Dayton resident to travel Miami Valley on Comic-Con History Book Tour

“I wanted to understand what the ultimate pop culture history book would be, and for various reasons it occurred to me to do something that focuses on prehistory, history, and the expansion of the world’s largest pop culture gathering,” he said.

Klickstein is no stranger to nerd culture. He’s a cross-platform storyteller who’s written numerous books including one on Nickelodeon history as well as “Springfield Confidential,” which celebrated the 30th anniversary of “The Simpsons.” He also wrote for film and television, but said he enjoyed telling people’s stories and became close to his interviewees.

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“With a lot of them I became extremely close,” he said. “I spent a lot of time with these people. We talked on the phone. I’ve helped them through emotional and spiritual issues for the past few years… Their fans are our fans, and we talk about movies, music, and art. I think they appreciate (talking to) a younger person of my generation.

When he had the idea for the book, he had just moved to Dayton in February 2020, and then the pandemic happened. He shifted gears and started the “Comic-Con Begins” podcast, which debuted in June 2021. Once the pandemic subsided, he was able to get the book ready by working with Fantagraphics.

Klickstein traveled on his book tour. He traveled from California to Colorado to Canada. The tour ends with numerous stops in the Miami Valley. After traveling the country for work, he and his wife currently call Dayton home, which is why he makes several stops in Dayton.

“I’ve always had great faith in the potential of this place,” he said. “I have met some truly amazing people here who are extremely talented, hardworking, dedicated and passionate. This community opened a lot of doors for me and greased the wheels so I could do more. It’s not so much for what can be done for me, but for what I can do for the community as a whole.

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Many friends Klickstein met would help him on his tour. Some of the book tour events will feature Klickstein being interviewed and discussing the evolution of the book. He said he wanted other people to be involved and especially wanted to visit places that wouldn’t usually host a book tour. A stop on his tour is Omega Music in the Oregon District.

“It will be a discussion because the story of how this project came about was very interesting and informative in terms of how we set it up, how I was able to get in touch with everything the world,” he said. “Also, the difficulties and complications related to COVID.”

After the book tour, Klickstein won’t slow down. He has another book coming out in November called “The Little Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture.” He also looks forward to connecting more with the Dayton community and participating in all the city has to offer.

“It’s a special place,” he said. “And I would like to continue to be a part of it and take advantage of my skills, my background, my abilities and my connections to the academic community, the arts and culture community and the communication media community here. These are my people. I’m tired of moving from place to place, and I think we can really do something special here.

For more information, visit Klickstein’s website at https://www.mathewklickstein.com.

BOOK THE TIME OF THE VISIT

November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Coffee on the University of Dayton campus, 300 College Park Dr., Dayton

Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m. at Bell, Book and Comic, 458 Patterson Rd., Dayton

November 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairborn Community Library, 1 E. Main St., Fairborn

Nov. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. with special guest moderator Libby Ballengee at Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St., Dayton

November 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Super-Fly Comics & Games, 132 Dayton St., Yellow Springs

Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m. at Teen Fan Fast at the Yellow Springs Library, 415 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

November 9 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Monocle Comics & Coffee, 22 S. Main St., Miamisburg

November 17, 7-8 p.m. with special guest moderator and local poet Leroy Bean at the Dayton Metro Library – Kettering-Moraine Branch, 3496 Far Hills Ave., Kettering

Angela C. Hale