I’ve been deeply immersed in “Big Bang Theory” for the past couple of weeks, catching up. Only just got into the series (thanks again, Dave) and I’m already into season 2.
As such, comic books were on my mind…so I went to a comic book store and looked around a little. Without even thinking, I was wearing one of my Venture Bros. t-shirts. One of the guys that worked there struck up a conversation about it and our mutual desire to see the latter half of season four. (Already off to a nerdy start.) I leafed through a few things, and made a couple of choices from the “never-heard-of-it” department. The guy complimented my choice—and not in the “I really want to sell you that” way. He genuinely liked my taste in semi-indie comics…we then discussed “Local” for a bit and compared notes on “Bone.” (I pushed up my glasses while I wrote that…)
At one point, I wandered back to the t-shirts. I know what you’re thinking. “How can a comic book store have t-shirts?” Look…everything has a t-shirt these days. I don’t make fun of you for your t-shirt that proclaims you to be the #1 Grandma…so don’t make fun of me for my Batman tees. (No offense, Grandma.)
I ran across a t-shirt that references a common bit of H. P. Lovecraft’s geography. It was a shirt made to look like a collegiate tee…in this case promoting Miskatonic University. It looked like this…
Wanted to buy it, but they only had it in Large (which would’ve been way too tight) or XXL (which would’ve been way too long). So, I called the guy over and asked if they had it in an XL. They didn’t…they only have what is on the shelf. Bummer. But, we struck up a brief Lovecraft conversation. As with all Lovecraft conversations, “The Call of Cthulhu” came up. I mentioned Cthulhu by name…and the guy hugged me for pronouncing it correctly (koo-thoo-loo).