My Comic Shop History

My Comic Shop History

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A Podcast from the Director of My Comic Shop Country


My Comic Shop Country Companion: Epilogue
May 20 • 91 min
Host Anthony Desiato provides an epilogue to MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY with guest Shawn Hendricks, who took over as owner of Fat Moose Comics since the filming of the documentary.
My Comic Shop Country Companion: Audience Questions
May 6 • 128 min
Host Anthony Desiato answers YOUR questions about My Comic Shop Country, My Comic Shop History, Alternate Realities, the comics industry, and more. Featuring Stephanie Desiato, Anthony’s wife and fellow documentary producer.
My Comic Shop Country Companion: Commentary Track
Apr 22 • 90 min
Host Anthony Desiato celebrates the VOD release of his documentary film MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY on Apple TV and Amazon with a special audio commentary track to accompany the movie. Featuring documentary cast member and Fat Moose Comics owner Shawn Hendricks.
Audiobook Special: The Life and Times of Steve Oto
Apr 8 • 54 min
Host Anthony Desiato goes guest-less for a special solo episode in which he recounts the secret origin of his mentor and old boss, Steve Oto, by reading the 2008 profile he wrote for a college journalism class. Note: “The Homecoming” miniseries is on…
The Homecoming Part II: New Vendor
Mar 25 • 78 min
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…
The Homecoming Minisode
Mar 20 • 23 min
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 Apple TV/iTunes (Amazon release to follow on 4.7.20); addresses…
The Homecoming Part I: Westy’s Best Customer
Mar 11 • 82 min
Host Anthony Desiato returns to action with Alternate Realities brethren Steve Oto and Rich Roney for the start of the 8-part miniseries “The Homecoming,” a surprising new chapter in the AR Saga.
Episode 5.8: My Comic Shop Future
Sep 18, 2019 • 96 min
Host Anthony Desiato reaches the end of the road—for now—as this era of My Comic Shop History draws to a close. Together with Alternate Realities legends Bill Maio, Rich Roney, and Steve Oto, Anthony reveals long-held secrets, ponders a rebirth, and looks…
Episode 5.7: My Comic Shop Present
Sep 4, 2019 • 83 min
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…
Episode 5.6: Dragon’s Den
Aug 21, 2019 • 82 min
Host Anthony Desiato shines a light on the Cross County (Yonkers) location of DRAGON’S DEN with former customer & employee Chris Wilcock, painting a picture of a diversified hobby store, camaraderie-building (and often dangerous) hijinks, and some…
Episode 5.5: Jay’s Comics
Aug 7, 2019 • 85 min
Host Anthony Desiato recalls everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Jay Meisel, and his decades-long tenure operating a booth at the Empire State Flea Market in Port Chester, with longtime JAY’S COMICS customer Jonathan Baylis.
Episode 5.4: Alternate Realities
Jul 24, 2019 • 73 min
Host Anthony Desiato finally comes face-to-face with another ALTERNATE REALITIES legend, former co-owner Prem Itharat, to mine stories about the eBay and Pokémon years, Prem’s formal (and informal) business education, and long-forgotten pranks at 700…
Episode 5.3: One If By Cards, Two If By Comics
Jul 10, 2019 • 64 min
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,…
Episode 5.2: Comic Book Heaven
Jun 26, 2019 • 72 min
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”),…
Episode 5.1: Heroes World
Jun 12, 2019 • 68 min
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…
My Comic Shop Country Special
Mar 28, 2019 • 89 min
Be part of the journey as host Anthony Desiato takes you behind the scenes of his upcoming feature-length documentary film, MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY! In this special bonus episode of My Comic Shop History—which also marks the podcast’s four-year…
Episode 4.12: Con Season with the Road Warrior (Undiscovered Realm)
Nov 28, 2018 • 88 min
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…
Episode 4.11: Con Season with the Retailer (East Side Mags)
Nov 14, 2018 • 86 min
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…
Episode 4.10: Con Season with the Cosplayer (Peggy Pincurls)
Oct 31, 2018 • 85 min
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…
Episode 4.9: Con Season at NYCC’s Diamond Retailer Breakfast
Oct 17, 2018 • 94 min
Host Anthony Desiato pulls back the curtain on the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Breakfast at New York Comic Con 2018. Anthony and former Alternate Realities owner Steve Oto recount their entire NYCC experience, from powdered eggs and retailer…
Episode 4.8: Con Season with the Creators (Len Danovich and Nick Justus)
Oct 3, 2018 • 102 min
Host Anthony Desiato pulls up a chair next to two New Jersey comic book artists, Len Danovich and Nick Justus, to talk about the convention grind from the perspective of a creator. They discuss cost-benefit analysis (in deciding which shows to attend),…
Episode 4.7: Con Season with the Dealer (Metropolis Collectibles)
Sep 19, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part IV of IV)
Sep 5, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part III of IV)
Aug 22, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part II of IV)
Aug 8, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Buying Books with Ben (Part I of IV)
Jul 25, 2018 • 70 min
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…
My Comic Shop Book Club: Man of Steel by Bendis
Jul 11, 2018 • 66 min
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…
My Comic Shop Book Club: Superman Origins
Jun 27, 2018 • 107 min
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…
Episode 4.6: Con Season Survival Guide
Jun 13, 2018 • 83 min
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…
Episode 4.5: Aw Yeah Con Season!
