the reason I promote Ladies’ Nights. This shouldn’t be a thing, and it still is. Nerds get into comics so often because they want a safe space, then make it into an elitist club. I hate that! It should be welcoming and friendly.
At the same time, I’ve had this experience. I always get really snarky. I want to say, “Hey assholes, I wrote a book for Adventure Time. I also run a society for women who WORK in comic shops that has more members than first gen pokemon” but I don’t, because, well, I’m not a jerk. The temptation is there, all the same.
I’m spoiled by my shop, I guess. This is a real shame.
This makes me sad as well, but i get it. It took me over a year to get hired at the comic shop i’m at now. The owner didn’t think a woman would get taken seriously with helping the male customers that needed help finding and/or getting into a title. Not his words exactly, but it was pretty damn apparent that was the case. Eventually, the shop got bought out by someone else, i reapplied, and got hired. I’ve been with them for over four years and manage the entire place. I still get snarky comments about speaking to the “guy who runs the shop” when i offer my assistance. I just take a lap around the store and come back, “oh hai, it’s me, the guy who runs the store.”
But at the same time, i’ve been to some really amazing LCS and my terrible experiences have stayed on the low end. I’ve heard a lot of females that come to my shop complain about how they were treated in some places and like Kate stated above, its a real shame. I’ve become spoiled by my shop as well, but it didn’t start out friendly. I had to work hard to make it a welcoming environment instead of an all boys club.