My Comic Shop History
A Podcast from the Director of My Comic Shop DocumentARy
Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part I of IV)
July 24, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato begins a four-episode deep dive into the extensive back issue buying and selling practices of Zapp! Comics founder and co-owner Ben Lichtenstein. In Part 1 of this "Beyond My Comic Shop" miniseries, Anthony and Ben examine the building blocks that shaped Ben's work ethic and business philosophy. Stops along Ben's "secret origin" include his first exposure to comic books at Bernie's Smoke Shop and Jan's Lollipop, part-time job at Häagen-Dazs, and earliest convention experiences at the Creation and Fred Greenberg shows of the 1980s.My Comic Shop Book Club: Man of Steel by Bendis
July 10, 2018 06:57 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato takes to the skies once more with 13th Dimension's Dan Greenfield, this time to discuss the 2018 MAN OF STEEL miniseries by Marvel-turned-DC writer Brian Michael Bendis. SPOILER WARNING. Part 2 of a two-part book club event. If you missed the previous installment, in which Anthony and Dan tackled the five major post-Crisis tellings of Superman's origin, download it now!My Comic Shop Book Club: Superman Origins
June 26, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato journeys to Krypton, Smallville, and Metropolis with guest Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) as they discuss the five major post-Crisis tellings of Superman's origin story: MAN OF STEEL (1986) by John Byrne, FOR ALL SEASONS by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, BIRTHRIGHT by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu, SECRET ORIGIN by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and AMERICAN ALIEN by Max Landis. Part 1 of a two-part book club event. Anthony and Dan will be back in two weeks for Part 2, which will tackle MAN OF STEEL (2018) by Brian Michael Bendis.Episode 4.6: Con Season Survival Guide
June 12, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato recruits two convention veterans and Alternate Realities refugees, Drew Cheskin and Brian O'Dea, to share their tips for surviving comic conventions. For those attending a large show for the first time, the episode covers budgeting time and money, navigating the show floor, deciding what type of show experience you are looking for, and more. Midseason finale. "Con Season" will resume in September. This summer, be sure to keep tuning in for a two-part "My Comic Shop Book Club" event and a four-part "Beyond My Comic Shop" miniseries, all available under the My Comic Shop History feed!Episode 4.5: Aw Yeah Con Season!
May 29, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato heads over to beautiful downtown Harrison, NY, to speak with two of the owners of Aw Yeah Comics NY: comic book creator Franco (TINY TITANS, ENCOUNTER, and the upcoming SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE) and ReedPOP's Mike Negin (C2E2 Event Manager). They discuss Aw Yeah's recent "Legends" signing, Mike and Franco's comic shop histories, and some hot topics in the world of comic conventions—from the risk of over-saturating the industry with too many shows to striking a balance between the interests of old-school comic fans and the wider pop culture audience.Episode 4.4: Con Season with the Collector
May 15, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato cracks the action figure packaging open with veteran collector Frank Rucco and delves into the fan's view of comic conventions. The duo discusses collecting habits generally (including the completist mentality and the thrill of the hunt) and at shows specifically (including buying strategies and budgeting resources). Plus, the age-old debate: mint in box or loose?Episode 4.3: Con Season at C2E2
April 30, 2018 08:45 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato conducts a post-mortem on 2018's C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) with ReedPOP Content Coordinator Chris D'Lando and C2E2 vendor/Undiscovered Realm owner Chris Wilcock. The trio recounts their experiences on the convention floor, from running the show to slinging Pops to hosting a panel. It all begins with a pair of red trunks.Episode 4.2: Con Season with the Reporter (Comics Beat) and the Creator (Brandon Montclare)
April 17, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Host Anthony Desiato examines the convention scene from the perspectives of a reporter (Comics Beat Managing Editor Alex Lu) and a creator (returning guest Brandon Montclare, writer of ROCKET GIRL and MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR).Live Book Club Special Ft. Batman: White Knight
April 05, 2018 09:00 PM PDT
Season 4 Premiere Week concludes with a book club special recorded live at Zapp Comic Con in Wayne, NJ. Host Anthony Desiato and guest Shawn Hendricks (clerk, Fat Moose Comics) discuss issues #1-6 of the DC Comics miniseries BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT by writer/artist Sean Murphy. Season 4 of My Comic Shop History continues with new episodes every other Wednesday.Live Creator Special Ft. Cliff Chiang and Michael Kingston
April 04, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
Season 4 Premiere Week continues with a creator special recorded live at Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY. Host Anthony Desiato moderates a pair of conversations with comic book creators Cliff Chiang (WONDER WOMAN, PAPER GIRLS) and Michael Kingston (HEADLOCKED) about their careers and creative processes.
My Comic Shop History is a podcast hosted by filmmaker Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop DocumentARy, By Spoon!, Wacky Man, and the upcoming My Comic Shop Country) exploring the business, culture, 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 of the podcast has tackled a distinct part of the comics industry: collecting (Season 2), national comics retail (Season 3), and comic conventions (Season 4). Season 5, “My County’s Comic Shop History,” premieres in Spring 2019 and will tell the story of Westchester through its lost comic book stores. Additional podcast subseries, including My Comic Shop Book Club, My Super Fan History, Beyond My Comic Shop, and the My Comic Shop History After Show, are available year-round exclusively on the My Comic Shop History Patreon page.
Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is an attorney, former 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. As a podcaster, Anthony hosts the series My Comic Shop History and its subseries (Beyond My Comic Shop and My Comic Shop Book Club).
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