May 30, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Episode 4.4: Con Season with the Collector
May 16, 2018 • 98 min
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…
Episode 4.3: Con Season at C2E2
May 1, 2018 • 76 min
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…
Episode 4.2: Con Season with the Reporter (Comics Beat) and the Creator (Brandon Montclare)
Apr 18, 2018 • 75 min
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).
Live Book Club Special Ft. Batman: White Knight
Apr 6, 2018 • 38 min
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…
Live Creator Special Ft. Cliff Chiang and Michael Kingston
Apr 5, 2018 • 93 min
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…
Episode 4.1: Con Season with the Organizer (Garden State Comic Fest)
Apr 4, 2018 • 106 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: The Road to Con Season
Feb 5, 2018 • 96 min
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,…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Creator Chat with Brandon Montclare
Feb 1, 2018 • 74 min
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.…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Breaking In
Jan 29, 2018 • 64 min
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,…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Power Rangers Movie Club
Jan 22, 2018 • 127 min
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…
My Comic Shop Book Club: Batman by Morrison
Jan 22, 2018 • 81 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Cosplay Goals
Jan 18, 2018 • 83 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: The Art of the Custom
Jan 15, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Creator Chat with V Ken Marion
Jan 11, 2018 • 72 min
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…
Beyond My Comic Shop: Desi Westside Meets Lord Retail
Jan 8, 2018 • 81 min
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),…
New Year’s Special
Jan 1, 2018 • 101 min
Auld acquaintances are not forgotten in this special New Year’s episode, as host Anthony Desiato and guests Steve Oto and Bill Maio welcome home the wayward son of Alternate Realities, Nick Robison, after a five-year absence.
Episode 3.12: The Spider’s Web
Nov 22, 2017 • 150 min
Host Anthony Desiato brings his comic shop odyssey to a close (for now) in the season finale of My Comic Shop History. Anthony’s final stop is The Spider’s Web in Yonkers, NY, owned by former Alternate Realities customer Paul Borrero. Paul and store…
My Comic Shop Book Club: Doomsday Clock #1
Nov 21, 2017 • 57 min
Host Anthony Desiato launches a brand-new subseries: My Comic Shop Book Club! In the debut installment, Anthony and DC Comics artist V Ken Marion (HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS, TRINITY) discuss the first issue of the DC event series DOOMSDAY…
Episode 3.11: First Aid Comics (Windy City Part 2)
Nov 8, 2017 • 70 min
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.…
Episode 3.10: Challengers Comics + Conversation (Windy City Part 1)
Oct 25, 2017 • 76 min
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…
Episode 3.9: The Comic Book Shop
Oct 11, 2017 • 60 min
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…
Episode 3.8: Acme Comics
Sep 26, 2017 • 76 min
Host Anthony Desiato finally reaches the famed Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018. Anthony settles in for an epic conversation with the store’s manager, the one and only Jermaine Exum (aka Lord Retail), about…
Kickstarter Special (Ft. Cave Comics and Escape Pod Comics)
Sep 20, 2017 • 89 min
In this special bonus episode of My Comic Shop History, host Anthony Desiato announces the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for his next documentary film: MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY! The episode features conversations with Pat Callanan of Cave Comics…
Episode 3.7: Comic Asylum and Interstellar Comics
Sep 13, 2017 • 54 min
Host Anthony Desiato ventures farther than ever before with a visit to a pair of very young California comic book stores: Comic Asylum in Palm Desert (ft. owner Chicks Halay-Ay) and Interstellar Comic Books and Collectibles in Palm Springs (ft. owner…
Episode 3.6: Fat Moose Comics and Dewey’s Comic City (Garden State Part 2)
Aug 30, 2017 • 93 min
Host Anthony Desiato concludes his trip to the Garden State with stops at two longstanding NJ shops: Fat Moose Comics (est. 1982) in Whippany and Dewey’s Comic City (est. 1991) in Madison. First, the Flat Squirrel meets the Fat Moose! Anthony enjoys a…
Episode 3.5: Zapp! Comics (Garden State Part 1)
Aug 16, 2017 • 96 min
