Diner Talk:Chris Eberle-Part 2

Welcome back to Diner Talk. We are here with part two of the Chris Eberle story. If you weren’t reading last week, you can go check it out… it’s still up on the main page for crying out loud. If you want the summary version:

1 – Chris is not gay. We’ve established that. We will say contrary, but he is only what he admits to being.
2 – He is the comic store owner of Wild Pig Comics II in Kenilworth, NJ.
3 – His first store was washed away in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd’s post storms.
4 – He hired “the greatest comic store clerk in the entire world” Danielle O’Brien who is also my beloved girlfriend.
5 – Having been booted to the curb by the Korean mafia.. we have reached this point in our story.

So sit back with us here at the Time To Eat Diner in Somerville, NJ. Enjoy a cup of coffee with us for the rest of Diner Talk.

Chris: So, we move. It’s the comic book store I’ve always dreamed of. I’ve got this beautiful store. I’ve got this beautiful backroom, all of this nice furniture for relaxing and working thanks to Chuck. An amazingly comfortable couch from Number One. [as an aside] Danielle is Number One, the second in command, like Star Trek.

James: Not referencing Pee-Pee like I tell him he’s calling my girlfriend.

Dani: You HAVE to tell the Scotch Plains story.

Chris: We’ll get there, remind me. Now, I started seeing new people. Kenilworth is a nice town, lots of good resturants. Go to Christina’s, behind Seiman’s, outstanding pasta.

James: Not Chris’ specific semen.

Chris: [laughter] Now, my father tells me there is a sign on the old store in Westfield. This is right after we moved. He says, “Yeah, there’s directions on how to get another comic book store.” I laugh because as I’ve said there is no foot traffic unless you are going to get your nails done. I go and look, and sure enough there is a notice on the door with directions to another comic book store in Scotch Plains. I’m angry, but laughing because it’s so dumb. The thing was, the guy from Scotch Plains would come in on occasion and buy books. I didn’t care, everybody does it – I’ve had Number One do it – so what. So he shows up one day at the new store in Kenilworth, and I just can’t believe the balls on this guy.

He walks in, and I say ‘Excuse me, you are the owner of -SCOTCH PLAINS-.’ He says, “yeah” And I tell him that I didn’t really appreciate paying for his advertising. I had to finish paying through that month. He comes across as completely insincere.

So he buys a book, but I was mad at myself because I ended up taking his money. I was in a good mood and feeling bold, so I–

James: KILLED HIM! In cold blood… they’ll never find his body

Chris: …no, but good. I drove out to his store with his money in an envelope. I left it taped to the door with a note telling him to never come to my store again.

James: On a side jaunt, because there really hasn’t been too many…

Chris: Just tell me to shut up.

James: No! This is great stuff, but let’s move away from history.

Do you find that kind of attitude is indicative of, not just Jersey store owners, but a generalized comic store owner.

Chris: That’s a good question, and I have to be careful how I answer.

James: Oh, I’m not trying to back you into a corner here.

Chris: No no no.. I just don’t want to slander people, I only know central/northern New Jersey, but I’ve gone to some comics stores in the city, but that’s an entire other animal. It’s a whole other world. Who the hell am I to judge them?

The stores that I grew up with though, SOMERVILLE. That was my baptism of fire. After school I would go to G.I. Joe books with my mother. She would loathe going with me. Creatures would reach from the shadowy depths. It was always dank. I always wondered, ‘What was in that darkness’. That was emblazened in my mind at a young age, wondering if that was what a comic store was really all about.

As I grew up I went and visited other stores, and whereas they may not have been the same filth, I found that the owners themselves were of similar ilk. Very cutthroat, with this feeling that they just don’t enjoy what they’re selling. Remember, this is also during the early 90’s. I’ve been to stores in other states, and very few of them impress me in terms of stores around my size.

James: There is a difference between your store and MOST stores. I will say that your store, specifically, doesn’t deal in very few secondary markets which is some stores bread and butter.

Chris: I don’t judge stores on that, it’s just that I never liked that. There was a store in GREEN BROOK, and I went in there alot. I originally liked that store, and the owner really liked back issues. I’d go in, often times to just sift their bargin bins.

James: I know that store well, it was generally clean and well kept.

