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From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, this is Contest of Challengers, a podcast about the business of running a comics shop. From publishers to distributors to the sales floor itself, each episode deals with the issues of the week and how they affect the way Challengers conducts business, and that includes the actual comic book issues themselves. Hosted by Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Thanks for listening. Keep Reading Comics!

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    • 4.7 • 56 Ratings

From Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, this is Contest of Challengers, a podcast about the business of running a comics shop. From publishers to distributors to the sales floor itself, each episode deals with the issues of the week and how they affect the way Challengers conducts business, and that includes the actual comic book issues themselves. Hosted by Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush. Thanks for listening. Keep Reading Comics!

    Don’t Make Us Choose Between Your Money and Satan

    Don’t Make Us Choose Between Your Money and Satan

    "Don’t Make Us Choose Between Your Money and Satan"
    Wait… ARE we devil worshipers??
    A full week of Molly Jane Challenger! And she did…?
    This store is for the young at heart.
    The first experience receiving Marvel Comics from Penguin Random House. It was…?
    Marvel has changed their Final Order Cutoff lead time.
    Getting Challengers to be what we hoped it could be.
    Working with artists for store projects is an amazing thing to get to do.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Generally Managing

    Generally Managing

    "Generally Managing"
    A brief, yet thorough, history of all past Challengers co-workers.
    After months of hints and clues, probably the 4th biggest announcement we could make…
    The futures of Challengers starts NOW!
    Thanks, Patrons!
    The performance aspect of selling comics to families.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Multiples of the Normal Cost

    Multiples of the Normal Cost

    "Multiples of the Normal Cost"
    Please wear your mask over your mouth AND nose.
    Patreon Free Comic Book Day questions (answered 1 month late).
    DC, Lunar AND FedEx all have the potential to upset our weekly DC receiving schedule.
    KickStarter survey woes.
    Diamond’s Retailer Best Practice Awards are back for 2021.
    Dal really like CRIMSON CAGE #1!
    Dal also read some other yet-to-be-released comics.
    IDW + PRH = acronym abundance!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    It’s Soul-Crushing

    It’s Soul-Crushing

    "It’s Soul-Crushing"
    Playing with our new 1D, Bluetooth, cordless barcode scanner.
    The overallocation of both subscriptions and special orders in ComicSuite.
    Last episode we talked about having to do Final Order Cutoffs via Penguin Random House for the first time. This week we talk about actually having done them.
    Current Initial Order hurdles.
    Supply prices (bags) are going up AGAIN, as are Marvel Legends prices.
    Full days of work, at the store and not at the store.
    Trying to lessen the burden for the future.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Weirder and More Stable

    Weirder and More Stable

    "Weirder and More Stable"
    It’s the first week for Marvel Comics single issue Final Order Cutoffs thru Penguin Random House.
    Manage Comics’ most recent thought stream makes our excitement build, even if the release date is pushed back.
    Experimenting with Shopify’s point of sale system.
    Supplies and Funko Pops trade places in the shop.

    • 1 hr
    Please Choose Returnability

    Please Choose Returnability

    "Please Choose Returnability"
    Still no DC data in ComicSuite means no one can subscribe to November’s DC books (UPDATE: DC books have been added to the system after we recorded).
    We’re kind of bad a promoting new comics and merchandise via social media.
    Cover I.D. I don't remember what this refers to, but it was in my notes so it's here.
    Have you heard about publishers printing multiple covers for the same comic?? Weird, right?
    Customer Service isn’t for everybody...
    Our new shirt Kickstarter campaign is in its last week! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/challengers/keep-reading-comics-t-shirt-designed-by-ali-cantarella

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Joseph Coco ,

Interesting for creators too

I don't run a comicbook shop, but I am involved in making comics. It's interesting to hear a shop's perspective on things and helps me understand marketing a bit better. Plus Pat and Dal are my kind of people.

College Student Loves This App ,

Spoilers and Complaining

This was third episode where the two complainers spoiled a new release with no warning. I’m so tired of them assuming everyone reads every single new release by 5pm Wednesday. Ruined stories for me, and on top of that all they do is whine about customers that pay their bills. Done with this weekly hour long crybaby show.

LaughingSombrero ,

Informative and entertaining!

I’ve gotten a better appreciation on how comic book shops work through Contest of Challengers. I’m never going to take my comic shops for granted now.

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