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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 • 59 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!

    FOR STABILITY REASONS

    FOR STABILITY REASONS

    FOR STABILITY REASONS
    •How the video game Zenless Zone Zero is like working in a comic shop.
    •BIG Manage Comics update!
    •Gettin’ them ducts cleaned!
    •DSTLRY leaves Lunar for Diamond!
    •We actually like Lunar as a comic distribution company.
    •Penguin Random House buys BOOM! Studios!
    •When publishers reuse terminology, such as “absolute” or “ultimate”.
    Contest of Challengers #693

    • 1 hr 13 min
    IT’S NOT AN ERA

    IT’S NOT AN ERA

    IT’S NOT AN ERA
    •Challengers Shelf Sponsorship is live!
    https://challengerscomics.com/products/shelf-sponsorship 
    •The Future of The X-Men starts Now!
    •Thanks, Patrons!
    •Comics talked about in this episode:
         X-MEN #1
         POWER FANTASY #1, #2
         NICE HOUSE BY THE SEA #1
         RED BEFORE BLACK #1
         KILL ALL IMMORTALS #1, #2
    Contest of Challengers #692

    • 1 hr 5 min
    IT’S JUST NOISE

    IT’S JUST NOISE

    IT’S JUST NOISE
    •The new weekly delivery schedule for new comics.
    •Marvel’s stealth release of Moon Knight Fist of Khonshu #0.
    •DC’s confidence in Absolute Power #2?
    •Notable, non-product specific challenges.
    •Shopify’s 150+ updates.
    •Diamond’s new Fandomworld.
    •Our products in someone else’s (non-comic) shop
    Contest of Challengers #691

    • 1 hr 7 min
    “SOMETHING SPECIAL IS COMING”

    “SOMETHING SPECIAL IS COMING”

    “SOMETHING SPECIAL IS COMING”
    •July 3rd is going to be a very small week of new comics.
    •Tipping.
    •Marvel has quietly ended/is ending several series.
    •Strange Tales Marvel Legends.
    •SAGA, now in a smaller collection format.
    •Frustrations when ordering from incomplete solicitations.
    •Upcoming comics for September.
    •Other media writers writing comics.
    •Comics talked about in this episode:
         SOMETHING CRAWLED OUT #1
    Contest of Challengers #690

    • 1 hr 15 min
    TO FACILITATE BEAUTIFICATION

    TO FACILITATE BEAUTIFICATION

    TO FACILITATE BEAUTIFICATION
    •Advance PDF’s from BOOM! Studios and Image.
    •Shelf Sponsorship—more details!
    •Website Changes? Dark Mode!
    •Cute Animal Videos
    •Rifters #1!
    •Manga
    Contest of Challengers #689

    • 1 hr 9 min
    “SUPERHERO BURGER”

    “SUPERHERO BURGER”

    “SUPERHERO BURGER”
    •CRIME! Crime?
    •Spam.
    •No single issues; the future?
    •Sponsorships!!
    •Maybe there’s something to that burger idea…?
    •Comics talked about in this episode:
         TMNT #1
         SCARLETT #2
    Contest of Challengers #688

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Saint sauces ,

I will give this a shot but

While I do enjoy seeing how the sausage is made from time to time. I was hoping this would be more of a weekly review of new issues pod. I got to visit the store very briefly Wednesday when you had Daniel Warren Johnson in and it’s definitely worth a extended visit

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!

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