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Oddservations Spotlight
Pat PotterLargo's Comic World owner
Pat Potter

Introduction:
Most comic shops/memorabilia stores that I've visited lack somewhat in customer service. In fact, I've been in some where you're lucky if the kid behind the counter puts down the phone for two seconds so you could ask them a question. Not so at longtime Crazed Fanboy Pat Potter's Comic World, an excelsior comic/memorabilia store in Largo. In fact, Pat has called me personally, numerous times, to inform me when he gets the latest shipment of Psychotronic and Gick! magazines. I can't think of another retailer who takes such a personal interest in their customers - it makes a difference.

Comic World
Owner/Operator: Pat Potter
2132 East Bay Drive
Largo, Florida
(727) 581-9948
Pat has been a staple on the Pinellas county comics retailing scene for decades, beginning with the legendary "Geppi's Comic World" that served comic fans since the early '80s. He soon moved on to open his own comic shop "Beyond Books", which is where I first met Pat. Since then, he has opted for a better location, opening his latest store "Comic World" at Keene Plaza, where Geppi's was originally located. Seems like Pat's come full circle. For a more complete history and biography, check out my interview with Pat below.

Since Pat's been around for a while, he's able to service the needs of both older and younger Crazed Fanboys, which if you're in your late '30s like me, is much appreciated. When you step into the shop, you'll encounter a wonderland of discoveries, such as a custom-make sculpture of David Prowse as the Frankenstein monster from "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell", a gorgeous mounted poster from a mid-'70s "Famous Monsters" convention, a "Lost in Space" flying saucer model, and (my favorite) a Gerry Anderson "U.F.O." metal lunchbox from the early '70s, which I was to learn was Pat's when he was a kid! I couldn't stop staring - it was a work of art. "Most kids nowadays don't know what 'U.F.O.' was.", lamented Pat, which is why it's important that Fanboys who grew up in the '60s/'70s make their efforts to educate younger Fanboys about the sci-fi scenes from those vitally important decades.

Here now is my interview with Comic World proprietor Pat Potter:

Odd: You're a seasoned Crazed Fanboy, Pat. How did you get interested in horror, sci-fi and comic collecting?

Pat: My earliest sci-fi recollection is actually watching the first Lost in Space episode in 1965. I was a month away from turning THREE, yet the launch of the ship, the robot going berserk, and Angela Cartwright all stick out in my mind from that extraordinary viewing experience! To this day, it's one of my favorite episodes of anything, and I still have a terrible crush on Angela!

I began collecting comics at the age of 4 with Superman #200, which was an 'imaginary story' set apart from the Superman continuity - such as it was at the time - and the fact that this Superman was unlike what I had seen on TV fascinated me. I was also given, by family members, a Classics Illustrated Adventures in Science Special, which I still own, and several TV related comics. They were Lost in Space: Space Family Robinson #31 (which was very different from the TV show - again, fascinating me), Land of the Giants, and Star Trek #8. I later owned a Justice League of America comic and a 100 Page Spectacular that both featured Earth-1 and Earth-2 crossovers of the JLA and JSA. Duplicate Earths and alternate histories were intriguing, challenged my imagination, and motivated me to collect even more.

Comic World At the time I acquired the Star Trek comic, I had never seen the show! I didn't see Trek until 1970, during an afternoon rerun of "Errand of Mercy", featuring the Klingons' first appearance. Again, it transfixed me and I became a fan. Shortly afterward, I moved to Florida and became acquainted with a local phenomenon known as "Creature Feature" hosted by Dr. Paul Bearer. The rest is history, as they say! Sure, I'd seen some Outer Limits episodes before that, watched my share of Saturday morning Space Ghost and Mighty Mightor, but hadn't seen anything like the staple of films that he showed each week. I was already a fan, and this just made me ever more the Crazed Fanboy you've come to know!

Odd: Can you give us a brief history of your career in the comic book/merchandise retailing field?