Chris: So as they moved into other markets, I’d go in there would be swarms of kids and games. They would leave their bikes in the store, and they would be swearing and just making the place seem horrible. Just not the kind of thing I would want out of my comic book store. The customers that I have, and cherish, wouldn’t tolerate that kind of thing.

I found that fighting on too many fronts wastes too much money, especially if they’re not something you love.

James: There was a store in PLAINFIELD that is no longer open that was, effectively, four stores. Comics, action figures, roleplaying, and anime. It was the first place I reserved books from. It was owned by four guys, each with their own thing. One guy decided to close up one day, and the financial burden was too much and the store crumbled.

Chris: Exactly what I worried about. So, I decided that if I was going to survive in this field, and trust me it can be brutal, I have to do what I know. I know one thing. Comics and back issues. If I focus on that, eventually what will happen is people who want tchochki you can go there, but if you want quality graded silver age, they are going to come to me. So far, it’s worked, but it takes alot of time.

James: That leads to some of the more smaller topics I’ve written down. Look, I wrote stuff down.

Chris: I’m honored.

Dani: Awwww…. I’m so proud of you.

James: Thanks hon. Your store is also different than most heavily trafficked stores, in that you don’t deal with the speculation market.

Chris: No. That was a personal choice, and the reason I did that was because I started going to comic stores in the 90’s. I noticed there was this array of books that were crap and high priced. They weren’t good.

James: Reference, see AWESOME comics.

Chris: In a capitalist system, people are going to do that. I just find it distasteful. In ten years, or two years, they aren’t going to be worth anything. They just aren’t good books and I don’t want to do that.

James: Now the current trend is that things are going back that way, like with Marvel where if you order X amount of this book and X amount of this book you get Y amount of variant covers.

Chris: Just like Astonishing #4, we got 13 variant covers.

James: Now YOU will sell that at cover price. With the reasoning that you aren’t going to lose a customer or, more importantly, a reservist by selling that at even HALF the cost that a speculator store is going to sell it at, you still choose to sell it at cover price.

Chris: Certainly the day it comes out. It would contradict I’ve put on the website about the store. It would contradict everything I stand for. If loyal customers came in my store and saw a rack of variant covers at $10, they would look at me and ask me what the hell was I doing?

If I buy a lot of comics off of someone and he has it marked at $10, I’ll sell it at that or $8 or something. It’s a back issue. Only, though if it’s a back issue of significance. If it’s Dawn .23, it’s a dollar book.

James: Shi!!!

Chris: Shi is a perfect example.

Dani: He’s back again…

James: Shi, celebrating fifteen years of variant covers and number zeros.

Chris: We had two variants today, and we just put them in reservist boxes. A kid came in, in a frenzy. I tried to sell it to him cover and he told me to keep the change.

Dani: The idea we heard at San Diego with variant covers is that if you are going to sell it at a variant price, then you take the difference and give it to ACTOR or a cause you can get behind. Because, god forbid something happens, they’re there by your saying.

James: The CBLDF.

Chris: Now that segues into a great topic. Why don’t I carry pornographic comics in my store?

James: It’s because nobody would get a chance to read them? For the record, Chris does have a subscription to Footlicker.

Chris: A copy shows up in a collection, for the record, and I gave it to a friend because I thought he would find it funny.

James: So why don’t you sell porn comics?

Chris: I have no problem with pornographic comics —

James: “As a matter of fact, I worship it…”

Chris: But with them, you are asking for a lot of trouble. Even if they are blacked out, if you have one parent come in, it can raise all kinds of hell. Plus, most of them are bad. If it was beautiful art, but… most stores don’t even carry it.

James: The other store that I had worked at didn’t carry them, but sometimes you get them. They just somehow end up in a shipment. Diamond slips them in from time to time. Is there even a buyers market for porn books?

Dani: There used to be a booth at San Diego dedicated to porn books.

James: There’s booths dedicated to straight up PORN at San Diego, so it’s not a shock.

That remains, but the World’s Finest movie was banned from the whole show. If you were seen with it–

Dani: World’s Finest?

James: The Batman: Dead End sequel. It was banned from the whole floor, if you were seen with it, you were gone.

Chris: Is that the Batman, Predator thing?

James: Yeah, Batman, Alien, Predator crossover thing. They made a new one, it’s great.

Ooo, new topic time. The CGC, slabbin’ em’. What do you feel about it?

