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16th Aug 2017

Episode 3.5: Zapp! Comics (Garden State Part 1)

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.

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My Comic Shop History
A Podcast from the Director of My Comic Shop Country
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). Following the conclusion of "The LongAR Halloween," a yearlong, holiday-themed reunion with the Alternate Realities gang, My Comic Shop History will return when there are new stories to be told.
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Anthony Desiato

Anthony Desiato, owner and founder of Flat Squirrel Productions, is a lifelong Superman fan, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host who has been chronicling the culture of comic shops for the past decade. Projects include the films MY COMIC SHOP DOCUMENTARY and MY COMIC SHOP COUNTRY, as well as the podcast series MY COMIC SHOP HISTORY and DIGGING FOR KRYPTONITE.