of the reason why i love 1’s comics is that almost all the chars, major or minor, foe or just an extra for one episode, are what you’d call social misfits to some degree; you can find the clues first in our two taciturn, antisocial protagonists Saitama and Mobu, w poorest communication kills ever, and Genos’ awkward manner that has officially been his original personality according to 1’s interview even before he lost his whole body (which only had it intensified now that he thinks of himself aside from organic creatures). and Reigen, a self proclaimed people-person w outgoing behaviors while actually not having a single real friend around his peers; and Dimple, the little ambitious freak spirit; Fubuki and her severe inferiority complex; the human monster Garou… goes on. many of the main chars got bullied as a kid in a real-life sense of bullying we all know too well, and many of them actually acknowledges that they’re misfits/weirdos, and are even sadly ashamed of themselves. theres nobody who acts like Luffy from One Piece or Goku from DBZ that goes all “YEA BRO WE JUST MET BUT WER BEST FRIENDS LETS HAV FUN” or like Ichigo n Naruto with “WE NEVER LOSE HOPE” attitude (except mobu’s 100% courage mode that is.)
instead everything is a bit quieter in 1’s world. everyone is a bit too weird to be completely cheerful, and they’re all deeply lonely inside. they feel like not many would understand them and that is in all honesty, true, but they’re also grateful for a company who is just being with them and would simply say “hi” to them no matter how generally shitty or wrong they would look in a normal society.
and those lifetime companions are not easy to get. 1’s fictional characters are blessed in that way bec they’re genuinely humane people from the bottom of their hearts.
1 never made a overly nasty joke(tends to be aimed at the minorities) thru main chars when some tv shows do it on a regular basis. but then,
1 never tried to seek for the ideal justice, or to guide the reader w their moral compass…and that is something. 1′s characters may not be in their best behavior and do or say stupid things from time to time, and never going to be 100% “socially/politically correct”; but they have those liveliness that i admire and love and actually can relate to as a non-fictional human being.
I’m using @pussycat-scribbles‘ Fill-A-Page February challenge as an excuse to draw for an AU I started fiddling with last year, my Haikyuu Local Comic Shop AU.
I’ve worked at a comic shop for a billion years now and I love haikyuu to pieces so I thought it’d be fun. I’ve got lots of headcanons for tons of characters, so I hope you enjoy this month while I try to keep up with daily drawings…… The AU centers around Oikawa, owner of Captain Comics, one of the biggest comic shops in the city and a respected name in comics retail nation-wide.
Oikawa Tooru is the sole proprietor of Captain Comics
Handles all the books and ordering
#1 Most Stressed
When he’s on the shop floor, he’s able to handle everyone immaculately. There’s no near-disaster he can’t handle pragmatically. Usually for signings and special events, he’ll go onto the floor to shake hands with longtime customers and people in the biz. Knows exactly what to say and always wears a charming smile.
Constantly struggling between Grand King or Benevolent Dictator ways of owning his shop. He’s friendly enough with shops on the opposite sides of town and has allies with shops in other cities, but shops near his neighborhood that directly affect his business are considered enemies and need to be neutralized ASAP.
What he reads - Literally everything. He doesn’t like ordering books for his store if he hasn’t read them. Every advanced preview, every issue, every week. He reads everything. He’ll often stay up late and get very little sleep because of this. He enjoys sci-fi stories with minimal action. Has a good eye for what will be collectible and popular and orders wisely. His apartment is a messy den of comics. Stacks and boxes EVERYWHERE. He forgot what the original color of the carpet was. His comic knowledge is borderline encyclopedic and he’s never wrong when someone has a question. He owns a climate-controlled storage unit for his collection, rumored to be worth millions. Owns Amazing Fantasy #15, which he keeps in a safety deposit box at his bank. His dream is to own Action Comics #1.
How he dresses - Normally Oikawa can’t be bothered to dress up for work since he spends most of it in front of a computer. He needs clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in, so usually it’s ratty jeans and a store logo t-shirt. On rare occasions where he needs to leave his office, he’ll dress up. He hates for customers to see him looking like a typical ratty comic shop owner, so he always makes sure he’s clean-shaven, that his skin is clear, his hair isn’t greasy, and if he knows he’s going to be seen he’ll dress in nicer clothes. If he’s having an off day he refuses to leave his office until the store has closed and the sun has set so he can slink back to his car.
Wednesdays when Iwaizumi comes in, he dresses super nice. Like a
button-up shirt, vest, tie, his nice glasses without the tape holding
them together, his best fitting jeans. Usually after Iwaizumi leaves he
changes back into sweats. His employees like to give him grief about it.
I’m sorry if my handwriting is difficult to read. Starting from the top left and moving right, it reads: • “How much is too much to spend on a life-size bust of Ant-Man?“ • “I don’t know how I feel about the new Captain America arc…” • “NO. OIKAWA, NO! YOU HAVE PAYCHECKS TO WRITE!” - Daichi, probably. (he’s approaching a 2.8 CGC graded copy of Action Comics #1, which would retail for about 120k-240k USD, but in reality it’s considered priceless and you probably wouldn’t be able to breathing distance to it on a con floor like I illustrated… Although, it’s been several years since I last went to a con & usually I’m not in the vintage issue booths so idk…) • “Hello Ushiwaka.” “Good Afternoon Oikawa-san. I’m assuming you’re calling because our servers are down.”
comics made me
Mace Windu a bit more for two reasons: 1) he argued with Yoda about giving young Skywalker a chance and 2) I prefer his view of what Balance of Force could means - it’s not about destruction of one side in favor of another but to make it better, to add something sweet / good to the bitter “darkness”.