Chris: When they first came out, I was in Westfield. I don’t remember how I saw them for the first time – they sent me something, where I would become an authorized, an overblown term, dealer for them. A couple of stores did it, and I had some really nice books. I had Amazing Fantasy #18 and some others. I had no money, so I figured

I’d send them and sell them on the internet. X-Men #4, Spiderman #14 – it was expensive, and it took a long time.. a REALLY long time. When I finally got it back, I sold them on the internet very quickly.

As time passed, I started to see books appearing on Ebay and at the Wayne Comic show slabbed. People paying these really high prices for these books. I didn’t think these books were that valuable, so I became disenchanted. I’m sure THEY don’t mind it because they are making money, but the way the idea is being used is bad. I will tell people that if they have a key silver age book that they want to move, then slab it and put it on the internet, because it will sell.

Overall though, I think a market has been created that’s getting silly. Books are going for hundreds of dollars that just AREN’T worth that much. Unless it’s like a Batman #1 or it’s a big book that’s guaranteed to make money either way, it’s just stupid.

Dani: When you got the books back did you agree with their grading? Because I’ve heard that sometimes they’ve ruined books.

Chris: I sent four books total. One they said was restored, which in hindsight I agreed with. It was an Avengers #1. It took over a year to sell it. I haven’t dealt with them in over 3 years, so I’ve heard quite a few people say they have problems with them now, but I was working with them then.

James: I’m not asking your opinion of them. I’m asking your opinion of the process.

Chris: I think it has it’s place. I don’t agree with people speculating on these books, especially to the degree that they have been. Especially books that don’t have the staying power of a first Spiderman, or a first Superman.

James: Spawn #1? Come on!

Chris: Well that’s one of the great legends of CGC now, the infamous 10.0.

James: Which in no way leads to my next question, your store, and not to pimp it to hard, honestly is the best place I’ve ever been to for trades.

Chris: Outside of the city.

James: Do you feel that trades are going to move to a place that they will in some way replace the 22-page funnybook market

Chris: I think it will always enhance it. I know some people that one day there will be no more monthly comics anymore. That everything will be like Japan, where people buy these huge phonebook size volumes with topics about everything under the sun.

James: Like.. footlickers?

Chris: I don’t think that will happen here at least not in the distant future, because not enough people read comics. There will always be that sect of people that come in week after week for their monthly comics. I think the trades are important for two reasons. One, it’s a great way to introduce comics to non-comic readers, especially since they’ve never been better in my lifetime. Two, if you are someone who is into comics and you want to archive – you want to have everything you love right on the bookshelf and accessible, as well as if you’ve missed a story and don’t want to find all of the backissues. Trades have honestly become the lynchpin of the industry now. That’s how I make my money, my staples are back issues and trades.

James: So you would say that you don’t do as well on the actual comics. I don’t mean reservists books. I don’t mean the people who come in every Wednesday. I mean the books that are left over on the shelf on Thursday. Walk-ins.

Chris: Walk-ins will buy trades just as quickly as they will buy single issues off of the rack.

James: I’ve found that it’s generally easier to sell trades to people who come in with no knowledge.

Chris: I’ve given away regular comics in the hopes that they’ll come back. “Here’s Ex Machina, if you like it, come on back.” and it’s something that I’ve seen work. The trades are helpful if I’ve handed someone something like Black Panther, because then I can say, “Here.. Here’s the first volume.”

Dani: Yeah, and DC needs to get their act together on trades. They need to keep putting out trades. Marvel has become the trade fiend.

Chris: That’s because they were behind for so long.

Dani: The mini-series comes out and then the next week, ‘Hey! Here’s the trade!’

Chris: I remember when I opened the Bound Brook store, and in the trade section, Marvel had nothing. DC at least had a good selection. Marvel there was very little to order. They’ve realized that, and have made a great move. There is no reason why the Dark Phoenix should be out of print.

Dani: Alias should always be in print.

Chris: It’s going back in print.

Dani: Good.. Exiles Trade 2 has been out of print for sooo long.

Chris: There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t look and order something that I see we’ve missed in our trade racks.

James: Top five trades you would hand someone?

Chris: I’ll give you a caveat. First you have to talk to someone to find out what they like.

Dani: You really can’t generalize. I’m a genius at giving out trades. I’ve had only one person disagree, and that was because she just was not ready for what I handed her. She hadn’t been reading comics long enough, and I know she will go back to it and love it.

James: Watchmen?

Dani: No, Promethea.

