Host Anthony Desiato reunites with frequent guest Chris Wilcock (Undiscovered Realm co-owner) to recount their experiences becoming fathers, Chris’ reaction to Alternate Realities signing up as a vendor at June 2020’s Undiscovered Realm Comic Con, and MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY’s 2019 screening highlights.
Host Anthony Desiato presents the podcast’s first-ever “minisode,” a special edition in which he: announces that the long-awaited documentary film MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY is available NOW on VOD; addresses the dire situation currently facing comic shops; shares his vision for the rest of “The Homecoming” in light of real-world events; and includes a short conversation with documentary cast member Shawn Hendricks (owner of Fat Moose Comics in Whippany, NJ). NOTE: The episode specifies a 4.7.20 release for the documentary on Amazon; subsequent to the recording, that release date was moved up, and the film is currently available on both Apple TV as well as Amazon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Host Anthony Desiato goes old school with Jeff Beck (owner of East Side Mags in Montclair, NJ) to dig through long boxes at the Clifton Comic Book Expo, a traditional convention focused squarely on comics. They also unpack Jeff’s experiences as a retailer at conventions generally, from choosing shows and setting up a booth to interacting with guests and other dealers.
Host Anthony Desiato wades into the cosplay waters with his wife, Stephanie, and seasoned cosplayer Peggy Pincurls, who has appeared at comic conventions across the country as Agent Carter, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and more. As they explore this fascinating aspect of con life, Anthony, Stephanie, and Peggy address the power of cosplay to connect & inspire, important issues of gatekeeping & consent, and the practical realities & physical toll of donning a costume on the convention floor.