Pat: I had been in some stores that sold comics, and seen some that were marked up, bagged, and so forth, and been collecting anything by Neal Adams, as many X-Men as I could find, and more, but one day, I was driving past Keene Plaza with my girlfriend. We were actually a month away from marrying, and were right around the corner from her house on the way home when I saw the sign for Geppi's Comic World. I almost jumped outta the car! She had to pull in and drive up to the place so I could run in and see what was up.

I entered the place for the first time in May of 1982 and had never seen a store devoted to comics! It was wall-to-wall! A guy came out of the back and asked if I was there to buy wholesale. I was so green, I didn't know what the term meant, so I replied, "I want comics," and waved an arm at the wall of new releases. He answered that the store in front wasn't open yet, but I could buy in bulk if I had a store. I was deflated, but determined to come back. The joke was on me, though, since the grand opening day was my wedding day! So I had to delay my return to the shop by a couple weeks!

After awhile, I got to know the guys there, helping out and killing time after getting laid off from my full-time job a few months after I was married. I was getting 'used' with no pay, and Steve Geppi got wind that they had this guy working basically for trade - magazine here or there - who was a newlywed and out of work, and told them to hire me. My first official day, we had Deni and Dave Sim of Cerebus fame in the store, followed the next day by Jim Starlin, who was incredibly cool! Dave and Deni were neat people, don't get me wrong, but Starlin had been a hero of mine for some time, so it was just a great way to start a job!

The last 22 years after that are all a blur! A couple years as a peon of sorts, a few years as Assistant Manager, a couple years more as manager while under Geppi, and the store was sold to Merlins in 1990. They kept the place until I bought it in December of 1992 and I've had it since. Moved it a couple times, had some ups and downs....but don't we all? .... and in the end, brought us back to Keene Plaza 8 years to the day I left it! Really, I always loved THIS location the best, felt terribly homesick when I left. I'm a sentimental slob at heart, what can I say?

Odd: You're a big "Star Trek" fan. What is your favorite incarnation of "Star Trek" (the original series, 'Next Generation', etc.)?

Pat: Probably like most, The Original Series. "Balance of Terror," "The Naked Time" and other early first season episodes are among my most favorite. I did like TNG after some getting used to it. The first couple seasons were rough, but episodes like "Yesterday's Enterprise" stand out in my mind as among my most favorite, and note: that is an alternate history episode, so that's in keeping with what fascinated me about sci-fi to begin with! Deep Space Nine wasn't very good until the Defiant was introduced and Worf was brought on to the show. I like Avery Brooks and think he is on par with Shatner in the way he emotes a role - very passionately. It's incredible. There are a few special episodes of that series that stand out. Voyager lacked direction, I'm sorry to say, and while I like certain episodes in general for sheer mindless fun, that's all they were. Enterprise has a chance of making a huge comeback this season, as last season was quite good, so we'll see if they can return the show to what made TOS so wonderful.

Odd: What's your opinion of how "Star Trek" was treated in the motion picture series?

Pat: Well, when TMP was released (prematurely for Christmas 79), it was still the only Trek in town! We didn't have VHS or DVD and countless hours of TV shows to rerun to death! So I liked it -- until I saw Wrath of Khan. THEN I had something to compare the first flick to, and realized that it had been inferior. Now, if you see the Director's Cut of TMP, that's a good finished cut of the film, and I like it better, but still, the V'ger flyover is just monotonous! Nothing like a little monotony to liven up a film! Star Trek 2 through 5 all take place in a 3 - 4 month period within the context of Trek continuity, many seem to forget, so although the films were released between 1982 and 1989, the stories are all total 3 - 4 months. Trek 2 is the best of the lot, and in my opinion, that's followed up a close second by ST6: Undiscovered Country, both directed by Nick Meyer, so that's a telling statement right there. That was a man who "knew" Trek -- or at least, he did by the time he knew he had the director's chair, and that's the secret to the success of those films.

I think the third and fourth films are very good, both being Nimoy's films, and again, someone who knew Trek and had a great deal of love and respect for it.

