The day started slow, being a Saturday and all, but soon enough people starting coming in and asking for us, meaning Comics For Christmas. It was great to interact with kids and parents alike and let them into this magical world we call comics! We had everything from kids to kids at heart when an elderly man came in asking for some comics. We didn't even knew what to say except smile and hand him a bunch of comics like the ones he remembered from back when he was a kid. Another magical moment was when a young mother came in with her son and he was in such a bad mood that anytime she asked him if he liked anything, he answered no. When I asked him if he liked comics or superheroes, he answered no. When I asked him if he watched cartoons, he answered no. When his mom asked him if he liked his Iron Man Halloween costume, he answered no for a third time. So, what did I do? I handed him over a comic, Marvel Adventures Superheroes: The Avengers. The story was a battle between the Avengers and Modok and as soon as he laid eyes on it, he was hooked! I have to admit it brought me a whole deal of satisfaction and pride, to know that I might have converted a single kid into a lifelong comic reader. That's the beauty of comics, it doesn't matter who you are, or how old you are, it's impossible not to get drawn into this wonderful world of adventure, romance, horror, magic and excitement; the world of comic books!!!
I'd like to give a very special thank you to Donovan Flores (owner of Don Comics/Curious Comics and Goods) for always giving us a hand; you're my brother from another mother man! I'd also like to thank the following people in no particular order for helping us in their own way: Judy, Darren, Paul and Johnny, the hosts of the Comic Book Showdown Podcast, Armin Stojanovic from the Comic Book Cast Podcast, Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr, Steven Barker, The Book and Movie Exchange and last but definitely not least, my wife for helping me since day one and dealing with my bad temper and my stressful agenda; I love you mami! For all those who could've helped and didn't, thank you too, because that let's know who talk the talk, and who actually walk the walk.
Manuel A. Carmona