540 episodes

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

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 55 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!

    This is a Dull Podcast

    This is a Dull Podcast

    This is a Dull Podcast
    Upcoming DC books—more hits than not!
    Prose writers writing comics.
    Updating our Gift Cards on the website(s).
    Marvel Legends prices are rising and may rise more.
    Have you heard about Phonation? 10 Chicago podcasts on vinyl!
    LOKI is a fun show.
    Nick Spencer is leaving Amazing Spider-Man.
    New work from Fiona Staples, but not new Saga work.
    Signings! Upcoming, new, and unannounced!
    Where to eat after visiting Challengers?

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Space Ghettos

    Space Ghettos

    Space Ghettos
    Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow.
    How’d our Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton signing go? Hint: Awesome.
    Our new in-store mask policy.
    Asking for a Spider-Man collection is really asking for _______________?
    New week, same ComicSuite running errors.
    Still learning how to order thru Penguin Random House.
    The non-death of Bad Idea.
    W.E.B. of Spider-Man #1 was this week’s most annoying comic.
    A Yelp review from a year and a half ago resurfaces.
    Bonus! See if you can count the times Dal leaves the recording studio to take a phone call while Patrick fills.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    So. Many. Damages.

    So. Many. Damages.

    Green Lantern after Geoff Johns volume 4.
    So many damages from our distribution partners.
    Problems with single issue comic backorders.
    EVERYTHING is in short supply right now (not just comics) and it’s making people go insane.
    The different mindset of the suburban comic shop.
    More advance PDF’s please!
    Dal really liked Made in Korea and Patrick is totally on board for Vinyl (from the team behind Plastic).
    How long will we keep wearing masks in-store?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter
    What’s in Patrick’s pocket?
    Delaying the Batman/Fortinite reprints is annoying.
    New DC solicits (Batman the World).
    Signings are back at Challengers! Kyle Starks & Chris Schweizer, Michael Moreci, Tim Seeley, and Dave Scheidt, for starters.
    Maybe we’ll have plans for FCBD after all…
    Black Lives Matter.
    Thank you for all thinking so highly of us.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    It’s a Linear Path

    It’s a Linear Path

    It’s a Linear Path
    Friday afternoon dranks.
    Bad artists can really make you stop reading a book.
    Losing John Paul Leon and David Anthony Kraft.
    We have current comic bags available again!
    Working with other comic shops. Or not.
    What became of our unsold Hank Howard copies?
    Low Marvel print runs on Disney+ properties.
    New Marvel sales terms from Diamond.
    Also from Diamond, new shipping fee structure.
    DisCovery.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    A Frictionless Process

    A Frictionless Process

    A Frictionless Process
    Tech support working on ComicSuite all day Friday.
    Upcoming potential ComicSuite patch to make importing ALL publishers easier.
    Hachette’s (one of our new regular distributors) refund issue.
    DC Comics Final Order Cutoff is still 4 weeks out.
    Street date for new D&D hardcover!
    Comic bags from Chenxin.
    We seem to have mis-ordered some recent new DC titles in a big way.
    *UPDATE ON THE BETA RAY BILL INTERNATIONAL SALES BATTLE!!*
    More love for the upcoming 6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton!
    “What/Who makes us money”
    Marvel’s last minute variant cover artist switches.
    Who’s up for Ed Piskor’s Red Room #1 next week?
    Magic the Gathering allocations.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 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.

Top Podcasts In Business

Listeners Also Subscribed To