Chris: Alright, let’s do it this way. Say a guy comes in, because first you have to distinguish by gender, that’s huge. If a guy comes in, I’ll talk to him for a little bit and get a sense as to whether he likes action, or crime.

James: Superhero books, top to grab?

Chris: Well, then I need to know if you like the old broadscope superhero books or if you are more cynical about it. If you’re more cynical, you get Powers or Alias. If you like classic superheroes then there are a lot you can give them. Marvel Essential, depending on their character. Any of the classic X-Men stuff. Ultimate Spiderman which is probably the first book I would reach for. Especially if they’re younger.

Now, if they are someone who is more literary – you give them Sandman. That book has never failed. Preacher has never failed. It’s one of the best selling trade series as far as I’ve seen. You need to have this broad sense of humor to like it, but if you do you are going to devour it. It’s one of those books I just keep five copies in the stock in the back, because you will always sell it.

James: So what if they don’t dig the superhero.

Chris: Strangers in Paradise, the Waiting Place, maybe something like Y: The Last Man. It’s probably the best selling trade of the last year. I’ve sold a couple dozen copies of number one in the last year.

Dani: And it’s a book we’ve sold to a lot of girls too.

Chris: Fables, too. Maybe some of the history related comics like what Garth Ennis writes. Now if a girl comes in, Danielle is the master, but Strangers In Paradise again, Sandman, but like any guy a girl is going to have a very wide variety of tastes.

Dani: And now we’re slowly expanding our independent section. Now I’ll throw anyone Blankets.

Chris: No.. only if you have a heart. If you have any rememberance of what it was like to be a teenager, and have feelings for someone of the opposite sex – you are going to love this book. Indys are important, and thanks to Danielle’s advice, we’re getting in good quality ones that people can turn to. I just don’t want only Marvel and DC –

I remember when I was a shopper, and most stores keep the indy books seperate – I never liked that, they should sit on the shelf with the same level prestige as the rest of the titles. The best indy books are better than any mainstream book around, because they have more creative freedom.

When I read The Waiting Place, I thought it was the greatest depiction of high school in the medium.

Dani: I think Mary Jane has it beat.

Chris: Same writer.

James: By the way, when that interview with Sean McKeever shows up on the Nexus, that question about the Waiting Place relating to Mary Jane shows up… that one was all mine. Thanks Iain.

Dani: I was the total influence.

James: Yeah, it was influenced by the breasts sitting next to me.

Chris: It’s the best. He just understands teenagers better than I’ve ever seen.

I can’t say enough about trades though, when I reopened in Westfield I just bought them up. They’re fun! One full story between two covers. It’s great!

James: I just hate waiting for them. I don’t read Y: The Last Man or Fables by the issue. I read them by the trade… I just hate waiting.

Chris: I still love the monthlies. Every week I take home a stack. Some read better in trade, like Bone is much more powerful read. I think that’s one of the greatest comics of all time. Strangers in Paradise is MUCH better in trade since the book comes out every 45 days and all if the sub-plots become so involved. Some of these books have such in depth histories that it’s so hard to keep straight.

James: Now, you are both a teacher as well as a comic store owner. Now, I don’t know if I’ve told you or maybe Danielle, but Bone has been picked up by Scholastic–

Chris: Yes, one of you mentioned it to me.

James: What other books, do you see, being possible curriculum books? Not to say it is going to appear in a first grade class and a teacher is going to say ‘Read it’. One day, hopefully it’ll happen.. but what other books would you think could be put on that list WITH Bone?

Chris: Little kids or teenagers?

James: Let’s say teenagers. It’s more of the market we’re dealing with.

Chris: In literature class, you could read Sandman easily. Mythology, history, it’s all there.

Dani: You could bring Promethea into any philosophy or religious class.

Chris: History there is alot. You have Miller’s “300”, Ennis’ update of “Enemy Ace” or his “War Stories” which is great. The comic “Berlin” which is amazing.

James: Faxes from Sarajevo

Dani: He hasn’t read that. ‘I’ read that. I think “Pedro & Me” should be in every health class. It should be part of the curriculum for Sex Ed.

James: I cried with that book.

Dani: That book makes you think.

James: Yeah.. when they kick Puck outta the house and everything. …sorry. Seriously, though, it was a powerful book.

Chris: Bone is great for smaller kids too. Bone is the ideal for everyone.

