My Comic Shop History

My Comic Shop History

My Comic Shop History is a podcast hosted by filmmaker Anthony Desiato (My Comic Shop DocumentARy, My Comic Shop Country) exploring the culture, business, and fandom of the comics retail industry. In Season 1, New York's Alternate Realities closed after 23 years in operation, a community united to say farewell, and a podcast was born. The series continued with deep dives into collecting (Season 2), national comics retail (Season 3), conventions (Season 4), and Westchester County's lost shops (Season 5). Now, in "The LongAR Halloween," the Alternate Realities gang is back to celebrate a year's worth of holidays together over 13 monthly installments.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 78 min
Host Anthony Desiato celebrates Halloween with Alternate Realities legend Dr. Bill Maio in Part I of "The LongAR Halloween." Support this podcast
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Host Anthony Desiato returns to the mic for a supersized conversation with Acme Comics manager Jermaine Exum (aka Lord Retail) about comics in the time of COVID. Following this coda to the podcast's coverage of comics retail, a new chapter of My Comic Shop History, "The LongAR Halloween," begins in the next episode. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 podcast guest Mike Sangregorio, and Marvel's Chris D'Lando. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 Head, a former owner of Alternate Realities. Support this podcast
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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 owner), Steve Ryan (employee), and Brian Claudio (customer). Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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Host Anthony Desiato welcomes Alternate Realities owner Steve Oto to discuss his unlikely journey and decision to close the store after 23 years. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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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 hiatus and will resume later in 2020 or 2021. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 COMIC SHOP COUNTRY's 2019 screening highlights. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 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 conversati...
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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. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 to the future. Finale. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 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 n...
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October 3, 2020 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 less-than-scrupulous business practices. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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. Support this podcast
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October 3, 2020 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 Central Park Ave. in Scarsdale. Support this podcast
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