Based on over 100 interviews, Gearino begins in the 1960s and covers the history of the channel, and also spends a year following present-day (2015-2016) comic retailers, with a focus on The Laughing Ogre in Columbus. The book also includes profiles of 40 notable shops in the U.S. and Canada.
Interviews for the book included Steve Geppi (Diamond Comic Distributors); Peter Birkemoe (The Beguiling, Toronto); comics creators Wendy and Richard Pini, Mike Zeck, Jeff Smith and Bryan Lee O’Malley; and other notables such as ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp.
Longtime comics journalist Tom Spurgeon provides the foreword.
The 264-page hardcover will include 75 illustrations, with a retail price of $26.95.