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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!

    WE’RE NOT GETTING IN YOUR WAY

    WE’RE NOT GETTING IN YOUR WAY

    WE’RE NOT GETTING IN YOUR WAY
    •A Mystery Project is coming together…
    •Working with Creators on store projects.
    •It’s SALE time!!!!!!
    •Manage Comics, ever improving.
    •Thanks, Patrons!
    •The WINGER Analogy.
    •Placing Final Orders during the Holidays causes problems in February.
    •Weekly comic book release schedules are horribly unbalanced.
    •Net Pricing is NOT Retail Pricing!
    •Lunar vs Diamond when it comes to Overages. 
    Contest of Challengers #623

    • 1 hr 4 min
    HUMMUS YOUR TIME

    HUMMUS YOUR TIME

    HUMMUS YOUR TIME
    •When T-Shirts went mainstream.
    •Our self-made day-to-day accountant.
    •”All Ego” Ethan Page vs Karate Man.
    •The confusion behind the collected release of Wonder Woman Historia The Amazons.
    •Pre-Ordering thru our vendors.
    •We do not ship internationally.
    •Last-minute event changes.
    •PR companies wanting events at the shop that we don’t think will work for them.
    •Finding new artists (@jettilalewis) is always exciting!
    •TITANS by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott is going to be huge for us!! 
    Contest of Challengers #622

    • 1 hr 3 min
    ABDICATION OF VALUES

    ABDICATION OF VALUES

    ABDICATION OF VALUES
    •Would you want text messages from Challengers? How much contact is too much?
    •Finding a good Filtering/Sorting tool for our new website.
    •Building ‘Collections’ for the new site.
    •comiXology no more! It’s so weird to have been a store for the entirety of their digital comics platform.
    •Ordering DC Comics during the Dawn of DC.
    •The Great British Bump Off!
    •Prices for Bags and Boards are rising again.
    •There are still too many covers per issue per week.
    •Problems with this week’s Instagram video.
    •Buy EVERYTHING Kyle Starks creates!!
    •Stephanie Phillips will be signing on Wednesday, January 25th!!
    Contest of Challengers #621

    • 1 hr 4 min
    PIG 8008

    PIG 8008

    PIG 8008
    •Comics and Comics Retail is like a broken exercise bike.
    •Patrick was on Off Panel with David Harper! It was… dark…?
    •UPS deliveries, all day, every day!
    •Are you caught up with all your comics?
    •A ¢hange for $aga.
    •Why customers can’t pre-order ratio variants from Challengers.
    •Helping creators help retailers.
    Contest of Challengers #620

    • 57 min
    ISBN13+5

    ISBN13+5

    ISBN13+5
    •New Challengers Website—Coming Soon! Like, after the Sale, soon.
         •Commerce-focused
         •Advanced filtering/searching!
    •How many Holiday cards did not get picked up in December?
    •Searching “Marvel TP” in inventory is like just searching for “a”.
    •Dal’s dream version of Manage Comics.
    •Aside from this one, Patrick recorded 2 other podcasts this week! That guy LOVES hearing himself talk!!
    Contest of Challengers #619

    • 59 min
    5/90/2/2/2

    5/90/2/2/2

    5/90/2/2/2
    •Instagram videos vs Instagram reels.
    •2022, a full year without ComicSuite.
    •Entering 2023 WITH Manage Comics.
    •Thanks, Patrons!
    •Answering questions for a Sorbonne Nouvelle University student.
    •Mission Statement (which should have been at the start of this episode)!
    •What we’re looking forward to in the 1st quarter of 2023!
    •So many events already planned!
    Contest of Challengers #618

    • 1 hr 7 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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