Thursday, August 3, 2017

Terry Gant, owner of Third Coast Comics in Chicago

Terry has been walking my house for months, always in shorts regardless of the weathers (hats, jackets, etc., but never pants). When we have the chance to talk as he walks by he often says “If I wanted to wear pants, I’d get a job!” For months I thought Terry was my neighbor who walked around in shorts and didn’t have a job.

Recently a listener of this podcast sent an email full of recommendations of Evanston creatives to interview, one was Terry, my neighbor. Turns out Terry is the owner of Third Coast Comics in Chicago, is the co-host of Stakes is High: The Black Nerd Podcast, and so much more than just a man in shorts.

Terry’s Bio

Terry Gant of the South Side Gants, is the owner of Third Coast Comics in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. In the summer of 2008 Third Coast Comics became a “Brick and Mortar” operation and has been a thorn in the side of boredom and complacency ever since.

The original business model of local delivery of comics to you at your home, workplace or favorite bar resembled the business model of an industrious drug dealer and proved to be just as sustainable.

Terry earned his BA in Marketing (focusing on geeks) from DePaul University and would consider a MA in Marketing (again to geeks) if he ever planned to get another day job, which he hopes he never has to do.

Terry is 50% of all of the African American comic book retailers in the Midwest and has been paid to play Dungeons & Dragons. He has also parlayed all of his nerd cred into about 30 minutes and 20 seconds on both NPR and Good Morning America in the past year.

Terry is also co-host of Stakes is High: THE Black Nerd Podcast, is obsessed with heavy metal, 80's new wave, pro wrestling and the video game, Skyrim.


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