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My Comic Shop Book Club: Doomsday Clock #1
November 21, 2017 07:40 AM PST
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Host Anthony Desiato launches a brand-new subseries: My Comic Shop Book Club! In the debut installment, Anthony and DC Comics artist V Ken Marion (HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS, TRINITY) discuss the first issue of the DC event series DOOMSDAY CLOCK by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

Episode 3.12: The Spider's Web
November 21, 2017 11:00 PM PST
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Host Anthony Desiato brings his comic shop odyssey to a close (for now) in the season finale of My Comic Shop History. Anthony's final stop is The Spider's Web in Yonkers, NY, owned by former Alternate Realities customer Paul Borrero. Paul and store manager Andrew Gonzalez reveal how their perspective has changed four years into running the store, air some industry grievances, and identify potential avenues for growth. PLUS: Anthony welcomes a special guest to close out the season. The journey continues next year in the My Comic Shop Country documentary film. My Comic Shop History returns with Season 4 in 2018.

Episode 3.11: First Aid Comics (Windy City Part 2)
November 08, 2017 12:00 AM PST
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Host Anthony Desiato concludes his trip to the Windy City with a stop at First Aid Comics in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Anthony makes an appointment with owner James Nurss, the lab coat-wearing retailer who "prescribes" comics to his customers. They discuss vending at NYCC, how President Obama helped the store get off the ground in 2008, and why it's important to bag your trades. This episode is Part 2 of a two-episode visit to the Windy City.

Episode 3.10: Challengers Comics + Conversation (Windy City Part 1)
October 24, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato shares some momentous Flat Squirrel news before sitting down with Patrick Brower, co-owner of the Eisner Award-winning Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago. Living up to the "Conversation" part of the store's name, Anthony and Patrick discuss how and why Challengers nurtures comic book fans and readers rather than collectors. This episode is Part 1 of a two-episode visit to the Windy City.

Episode 3.9: The Comic Book Shop
October 10, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato encounters his third husband-and-wife team of the season: Sarah and Patrick Titus, the owners of The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, DE. The couple discusses how they have charted a new course for the store—in its third generation of ownership—through a robust series of inclusive, community-building events.

Episode 3.8: Acme Comics
September 26, 2017 01:51 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato finally reaches the famed Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018. Anthony settles in for an epic conversation with the store's manager, the one and only Jermaine Exum (aka Lord Retail), about Jermaine's dual identity, his role at Acme, and inter-shop dynamics. This episode is Part 1 of a two-episode podcast crossover with Flat Squirrel Tales: Beyond My Comic Shop. To hear Part 2, be sure to tune in to Flat Squirrel Tales on 10.4.17!

Kickstarter Special (Ft. Cave Comics and Escape Pod Comics)
September 20, 2017 08:00 AM PDT
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In this special bonus episode of My Comic Shop History, host Anthony Desiato announces the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for his next documentary film: MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY! The episode features conversations with Pat Callanan of Cave Comics (Newtown, CT) and Menachem Luchins of Escape Pod Comics (Long Island, NY) PLUS a special cameo appearance by Jermaine Exum, AKA Lord Retail, of Acme Comics (Greensboro, NC). The My Comic Shop Country Kickstarter runs from 9/20 through 10/20. Don't be a flat squirrel!

Episode 3.7: Comic Asylum and Interstellar Comics
September 12, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato ventures farther than ever before with a visit to a pair of very young California comic book stores: Comic Asylum in Palm Desert (ft. owner Chicks Halay-Ay) and Interstellar Comic Books and Collectibles in Palm Springs (ft. owner Adrian Cuevas). Anthony speaks with each about first-year growing pains, tourism, retailing in the desert, and more.

Episode 3.6: Fat Moose Comics and Dewey's Comic City (Garden State Part 2)
August 29, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato concludes his trip to the Garden State with stops at two longstanding NJ shops: Fat Moose Comics (est. 1982) in Whippany and Dewey's Comic City (est. 1991) in Madison. First, the Flat Squirrel meets the Fat Moose! Anthony enjoys a casual chat with current Fat Moose owner Matt Potucek and employee (aka "heart and soul of the store") Shawn Hendricks about Diamond Comic Distributors' secret shoppers, balancing legacy with innovation, and much more. Then, at Dewey's, Anthony gets veteran retailer Dan Veltre's take on the various industry changes his store has weathered over the years. This episode is Part 2 of a two-episode visit to the Garden State.

Episode 3.5: Zapp! Comics (Garden State Part 1)
August 15, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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Host Anthony Desiato continues his journey to comic book stores around the country with a visit to Zapp! Comics in Wayne, NJ. Anthony engages owner Ben Lichtenstein about his business philosophy, and Ben serves up a comics retail masterclass on: the importance of product turnover and diversification, the art of the deal in buying and selling back issue, and common industry pitfalls. This episode is Part 1 of a two-episode visit to the Garden State.

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