Philip Nicholas Seuling
(January 20, 1934–August 21, 1984) was a comic book fan convention
organizer and comics distributor
primarily active in the 1970s. Seuling was the organizer of the annual New York Comic Art Conventions
, originally held in New York City every July 4 weekend throughout the 1970s. Later, with his East Coast Seagate Distribution
company, Seuling developed the concept of the direct market
distribution system for getting comics directly into comic book specialty shops, bypassing the then established newspaper/magazine distributor method, where no choices of title, quantity, or delivery directions were permitted.
Seuling spent his entire life as a resident of Brooklyn, New York
. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching the Brooklyn Dodgers
and the New York Giants
play. He attended Lafayette High School
in Brooklyn, where he acted in school plays and was known as a comic book fan and crossword puzzle
enthusiast. Seuling went on to Baruch College
briefly before joining the military. He graduated from the City College of New York
Seuling's theatre training came in handy in 1972, when he performed as a voice actor in Ralph Bakshi
's Fritz the Cat
movie, doing voices for two characters.
Beginning in 1956, Seuling worked as a Brooklyn
school teacher (a pursuit he continued until he founded Seagate in 1974).