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My Comic Shop Country
A documentary by Anthony Desiato

85 minutes, color, 2020



Comic book characters 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 quest to explore the culture, business, and fandom of comic shops across America. Venturing behind the scenes in stores from coast to coast, he reveals an industry in transition as shops strive to remain relevant to the growing hordes of fans of movies, online gaming and mega-conventions. The film is a heartfelt exploration of the power of comic shops to build a community that honors the original form of the superhero: the comic book.

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"A moving exploration of the power of comic shops to build community, My Comic Shop Country also examines their poignant and paradoxical struggle to survive even as superheroes dominate corporate media." - YES! Weekly

"My Comic Shop Country is filled with colorful characters. From the denizens who haunt the shops to some of the creators themselves, Desiato discusses the state of the industry with all. It was a great pleasure to meet these fellow geeks. Then again, everyone is a geek of some order. Jocks are sports geeks, no?" - Cinema Retro

"Not only an incisive look at a small, threatened slice of Americana, but a warm and funny portrait of the people who make it worth caring about, regardless of your reading tastes." - Cine-Journal

"Thoroughly entertaining." - Forces of Geek

"Watching My Comic Book Shop Country was an interesting experience as someone who grew up going to comic book shops...and every comic book shop is very different. This documentary does a fabulous job of showing that. I really encourage you to watch it if youíve ever been curious about comic book shops and what it takes to thrive, especially in this landscape where pop culture leeches off of comic book stories and yet still, year after year, so many comic book shops end up closing...I can imagine that itís fascinating for those who havenít given any of this too much thought. So check out My Comic Shop Country today!" - Hollywood the Write Way

"Director Anthony Desiato has been chronicling the culture of comic shops 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 he worked. With My Comic Shop Country, Anthony has widened his focus to comics retail across America, shining a light on an oft-overlooked side of the industry." - Cinekong


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