Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Sacramento Bee has always been a great comics shop in my experience. I have always found the culture there to be very intelligent and up to date. For example, I like that the comics are not bound together by anything other than maybe a common theme of super heroes or a villain or maybe a city or something else related to it. That is why I like it when the comics come out. You never know what you're going to get.
For instance, one time I saw them have a feature on a Chinese dissident who spoke with a Chinese accent and was really upset about the way he was treated. He was upset because his dog was killed and a police officer was also killed. He was upset because the cop had a badge and did not treat him like an American. He said some really terrible things and the Bee ran a comic about it the next day. It made me laugh and then I laughed until I felt real bad for the guy.
What makes me really upset sometimes is when someone gives me a hard time about a comic book character because they are Chinese. I recently got an email from somebody who said something to the effect of; "You should try to find something more offensive." How can you tell what is offensive and what isn't offensive? I asked him to explain what he meant by that and he actually came right out and said that he was suggesting that some comics might need to be revamped because of the language he used. Someone who doesn't care for the Chinese should only read comic books about Jews, blacks, Muslims, and anybody else of the designated categories.
However, I don't think that we live in a perfect society. Sometimes things are just not right and you have to judge the world and people by their actions. Some things in the world are not appropriate to read in comics and other places. There are places and events that should not be depicted in comics. The main problem comes when there are people who read comics who also happen to be hypersensitive.
The most offensive material in comics is always going to be cartoons and people bringing that humor into the comic stores. People are often sensitive about this stuff but it still happens. Some people seem to be even more sensitive than others. The problem with this is that those people who are sensitive will bring that sensitivity to their interactions with others who enjoy comic books as much or maybe even more than they do.
For example, if a comic book store clerk was offended by a scene in a particular comic book, he could go to the owner of that store and say, "This is in violation of the comics shop policy and it violates our freedom of speech as citizens of the free world." Now, if that same clerk went to a person who was offended by the same thing, he would not say anything because the owner of the comics shop wouldn't stand for it. He may talk to the person and give them his card, which he is allowed to do so that if he ever feels like getting offended again, he knows where to find someone who will listen.
Some comic stores have rules and guidelines about how offended are they supposed to be. They are supposed to say nothing about a comic unless they are completely comfortable with discussing it. The owner of the store can be informed of this at any time and can make sure all customers are treated respectfully no matter what they choose to read in their comics. He doesn't have to allow someone to get upset over something that they were never sure of in the first place.
The fact that some people feel they are being attacked by someone who is using their identity for their own gain has put some comic shops in an uncomfortable situation. Many people enjoy the fact that they can go to one of the local comics shops and not have to worry about being offended. People like to buy comics, whether they are offensive or not. If a person finds themselves being attacked for something they didn't do or think, perhaps they should just turn their nose up and leave.