Friday, September 19, 2008

Comic Books Are So Pedestrian

I took Matthew to the public library two Monday's ago. He started a comic book series called Naruto. We asked the librarian where we might find the books. She politely corrected me, "They are called graphic novels now."

Okay then, graphic novels. So Matthew picked out two of them and finished them before the end of the following day. We went a few days later and he picked out 8 more. He wanted more, but 8 is the limit. So I guess you could say he was blackballed.

I used to be quite an avid collector of comic books, now called graphic novels. The term Graphic Novels is not as "pedestrian" as comic books I suppose.

One of my favorite graphic novels... okay, who am I kidding? One of my favorite comic books is Groo The Wanderer.

Where's Groo (Waldo)

Why is Groo special? He has an IQ of less than 10. His dog is smarter than him. He likes cheese dip. He has good intentions. He always makes the wrong decision. He manages to sink every ship he sets foot on, unless his dog is on board. His luck is such, that if he went to Vegas and played slots, every time he pulled the lever someone else would win the jackpot.

Can you say... "A Loser's Hero"? Put all that aside and it is really a clever comic. Ask any 35+ year old geek out there and they know who Groo is. Now I'm going to turn the rest of you into geeks too.


Anonymous said...

Groo...Hmmm...I remember you bought a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" comic book (I refuse to say graphic novel) and you gave it to me and Emily. We must have read it 100 times! Our one and only comic book! From that stemmed Emily's creation of our games. It was way cool! LOL!

Chris said...

Dude, you can buy the first Groo comic book on E-bay! The current bid is $12.62. It ends in 3 hours!!!

Rebecca said...

Evan really likes the Japanese series - Death Note. When the movie came out covering the first half of the series we took him. It cost us $10 a ticket for a comic that lasted over 3 hours on a school night... :)

I think Evan is trying to look like one of the characters. I can't tell if it is "L" or "LIGHT".. :)

Zaphod said...

And I thought that "Groo" was the monster in the caverns of Zork. Or maybe it was "Grue". Seems the same to me. Want some pie?