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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

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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!

    Space is Flexible

    Space is Flexible

    Space is Flexible
    •It’s “Old Wound” Friday!
    •Rule #1 of Challengers was in FULL EFFECT lately.
    •It’s a MASSIVE week for both Marvel and DC and both of those deliveries arrived today.
    •Decorating for Christmas.
    •Reporting the full number of packing/shipping damages from PRH just isn’t worth it.
    •How we can keep the same amount of graphic novel shelf space with so many new graphic novels coming out every year.
    •The story of the 1-foot grid wall shelf.
    •CRIMSON CAGE is so good!!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Vocal 5%

    The Vocal 5%

    •The evolution of Pullbox (a precursor to its impending death).
    •Creating items in Manage Comics.
    •It’s been a rough week for the comics industry but a VERY rough week for justice.
    •Putting in the FINAL order numbers for X Lives of Wolverine #1 BEFORE initial orders have been placed. Wait, what??
    •Nightwing #87 is going to be amazing!!
    •The vocal 5%.
    •The Wolf Maria stopped by and signed some of her covers.
    •Holiday Hours are coming next week.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ransomware

    Ransomware

    Ransomware
    No wrestling toys were bought during the recording of this episode.
    (That is a lie)
    •Invoicing inconstancies between the various comic publishers.
    •A ransomware attack on Diamond Comic Distributors and how it affected EVERYONE in comics retail.
    •The complete lack of 1st pressings of the What’s the Furthest Place From Here 7” vinyl editions.
    •Adding invoicing to our Hold policy.
    •Most new in-store signs are up!
    •Almost having a commercial shot in Challengers and having to close for 2 days for it.
    •We’re using the Marvel Unlimited app (90% for the “It’s Jeff” comic strip).
    Thanks again to Markisan Naso (“By The Horns”, “Voracious”) for this episode’s segment break.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Gentrifiers!!”

    “Gentrifiers!!”

    “Gentrifiers!!”
    Not subscribing people to Soul Plumber.
    We do not want to hang your flyer.
    Prepare for new in-store signage!
    Giving our gaming section a facelift.
    The different types of comic book buyers.
    Upcoming Image releases.
    So very many annuals on DC’s Final Order Cutoff list this week.
    Thanks again to Markisan Naso (“By The Horns”, “Voracious”) for this episode’s segment breaks.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    A Basic Level of Competence

    A Basic Level of Competence

    "A Basic Level of Competence"
    •Ordering comics for Local Comic Shop Day.
    •Marvel Legends restock.
    •Data conversion for Shopify from ComicSuite.
    •Tuesday’s massive delivery.
    •Patrick got to unpack a Penguin Random House Marvel shipment.
    •New books we’ve read: Radio Apocalypse #1 and Robins #1.
    •Generating excitement for what has yet to come out.
    Huge thanks to Markisan Naso (“By The Horns”, “Voracious”) for this episode’s segment breaks.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Carny Pieces of $#!T

    Carny Pieces of $#!T

    "Carny Pieces of $#!T"
    Adventures at FedEx Office.
    Some people who want to buy Pokemon cards are really great people. Others, however…
    Week 2 of not being allowed to sell certain Image titles.
    Some retailers give us all a bad rep.
    No 2nd Prints for Image Comics moving forward.
    3 days between initial orders and final order cutoffs seems to defeat the purpose.
    Upcoming comics we like and/or really like or have read:
         Dark Knights of Steel, DC Vs Vampires, Newburn, Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, Catwoman Lonely City, Robin & Batman, Task Force Z
    Supply chain issues for Bad Idea.
    Zoop-ing the John Paul Leon “The Winter Men” Artist Edition.
    We’ve restocked ALL of Rachel Bard’s comics!!

    • 1 hr 15 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

I really think they should retire, they clearly hate their customers and their life choices in owning a comic store. I couldn’t imagine giving a penny to these whiny crybabies. These two wouldn’t survive one day doing a real job.

They keep blocking this review to boost their show. Bad show AND corrupt!

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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