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My Comic Shop History

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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.

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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.

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Awesome Show!

By That Old Comic Smell - Jun 15 2018
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I’ve been with this podcast since the very beginning and absolutely love the deep conversations on the often less discussed business side of comics. Anthony finds a way to reinvent the show every season, making this a can’t miss podcast!

Great Show

By crat69 - Jul 31 2017
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Love this podcast. Makes me Nostalgic for all the great comic shops I ah e shipped at in the past.

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
1
0
0
0

Awesome Show!

By That Old Comic Smell - Jun 15 2018
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I’ve been with this podcast since the very beginning and absolutely love the deep conversations on the often less discussed business side of comics. Anthony finds a way to reinvent the show every season, making this a can’t miss podcast!

Great Show

By crat69 - Jul 31 2017
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Love this podcast. Makes me Nostalgic for all the great comic shops I ah e shipped at in the past.
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My Comic Shop History

Latest release on Sep 18, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 2.1: My Kind of Nuts

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Host Anthony Desiato ushers in a new era of My Comic Shop History with the question: What makes a collector? Featuring guests Brian Claudio and Steve Ryan.

May 04 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #2: Episode 3.4: Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

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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.

Aug 02 2017

54mins

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Rank #3: Episode 2.2: The Deal of the Art

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Host Anthony Desiato remembers Darwyn Cooke and recruits a trio of collectors--Drew Cheskin, Phil Hussain, and Tom Darby--for a thorough and illuminating conversation on the ins & outs of buying original art.

May 18 2016

1hr 52mins

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Rank #4: Christmas Special

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Six months after the fall of Alternate Realities, host Anthony Desiato reunites "The Team" for a special holiday epilogue to Season 1 of My Comic Shop History. Featuring Sean McInerney, Tom Darby, and Rich Roney.

Dec 23 2015

49mins

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Rank #5: Episode 4.6: Con Season Survival Guide

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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!

Jun 13 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #6: Episode 6: Shelf Life

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Host Anthony Desiato waxes nostalgic with former Alternate Realities employee Tom Darby about run-ins with the Chinese, UPS security, and the Scarsdale Fire Department.

May 20 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #7: Episode 2.10: Whatever Happened to the Man Behind the Counter?

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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?"

Sep 07 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Episode 3.3: Midtown Comics

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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.

Jul 19 2017

55mins

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Rank #9: Episode 3.2: Packrat Comics

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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.

Jul 04 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: Episode 12: We AR Alternate Realities

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Host Anthony Desiato welcomes Steve Oto back to the show, along with Alternate Realities legend Bill Maio, to bid "The Store" a bittersweet farewell in the emotional finale of My Comic Shop History.

Jun 30 2015

1hr 34mins

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Rank #11: Episode 2.4: Complete Run

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Host Anthony Desiato teams up with 13th Dimension's Dan Greenfield and former comic shop employee Sean McInerney to tackle the completist mentality that drives many collectors. Why do we continue to buy and read comics we may no longer enjoy simply to maintain that coveted complete run?

Jun 15 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #12: Episode 2.11: Three Comic Book Men and a Baby

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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!

Sep 21 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: Episode 7: Comic Shop Business School

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Host Anthony Desiato enlists an all-star panel for a comprehensive discussion about the ins & outs of a running a shop. Featuring Paul Borrero (owner of The Spider's Web), Mike Sangregorio (accountant), & Phil Hussain ("oil baron"). Class is in session!

May 27 2015

1hr 22mins

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Rank #14: Episode 2.3: Secret Origins (LIVE from Undiscovered Realm Comic Con)

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Host Anthony Desiato delivers a first in the podcast's history: a special episode recorded live in front of an audience! The panel, including guests Chris D'Lando and Brian O'Dea, explores how first impressions shape a collector's hobby. Recorded on 4.30.16 at Undiscovered Realm Comic Con in White Plains, NY.

Jun 01 2016

51mins

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Rank #15: Episode 4.4: Con Season with the Collector

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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?

May 16 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #16: Episode 4.5: Aw Yeah Con Season!

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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.

May 30 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #17: Episode 5.3: One If By Cards, Two If By Comics

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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.

Jul 10 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: Episode 3.1: Aw Yeah Comics

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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.

Jun 21 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #19: Live Special

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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.

May 10 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #20: My Comic Shop Country Special

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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.

Mar 28 2019

1hr 29mins

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