My Comic Shop History
A Podcast from the Director of My Comic Shop Country
Episode 5.8: My Comic Shop Future
September 17, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato reaches the end of the road--for now--as this era of My Comic Shop History draws to a close. Together with Alternate Realities legends Bill Maio, Rich Roney, and Steve Oto, Anthony reveals long-held secrets, ponders a rebirth, and looks to the future. Finale.
Episode 5.7: My Comic Shop Present
September 03, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato returns to the present to survey the Westchester comic shop scene of today. In this penultimate episode, Anthony and guest Sandro Prosperino (former Alternate Realities customer and the one-time co-owner of Near Mint Comics in Valhalla, NY) recount their post-AR experiences at The Spider's Web, Aw Yeah Comics, Newbury Comics, New York Hardcore Comics, and more as they wrestle with what it would take for a new store to truly replace AR.
Episode 5.6: Dragon's Den
August 20, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato shines a light on the Cross County (Yonkers) location of DRAGON'S DEN with former customer & employee Chris Wilcock, painting a picture of a diversified hobby store, camaraderie-building (and often dangerous) hijinks, and some less-than-scrupulous business practices.
Episode 5.5: Jay's Comics
August 06, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato recalls everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Jay Meisel, and his decades-long tenure operating a booth at the Empire State Flea Market in Port Chester, with longtime JAY'S COMICS customer Jonathan Baylis.
Episode 5.4: Alternate Realities
July 23, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato finally comes face-to-face with another ALTERNATE REALITIES legend, former co-owner Prem Itharat, to mine stories about the eBay and Pokémon years, Prem's formal (and informal) business education, and long-forgotten pranks at 700 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale.
Episode 5.3: One If By Cards, Two If By Comics
July 09, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato takes a ride to the Scarsdale/Yonkers border for an on-location recording at American Legends--formerly known as ONE IF BY CARDS, TWO IF BY COMICS--with co-owner Mark Rubin (wife & co-owner Donna tags in for Mark on the After Show, available on Patreon). Mark recounts opening across the street from Dragon's Den, selecting the shop's original name, navigating the sports card market, rebranding in 2002, and seeing most of the other shops in the area fall away.
Episode 5.2: Comic Book Heaven
June 25, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato revisits another former White Plains institution, COMIC BOOK HEAVEN, with longtime employee & customer Saad Siddiqui. They reminisce about the store's owners (the husband & wife team of Morris & Irene), eccentric manager ("Bishop"), renowned back issue selection, various moves, and ultimate demise.
Episode 5.1: Heroes World
June 11, 2019 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato brings everything full-circle in Season 5 with a look back at the lost comic shops of Westchester County, capturing a microcosm of the comics industry during the pivotal 1990s. Up first is the White Plains, NY, location of distributor and retail chain HEROES WORLD, the site of Anthony's first-ever comic book purchase. Along for the ride is legendary returning guest Steve Oto, who--years before he would co-found Alternate Realities--shopped and worked at Heroes World.
My Comic Shop Country Special
March 27, 2019 07:49 PM PDT
Be part of the journey as host Anthony Desiato takes you behind the scenes of his upcoming feature-length documentary film, MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY! In this special bonus episode of My Comic Shop History—which also marks the podcast's four-year anniversary—Anthony and his wife/producing partner, Stephanie, share road trip stories, off-camera anecdotes, and insights into the creative process. Music featured in episode: "Too Bad" (acoustic version) by Rosewood Rebels.
Episode 4.12: Con Season with the Road Warrior (Undiscovered Realm)
November 27, 2018 09:00 PM PST
Host Anthony Desiato takes one last lap around the convention floor with Undiscovered Realm owner Chris Wilcock in the Season 4 finale. Anthony asks Chris about the life of a vendor on the road at three dozen conventions a year. My Comic Shop History returns with Season 5 in 2019. Additional podcast content (including a Season 4 epilogue with Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito on 12/12/18) is available year-round exclusively on the My Comic Shop History Patreon page.
My Comic Shop History is a podcast hosted by filmmaker Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop DocumentARy, My Comic Shop Country) exploring the business, community, and fandom of the comics retail industry. In Season 1, a comic book store fell, a community united, and a podcast was born. Each subsequent season tackled a distinct part of the comics industry: collecting (Season 2), national comics retail (Season 3), conventions (Season 4), and Westchester County's lost shops (Season 5). Additional content is available exclusively on the My Comic Shop History Patreon page.
Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is a lifelong Superman fan, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host. While attending law school, Anthony fulfilled a long-held ambition by turning the camera on Alternate Realities, the New York comic book shop where he worked for more than a decade. The result, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, screened at film festivals across the country and garnered press in multiple media outlets, including The New York Times. Anthony followed up his debut with the award-winning short By Spoon! The Jay Meisel Story and the feature-length Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer. He recently completed his fourth documentary film, My Comic Shop Country, exploring the business, fandom, and community of comic book stores across America. As a podcaster, Anthony hosts the series My Comic Shop History.
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