Now I'll catch hell for this next part, but.... Shatner's Trek, Final Frontier was basically sabotaged from day one. Shatner gets a lot of blame for the film's lackluster performance, BUT I must say in his defense that had Paramount given him the latitude they gave Nimoy or Meyer, Trek 5 would have been a good film. Problem one was Shatner's inability to hire the man he wanted to write the film, Eric Van Lustbader (He is the author of more than twenty best-selling novels). Paramount refused to pay the man what he asked. Shatner worked closely with a different writer and Harve Bennett instead. Bennett had worked closely with Nimoy on Trek 4: The Voyage Home. Since humor played such an important role in bringing new fans to the theaters to see that film (the whales being instrumental to that as well), Bennett thought Shatner's script needed some 'punching up'. Thus, the really outrageous scenes with Scotty hitting his head, the turbolift revealing the ship to have 98 decks and so on were added to the film, ruining the story for many fans who felt betrayed by Shatner himself.

In fact, Shatner's basic story is still there: it's a story exploring not only the question, "Does God exist, and if so, where is HE?", but it's also a story exploring the realm of extended families... Kirk, Spock and McCoy as one family, Chekov and Sulu as brothers of a sort, and Scotty and Uhura too. There are touching moments in the film, and those are lost to the cringing made by fans who sat through a really bad version, which Shatner recently wanted to go back and fix until Paramount once again said, "Sorry Bill, that's your Trek legacy" and screwed him.

As for the TNG films: Generations should never have been the first film. The last episode, "All Good Things" should have been it. Generations would be better with the two cut sequences featuring Kirk, Chekov and Scotty from the beginning of the film. The other TNG films are good, even Insurrection, but I've been an Anthony Zerbe fan since I saw The Omega Man in the 70s.

I think that the plans to get away from existing previous cast members may be the way to go for future Trek films. It works for other franchises, why not Star Trek?

Odd: Do you have any standout memories as a Crazed Fanboy when you were a kid/teenager? Did any conventions or events stand out?

Pat: My first convention was at the Largo Community Center. They showed a couple old films, had a small dealer's room, and it was cool just seeing stuff like that, since I'd never seen anything like it before. Another thing that I recall was the Bicentennial, dressing up as my own homemade hero, The Patriotic Kid! I walked in that parade in that costume. It was pretty neat seeing the odd stares from folks who were going, "Who the hell is HE supposed to be?" I was good with it, though.

Odd: The horror/sci-fi/comics scene has obviously changed since the '70s and early '80s. What's your opinion of the "new generation" of fandom?

Pat: There was an odd innocence of sort that's lacking in today's cynical world. Because of the increase in technology, many people not only can't appreciate older films and TV shows, they expect anything produced today to live up to modern standards. That means that you can't get away with producing a show like - say, Dr. Who - using standards that were consistent throughout the run of the series, such as rubber suited aliens and so forth. They want sophistication. Therefore, for instance, the new Dr. Who currently under production by the BBC will be done with the newest CGI effects and by the most talented makeup artists. The paper mache aliens of the 1960s Lost in Space are forever cast out into that place where old TV shows go to die, I'm afraid. In fact, even I have a hard time watching a few episodes, but I truthfully had a harder time with the film and the terrible CGI they had there.

Comic fans in the 80s and 90s often fell prey to the 'stock market' syndrome. They bought comics for investment purposes, and then later, finding their investments to lack a substantial return, quit collecting comics all-together, feeling betrayed by the dealers instead of just cutting back to buy the books they loved so much as fans in the first place.

I don't even know if a Dr. Paul Bearer or an Elvira, Mistress of the Dark could survive in syndication showing 'horrible old movies' like "Tomb of the Blind Dead" and other oddities, but that's why I watched those programs: for the ambiance of the host and his / her choice of programming. Again, there was an innocence that permeated those times, and I don't know if we can ever recapture it today. You can't catch lightning in a bottle.

Odd: What is your favorite decade for horror films?

