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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!

    CARDED

    CARDED

    CARDED
    •A podcast by any other name…
    •The 2022 Challengers Holiday cards are in!
    •Clearing out lapsed subscription dividers.
    •The publishing imbalance of a 5-Wednesday month.
    •When Stocky reporting goes wrong.
    •Haphazard discounts with Shopify and the Manage Comics Order Helper Tile.
    •Dal’s 2 biggest retail holiday pet peeves. No, Patrick is not 1 of them.
    •Marvel’s Voices Family SNIKT!

    Contest of Challengers #614

    • 1 hr 7 min
    OUT BY WEEK 1

    OUT BY WEEK 1

    OUT BY WEEK 1
    •Recorded on Black Friday!
    •Decorating for Christmas.
    •Just what are Variant Covers (by Chip Zdarsky via his Substack).
    •Laying out the New Releases each week.
    •Eminem’s exclusive Spider-Man cover.
    •WHERE MONSTERS LIE by Kyle Starks and Piotr Kowalski is highly recommended!
    •Wait, did someone say KYLE STARKS?!?
    •Gift ideas from Challengers!
    Contest of Challengers #613

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BEFORE THE DAWN

    BEFORE THE DAWN

    BEFORE THE DAWN
    •Too many Spawn variant covers.
    •The “DAWN of DC.”
    •Refunding website orders.
    •The Manage Comics Order Helper Tile is LIVE!
    •Initial order fun.
    •AMC (the channel) Comics.
    •Bad Egg Comics.
    •Ultimate Fallout #4 cover scam?
    Contest of Challengers #612

    • 1 hr 5 min
    OH YES, COMICS

    OH YES, COMICS

    OH YES, COMICS
    •Our visit to the EXCELSIOR! Art Show opening!
    •Why it’s harder to recognize new subscribers.
    •James Acaster! What? This is a comic podcast and he’s a comic!
    •We just saw Black Panther Wakanda Forever and really liked it!
    •Why Shopify keeps pushing back the approval of the Manage Comics Order Helper Tile.
    •Dealing win non-subscriber special order requests.
    •Which graphic novels look to be this year’s best Holiday gifts?
    •Happy 10 ½ Anniversary to Aw Yeah Comics in beautiful downtown Skokie! Guest-starring store manager Joe Crohn! 
    *Art Baltazar is not on this podcast despite being in the episode photo*
    Contest of Challengers #611

    • 1 hr
    WE HUNGER

    WE HUNGER

    WE HUNGER
    •Will Morris starts us off! Thanks, Will!!
    •Image has several upcoming books we are REALLY looking forward to.
    •Batman/Spawn is coming! It’s after Final Order Cutoff, but its Final Order Cutoff period was only 3 days.
    •Final Order Cutoff windows are getting longer AND shorter!
    •DC has just announced 10 DC/Spawn covers and half of them FOC this weekend!
    •Galactus hungers…
    Contest of Challengers #610

    • 1 hr 1 min
    “WHAT A $#!THOLE”

    “WHAT A $#!THOLE”

    •Welcome to the brand new Challengers Podcastitorium!
    •Diamond Replenishment shipments.
    •Reminiscing over ChallengeJR’s (ChallengeJuniors).
    •ALL AGAINST ALL #1 is really good!
    •Diamond Best Practice Awards.
    •January solicitations.
    •”What a s******e!”

    Contest of Challengers #609

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 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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