James: The problem with giving Bone to a kid is the fact that you are handing them the telephone book and saying, “Read it!”

Chris: You have to be age realistic, but yeah.

James: Sadly, it’s best form is it’s huge bible.

Dani: The first two trades can be read as solitary stories.

Chris: It’s more something I see a teacher doing storytime with kids and reading it with them. But, yeah there are lots of stories that could be shared in a school setting.

James: Here’s a question for you. How many customers between the ages of 9 and 15 do you have on a regular basis? The kids who come in and grab the occasional dollar book.

Chris: Regulars, none.

Dani: There are actually a couple of kids who come in and scour the dollar bins for Spider-Man and Punishers and then they would bring their Mom’s in to buy the regular Punisher series because they knew I wouldn’t sell it to them.

Chris: Sometimes there are parents coming in with their kids, but if the parent buys a kid a book it’s nothing special.. usually a dollar bin book.

James: Well that leads to this, the market is generally perpetuated by 20-something and 30-something year olds, with the occasional late teenagers.

Chris: I have customers that are in their 40’s and up.

James: Yes, and these are people that have been reading since they were kids. The problem is that kids aren’t reading the books now.. so?

Chris: I’ll put it this way – let’s say I live to a ripe old age and someone asks me what it takes to open a comic store, and I say don’t. As a teacher I can come from a more informed opinion, and that is simply that kids don’t read. In my classes, 16 & 17 year olds, and you can tell which ones read because they speak better. It’s not to say the other kids are dumb, but they aren’t in the habit of reading because they have television and computers.

When I was growing up, that wasn’t predominant. Reading with kids is just gone.

James: I grew up in a literary household..

Chris: So did I, but I remember growing up and all the kids were reading comics. The customers that are older than me will talk about how they used to read comics in the 60’s and 50’s and how everyone of their friends read comics. That time is gone. We have a handful of kids, but the people who read comics now are always going to read them. They are into it. As they die off, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I can’t see there not being comics, but twenty-five years from now I wouldn’t open a comic book store.

James: You and I have discussed in the past that we are in one of the best writing phases that comics has had in 20 years if not longer. Do you think that could push the numbers back up to those late 1980’s numbers, in terms of sales? That time when books were selling a million units.

Chris: That’s a good question, but what you have to remember is the late 80’s and early 90’s numbers were a joke compared to the Golden Age. In the Golden Age, they would sell a single issue of Superman would sell a million copies and up.

James: And that was back then.

Chris: That was every book. Captain Marvel, Superman, all of these copies. Hundreds of millions of copies.

Every kid loved comics. The writing is great and it’s great in the sense that you can say to someone “Hey, I know you don’t read comics, but it’s better than most novels you can buy.” The problem is that it’s such an insular world and a niche world, and the movies don’t help. It’s apocryphyl in my opinion. The movies do well because Spiderman and Batman are American icons, but these movies aren’t going to make people go to a comic book store like a lot of people would like to make you think, with a couple exceptions.

James: But do you see it being possible to bring it up to those million book numbers?

Chris: No. Not honestly. Not because of a dig against the material, but it’s because people just don’t read in general. The average person is a moron who doesn’t read anything. I certainly watch television, but only specific programs. Ask someone how often they pick up the newspaper, or even watch the news.

James: I don’t pick a newspaper though, all my news comes directly from the Daily Show.

Chris: Yes, but you’re a reader. You read. These people aren’t going to go to a comic store, which generally have bad stereotypes, which is another point. When people think of comic stores, they think of two things. One is that they are for kids which is totally false, and two is that they think of that fringe group that makes us all look bad. That fat Simpson’s comic character.

Dani: Not to mention that a parent who walks in with a kid, thinking that comics are for kids – they go up, see the price, and then send their kid over to the dollar bin. Our dollar bins have some really good stuff, but like every other store there are books in there for good reason. They’re a dollar. If some kid picks up a copy of “Punisher: War Journal” and thinks that’s a comic and how it wasn’t good – they’re not going to read comics.

Chris: That’s a good point, too. That’s why we’ll try and steer them to our kids wall.

Dani: Now if you can get an Ultimate Spiderman into their hands, great. It’s just so hard to have parents drop $15 for a trade that a kid might really like, when they can spend $20 more and buy them a video game that will keep them enthralled for weeks on end. Parents are still convinced that these things are collectable and those few parents who have their kid buy a book, even a dollar book, want them to put it in a bag and board, hide it away and hope it pays for their college fund. It’s ridiculous. They would rather spend $5 on a pack of Pokemon cards, than instead of handing a kid a comic and having them read.

