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 concludes his trip to the Windy City with a stop at First Aid Comics in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Anthony makes an appointment with owner James Nurss, the lab coat-wearing retailer who “prescribes” comics to his customers. They discuss vending at NYCC, how President Obama helped the store get off the ground in 2008, and why it’s important to bag your trades. This episode is Part 2 of a two-episode visit to the Windy City.
Host Anthony Desiato shares some momentous Flat Squirrel news before sitting down with Patrick Brower, co-owner of the Eisner Award-winning Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago. Living up to the “Conversation” part of the store’s name, Anthony and Patrick discuss how and why Challengers nurtures comic book fans and readers rather than collectors. This episode is Part 1 of a two-episode visit to the Windy City.
Host Anthony Desiato encounters his third husband-and-wife team of the season: Sarah and Patrick Titus, the owners of The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, DE. The couple discusses how they have charted a new course for the store—in its third generation of ownership—through a robust series of inclusive, community-building events.
Host Anthony Desiato concludes his trip to the Garden State with a stop at Fat Moose Comics (est. 1982) in Whippany. The Flat Squirrel meets the Fat Moose! Anthony enjoys a casual chat with current Fat Moose owner Matt Potucek and employee (aka “heart and soul of the store”) Shawn Hendricks about Diamond Comic Distributors’ secret shoppers, balancing legacy with innovation, and much more.
Host Anthony Desiato continues his journey to comic book stores around the country with a visit to Zapp! Comics in Wayne, NJ. Anthony engages owner Ben Lichtenstein about his business philosophy, and Ben serves up a comics retail masterclass on: the importance of product turnover and diversification, the art of the deal in buying and selling back issue, and common industry pitfalls. This episode is Part 1 of a two-episode visit to the Garden State.
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.
This week the guys give you their live performance from Philly Pod Fest 2016! Recorded in front of a live audience at Amalgam Comics in Philly. The guys are joined by the owner of Amalgam Comics Ariel Johnson who tell them all about the inspiration for the shop and what it’s like running a community oriented business. Plus they all play Marvel Trivia! Big Thanks to Philly Pod Fest for having us back this year! So sit back and Enjoy, and when you are done listening if you are in the Philly are go check out Amalgam Comics on Frankford Ave.
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