My Comic Shop DocumentARy is an independent, feature-length film about New York's Alternate Realities. In 1992, Alternate Realities owner Steve Oto embarked upon a journey from lawyer to comic book retailer. It was a journey filled with accomplishment and disappointment, friendship and heartbreak, and a dream that became a nightmare.
Humorous, intimate, and heartfelt, My Comic Shop DocumentARy shines a light on the colorful community that assembled at "The Store." From Oto himself, who dispenses his oddball wisdom in the form of pithy sayings known as "Otoisms," to a customer who works at restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday's but claims to moonlight as a member of an elite SWAT team, it a community more colorful than the pages of a comic book.
A true D.I.Y. project, first-time filmmaker Anthony Desiato handled virtually all aspects of production while attending law school and working at Alternate Realities. The completed film has screened at film festivals across the country and garnered press in multiple media outlets, including The New York Times. For the next (and final) chapter in the Alternate Realities Saga, check out the My Comic Shop History podcast!