I collected comics as quickly as I could scrape money together, and ended up with a favorite Hulk issue where he is fighting Doc Samson after Hulk becomes Gray Hulk. That and the Who's Who of DC Comics and Marvel Universe were mind-blowing stuff!!
I then attempted to be "cool" and less "nerdy" for a few years.....failed miserably, by the way. After being "born again" in Christ in 1995, I thought comic books were "foolishness" and border-line sinful....God forgive me! I came to realize over time that they are fun....and God does allow that!
Started collecting again in 2003, and haven't looked back! I have a collection of Graphic Novels numbering over 300 (including many Deluxe Editions, Best of..., & a few Omnibus as well).
I've embraced being "geeky" & "nerdy" and realize I was NEVER "cool". Hopefully I can wear my superhero t-shirts and read comic books/graphic novels until the day I die.
Currently, my local comic book shop is Capital City Comics in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.