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Author Gearino, Dan, 1975- author

Title Comic shop : the retail mavericks who gave us a new geek culture / Dan Gearino ; foreword by Tom Spurgeon
Published Athens, Ohio : Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, [2017]
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Contents Part 1. The cockroaches of pop culture -- Magical powers -- This bold guy (1968/73) -- Nonreturnable (1973/80) -- An Ogre's story -- Secret Convergence -- The Valkyries -- Heyday (1980/84) -- Turtles, mice, and fish (1984/88) -- Collectors vs. readers -- Raina's world -- Re-rebirth -- Deathmate (1988/94) -- The mailman (1994/2016) -- The moral of the story -- Part 2. Notable comic shops of the United States and Canada -- "All of the above" stores -- Comics galleries -- Old school -- Pop culture stores -- Comics and ... -- Best of the best -- List of notable comic shops of the United States and Canada
Summary "The early 1970s saw the birth of the modern comic book shop. Its rise was due in large part to a dynamic entrepreneur, Phil Seuling. His direct market model allowed shops to get comics straight from the publishers, bypassing middlemen. Stores could better customize their offerings and independent publishers could now access national distribution. In this way, 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 has the industry at a crossroads even as sales are robust. He spends a year with stores around the country, with a spotlight on The Laughing Ogre in Columbus, Ohio. Along the way he interviews those who shaped comics retailing from the early days, including many pioneering women, top creators, and shop owners who continue to push the industry in new directions. A guide to forty of the most interesting shops around the United States and Canada is a bonus for fans"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Booksellers and bookselling -- Canada -- Biography.
Booksellers and bookselling -- United States -- Biography.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Canada -- Marketing.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- Marketing.
Comic-book stores -- Canada.
Comic-book stores -- United States.
Selling -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- Canada.
Selling -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Genre/Form Biography.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804040834 (electronic bk.)
9780804040839 (electronic bk.)