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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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    • 4.9, 46 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!

    Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    Sticking to our weekly routines.
    Still NO new comics,
    When the Illinois stay-at-home is lifted, what will be better for us…
         A. Opening back up BEFORE Diamond resumes shipping new comics?
         B. Opening back up AFTER Diamond resumes shipping new comics?
         C. Opening back up AT THE SAME TIME Diamond resumes shipping new comics?
    Marvel and DC delay their digital releases, for a bit…
    Diamond’s financial woes.
    What would a (hypothetical) future without Diamond/single-issue-comics look like for Challengers?
    Comic Hub as a point-of-sale program.
    Comic Hub as a digital comics platform.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Servicing the Public

    Servicing the Public

    Part of this was recorded as Patrick and Dal hand-delivered comics to people in Chicago! And by “hand-delivered” we mean left on porches at a respectable distance.
    Some comic book publishers are trying to work around the fact that printers are shut down and Diamond is no longer accepting comics.
    How Blackmask, TKO Studios and Vault are helping retailers.
    Thanks, Patrons!
    Some very supportive people have recently bought Challengers Gift Cards online. We have yet to see the money from those purchases. Here’s why.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    No More New Comics

    No More New Comics

    No More New Comics
    A new episode immediately after the previous new episode! Things are changing THAT RAPIDLY.
    Diamond Comic Distributors dropped a HUGE announcement about the immediate future of the comic book industry.
    David Harper, SKTCHD.com, and Daniel Warren Johnson lend a hand.
    Yes, we’ll have New Comics this week, and we want to get them to you.
    Dal did not, no matter what we say in this episode, get a turtle.
    Are we changing over to Comic Hub? Um, maybe?

    • 51 min
    Plugging Holes in the Dam

    Plugging Holes in the Dam

    Speculator demographics.
    Artists Writers and Artisans released their first 4 comics on the same day.
    More super-upbeat and not-at-all-depressing Covid-19 talk.
    We’re shut down! ALL of Illinois is.
    What can we do about it?
    How are Publishers helping Retailers during this time?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Like a Ham in a Deli Case

    Like a Ham in a Deli Case

    This episode has basically 2 main topics. What we’re doing as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus and Bad Idea comics. Trust us, there is plenty of ground to cover with both topics.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A Challenger Loves Ya

    A Challenger Loves Ya

    A Challenger Loves Ya (Contest of Challengers)
    Who are we and what is this podcast?
    Challengers loves ya! Well, *A* Challenger loves ya.
    The spread of coronavirus Covid-19 is, understandably, wreaking havoc on comic convention schedules.
    Paying rent shouldn’t be this complicated.
    Implementing ideas that we got from Comikaza’s Jackob Sareli, including Final Order Instagram posts and a Challengers Subscribers Facebook group.
    Volunteer Help Wanted.
    Curating the Chicago Board Game Café’s graphic novel section.
    DECORUM #1 comes out this week. You’ll probably want to buy it.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 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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