Comic Book Retail Entrepreneur Mike Wellman – How Small Opportunities Can Open Up Big Doors
February 8, 2016
Welcome to Episode 19 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with comic book writer, shop owner, and entrepreneurial innovator Mike Wellman.
Today’s talk is with Mike Wellman: a comic book artist, shop owner, and a man who is always looking to expand his business by helping others. Mike talks about growing up in North Carolina and being perceived as the bad kid for having comic books. And what do comic book bad boys from North Carolina do? Move to L.A. of course!
Hear about Mike’s many jobs from street marketing to doing coverage of scripts. Not a fan of American History X? Apparently Mike wasn’t either… he gave the original script a big thumbs down! Learn about how Mike’s aspirations to become a screenwriter halted in a failed job interview with Tim Daly, and how that fall-through led him to his job at Geoffrey’s Comics.
It’s all downhill after that, Mike now owns the Comic Bug in L.A. Tune in to learn how his shop sets themselves apart from other comic book vendors, and why The Comic Bug is a great place for aspiring new artists and entrepreneurs.
Other Topics: Tribulations of publishing comics; how small opportunities can open big doors; and supporting Bernie Sanders.
Links and honorable mentions:
- Mike Wellman is @macafro on Twitter
- Mike’s Instagram
- Mike’s shop The Comic Bug
- The Comic Bug on Facebook
- Geekin Out with the Comic Bug
- Guns A’ Blazin’
- Geeks for Bernie Sanders
- American History X on IMDB
- Geoffrey’s Comic Shop
- Mac Afro Comics
- Hi De Ho Comic Shop
- Objective Five
- Artist Danny Miki
- Trigun Comic
- Cyborg 009
- Robert Rodriguez’ Rebel Without a Clue
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Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi.
The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Whit Harris.
The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!
This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram