TATE'S Comics, Inc.

Meet Our Staff

The crew over here at TATE’S is a unique one… all ‘special’ in their own way, every staff member brings something different to the mix. Together we combine to make one super giant comic store employee robo-creature, who knows everything about everything!! Read a little about us here and you just might learn something you never knew that you needed to know! Like that the ‘old man’ isn’t actually Tate (as many believe), but Tate’s father Tony!! Or that we have no less than FIVE guys named Tony on staff!

    Tate Otatti

    Tate Otatti

    In charge at TATE’S since 1991
    Even though you may rarely find him working the front register, Tate is at the store almost every day running things from behind the scenes.

    Areas of expertise: Comics & Graphic Novels, Back Issues, Star Wars, Transformers, Dr. Who, Godzilla, Gundam models, Statues… more or less everything in the store.

    Collects: 1939 World’s Fair Memorabilia, Robots, Artwork, Cool Books, Akira Stuff, Kaleidoscopes, Stuff to Make the Store Look Cooler.

    Favorite Movie: Big Trouble in Little China

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Owning it!

    Friend me on facebook.
    Watch my student film masterpiece here.

    Tony Ottati

    Tony Ottati

    On staff at TATE’S since Day 1
    Tate’s Father. Retired from being an Industrial Arts Teacher from Deerfield Beach High in 1998.

    Areas of expertise: Working with Customers, Running the Front Counter, Working with Back Issue Comics

    Collects: Dust

    Favorite Movie: Cool Hand Luke & Let It Ride

    Friend me on facebook.

    Amanda Magnetta-Ottati

    Amanda Magnetta-Ottati

    On staff at TATE’S since 1996
    Married to Tate since 2006

    Areas of expertise: Designer Toys, Lowbrow Art and the Other Neat Books, Literally Everything upstairs at Bear and Bird… plus all the Store Marketing and Graphic Design

    Collects: Teeny Tiny Plastic Toys, Cameras, Family Photos, Books, Wooden Carved Figures, Needle-Felted Creatures, Plants/Cacti and Succulents, Original Artwork, Crocheted Dolls/Amigurumi… as well as Assorted Odd Things That are Appealing.

    Favorite Movie: Tod Browning’s Freaks

    Best part of working at TATE’S: I love finding and ordering fantastic new stuff for the store and coming up with (and making happen) cool store/gallery events!

    Read me on the Bear and Bird Blog.

     

    JoAnn Minieri

    JoAnn Minieri

    On staff at TATE’S since 1997
    Store Manager

    Areas of expertise: Anime, Manga, Marvel Comics, Japanese Figures, Fantastic Four, Japanese Snacks, Gundam Models, Toast, Juggling, Math and the 3000 Brigade.

    Collects: Fantastic Four Stuff, Dalmations Named Rally, Tortoises Named Sledge, Sailor Moon Stuff, Naruto Stuff, Bells in Animal Crossing, D.S.’s

    Favorite Movie: Too many to list (The Mummy vs. 101 Dalmations, I think are the top 2!)

    Best part of working at TATE’S: The people I work with make every day better than the last. Besides how can you call it WORK when its this much fun?

    Find me at 3kbrigade.com

     

    Serena

    Serena

    On staff at TATE’S since 2002

    Areas of expertise: Art Books, Vinyl Toys, Bear and Bird Gallery, Wizards!

    Collects: Tattoos, Unique Vinyl Toys, Good Original Art

    Favorite Movie: Rocky

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Pop Culture Mecca, plus family/friends to work with… c’mon!!

    Kathy

    Kathy

    On staff at TATE’S since 2003

    Areas of expertise: Comic Subscription Service, Office Worker, Cleaner Upper

    Collects: Dachshunds, Skeleton Keys, Vintage Photos, Equine Artifacts

    Favorite Movie: Quest for the Golden Tate Saga, Silence of the Lambs is a close second.

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Working with a dedicated staff. We’re ALL a “family” and from the heart.

    Anthony (Prime) Alfonso

    Anthony (Prime) Alfonso

    On staff at TATE’S since 2002

    Areas of expertise: Building Stuff for the Store, Destroying Stuff, Comics, Movies, Toys, Anime, Video Games

    Collects: Movies, Graphic Novels, Vinyl Figures, Video Games

    Favorite Movie: The Crow

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Working with amazing people.

    Find me here if you can!

     

    Kreisten Suskey

    Kreisten Suskey

    On staff at TATE’S since 2008

    Areas of expertise: Artwork, Prints, Everything Upstairs at Bear and Bird, Art Books, Stephen King

    Collects: Artwork, Books, Toys, Pez Dispensers

    Favorite Movie: Big Trouble in Little China

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Being surrounded by new and awesome people and merchandise. You never know what the day will bring!!

    Tony #6

    Tony #6

    On staff at TATE’S since 2008

    Areas of expertise: Comics, Original Art, Vintage Toys, Ferrets

    Collects: Original Artwork, (almost) Anything Dr. Doom, Big Barda, Thundra, Starman (Jack Knight); No Moss

    Favorite Movie: Way too many to list just one.

