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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!

Contest of Challengers CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.8, 48 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!

    The Plan We Had Was Not a Bad One

    The Plan We Had Was Not a Bad One

    Guess what? Patrick’s leg still hurts.
    Welcome, all you Kamen Rider message board fans!
    Preparing to re-open for in-store business, but then, not.
    How DC Comics keeps making life so much harder for us.
    DC subscription management issues.
    Challengers Blue is done.
    Blue bookshelves for sale!!
    Making more by selling less?
    The first New Comic Wednesday in 2 months.
    IS the market stronger with subscribers, or without?
    Shopify fun!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Update of Pain

    Update of Pain

    Not quite a full episode, but to be honest we've had less coherent ones.
    More like 30 minutes of Patrick rambling about how much his leg hurts.
    Some comic things are discussed, but we’ll (hopefully) be back next week with a full rundown of current events, and Dal.
    Plus, new blinds! Thanks, Drew & Ashleigh!!

    • 32 min
    The Double-Release Window

    The Double-Release Window

    How filming a dumb IG video put Patrick in the hospital for a few days this week.
    New comics May 20th for sure!
    DC wants their books to be released on Tuesdays. Too bad, DC.
    Which day is the ideal day for new releases?
    Marvel’s temporary staggered release schedule.
    Marvel’s new digital first initiative. Sorry, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and Star fans.
    Patron comments.
    What DO we think of Chris Jericho?
    Curse Words has a massive new Kickstarter happening right now!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Finding Value in Different Things

    Finding Value in Different Things

    Mental health check-in! Do you want us to ask how you’re doing?
    Shipping delays are now the norm for all businesses.
    Our Challengers facemasks arrived! And they are… um, masks.
    When our in-store inventory doesn’t match our Shopify inventory.
    Local pick-up shifts from Chicago Board Game Café to Challengers Bucktown starting Monday, May 4th.
    Our self-imposed rules for our IG videos.
    Thanks, Patrons!
    Kenny Omega is a pumpkin-headed dip$#!t!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Plastic Achievements

    Plastic Achievements

    How do you display your action figures and their accessories?
    Updates to DC Comics’ new distribution plans and Diamond.
    Our new online Shopify store is LIVE! https://challengers-comics.myshopify.com/
    New Bucktown Pick-Up hours for May. And how the extended Illinois shelter-in-place will change what we’re doing.
    Explaining to our landlord the impact this all has on our business.
    The ever-changing release schedule for super-hero movies.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Publisher Shortsightedness

    Publisher Shortsightedness

    Why we no longer swear on this podcast (for now).
    The Friday News Dump.
    DC Comics’ new distribution plan/ultimatum.
    Keeping you (and us) safe when we’re allowed to re-open.
    Challengers masks!
    How creators are helping retailers.
    Our new Shopify online store.
    Making stupid videos to connect with the people we can’t see in-store.
    Thanks to Chicago Board Game Café!

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 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.

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.

Snbw34 ,

Talking Shop

I enjoy hearing the perspective of comic shop retailers and how they’re dealing with the evolution of the comic book industry.

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