But guess what? The stories are just that to me, nothing but fairytales of terror. Now over the years I’ve encountered a few bad apples; comic shop employees that hassle the young Pokemon-consuming masses (and their mothers). I have even put up with the, “if they kill Rainbow Raider and replace him with Don Johnson, I’m going to kill everyone at DC” fans. That was then, when I went from shop-to-shop each week to get my reality-escaping fix of fun. Those evils have since evaporated from my life.
At my shop, the guys that run it offer killer discounts to their customers, they care about the reader, they always get you each and every issue you request and they are even worth talking to. I hate going to comic shops and catching an ear full about “why Marvel sucks” and how the little kids that cop Yugi-Oh cards are so damned annoying.
John and Omar, the guys that run my shop are friendly, and smart. I look forward to chilling at Highlander each week because it affords me the opportunity to discuss politics, express my conservative views to a receptive crowd, converse about women, and even speak about the other (more disturbing) issues that our world revolves upon. And yes, a lot of ladies roll through Highlander Comics, probably because they feel welcome. I also get to be among a diverse, young, hip and neat crowd when I pick up my weeklies.
Highlander is also in the niftiest and grimiest part of Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill. I never fail to land some free entertainment courtesy of law enforcement. It has gotten better though, the city has put video cameras on all the street corners in the area but once in a while you’ll still encounter a stumbling drunk and/or coked-up hooker. It makes for a cool sociological journey each week because you literally walk the line between hood and city-living at it’s finest. And yes, the area is safe!
Now I can go on and on about why Highlander rules but I won’t, I don’t have to. If you’ve been there once you’ve no doubt experienced the joy of the place. Everybody who walks through the doors...never wants to leave!
In short, we need more shops like Highlander. If every shop was a place that people could truly feel comfortable in, our medium would thrive. There is nothing like copping your comics each week minus the hassles of bitchmade store employees and lunatic customers.