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Other than great customers and awesome staff? …I get to see and play with the stuff before anyone else… muhaha

    Nakia Xavier Mann

    Nakia Xavier Mann

    On staff at TATE’S since 2009

    Areas of expertise: Batman, Comics, Graphic Novels, Art Books & Supplies, Action Figures, Supplies, Doctor Who, SciFi/Horror Movies, Star Wars, Star Trek, Buffy, Telling Funny Stories, Statues, Drawing & Zombies.

    Collects: Comics, Trades & Graphic Novels, Art, Sketchbooks, Board & Card Games, Nintendo Consoles, Batman, Art Supplies, Horror Stuff & Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom Cards.

    Favorite Movie: Too hard to decide… Big Trouble in Little China, Empire Strikes Back, Creepshow, The Avengers, Superman II (Donner Cut)

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Being surrounded by the things that I love, helping patrons, working with amazing people & sharing a camaraderie with all of the above. Working at TATE’S is like visiting Disney World 40 hours a week.

    Check out my artwork here.

     

    Anthony S. Ruiz

    Anthony S. Ruiz

    On staff at TATE’S since 2010

    Areas of expertise: Marvel Comics, Spider-Man, Dragon Ball, Power Rangers, Super Sentai

    Collects: Spider-Man everything, Power Rangers, Vinyl Toys, Art, Tattoos, Dragon Ball everything

    Favorite Movie: Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Best part of working at TATE’S: The people I have the honor of working with.

    Anna Pants

    Anna Pants

    On staff at TATE’S since 2010

    Areas of expertise: That’s a tough one I know a little bit about a lot… lol

    Collects: Nerdy, weird vintage toys and artwork. Princess Leia items & paintings of Spock.

    Favorite Movie: If I have to pick one…… Goonies

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Coming to work and it not feeling like work, kinda how I think it would feel working at Disneyland. So many awesome fun people, you can never not have a smile on your face.

    Katelyn O’Callaghan

    Katelyn O’Callaghan

    On staff at TATE’S since 2011

    Areas of expertise: Cleaning/Organization, Customer Service

    Collects: Books, Music

    Favorite Movie: Almost Famous

    Best part of working at TATE’S: The far out customers and my groovy co-workers.

    Brian Richards

    Brian Richards

    On staff at TATE’S since 2012

    Areas of expertise: Action Figures, Video Games, Statues and Vinyl Toys

    Collects: Kidrobot Dunnys, Terribly Odd Art, Witty T-Shirts, Funko POP!Fun Figures and NERF Guns.

    Favorite Movie: Undercover Brother

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Working every day and not having it feel like work, because I genuinely enjoy it.

    Find me at 3kbrigade.com

    Alex Teston

    Alex Teston

    On staff at TATE’S since 2012

    Areas of expertise: Comics, Podcasting, Graphic Novels, Growing a beard, Star Wars, Movies, Television Shows, anything Joss Whedon has made.

    Collects: Comics, Graphic Novels, Funko POP! Figures, Movie Posters, Statues, Green Arrow and Anything Star Wars.

    Favorite Movie: The Original Star Wars Trilogy, JAWS and The Back To The Future Trilogy

    Best part of working at TATE’S: The people I work with are the best. Turning customers onto new things and it’s freaking TATE’S Comics!! One of the best comic book stores in the world.

    Hear my melodic voice at justacoupleofgs.com.

     

    Vito D’Amato

    Vito D’Amato

    On staff at TATE’S since 2013

    Areas of expertise: I know everything about nothing.

    Collects: Comics, Vinyls, Records, and Blu-Rays.

    Favorite Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Wackness.

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Being in an environment where I feel like I belong.

    Rosemary Jane (Mooey or RJ)

    Rosemary Jane (Mooey or RJ)

    On staff at TATE’S since birth… 5/2010
    Tate & Amanda’s Darling Daughter.

    Areas of expertise: Candy, Stuffed Animals, All the Toys Upstairs at Bear and Bird, Kids Books, Japanese Erasers, Beatles stuff

    Collects: Stuffed Animals, Little Plastic Figures, Pebbles, Toys, Japanese Erasers

    Favorite Movie: Yellow Submarine

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Getting to take home anything I want and eating Pocky.

    Watch me “fly” here.

     

    Tate Wolfgang

    Tate Wolfgang

    On staff at TATE’S since birth… 3/2012
    Tate & Amanda’s Son.

    Areas of expertise: All the toys upstairs, kids books

    Collects: Wooden Hammers, balls of all shapes and sizes, cars.

    Favorite Movie: Whatever his sister is watching.

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Being with my mommy… and knowing that it will all be mine one day!

    Harry and Artie

    Harry and Artie

    On staff at TATE’S since 2001
    Tate & Amanda’s Dogs.

    These guys go to work with Tate every day and you will often find them wandering about the store when they escape from the back room. They are both very friendly.

    They are not brothers. Artie is half schauzer/half Jack Russel and about 6 months younger than Harry (even though he looks older). Harry is a schnoodle, half schnauzer/half poodle. Both are from the Humane Society.

    Areas of expertise: Greeting Customers and Smelling Them

    Best part of working at TATE’S: Being with Tate all day… and smelling customers legs and feet.