I have a love/hate relationship with people when I tell them that I write and edit comics. The basic reason for this is because they ask some variation of the question, “So you can draw, right?”
This is because people don't listen. I understand that whenever they hear the word “comic”, they think of something that is drawn—possibly the newspaper strips, or superheroes (or superhero newspaper strips). They don't know anything about the process of creating a comic, so they go for the easiest thing they can relate to—drawing—because everyone can draw, right? We've been drawing since we could hold a pencil or a crayon, and even though art may not be our “thing” anymore, we can still relate to drawing because it is something we have done. We have all drawn. We have not all written.
The other question I hate is “What comic do you have that's worth the most?” A variation of that is “What's the rarest/oldest comic you have?” I hate this question because most don't have any basis for comparison. They could possibly hear about Nicolas Cage buying/selling a comic for just over a million dollars. They might hear about someone finding a comic in the wall as insulation. They might remember having a few comics when they were kids, and then wistfully say “If I only knew then...” because their parents threw out their collection when they moved out. We've all heard/lived some variation of this story. However, without some point of reference, it doesn't matter what comic you have that's worth the most, or is rare or old. Comics from the 50s and 60s from a company you've never heard of, producing a comic that hasn't made it to a screen somewhere? Comics from overseas? It's feigned interest.
I'm not into feigned interest. Ask an honest question. Listen to what's been said instead of just waiting for your chance to speak. (This is what most people do, and thus, communication isn't efficiently accomplished.)
As to what I do when I answer their follow-up question: I patiently tell them what writing and editing is. I tell them that I don't draw. (Someone always wants something drawn for free. It's tangible and aesthetically pleasing without having to do much work. Reading is work.) Then I watch their eyes glaze over and their attention start to wander as I explain. Then I let them off the hook as soon as possible.
Questions. Gotta love 'em.