Yesterday, I went to the comic book shop. It has been close to a decade since I last went into one, and longer since went shopping for comic books (or graphic novels -- manga excluded). And so, I took the bus out to MEGA Gaming and Comics in Gainesville, FL expecting to find a few interesting things in that tiny shop by the gas station. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. MGC is not so tiny after all. Unlike the place in Placerville, CA, where I would sometimes buy Magic: the Gathering cards and what not, MGC seemed enormous in comparison.
The fellow running the place was also quite helpful. The greatest fear I have as a new comics reader (or renewed, if you will) is jumping into the middle of a series and getting hopelessly lost (DC and Marvel in particular). While I think some of my selections will require some backwards reading, the staff member (whose name I didn't catch) was kind enough to point me in the direction of a number of renewed properties that would be less alarming to a new reader. Apparently DC and Marvel have recently tried to reboot some of their characters/series (the New 52 for DC and Marvel Now! for, well, Marvel), and I wouldn't have known that if MGC's staff hadn't told me.
As the list below will indicate, I didn't get that many things that were suggested by you readers. Part of this was because the store simply didn't have some of them or were missing book #1. The other part was that I forgot to write some of the titles down on my way out, and subsequently forgot the titles. I've since added them to my Amazon Wishlist. Since I have already read two of the books I purchased (yeah, that fast), I expect I'll buy a lot more stuff in the future, which means that my Amazon Wishlist is going to fill up with comics and graphic novels.
In any case, I won't hold off telling you what I got anymore. Here goes (large pictures ahead):