Pop Culture and Comics guru and Wizard World, Inc. favorite Mike Carbonaro travels near and far in search of the best books, toys and memorabilia in CONtv’s newest original series, Comic Book America with Mike Carbonaro.
The mini-series debuted this week on CONtv, where fans can catch up with Mike “Carbo” Carbonaro as he locates comic books, vintage playsets, classic artwork, and sports memorabilia in the first four episodes. CONtv director of programming, Nash Herrington, produces the series.
The show features the enthusiastic Carbonaro as he highlights some of the more unique and interesting collections he’s come across, such as one man’s Doctor Strange collection, classic Joe Palooka, Flintstone playsets, and others. Also, fans can play along at home while they watch by using social media to tell what they would pay for the items that Carbonaro buys in the show.
The highlight of the show is the host himself. An enterprising and successful entrepreneur, Carbonaro began buying and selling comics at age 10. At age 13, Carbonaro set up at his very first comic convention. Later, from 1981 to 1997, he ran his own very successful comic book store, Continental Comics, in Queens, N.Y. In 1996, Carbonaro began the very first Big Apple Convention at St. Paul the Apostle church on 58th St. and Columbus in Manhattan; 12 years later it was the most successful privately owned comic convention in New York City. “Carbo” is currently working as a buyer for Dave & Adam’s Cardworld (also seen at many Wizard World shows) and doing what he loves—buying comic and pop culture collections from around the world.
Catering to the enormous and avid Comic Con audience, CONtv currently boasts 2,500 hours of original programming, curated films and TV episodes, and exclusive Comic Con panel coverage from dozens of annual nationwide conventions, with new panel programming added weekly as additional conventions take place.