Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Emotional Experiences Edition

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A few years ago, while working in a nearby college town, I happened to discover that their library had an amazing array of graphic novels and comic trade paperbacks.  Since my job allowed for reading time, on occasion, I made great use of their collections, including one collection of Will Eisner’s Spirit comic strips that was one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life.  It’s been nearly ten years since that job ended, and I’ve never been able to locate that particular volume again, even on auction sites, which proved to me that it was as powerful to others as it was to me.  I’ve long maintained that experiencing sad stories, songs or movies (or, really, media that evoke ANY emotional response) is critical to maintaining your humanity, reminding you how good you have it and wallowing in the base physicality of being a wandering sack of meat with shoes and a 401k.  In short, if the death of Hoban Washburn doesn’t get you right in the gut and leave you a little heart-broken, I don’t know what to do with you, which leads us to today’s minor-key query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) should probably mention for those who are curious that I’ve found the story in question, and that it will be this week’s Retro Review, asking: What’s the most emotional experience you’ve ever had with your pop culture?