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How is Global Warming Affecting the Comic Book Industry?

Okay, so I’m back from my vacation and what happens? It snows in Las Vegas, worse than anything I can remember in my lifetime, since I was a kid. The news backs up my impression the next day, claiming it was the worst snowstorm Vegas has seen in 30 years. When I was about five, they shut down the schools for a little bit of snow that would make Minnesotans laugh. Tourists and locals alike were flocking to major famous locations to take snapshots and prove they are in the desert surrounded by snow. It’s the perfect time to blame global warming!

Let’s digress from that for a minute to consider what happened when a true comic fan heard there was snow, and that highways were being closed down. For me, I must admit I did consider the idea of going home straight from work… for all of two seconds. I finished my duties, got to leave a half hour early, and plotted a route to the comic shop. It took about an hour, so only twenty to thirty minutes longer than normal, as drivers found themselves slowed to a crawl, skidding and sliding on all of the slush. The worst part was the two hours it took to get home, but that was partly because a few blocks in a row had a power outage, and the lights weren’t working.

But I had success! I made it through the harsh environment to score my golden reads, and by the time I left, my car was entirely caked in snow. How did the store do for the day? Down about 20% in attendance and sales for the same day versus the previous year, which proves the vast majority of comic lovers are die-hards; if it doesn’t stop the mailman, it doesn’t stop us. And for more good news, the store owner told me he was doing better this year than the previous year, so the real estate bubble and $50 billion hedge fund scams aren’t going to affect my comic habit in the least, as far as I can tell.

Back to global warming for a sec. I’ve read about ten articles in the past twenty days that talk of record cold temperatures, and three or four of them had ridiculous statements by alleged “experts” that claimed the cold weather was somehow proof of warming, and they stood by their claims that the world is in serious danger. After experiencing a 30-year cold record first-hand, I’d have to say they better come up with stronger proof than “because I say so” if they want to increase my taxes to fight climate change. Oh, and by the way, it’s not the planet that’s in danger if global warming is happening. The planet will still be here, the question is, will mankind be here? I think so, because hey… nothing’s going to stop me from picking up my comics!
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Tpull is Travis Pullen. He started reading comics at 5 years old, and he can't seem to stop.