Unrelenting Loiterer: "Hi. Do you have a website?"
Me: "Yes. It has all the new releases coming out and some special announcements."
UL: "What if I want to order something to be shipped. Do you ship overseas?"
Me: "We do ship. I don't know about overseas. Take our card, and e-mail us, and the person in charge of our shipping will get back to you."
UL: "But your website shows everything that is in your store."
Me: "Oh god, no. But all comic book stores in the US have the same distributor, so if you see something you like, you can e-mail us, and we can let you know if it's available."
UL: "But what if, I like a writer and want to know everything about them."
Me: "You could look up their titles on Wikipedia, or on their own website, if they have one--"
UL: "I am a physicist. I don't have time to look up comic books."
UL: "I need a website that aggregates all comics by author and illustrator. Do you know of such a site?"
Me: "I think you'll have to design it. Right now, publishers have all their available titles on their website, but I can't think of one website that easily lists every comic, who wrote it, who inked it, who lettered it, and whether or not it's available."
UL: "I am an academic. I spend all day reading, I don't have time to look up all this info."
Me: "Do you have an assistant?"
UL: "I am a physicist. No. Do you have an assistant?"
Me: "Of course. And I'm just a writer. Not a physicist."
UL: "You have assistant? Could I loan them from you?"
Me: "No. I can't have them dividing up their time between me and someone else. You'll have to find your own."
UL: "So how will I find out which comics are good?"
Me: "Which comics do you like?"
UL: "Good ones."
I recommend a few books at random, and he decides to get Monstress. I think because I had referenced Marjorie Liu earlier, but, as much as I do like her work, I only referenced her because her book was at eye level.
UL: "If your assistant is no longer needed, you will pass their info on to me."
Me: "Of course."
UL: "Maybe you could open a store in Turkey."
Me: "That seems unlikely."
UL: "It might not make any money but it would be cool to have a store there."