Pat: Gee, you know, I really can't say. I like all sorts of films, horror...sci-fi...not too much in fantasy, though... and I watched a good deal of them on Creature Feature as a kid. Escape From the Planet of the Apes was probably the first sci-fi film I saw in theater besides some of the kiddie stuff, like 20,000 Leagues. My first real horror flick was The Shining, I believe, in the theaters. But I'd seen horror films on TV as a kid growing up. Attack of the Mushroom People always comes to mind. That was a Japanese horror film with a pretty nightmarish ending. Then, of course, as much as I saw the Japanese films, I saw the Chris Lee Dracula films, old UK films that Dr. Paul Bearer showed, and more. Werewolf films were among the most horrific for me, because as a kid growing up, I had seen a scene from the original Wolfman film with Lon Chaney Jr. as part of a Fat Albert special (the boys sneak out to see the film, and it scares them *witless*!) Dark Shadows was also popular around the time I was in kindergarten, and it scared the daylights out of me simply because at 4pm, ALL the kids went in to watch it, but I was not only not allowed in my own house to watch it, I wasn't allowed to leave the yard until 4:30 so that I wouldn't watch it at someone else's house. So Barnabas and Quentin Collins took on a larger than life role in my imagination, and I wondered if there was some possibility they were real! Keep in mind, I'm like 5 years old at this point...maybe just turned 6. All the other scary stuff I'd seen had been explained away by mom as make believe, and I blew it off, but she wouldn't let me watch this, so in my mind, what mom wouldn't let me see must have some basis in reality. And then, of course, all the kids had to play vampire and werewolf afterward, and it scared the crap outta me because I didn't know what they were doing.

This brings me to 1974's Kolchak the Night Stalker TV film. Barry Atwater plays the vampire, and with no speaking parts mind you, he comes across as pretty damn evil and frightening. I was 12 by this point and it still scared the crap outta me, mainly because he bore such a resemblance to Barnabas Collins. Of course, Dan Curtis created both series, so there you have it. I owe my greatest childhood nightmares to Dan Curtis!

I'd also grown up in the 1970s with our local station showing Abbott & Costello movies every Sunday at 10:30am. So I had become a huge fan and then they showed Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, but of course, it contains Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman (Talbot), and follows the continuity from the other films I guess, because there are references to other occurrences. It's a great film, one of the best 'horror' films I ever saw, and my favorite with Bud and Lou.

So there is no particular decade per se, except that my greatest exposure to horror was in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Odd: What sets Comic World apart from other comic book shops?

Pat: "Well, it's the floor show, Bob." Okay, there's no floor show, but I have been known to spontaneously spout impersonations. And then there is the eclectic nature of the merchandise in the shop. I have just a lot of stuff! All sorts of odds and ends... a few display pieces, true, like the Frankenstein figure you mentioned, or the Jupiter 2 resin kit that I've cherished for about 15 years now. But it's displayed for all to see. I figured, why not? Let everyone enjoy it.... it's a treasure, and it's mine, but I don't mind leaving it out for folks to look over.

Now, every shop has back issues, though I don't know any that frame some of their golden oldies and put them up like works of art! But that's what they are to me. It's like you see in that movie, Unbreakable, with the comic shop that has original art matted and framed on easels. I just think that's cool as hell, and I hope to do something similar soon. [Okay, I have no problem admitting I'll nick and idea or three from someone else when I see it. All retail shops do, though. Look at Wal-Mart and the way K-Mart used to be. Now the 'big K' is all screwed up and Wal-Mart is blowing them outta the sky and it's because they are exactly following the style of store K-Mart used to be like.]

Aside from comics -- and I do try to have all the stuff one expects as far as comics, collectible card games and the like go -- I just have all sorts of neat stuff to come in, look at, gape in awe of ... whatever. I've got vintage 45s from the 1950s for sale. I've got a John Lennon bust. Some old VHS tapes, hard cover and soft cover compendiums, collections, and eclectic illustrated fiction from smaller press publishers (such as Lenore or Ghost World). Also stuff for the old-time collectors, like Will Eisner collections. There are framed laser discs for sale, autographed photos, and lots more. It's just always changing. I never know what I'm gonna find somewhere or pull out of some collection that walks through the door. I even have a huge selection of paperbacks for the casual readers who care nothing about the comics and genre related memorabilia.

I hope to have something for everyone. It's worth taking the time hunting through things, be it 2 / $1.00 comics or boxes of old novels until you find that special something you're looking for. There's no extra charge for the floor show.

Odd: You obviously take a personal interest in your customers and are very good about keeping in constant touch with them. What is your philosophy when it comes to customer service?

