My Dad always told me he once owned Action Comics #1, the book with the first appearance of Superman in print. Sadly, it was lost in a fit of parental tidiness.
I clung tight to my copies of Spiderman, X-Men and The Fantastic Four...until I just stopped reading comics altogether. I'm kinda sorry I did. It seems from today's conversation that I missed a lot. Bill Foster and Michael Sivack shared their love of the form - and their enthusiasm was contagious. Later, Bill told me he forgot to mention a very cool comic he'd brought, called "White Like She" - a takeoff on "Black Like Me." It's a story about the brain of an older black man is transplanted into the body of a young white lesbian.(!)
Many phone calls and emails with people sharing their experience with comics and graphic novels. We also got a ton of tweets in response to my call: "Help us, comic book geeks - you're our only hope!" A sample: