Midtown Blogger Heroes! Raph here, last week not only saw the DVD release of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, but also the debut of Comic Store Heroes on National Geographic! It’s rare that comic books get two media releases in one week, so let’s take a look!



Director Morgan Spurlock is known for his thought provoking documentaries like Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, but this is arguably his most fun. Comic Con Episode IV takes on the perspective of a couple of attendees of Comic-Con 2010: two aspiring artists, a costume designer, a couple that met at Comic-Con and a toy collector. While we follow these people as they try to break into industries, get exclusives and have fun at the con. The other perspective is interesting: the perspective of the Hollywood fan.

The Hollywood fans are basically actors and other celebrities who attend the con as ACTUAL fans. People like Seth Green, Paul Scheer, Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon talk about what they enjoy about the con. Others, like Morgan Webb and Olivia Wilde, also talk about their experiences at Comic-Con. It’s an eclectic mix of people who know what Comic-Con is like from being an attendee, and then outsiders who are part of the recent Hollywood boom at Comic-Con. Add to that a lot of old guard fans and comic industry people, and this documentary is a fun experience. If anything, it makes me want to go to Comic-Con soon! Check out Comic Con Episode IV on DVD with 4 Special Heroclix!


While San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was going on, I stayed at home here in NYC to watch Comic Store Heroes. Comic Store Heroes focuses on Midtown Comics, the guys who happen to employ me and run this blog. Midtown is the largest comic book retail company in the US, and the episode focuses on our preparation for New York Comic-Con 2011, as well as some of the crazy cast of characters who stop by the store.

Now before you ask me, yes, we do get a bunch of comic book debates that spring up out of nowhere on the floor. They’re vacuums of conversation that draw people in and make the fan experience at Midtown unique. Even when I was a customer at the store, I’d get sucked in by people discussing whether or not Iron Man was right or wrong in Civil War, or how excited people were for Dark Knight.

The show itself is fun, I got to see a side of our customers I don’t often see: what they do outside the store. I’ve always been a fan of Jill Pantozzi (she of Nerdy Bird fame), and while I know there are people who want to create comics (like myself), it’s good to see people make good on their dreams.

I can also attest to the fact that Thor and Alex do have a friendly rivalry going back and forth. They have a lot of fun with each other and at each other’s expense, but they also are pretty good at what they do. I’ve seen Alex pick up some wonderful back issues for the store (still want that Superman #2!), and Thor has gotten some impressive events for all of our locations, as well as NYCC. I may be a little biased, but I hope people enjoy that small look into the world of comics retail, and I hope it convinces people to buy some comics. Make me do my job! Make me sell you a comic!

It also doesn’t hurt that I got to see my mug a couple of times on TV! Like this:

That’s all for this time, until next time—

Stay Bloggy My Friends!

–          Raph (Comic Store Hero)

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