Off Panel #140: Comic Shop Life with Dan Gearino

This week on Off Panel, Dan Gearino, the author of Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, joins the show to talk his new book about the world and history of comic shops. Gearino discusses his comic book origin story, when he first visited a comic shop, why he wanted to write a book about the direct market and comic shops, the origin of the book, the tenor of conversation with his interviewees, the research process for the book, the cyclical nature of comics, the essential nature of the women of the direct market, the difficulty of pinning down who Phil Seuling was, his ideal comic shop, how shops will need to evolve, barometer comics, how comic shops reflect personalities, the future of comics, and more.

Thanks for listening to this week’s podcast with author Dan Gearino. You can find him on Twitter, his website, and in his recent book about the world and history of comics shops, Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture.

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Header image is of Big Bang Comics in Dublin, Ireland. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.