It’s not an understatement be interpreted to mean that with the current world pandemic, the comic book retailers currently stand upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and they will fail, to the ruin of all. I don’t think First Run Features could have anticipated the most unusual timing where reference is secreted the documentary My Comic Shop Country from filmmaker Anthony Desiato.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to interview Desiato about the genesis of the project that examines the challenges of the modern period comic book retailer. My Comic Shop Country is now available to buy/ hire on Apple TV and coming to Amazon Prime on April 7.
Comic book references are box office gold, but why do comic book stores struggle to survive?
In My Comic Shop Country, filmmaker Anthony Desiato sets out on a seek to explore the culture, business, and fandom of comic shops across America. Venturing behind the scenes in stores from coast to coast, he divulges an manufacture with economies in transition as shops strive to remain relevant to the growing hordes of fans of movies, online gaming and mega-conventions. The movie is a heartfelt journey of the strength of comic supermarkets to build a community that honors the original use of the superhero: the comic book.
Director Anthony Desiato has been recounting the culture of comic stores through documentaries and podcasts for the past decade.
While attending law school, Anthony fulfilled a long-held ambition by turning the camera on Alternate Realities, the New York comic book store where “hes working”. The reaction, My Comic Shop Documentary, screened at film galas across the country and garnered press in multiple media channels, including The New York Times. Anthony followed up his entry with the award-winning short By Spoon! and the feature-length Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer.
With the Kickstarter-funded My Comic Shop Country, Anthony has wide his focus to comics retail across America, shining a light on an oft-overlooked side of the industry.
As a podcaster, Anthony hosts the My Comic Shop History series.
” Comic diary stores: the issue is clubhouses, era vessels, gathering place, and destinations. They are–individually and collectively–a community. At a season where face-to-face interactions, let alone meaningful ones, are increasingly rare, comic patronizes are struggling but abiding by remaining part of people’s routines.
My hope is that the documentary invigorates its onlookers to reflect on the places& practices( comic supermarkets or otherwise) that have given them a sense of belonging, as my comic supermarket did for me. I know this is an specially trying time, but I like to think that the camaraderie& tie you see in the doc is a hopeful reminder of what’s waiting for us on the other side of this difficult period of social distancing.
If you’re a comic supporter, if you’re strange about an oft-overlooked side of service industries, if you mine the superhero movies but have never stepped hoof inside a comic book store, if you long for the face-to-face interactions of a record store or a bookstore, if you’re fierce about something& appreciate the importance of having a place to share that passion–well, do I have a movie for you.
Please check out the film, and if you like whatever it is you learn, I hope you’ll leave a rating/ critique, tell a friend, and help spread the word on social media. Every like, observe, and share promotions others find out about the documentary. From the bottom of my feeling, thank you for listening, watching, and subscribing. Enjoy.”
Connect with Director Anthony Desiato- Podcast& Social Media
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