Crowdfunding Spotlight: My Comic Shop Country, a new documentary about US comic shops

My Comic Shop Country is a feature-length documentary from Anthony Desiato, who runs a podcast of the same name, exploring comic shops across the United States.

He previously directed a feature about now-closed New York comic shop Alternate Realities, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, which is available to view on Vimeo to rent or buy.

If Anthony secures funding for this new film it will hopefully be released later next year.

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“In many ways, retailers are the ‘boots on the ground’ within the comic book industry,” Anthony says, “playing a critical, central role as they interact with publishers, Diamond Comics Distributors, creators, and fans alike.”

The documentary spotlights a host of US comic shops, including Acme Comics in Greensboro, Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, Escape Pod Comics in Long Island, Fat Moose Comics in Whippany, Midtown Comics in New York and plenty of others.

“Over the past season, I have been finding the stores, fostering relationships with the men and women behind the counter, and telling their stories in podcast form. Next comes the movie (with help, of course).”

The documentary film My Comic Shop Country will take you behind the scenes and capture the business, culture, and fandom of the local comic book store on a national level. It will feature interviews with the stores’ key players – owners, staff, and customers – and show the stores in action on Wednesdays (AKA New Comic Day), during events (such as Free Comic Book Day and creator signings), and in those regular, day-to-day moments when a store’s personality shines brightest.

“If you love comics, then chances are there is a store that has meant a lot to your comic shop history,” Anthony enthuses. “This documentary will show exactly why the local comic shop is such a beloved institution among fans. Experience the challenges and rewards of retailers, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes in to the operation of this kind of business.

“For the non-initiated, this film will provide an accessible entry point into the comic book world. This film, like all of my previous works, will be about the people above all else – the larger-than-life personalities that live on both sides of the counter!

“This project, like all of my others, is a labour of love from someone who has lived in this world,” he says. “I’m proud to be a member of the comic book community and tell the stories of the people who give it life and colour. I hope you will be part of the journey.”

Back My Comic Shop Country here on Kickstarter

• If you want a taste of what the movie will be like, please give the podcast episodes a listen

Check out the web site of Flat Squirrel Productions

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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