My Comic Shop History 4.4: Con Season with the Collector

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?

My Comic Shop History 4.3: Con Season at C2E2

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

My Comic Shop History 4.2: Con Season with the Reporter (Comics Beat) and the Creator (Brandon Montclare)

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)

My Comic Shop History Live Book Club Special Ft. Batman: White Knight

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.

My Comic Shop History Live Creator Special Ft. Cliff Chiang and Michael Kingston

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 4.1: Con Season with the Organizer (Garden State Comic Fest)

Host Anthony Desiato launches a season-long exploration into the world of comic conventions, with episodes spotlighting the various players who bring cons to life. First up is a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a show with Garden State Comic Fest co-organizer Dave O’Hare. Also along for the ride is GSCF attendee and Fat Moose Comics clerk Shawn Hendricks. BONUS: A mini-pod featuring comic book creator Tom Raney (OUTSIDERS, STORMWATCH).

Beyond My Comic Shop: The Road to Con Season

Host Anthony Desiato sets the stage for Season 4 of My Comic Shop History with a con-themed double feature. First, Anthony speaks with Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) and Chris D’Lando (ReedPOP) about their experiences on the convention floor. Then, Anthony trades road trip tales with comic book creator Gregg Schigiel (Pix) and retailer Chris Wilcock (Undiscovered Realm). (Encore presentation. Originally aired as two episodes of Flat Squirrel Tales on 6/28/17 and 7/26/17).

Beyond My Comic Shop: Creator Chat with Brandon Montclare

Host Anthony Desiato pays a visit to comic book creator and former retailer Brandon Montclare (ROCKET GIRL, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR) to talk crowdfunding, the business of creator-owned comics, the creative process, and the state of the industry. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 9/20/17.)

Beyond My Comic Shop: Breaking In

Host Anthony Desiato compares notes with a pair of up-and-coming comic book creators: writer Frank Martin (MODERN TESTAMENT) and artist Damien Torres (The Kubert School ’14). The trio discusses aspirations, dealing with rejection, hustling to get work, networking techniques, and balancing creativity with daily life. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 9/6/17.)

Beyond My Comic Shop: Power Rangers Movie Club

Host Anthony Desiato morphs into action for a two-part movie club discussion with guests Chris Wilcock (Undiscovered Realm owner) and Chris D’Lando (ReedPOP content coordinator). First, the lifelong Power Rangers fans discuss the 2017 movie and their childhood memories of the original series. Then, they look back at the franchise’s previous film installment: 1995’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The trio talks continuity, Zordon’s turtlenecks, the endless whooshes, and so much more with a mixture of nostalgia and humor. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as two episodes of Flat Squirrel Tales on 7/12/17 and 11/15/17).

My Comic Shop Book Club: Batman by Morrison

Host Anthony Desiato moderates a book club discussion of legendary writer Grant Morrison’s entire 7-year run on the Batman titles, including BATMAN, BATMAN & ROBIN, and BATMAN INC. Anthony’s guests are Batman fan Dan Greenfield (13th Dimension) and Morrison disciple Mike Sangregorio. The episode examines Morrison’s views on the enduring nature of the character, the mining of obscure Batman history in the run, and the challenges and rewards of reading Morrison. SPOILER WARNING. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 10/18/17).

Beyond My Comic Shop: Cosplay Goals

Host Anthony Desiato gets a crash course in cosplay with his wife, Stephanie, and guest Justin De Voe as the trio recounts their New York Comic Con experiences as Matt Murdock, Elektra, and Lobo, respectively. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 11/1/17.)

Beyond My Comic Shop: The Art of the Custom

Host Anthony Desiato returns to It’z Vintage in Mendham, NJ, for a deep dive into the fascinating world of custom toys with store owner and action figure customizer Allen Baus. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 7/26/17.)

Beyond My Comic Shop: Creator Chat with V Ken Marion

Host Anthony Desiato welcomes comic book artist V Ken Marion (HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS, TRINITY) for a fun and wide-ranging conversation. Anthony and Ken nerd out over comics and SMALLVILLE, mount a defense of Zack Snyder’s DC films (spoiler warning for JUSTICE LEAGUE), and discuss how Ken navigates the comic book industry. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 11/29/17.)

Beyond My Comic Shop: Desi Westside Meets Lord Retail

Host Anthony Desiato introduces the subseries BEYOND MY COMIC SHOP, featuring tales in and around the comic book world. In this installment, Anthony presents the sequel to Episode 3.8 of My Comic Shop History with guest Jermaine Exum (aka Lord Retail), the manager of Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC. Continuing their original conversation, Anthony and Jermaine discuss the role of the comic book retailer today, the state of the industry, and the current controversy over incentive covers. (Encore presentation. Originally aired as an episode of Flat Squirrel Tales on 10/4/17.)