Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture

Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture

by Dan Gearino, Tom Spurgeon

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The modern comic book shop was born in the early 1970s. Its rise was due in large part to Phil Seuling, the entrepreneur whose direct market model allowed shops to get comics straight from the publishers. Stores could then better customize their offerings and independent publishers could access national distribution. Shops opened up a space for quirky ideas to gain an audience and helped transform small-press series, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Bone, into media giants.

Comic Shop is the first book to trace the history of these cultural icons. Dan Gearino brings us from their origins to the present-day, when the rise of digital platforms and a changing retail landscape have the industry at a crossroads. When the book was first published in 2017, Gearino had spent a year with stores around the country, following how they navigated the business. For this updated and expanded paperback edition, he covers the wild retail landscape of 2017 and 2018, a time that was brutal for stores and rich for comics as an art form.

Along the way he interviews pioneers of comics retailing and other important players, including many women; top creators; and those who continue to push the business in new directions. A revised guide to dozens of the most interesting shops around the United States and Canada is a bonus for fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804040839
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 31 MB
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About the Author

Dan Gearino is a lifelong comics reader with tastes that swing from the classic Legion of Super-Heroes to the work of Michel Rabagliati. Formerly a business reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, he has won national recognition for his work and now covers clean energy for InsideClimate News. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, near his home store, The Laughing Ogre, with his wife and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Part 1: The Cockroaches of Pop Culture 1: Magical Powers 2: This Bold Guy (1968–73) 3: Nonreturnable (1973–80) 4: An Ogre’s Story 5: Secret Convergence 6: The Valkyries 7: Heyday (1980–84) 8: Turtles, Mice, and Fish (1984–88) 9: Collectors vs. Readers 10: Raina’s World 11: Re-Rebirth 12: Deathmate (1988–94) 13: The Mailman (1994–2016) 14: The Moral of the Story Part 2: Notable Comic Shops of the United States and Canada 15: “All of the Above” Stores 16: Comics Galleries 17: Old School 18: Pop Culture Stores 19: Comics and . . . 20: Best of the Best Notable Comic Shops of the United States and Canada Acknowledgments Notes Index

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