My Comic Shop History
A Podcast from the Director of My Comic Shop DocumentARy
Episode 3.5: Zapp! Comics (Garden State Part 1)
August 15, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
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.Episode 3.4: Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse
August 01, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato continues his journey to comic book stores around the country with a visit to Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Amalgam and its owner, Ariell Johnson, have received considerable media coverage from both industry and mainstream outlets since the store opened in late 2015. Anthony asks Ariell about navigating the attention, using her platform to effect change on multiple levels within the industry, and operating two business within one.Episode 3.3: Midtown Comics
July 18, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato continues his journey to comic book stores around the country with a visit to Midtown Comics in New York City. Anthony is joined by Ted Alexander (Store Manager, Downtown location) and Henry Varona (Marketing Assistant & Events Coordinator) to discuss how Midtown operates on such a large scale while still remaining a local comic book store. BONUS: Following his conversation with Ted and Henry, Anthony brings in Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) to talk about the customer experience at Midtown.Episode 3.2: Packrat Comics
July 04, 2017 03:43 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato continues his journey to comic book stores around the country with a visit to Packrat Comics in Hilliard, OH. Packrat made industry news in early 2017 with a viral photo highlighting the problem of delinquent customers. Anthony welcomes owners Teresa and Jamie Colegrove to discuss the inspiration for (and reaction to) that photo, overcoming early struggles and staying positive, winning an Eisner Award, and much more. Making it a true double-date episode, Anthony's wife, Stephanie, also joins in on the fun.Episode 3.1: Aw Yeah Comics
June 20, 2017 09:11 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato embarks upon a season-long, cross-country journey to explore comic book stores and meet the people behind the counter. In the season premiere, Anthony visits Aw Yeah Comics (locations in Harrison, NY; Skokie, IL; and Muncie, IN) to speak with owner/manager Marc Hammond about launching and maintaining a family of stores, navigating different markets, and cultivating a sense of community for customers and fans.Live Special
May 09, 2017 09:00 PM PDT
In this special prelude to Season 3 recorded live at Undiscovered Realm Comic-Con, host Anthony Desiato invites guests Dan Greenfield (editor of 13thDimension.com) and Gregg Schigiel (creator of Pix from Image Comics) to the stage to talk about memorable comic shop experiences. My Comic Shop History returns with Season 3 on June 21, 2017.Christmas Special 2
December 12, 2016 09:28 PM PST
It’s Christmas time again on My Comic Shop History! For the second annual holiday special, host Anthony Desiato proudly presents a supersized double feature. First up: Anthony sits down with returning guest Chris Wilcock of Undiscovered Realm to talk market trends, moving a store, the inside scoop on running a comic book convention, and of course, Funko POPs! Then, in the second half, Anthony introduces listeners to a new shop, It'z Vintage, a mecca of classic toys and collectibles. Anthony chats with the store's owner, Allen Baus, about his comic shop history, the timeless appeal of the Kenner Super Powers line of action figures, and the ins & outs of running his shop, which consists almost entirely of his personal collection. It's a holiday podcast extravaganza featuring two in-depth, one-on-one conversations not to be missed!Episode 2.12: RebARth
October 04, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato seeks the guidance of guests Mike Capolino and Craig Higgins as he tries to reconcile his nostalgia with his current experience reading "DC: Rebirth." Season 2 of My Comic Shop History concludes with the biggest piece of the collecting puzzle: Can you go home again?Episode 2.11: Three Comic Book Men and a Baby
September 20, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato brings in The Dads (John-Eric Aguilar, Matt Horton, and Joe Morciglio) to talk fatherhood and collecting: finding the time, space, and money to continue the hobby; charting a course for the next generation of collectors; and keeping those prized collectibles out of reach. It's the penultimate episode of Season 2!Episode 2.10: Whatever Happened to the Man Behind the Counter?
September 06, 2016 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato reunites with his Season 1 Finale guests, Steve Oto and Bill Maio, to discuss the aftermath of Alternate Realities' closing and to answer the question, "Whatever happened to the man behind the counter?"
My Comic Shop History is a podcast hosted by filmmaker Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop DocumentARy, By Spoon!, Wacky Man) exploring the culture, economics, and psychology of the comics retail industry. This season, Alternate Realities may be gone, but there's a whole world of comic shops out there. Be part of the journey as My Comic Shop History visits comic book stores across America to talk to the people behind the counter.
Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is an attorney, retired comic shop employee, and lifelong Superman fan with a passion for writing and filmmaking. During law school, he turned the camera on local comic book store Alternate Realities for his directorial debut: My Comic Shop DocumentARy. Anthony is also the director of the documentaries By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story and Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer. His fourth documentary project, My Comic Shop Country, is currently in pre-production, with a Kickstarter campaign launching in Summer 2017. As a podcaster, Anthony hosts the series My Comic Shop History and Flat Squirrel Tales: Beyond My Comic Shop.
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