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…
Episode 3.4: Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse
Aug 2, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Episode 3.3: Midtown Comics
Jul 19, 2017 • 55 min
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…
Episode 3.2: Packrat Comics
Jul 4, 2017 • 73 min
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…
Episode 3.1: Aw Yeah Comics
Jun 21, 2017 • 70 min
Host Anthony Desiato embarks upon a season-long, cross-country journey to explore comic book stores and meet the people behind the counter. In the season premiere, Anthony visits Aw Yeah Comics (locations in Harrison, NY; Skokie, IL; and Muncie, IN) to…
Live Special
May 10, 2017 • 83 min
In this special prelude to Season 3 recorded live at Undiscovered Realm Comic-Con, host Anthony Desiato invites guests Dan Greenfield (editor of 13thDimension.com) and Gregg Schigiel (creator of Pix from Image Comics) to the stage to talk about memorable…
Christmas Special 2
Dec 13, 2016 • 204 min
It’s Christmas time again on My Comic Shop History! For the second annual holiday special, host Anthony Desiato proudly presents a supersized double feature. First up: Anthony sits down with returning guest Chris Wilcock of Undiscovered Realm to talk…
Episode 2.12: RebARth
Oct 5, 2016 • 73 min
Host Anthony Desiato seeks the guidance of guests Mike Capolino and Craig Higgins as he tries to reconcile his nostalgia with his current experience reading “DC: Rebirth.” Season 2 of My Comic Shop History concludes with the biggest piece of the…
Episode 2.11: Three Comic Book Men and a Baby
Sep 21, 2016 • 68 min
Host Anthony Desiato brings in The Dads (John-Eric Aguilar, Matt Horton, and Joe Morciglio) to talk fatherhood and collecting: finding the time, space, and money to continue the hobby; charting a course for the next generation of collectors; and keeping…
Episode 2.10: Whatever Happened to the Man Behind the Counter?
Sep 7, 2016 • 69 min
Host Anthony Desiato reunites with his Season 1 Finale guests, Steve Oto and Bill Maio, to discuss the aftermath of Alternate Realities’ closing and to answer the question, “Whatever happened to the man behind the counter?”
Episode 2.9: In Defense of Batman v Superman / Other Side of the Table (DOUBLE EPISODE)
Aug 24, 2016 • 147 min
Host Anthony Desiato presents a special double-sized installment of My Comic Shop History: two episodes in one! First up is “In Defense of Batman v Superman,” in which Anthony sits down with Doug Doescher, Ralph Puma, and Damien Torres to discuss the film…
Episode 2.8: Mild-Mannered Reporters
Aug 10, 2016 • 104 min
Host Anthony Desiato interviews New York Times writer/editor George Gustines about his path from collector to journalist, the process of pitching stories at The Times, and the nature of comics journalism. Anthony and fellow Bleeding Cool reporter Mike…
Episode 2.7: The Fandom of It All
Jul 27, 2016 • 56 min
Host Anthony Desiato enlists Zach Woliner and John-Eric Aguilar to discuss the relationship between fandom and collecting. How do changes to characters and their storylines affect our buying habits? Plus: Pop updates!
Episode 2.6: Alternate Realities Book Club
Jul 13, 2016 • 53 min
Host Anthony Desiato founds the Alternate Realities Book Club with Phil Hussain, Rich Roney, and Mike Sangregorio to discuss the Darwyn Cooke masterpiece DC: THE NEW FRONTIER. The group examines the story’s sprawling scope, human heroes, and lasting…
Episode 2.5: King of Pops
Jun 29, 2016 • 78 min
Host Anthony Desiato dives into the highly addictive world of Funko’s Pop Vinyl figures with his collecting partner in crime (and fiancée) Stephanie Chow. Together, they welcome Undiscovered Realm owner Chris Wilcock (AKA the King of Pops) to talk about…
Episode 2.4: Complete Run
Jun 15, 2016 • 72 min
Host Anthony Desiato teams up with 13th Dimension’s Dan Greenfield and former comic shop employee Sean McInerney to tackle the completist mentality that drives many collectors. Why do we continue to buy and read comics we may no longer enjoy simply to…
Episode 2.3: Secret Origins (LIVE from Undiscovered Realm Comic Con)
Jun 1, 2016 • 51 min
Host Anthony Desiato delivers a first in the podcast’s history: a special episode recorded live in front of an audience! The panel, including guests Chris D’Lando and Brian O’Dea, explores how first impressions shape a collector’s hobby. Recorded on…
Episode 2.2: The Deal of the Art
May 18, 2016 • 112 min
Host Anthony Desiato remembers Darwyn Cooke and recruits a trio of collectors—Drew Cheskin, Phil Hussain, and Tom Darby—for a thorough and illuminating conversation on the ins & outs of buying original art.