Pat: Well, they pay the bills. I mean, it would be stupid for me to come across as completely altruistic and pretend I don't do this in order to earn a living, so let me be honest and say that. That said, every single person that walks through the door, from the smallest child with a quarter to my biggest subscriber who picks up only once a month and spends several hundred bucks in that one pick up, is equally important. It would be wrong of me to give better service to one over the other. I try my best to give equal time to all, although it's not always possible, but I try. I attempt to provide them all with the widest selection of merchandise that I can at any given time, and I try to listen to what their needs are.

Another thing is that I'm heading into education. As someone who one day hopes to be a Language Arts teacher - or eventually a reading teacher - I want to use the store as a springboard of sorts to encourage kids to read and to offer material that parents can buy their children that might make readers of them. Too many kids today are so involved in video and on-line gaming that they are losing the ability to comprehend what they read. They type to each other in some Internet shorthand, and then think that's acceptable in school. Many of them can't write and those that can write are often unsure of how to compose their paper.

I realize that is the point of them going to school, but if I can offer some assistance here, by making things exciting, offering deals to put comics into the hands of kids who need that extra push towards literacy, then that's my mission statement for this store. The children of today may be the future writers of tomorrow's sci-fi, horror and fantasy fiction. They may become artists in comics or evolve into another Boris Vallejo. We talk often about things of the past, and I've waxed philosophic about elements from my childhood, so let me say that "reading is fundamental" in order for the world we care so much about to survive, and keeping that in mind, that's how I approach each person: as equal partners in the world of tomorrow.

Odd: Can you describe what you retail at your new location, Comic World?

Pat: Gee, I think I answered that one a couple questions back. Ooops. Sorry. "See above."

Odd: You've expressed to me how you were a huge fan of Tampa Bay horror host Dr. Paul Bearer. Do you have any special recollections of the character you can share with Crazed Fanboy readers?

Pat: I met him at a Labor Day MDA fish bowl, where they were collecting money for "Jerry's Kids." I'd had a back yard carnival that year, and we made about a hundred bucks or more and so down to Channel 44 studios we went. Back then, WTOG was the station that aired the telethon. There was Dr. Paul Bearer, big as life, shaking hands and smiling and laughing his usual "I'll be lurking for you" chuckle. I have his autograph hanging on the wall right as you walk in the door of the shop, right from that day when I was 12 years old.

Odd: Can you tell us a little about your years at Geppi's Comic World?

Pat: Got time to read a novel? Wow, what a question! I started at Geppi's in 1982 and they sold the shop in 1990 to Merlin's in Tampa. So for 8 years, a lot of stuff happened. It's sometimes amazing to me to realize how many years ago that was, because when I started here, I was a newlywed, no kids, and then she was telling me she was expecting and before I knew it, Megan was here. That was 1983. All my kids are 18 months apart, give or take a week, and so by New Year's Eve 1986, my youngest son was born. I have a middle child, a son, born in '85. So a lot of bittersweet memories all intertwine with the store and my family growing up, because it's all tied in together, it seems. Most people remember my kids from 1992 onward, because they hung out here a lot from 92-to-95. Megan practically could have run the shop by age 12. She knew the subscribers, their box numbers, the way items were ordered, how to run the register... she was a natural!

Then there are the hundreds and hundreds of people I've met through the store. Some have moved on and I don't see or hear from them anymore, and some came back in after seeing that I'd moved back to the store's original location. I've missed them all, of course. I'm a sentimental slob on my best days!

I was trained very well by Geppi's for a lot of contingencies, and pricing books has been one of the biggest things I've taken with me over the years. I really wanted to do a good job buying and selling collections, and I'm a tough grader. I really piss people off sometimes. But folks hear what they want to hear and don't want to face the truth about things they've treasured a lifetime. I'm much the same way. I put some books of my own out for sale and went, "Gee, is THAT all that's worth? Damn!" But I have to be honest and price it according to the graded value. unlike other comic shops, I don't believe that everything is automatically mint in guide and should sell for that, but there are still some dealers who do business that way. Or who won't cut people a break if the book has enough accumulated defects. But I will.

