My Comic Shop History 4.7: Con Season with the Dealer (Metropolis Collectibles)

Host Anthony Desiato kicks off the second half of “Con Season” with industry veteran Vincent Zurzolo, COO of the famed Metropolis Collectibles. Anthony and Vincent view decades’ worth of convention history through the lens of Vincent’s extensive experience on the con floor.

Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part IV of IV)

Host Anthony Desiato concludes his four-episode deep dive into the extensive back issue buying and selling practices of Zapp! Comics founder and co-owner Ben Lichtenstein. In the finale of this “Beyond My Comic Shop” miniseries, Anthony and Ben discuss who Ben looks up to in the dealer world, how collections are a record of someone’s fandom and life, and what Ben’s road trips are like. Bonus: This episode contains a free preview of the series premiere of MY SUPER FAN HISTORY, available now at the My Comic Shop History Patreon page. Tune in for the midseason premiere of My Comic Shop History (aka Season 4B of “Con Season”) on 9/19/18!

Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part III of IV)

Host Anthony Desiato continues his four-episode deep dive into the extensive back issue buying and selling practices of Zapp! Comics founder and co-owner Ben Lichtenstein. In Part 3 of this “Beyond My Comic Shop” miniseries, Anthony and Ben talk about the legacy and teachability of the Zapp! buying method, the books that still excite Ben, and some of the biggest collections Ben has dealt.

Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part II of IV)

Host Anthony Desiato continues his four-episode deep dive into the extensive back issue buying and selling practices of Zapp! Comics founder and co-owner Ben Lichtenstein. In Part 2 of this “Beyond My Comic Shop” miniseries, Anthony and Ben talk about navigating potential conflicts, the art of negotiation, price guides, and the grading & restoration of books.

Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part I of IV)

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

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

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.

My Comic Shop History 4.6: Con Season Survival Guide

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!

My Comic Shop History 4.5: Aw Yeah Con Season!

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.

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).