Episode 2.1: My Kind of Nuts
May 4, 2016 • 77 min
Host Anthony Desiato ushers in a new era of My Comic Shop History with the question: What makes a collector? Featuring guests Brian Claudio and Steve Ryan.
Christmas Special
Dec 22, 2015 • 49 min
Six months after the fall of Alternate Realities, host Anthony Desiato reunites “The Team” for a special holiday epilogue to Season 1 of My Comic Shop History. Featuring Sean McInerney, Tom Darby, and Rich Roney.
Episode 12: We AR Alternate Realities
Jun 30, 2015 • 94 min
Host Anthony Desiato welcomes Steve Oto back to the show, along with Alternate Realities legend Bill Maio, to bid “The Store” a bittersweet farewell in the emotional finale of My Comic Shop History.
Episode 11: What the $@#% Is a Podcast?
Jun 24, 2015 • 46 min
Host Anthony Desiato and returning guest Doug Doescher experience the full force of guest Jay Meisel’s curmudgeonly charm as they try valiantly to help Jay recollect his comic shop history. PLUS: An illuminating conversation with Michael Kaplan, AKA Metal…
Episode 10: Ultimate Kooky QuARtet
Jun 17, 2015 • 60 min
Host Anthony Desiato takes a break from the Alternate Realities action and dons a pair of homemade Captain America wings for an insightful discussion on comic book adaptations. Featuring My Comic Shop DocumentARy scene-stealer Zach Woliner, returning…
Episode 9: Two and a Half Comic Book Men
Jun 10, 2015 • 69 min
Host Anthony Desiato assembles a cross-section of the Alternate Realities community for an assessment of the current exit strategy, a pair of classic tales from AR lore, and a final round of customer nicknames & pet peeves. Featuring Drew Cheskin (former…
Episode 8: Wednesday Widows
Jun 3, 2015 • 57 min
Host Anthony Desiato enlists the female significant others of the Alternate Realities community to get their take on AR and the hobby generally. Featuring Stephanie Chow, Marie Menna, and Anne Oto.
Episode 7: Comic Shop Business School
May 27, 2015 • 82 min
Host Anthony Desiato enlists an all-star panel for a comprehensive discussion about the ins & outs of a running a shop. Featuring Paul Borrero (owner of The Spider’s Web), Mike Sangregorio (accountant), & Phil Hussain (“oil baron”). Class is in session!
Episode 6: Shelf Life
May 20, 2015 • 68 min
Host Anthony Desiato waxes nostalgic with former Alternate Realities employee Tom Darby about run-ins with the Chinese, UPS security, and the Scarsdale Fire Department.
Episode 5: Worst Offender in Store History
May 13, 2015 • 60 min
Host Anthony Desiato has a lively, freewheeling conversation with longtime Alternate Realities customers Doug Doescher, Brian O’Dea, and Caralyn Hylenski Rivera about store beefs, the Ethan Van Sciver signing that never was, and much more!
Episode 4: The Gunnysack
May 5, 2015 • 66 min
Host Anthony Desiato sits down with longtime friend of the store Rich Roney and former employee Matt Casey to discuss the powerful bonds forged within the walls of Alternate Realities.
Episode 3: Rocket Man
Apr 29, 2015 • 57 min
Host Anthony Desiato speaks with former Alternate Realities owner & Rocket Girl writer Brandon Montclare about his varied roles within the comic book industry.
Episode 2: The Three-Minute Rule
Apr 22, 2015 • 67 min
Host Anthony Desiato chats with Alternate Realities employee Sean McInerney and customer Mike Capolino about comic shop life on both sides of the counter.
Episode 1: The Parable of the Flat Squirrel
Apr 8, 2015 • 69 min
Host Anthony Desiato welcomes Alternate Realities owner Steve Oto to discuss his unlikely journey and decision to close the store after 23 years.