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.
It’s Monday, meaning Ryan and Allen take some time to geek out about new X-Men comics. Tons of monumental moments last week. Make sure to join the guys for another week of mutant talk. Rob also stops by to give his thoughts on Extermination and Hunt For Wolverine. Make sure you stick around for Allen’s announcement. It’s well worth the wait. Thanks for listening!
Intro (0:00), Extermination #2 (2:25), Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1 (16:59), New Mutants: Dead Souls #6 (35:12), X-23 #3 (42:43), Exiles #7 (53:10), X-Men Blue #34 (1:06:12), General Discussion (1:15:00)
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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.
Welcome to Comics For Fans Of. Where each week Ryan and/or Allen will give their recommendations for jumping on points or new series under the radar. We hope you may give these books a chance. And if you do let us know what you thought. Let’s support our local comic shops and comic book creators. Thanks for listening!
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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.)
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.
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.
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.