I remember from the days of Saturday morning cartoons and after-school specials the television commercial for 'Toys R' Us' touting their status as 'Where a kid could be a kid' as though children could only act their age at a special place. Although the implications of that statement were not lost on me, I couldn't help but love the trips to that holy grail of toy stores.
I have taken many adult trips to Toys R' Us and I must admit it has lost much of its appeal. It's not that toys lost their importance to me, and it's definately not the quality of toys having declined, quite the contrary. Being an adult has given me the ability to afford bigger and better toys, and the quality of toys today far surpasses those of my youth. I am amazed at the detail of an action figure of modern times. But Toys R' Us is still 'where a kid can be a kid' and that's where my interest wanes.
I am now an adult, and therefore restrained by the responsibilities of adulthood. I am no longer looking for where a kid can be a kid, but where an adult can be a kid. Too often do I find being an adult rather dull. I long for the days of action figure battles of epic proportion and waiting in suspense for the next issue of my favorite comic to advance the story that fuels my daydreams.
There are few places that actually allow an adult to truly feel like a child. Sure, you can act childish anywhere, but it's not as much fun without other adult children to play with. One of the few places I truly felt like a kid again were at a game store. I dug out my old Magic the Gathering cards and thought I could wow these new players with my vintage and rare cards and old deck building theories. I was beaten by every kid in the store in no time flat, there's nothing like old-fashioned humiliation to remind you what it feels like to be a child. It was a magical experience.
If you want to remember what it feels like to be a kid without the competition and possibility of being decimated by someone a fraction of your age, why not try a comic book store? The comic shop has always been a place where you can revive the fantasy of youth while keeping your adult ego intact. The child in you can enjoy the stories and be free to become lost in a world of fantasy, while the adult in you can enjoy the art and appreciate the technical skill reqired in creating a book.
This is the second blog I have posted photographs I have created for Solo Comics, the first comic book store to grace Lake County in more than several years, and it's for quite a few selfish reasons. Of course I love to show off the images I create, and being a family photographer more often than not requires a bit of privacy on the client-side. Many of my clients wouldn't like their private photos plastered all over the internet, and I owe them that right, so when I get to do promotional images the whole point is to plaster them everywhere - to promote! In addition to the joy of creating great images meant to be shared with the world, I am looking forward to the grand opening of a store built for the sole purpose of uniting children of all ages, even the children that live within adults, and allowing us a place where we can become lost in imagination and fancy.
Click the photo to be taken to Solo Comics website and learn more about them.