Geppi's had a great silver and golden age collection when I started there and that was impossible to keep up, especially by the time I bought the store. My one regret was that I didn't try to buy the shop from Steve Geppi sooner, because the comic market was strong in the late 80s and I'd have had a good 4 years to build on that instead of hanging on for dear life when the market collapsed into a black hole in 1993, a mere 6 months after I bought the place! I'd have loved adding more silver and golden age treasures to the shop, but I've only just recently made some progress in that area.

There were great times, stressful times.... I told the reporter who did an article about this shop recently in the St. Petersburg Times that it was "the best of times (and) the worst of times" and it was. There were great people, a couple jerks... like any job, you have your ups and downs. But I supported 3 beautiful kids and a wife through those years (she worked too, but at that time, I was the one in the lead; now, she's taken the reigns as a nurse while I finish my degree in education).

Odd: We once talked about some exciting events you've been planning at Comic World, regarding horror-host style get-togethers and horror nights. Can you tell us about those events, and do you have an expected date or time-line for them?

Pat: I do not have a set date because I am rearranging the shop and getting ready to also start holding gaming here for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and Hero Clix. So the place is a bit of a mess, and we also just bought a collection which is getting bagged and priced to be put out, so it's taking longer than planned. But I do want to have a local guy 'play' a horror host, though NOT do a Dr. Paul Bearer impression -- that would be tasteless -- and show old films a couple nights a month. Whether we have him live or on video is in discussion.

We used to have Halloween events here too -- costume parties and contests, prizes... I'd like to have something along those lines as well, although for those who remember the Haunted Mansion built INSIDE this store back in 1993.... sorry, gang....not gonna relive that memory! It was fun, but hard to maneuver around and we haven't the space to hold such a thing here.

Odd: You've received some great publicity from the St. Petersburg Times in two excellent articles: "He Bought His Passion" (6/14/04) and right before "Free Comics Day". What was it like being interviewed by the local newspaper?

Pat: Well, this time it was much more pleasant than when I was younger. Back then, I was a nervous kid, all unsure of myself and insecure that I would say the wrong thing or appear stupid. I'm much better now, as John Astin used to reply to the judge on Night Court! Also, the past few times I'd been in the paper, I was interviewed about how road construction was disrupting business, how Winn Dixie's departure from Keene Plaza was causing other stores to move out (that was 1995, and I did move out at that time), and things of that nature. Now, I was being interviewed and getting to talk about the things I cared about: the store, kids and education... it was a huge change from the dreary articles that had appeared in years past. It did a lot to improve sales and get us more exposure locally.

Odd: How have the recent comic book blockbuster films ("Spider-Man", "X-Men", "The Incredible Hulk") effected your business?

Pat: Spider-Man and Star Wars Episode II helped back in 2002. Since then, the films have not helped until THIS year, and again, a winning combination of the newspaper articles, Spider-man 2 and Free Comic Day helped bring people in by the droves. Of course, it's all possible courtesy of being back home, in Keene Plaza!

Odd: What's ahead for Pat Potter and Comic World?

Pat: More of the same, really. Foundation building. Adding more stuff. Gaming. Fun activities. Probably juggling hours a bit around my subbing jobs as a teacher some days, so I expect working later some nights, maybe having a couple days open until 10 or 11pm. It's all coming, but not here yet. I'm excited about this location, the potential to make this store really fly again. We've been through a lot of tough times.... the comic market falling, the whole Marvel-becoming-distributor-going-Chapter 11 deal, shakeups like 9-11 and the anthrax scare, the rise of eBay, which adds a lot of competition believe it or not, and yet the store has survived and is now returned home and thriving. I call that a miracle.

I once produced my own comic - a one-shot in 1986 called "Mysticman". It was a black and white thing... this was obviously during the Geppi's years. Now, I'm talking to people about running a new one-shot, new art... the whole thing for, scratch with an all-new concept, plot & story. Maybe making it available on our table at one of the next shows as a kind of flashback to the kind of things that set this store apart from all other store....

as The Beatles once said, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Thank you to Pat Potter of Comic World for agreeing to be interviewed.



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