Chris: That’s a great point, because a book is $2.25. Parents remember when books were 15 cents, and they make sure you know about it. You just want to say ‘Look you moron, have you ever heard of inflation?’ obviously you don’t say that…

James: Well it IS a sad state of affairs that a comic costs the same as a school lunch.

Chris: True. I’m not disagreeing with you, but it is the reality of it.

Dani: At the same time, we have had teachers come in and say they want to get their kids into reading, so they use reward programs where they give the kids comic books. I’ve given them books. Books from Free Comic Day and tell them to give them to their kids. We just donated books to the Kenilworth library to just try and get people in. We had one kid come just today who was so excited to pick up a book.

Chris: Every kid you can get is a major victory. You are never going to get those old numbers.

James: What about the manga titles? They’ve had insane growth, and some of them are good – some of them are bad. There are viable ways, I think, to get kids into comics, but they’re not the old venues.

Dani: The companies are working with the retailers. Look at it this way, you’ve got graphic novels selling in book stores like Borders. Cool! Rock on! If I see a huge bookcase of trades, it’s ‘yay for us’. Blankets is selling in Barnes & Nobles, and I’m digging that. You’ve also got people going into bookstores and going ‘Wow! Ultimate Spiderman’ reading it, and then that’s it. They don’t know where to go to get everything else. Marvel is shooting retailers by putting out different hardcovers through the bookstores.

Chris: They’re just trying to make money.

Dani: Yes, I understand that, but it would work if we could work WITH bookstores. It’s great that you can go into a larger bookstore and see a huge shelf of the manga books, but the girls go and they get one. From there they don’t know where else to go to get comics. They, most often, aren’t going to go into a comic book store, because there is this feeling that a girl isn’t going to get treated very well at all. They’re going to be expected to be going in for some stupid toys and be laughed at.

Chris: That comes back to another central problem. Most of these guys don’t know how to treat other human beings. There is just a social dysfunction that goes on. Look, when a girl comes in, I’m like ‘Great! A girl is in the store.’

James: …and then the ruffies start a’flowin’.

Chris: *loud laughter* What a wonderful quip.

James: Final question.. the biggie. I saved it for last. Tomorrow, you have the ability to affect one major change in the entire industry. Take a second, think about it. You can affect something IN comics, or the INDUSTRY, whatever.. what do you do to make the comic industry better.

Chris: Wow! Outstanding question!

James: You think? I wrote it on the train.

Chris: Just like Lincoln with the Gettysburgh Address.

James: He wrote it on the train?

Chris: According to legend.

James: Well he sure as hell didn’t write it at the theatre.

Chris: [pondering]…okay… what I do to make the industry better…

James: Well you can tell me something to make it worse, but I don’t think you want to do that. Take it from a fan’s perspective, from a retailer’s perspective.. it’s your choice.

Chris: I would do everything in my power to bring comics into schools. To integrate them into libraries. To bring them into appropriate classes. That’s where I think it is most important. If you want to see the industry survive, you have got to have kids reading the books. On a more minor note, I would never allow certain hacks to write in comics again.

James: Care to name a few?

Chris: No. You know who I mean…

James: Buddy Scalera? Chuck Austin?

Chris: I’m not commenting on this.

James: ..and for Jesse Baker, Brian Michael Bendis?

Chris: What?

James: Don’t worry about it.. just any closing comments? Anything you want to say the former number one comic book site in Greece? Anything to the Nexus, the frat boys of comics?

Chris: In all sincerity, it is an absolute thrill to get up in the morning and know that I have a comic book shop and am doing what I love to do. I am living what I dreamed of doing. How many people get to do that? Oh.. and Free Palestine.

…Diner Talk would like to thank Chris EBerle and Danielle O’Brien, the worker and employee of Wild Pig Comics II in Kenilworth, New Jersey for joining us. I hope everybody got their fill of disco fries, and have chugged their bottomless cup until it’s end. We’re now leaving the Time To Eat Diner, and heading back home. See you next week, where I’ll be taking somebody else from someplace else in some other mystic part of this Comic Nexus (..god I’m good at putting that in there..) and seeing what happens when you just put a tape recorder in front of their face.

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